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Red Paddle Co. Race Elite

Price: $1,799 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 19.1 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a fast, premium inflatable race board to paddle in SUP races then the Red Paddle Co. Race Elite is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the MSL technology from Red Paddle Co. and is highly durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its width of 26 inches the board is very unstable, however, at only 1.36 lbs per foot (19.1 lbs total) this board is very lightweight. Its shape makes the Race Elite a board for exactly that: a race board for advanced paddlers that can be used in competition. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short or long distance racing. Retailing at $1,799 the board is in the high-tier price point but comes with the best that the brand has to offer.

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Boardworks Kraken Touring

Price: $1,599 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 34.09 lbs Sizes: 12'6

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, non-inflatable board to paddle mid-long range distances the the Kraken Touring paddle board from Boardworks is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Tec-V (Thermal Epoxy Compression-Veneer) technology which is considerably durable and has its positives and negatives. Due to its width of 29.5 inches the board is pretty stable. Its construction is moderately heavy coming in at 2.73 lbs per foot weighing 34.09 lbs. Its shape makes the Kraken Touring an all-around touring board that can be used by just about anyone and is designed for recreational touring. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid-long-range distances between 3-10 miles. Retailing at $1,599 this board is among the high-tier price point but comes with the best that the brand has to offer.

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Starboard Touring Elite

Price: $1,999 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 27.9 lbs Sizes: 10', 11'6", 12'6", 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, non-inflatable touring board to paddle mid to long range distances then the Touring Elite by Starboard is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board has the Starlite construction which is durable and has both positives and negatives. Due to its width of 29 inches the board is somewhat stable. The board has 2.79 lbs per foot and weighs a total of 27.9 lbs which is slightly heavy for only a 10ft board. Its shape makes the Touring Elite a touring board best for intermediate paddlers designed with touring in mind. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for recreational paddling between 3 to 10 miles max. Retailing at $1,999, the board is among the high-price point boards but is among the best of what the brand has to offer.

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BOTE Traveller

Price: $1,799 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 25.5 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a fast, non-inflatable, premium touring board to paddle mid to long-range distances then the Traveller from BOTE is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the chainmail construction, which is durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its width of 28 inches the board is somewhat stable and it has 2.04 lbs per foot weighing 25.5 lbs total which is pretty lightweight for a 12’6” board. Its shape makes the Traveller perfect for touring and best for intermediate and advanced paddlers to enjoy recreationally. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for mid to long-range distance paddling of 5-10 miles plus. Retailing at $1,799, the board is at a premium price point but comes with the best that the brand has to offer.

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BOTE HD

Price: $1,749 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Fishing
Weight: 30.7 lbs Sizes: 10'6", 12'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable premium fishing board to paddle short distances then the BOTE HD is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the innegra fiberglass construction which is durable and has both positives and negatives. Because the board is 32 inches wide it is very stable. It has 2.56 lbs per foot and weighs 30.7 lbs total making the HD have an average weight for its size. Its shape makes the HD perfect for SUP fishing and can be used by everyone. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for recreational paddling, around the dock and beach. Retailing at $1,749, the board is among the premium price point but one of the best that the brand has to offer.

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Starboard All Star

Price: $3,399 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 26.4 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a fast, non-inflatable, premium race board to paddle in all conditions then the All Star from Starboard is worth a look. This stand up paddle board (SUP) comes in the Carbon Sandwich construction which is durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its narrow 24.5 inch width the board is very unstable however, the board is very lightweight for a 14’ paddle board having only 1.86 lbs per foot, weighing a total of 26.4 lbs. Its shape makes the All Star a board designed primarily for SUP racing. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for advanced paddlers to be used for all kinds of racing (downwind, flatwater, choppy, etc.). Retailing at $3,399, the All Star is among the high-tier price point but comes with the best that the brand has to offer.

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Bark Contender Lite

Price: $2,249 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 24.12 lbs Sizes: 12'6"

Who is this for: If you are looking for a fast, non-inflatable, race-specific board to paddle then the Bark Contender Lite board is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Pro Elite construction which is somewhat durable and has both ups and downs. Due to its narrow width of 25 inches the board is very unstable however, its construction allows for the board to have 1.92 lbs per foot, weighing 24.12 lbs total, making the board very lightweight for its size. Its shape makes the Contender Lite a race board that should be used by advanced paddlers in competition. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for sprint racing. Retailing at $2,249, the board is among the premium price point boards but comes with some of the best the brand has to offer.

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Bark Dominator Pro

Price: $2,399 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Race
Weight: 27.6 lbs Sizes: 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, non-inflatable race board to paddle mid and long-range distances then the Bark Dominator Pro is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Pro Elite construction which is somewhat durable and has both ups and downs. With its width being 28.2 inches the board is relatively stable and the board has 1.97 lbs per foot weighing 27.6 lbs total, making the board very lightweight for its length. Its shape makes the Dominator Pro a race board that can be used by intermediate paddlers for competitive paddling. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for stand up paddle racing. Retailing at $2,399, the board is among the high-tier price point but comes with the best the brand has to offer.

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SIC Maui FX Pro

Price: $2,899 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 24.1 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very fast, non-inflatable, premium race board to paddle in a variety of conditions then the FX Pro from SIC Maui is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Single Carbon Composite (SCC) construction and has its ups and downs. Due to its width of 25 inches the board is very unstable however, the board is very fast. Its construction is very lightweight having 1.72 lbs per foot weighing 24.1 lbs total. Its shape makes the FX Pro an all-around race board that should be used only by advanced and lightweight paddlers and was designed primarily for competitive racing. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for long-distance paddling between 5-10 miles plus. Retailing at $2,899, the board sits at a premium price point but comes with the best that the brand has to offer.

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NSP Ninja

Price: $2,599 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Race
Weight: 29.01 lbs Sizes: 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a fast, non-inflatable, race board to paddle then the NSP Ninja is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Hybrid Carbon construction which is moderately durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its width of 27 inches the board is unstable however, the board has 2.07 lbs per foot weighing 29.01 lbs which is fairly light for a 14’ board. Its shape makes the Ninja a race board that can be used by advanced paddlers and is designed primarily for competitive SUP racing. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for spring or long distance racing in flatwater conditions. Retailing at $2,599, the board is at a premium price point but is among the best that the brand has to offer.

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Starboard Sprint

Price: $3,399 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 26.1 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a very fast, non-inflatable, premium race board to paddle in sprint races then the Sprint from Starboard is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Carbon Sandwich technology which is durable and has its ups and downs. Because of the extremely narrow width of 21.5 inches the board is incredibly unstable, however, with 1.86 lbs per foot weighing 26.1 lbs total the board is very lightweight for a 14ft board. Its construction and shape combined best fit the Sprint for sprint racing on flatwater. Retailing at $3,399 the board is among the premium price point but is exactly that: a premium board designed to win.

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Pau Hana Viper

Price: $2,199 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 28.2 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a fast, non-inflatable, race board to paddle then the Viper from Pau Hana is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Vector Carbon Fiber construction which is relatively durable and has its ups and downs. Because the board is 24 inches wide the Viper is very unstable, however, it is fast. The board has 2.01 lbs per foot and weighs 28.2 lbs total which is pretty lightweight for a 14ft board. Its shape makes the Viper a race board that should be used by advanced paddlers and was designed for competition. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for flatwater racing. Retailing at $2,199, the board is in the high-tier price point but is among the best that the brand has to offer.

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