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Starboard Touring Deluxe Double Chamber

Price: $1,399 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 25.6lbs Sizes: 12'6"

About the board:That is just a phenomenal A-Grade board all around. It has incredible construction and feels really solid. It has a dual-chamber build, meaning that you have to inflate the outer chamber and then the inner chamber separately, which for a touring board is excellent because if you’re out and about and you have lots of things loaded on the board and the board starts deflating, the middle chamber will make sure that you’re still floating and so it serves as an excellent safety mechanism. Read more HERE.

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Surftech Aleka

Price: $1,349 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight:  24.4lbs Sizes: 10'4"

About the board:In a collaboration with Prana, the Aleka boards from Surftech are gorgeous, in fact the women can’t control themselves raving about it. That’s enough to earn an A-grade. The board does come in two sizes with each size having a different set of graphics, both equally stunning. If you’re concerned about floatation you’ll definitely want to get the larger one. The bigger size will float you better. It’s a fairly lightweight board to carry, which is great for the women’s market and in terms of graphics it has beautiful color coordination with the paddle and the leash so it’s just an all around gorgeous package. If you want to make a fashion statement and have a nice board that is touring with a touch of all around to it, than this is the board to get. Read more HERE.

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SIC Maui Feel Good

Price: $1,499.95 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 27.2lbs Sizes: 11'

About the board:If you want to ‘feel good’ about the board you own then the Feel Good from SIC Maui is a great choice. The board looks stunning and has a really beautiful coordination of graphics, from the traction pad to the color on the back rails and bottom. It’s a really nice all around board that can also be used for surfing. The board paddles really well and is quite easy to carry using SIC’s signature EZ grab handle. If you want something that you want to use to cruise short distances and dabble in the surf and look good for your friends this is something that you should look very closely at and consider having in your quiver. Read more HERE.

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Surftech Generator

Price: $1,349 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 25.1lbs Sizes: 10'6"

About the board: If you’re looking for a best in class all around board look no further because the Supconnect Award-winning Surftech Generator is it. The flatter rocker makes it a pleasure to paddle and it has stunning graphics, with a beautiful bamboo layout on both the deck and the bottom. The board is just a really good combination of color coordination between the traction pad and the color on the board, rails, and graphics up on the nose. It’s an excellent all around board, something that you can even put up on a wall to display. Read more HERE.

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Pau Hana Navio

Price: $1,295 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight:  28.3lbs Sizes: 11'

About the board:The Navio is not clearly a flat water board, it’s not clearly a touring board, it’s a combination of both. It comes with the best in class of everything you can think of. It has a beautiful deck, and just beautiful graphics all around. It has a lot of add ons too, so if you want to have your iPad mounted on it, a GoPro, maybe a gps, a fishing pole, a cooler, you name it, you can strap it onto this board. It is highly stable and also tracks really well. It is fairly lightweight for the type of board it is, so phenomenal job by Pau Hana. If you are looking for a primarily touring board that can be very comfortable paddling on flat water, maybe to play around with your family and have kids on the board or some gear for the expedition, the Navio is a great choice.Read more HERE.

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NSP Cocomat Allrounder

Price: $1,349 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 24.2lbs Sizes: 10'6

About the board:The Cocomat Allrounder from NSP is a great board for SUP surf beginners who might also want to try to do some flat water or touring. While the board is dubbed the ‘Allrounder’ it’s definitely more of a surf shape and is a great, beautiful board for someone who is looking to get into SUP surfing. It will definitely work well as an all around board as well as the board is wide and stable. The graphics on the board are really eye catching with the bright blue colors mixed in with their eco-friendly Cocomat material and the contrast with the lighter blue on the traction pad looks awesome.Read more HERE.

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Starboard Tikhine

Price: $1,099 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 20.1lbs Sizes: 10'2"

About the board:The Starboard Tikhine has a really nice package with a really nice bag and accessories. It comes with everything you need except for a paddle so take note of that. The board is definitely very creative oriented. The graphics on the deck are a bit blurred though so keep that in mind to check out before-hand. Aside from that, there’s a beautiful color coordination between the graphics and traction pad and there’s also added handles that are useful. 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 Chinook

Price: $1,499 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 29.04 lbs Sizes: 12'6"

About the board: If you’re an intermediate paddler looking for a quality non-inflatable touring paddle board then check out the Boardworks Chinook. The Chinook is a fairly stable board meant for intermediate paddlers who are looking to paddle mid to long range distances up to 10 miles or more. The Chinook is also a board that’s solid and durable but it is somewhat difficult to carry. The board however is pretty affordable and sits at the higher end of the the popular mid-tier market. Read more HERE.

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Jimmy Styks Miler

Price: $1,099 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 32.14 lbs Sizes: 11'6", 12'6"

About the board: The Jimmy Styks Miler is a non-inflatable touring board designed for beginner to intermediate level paddlers. Priced at just over $1,000, the Miler sits in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability and has a few unique features that sets it apart from other boards in this category. The board is pretty heavy and hard to carry but is seemingly strong in its construction. The board was designed for paddling mid-range to long distances and should be used primarily for touring and exploring.Read more HERE.

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Aqua Marina Mega

Price: $1,200 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Group SUP
Weight: 59.5lbs Sizes: 18"

About the board:Aqua Marina hit the mark when naming this board. At 18 feet long and 5 feet wide, the Aqua Marina Mega is a massive group SUP that can easily fit multiple adult and youth paddlers. Whether you take it on flat water or for a surf, the Mega is definitely a fun board for family and friends to enjoy. It comes with multiple handles which makes the board very easy to carry despite its size. It also comes with two pumps and has two attachment valves on the board so two people can help with inflating at the same time. With our team of three alternating pumpers, it took around 15 minutes to fully inflate the board. However, one thing worth noting is that the pumps do appear to be fragile and it is quite difficult and tricky at times to connect the pumps to the boards initially. But, if you're looking for an inexpensive group SUP that works well in flat water and is able to handle soft waves then the Mega is definitely worth a look. 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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