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Bark Vapor Ghost Carbon

Price: $2,799 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 23.5 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

Who is this for:If you’re looking for a race board that can do more than racing then this is the board for you. The board is very lightweight yet it floats you incredibly well and has a great glide. If you’re not in a race and you’re not training and you want to put your kids, dog or accessories on the board it can easily transfer into a touring or expedition board with the right width. The Bark Vapor is simple yet beautiful with its graphics. It’s definitely the race board that can do more than just race. Read more HERE.

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SIC Maui Air Glide X

Price: $1,299 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Race/Touring
Weight: 23.12 lbs Sizes: 12'6"

About the board: The Air Glide X from SIC Maui is a stable, inflatable board meant for intermediate paddlers who are looking for something that suits flatwater race and touring. The Air Glide X is sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability and retails for $1,299.95. The board will work best in flat water conditions but will definitely be able to handle some chop and cover some distance. Read more HERE.

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Boardworks Verve

Price: $1,399 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Race
Weight: 29.1 lbs Sizes: 11'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, non-inflatable board to paddle long-range distances then the Verve from Boardworks is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Carbon Vector Net construction which is meant to be lightweight and durable. The Verve has both positives and negatives to note. Due to its width of 28 inches the board is stable but is not intended for beginner paddlers. Its construction comes in at an average weight of 2.65 lbs per foot, weighing a total of 29.1 lbs. Its shape makes the Verve great for touring or race training that can be used by intermediate paddlers for both recreation and competitive paddling. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for long-range distances from 3 to 10 miles plus. Retailing at $1,399, the board is among the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability. Read more HERE

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Naish Javelin Maliko

Price: $3,199 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Race
Weight: 27.11 lbs Sizes: 14'

About the board:The Javelin Maliko is a non-inflatable premium quality race board that is best suited for intermediate and advanced paddlers. The Javelin Maliko looks great and has detailed graphics that are displayed all throughout the board that are rather eye-catching. This paddle board is pretty easy to carry considering its size and the glide feels fast, which is no surprise since lightweight construction and speed-centric design are at the core of this board model. The board was really fun to paddle and stood out compared to other boards in the category earning Supconnect’s “A” grade.

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Red Paddle Co. Race

Price: $1,649 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Advanced Use: Race
Weight: 20.8 lbs Sizes: 12' , 14'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a fast, inflatable, race board for SUP racing then the Red Paddle Co. Race board is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the patented MSL technology construction which is durable and has its ups and downs. Due to its width being 26 inches the board is very unstable however, the board is fast and lightweight. The board has 1.49 lbs per foot weighing 20.8 lbs total. Its shape makes the Race a race board for advanced paddlers. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for competitive paddling. Retailing at $1,649, the board is among the high-tier price point but comes with the best that the brand has to offer.

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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 Shubu X Rocket

Price: $1,199 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Race
Weight: 25.8 lbs Sizes: 11'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, touring/race, inflatable board to paddle mid-range distances (3-5 miles) then the Boardworks Shubu X Rocket is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Single Chamber Dropstitch construction which is durable and has both ups and downs. Due to its width of 30 inches the board is stable and best suited for intermediate-advanced paddlers. The board has 2.24 lbs per foot weighing a total of 25.8 lbs. Its shape makes the board best suited for touring or race training and should be easy to use for paddlers with an intermediate skill-set. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for recreational paddling and is great for touring and race training. Retailing at $1,199, the board is priced in the mid-tier market in terms of affordability.

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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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