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Red Paddle Co Voyager

Price: $1,599 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight:  25.3 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 13'2", 15'

About the board:The Voyager from Red Paddle Co is an inflatable touring board best suited for intermediate paddlers. At 25.3 lbs, the Voyager is lightweight and relatively easy to carry, despite its size. The Voyager is offered in three sizes (12’6”, 13’2”, 15’), giving paddlers a nice range to choose from. The board also utilizes Red Paddle Co’s MSL technology which makes the boards very rigid and durable, ideal for an inflatable SUP. Starting at $1,599, the Voyager does sit in the premium-tier market in terms of affordability but does offer free shipping and a 2-year warranty. Read more HERE.

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Surftech Aleka

Price: $1,469 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight:  22.11 lbs Sizes: 10'4", 11'2"

About the board:If you’re looking for a board that is designed for women that is a stable, all around board to paddle short to mid-range distances then the Surftech Aleka is something to consider. This standup paddle board (SUP) retails starting at $1,499 and is offered in two different sizes: 10’4” and 11’2”. The Aleka uses Surftech’s Tuflite V-tech construction which makes the board strong and durable. At 29 and 30 inches wide the board is pretty stable and easy to carry, weighing just over 22 lbs. The Aleka is a hybrid all around / touring shape so it can be used in a wide variety of conditions whether you’re looking to go for a quick paddle around the shoreline, catch a few waves, or go on a mid-range paddle the Aleka was designed to do it all. Read more HERE.

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Surftech Generator

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Price: $1,349 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 25.14bs Sizes: 10'6", 11'6"

About the board: The Generator is a beginner, non-inflatable board, offered at a pretty affordable price but has a premium look. The board is very stable, lightweight and has some gorgeous looks, coming with an exceptionally beautiful play on color and graphics. The bamboo construction combined with either green or blue accent colors (depending on which size you get), make the board really stand out. The board is best suited for short-range paddling around the beach and dock and is a great board that the entire family can enjoy. Its premium look and lightweight feel alone warrant Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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SIC Maui Okeanos

Price: $1,499.95 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight:  31lbs Sizes: 11', 12'6", 14'

About the board:If you’re looking for a non-inflatable touring board that looks and feels good under your feet, check out the Okeanos from SIC Maui. Starting at $1,499, the Okeanos sits in the mid-tier price point and is a solid board for its price. The board is 29 in. wide and is best for intermediate-level paddlers looking for mid-range to long-distance paddling. The board is offered in four sizes (11’, 12’6” x 27”, 12’6” x 29”, 14’) and has two different color variations to choose from. Read more HERE.

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Red Paddle Co Activ

Price: $1,399 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Yoga/Fitness
Weight: 24.2 lbs Sizes: 10'8"

About the board:The Activ from Red Paddle is an incredibly stable inflatable. If you’re looking for a highly stable platform to stay within a range of about 2 miles from the shoreline that can work for the entire family then this board is what you need. The board has almost no rocker so it is very flat on the water. You should be able to move towards the nose and tail of the board with ease as it’s 34in width makes it very stable. In fact, it is arguably the most stable platform for yoga from an inflatable paddle board. The color coordination is simple and nice and the construction is solid. It’s a great package all around from the bag to the pump to the hose so check it out if you’re on the market for something stable. Read more HERE.

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NSP Quest

Price: $1,499 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Fishing
Weight: 39.15 lbs Sizes: 11'6"

About the board:The NSP Quest is an inflatable paddle board that is best suited for paddlers looking for a heavy-duty touring or fishing SUP that is in the mid-tier price point. The Quest is incredibly stable and is 39 in. wide, and the added side walls really help here making it perfect for hauling gear and/or reeling in your catch of the day. The board is more difficult to carry due to its size and weighs 39 lbs but paddlers of all ages and skill levels should be able to paddle this board with no problem. The board has a ton of added features including 3 air chambers, accessory mounts on the deck and tail, extra handles for carrying and triple action pump, to name a few. At $1,499 the Quest is a pretty affordable board considering all the added features and the ease of being able to store it in the trunk of your car. Read more HERE.

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Hala Gear Radito

Price: $1,299 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: River/Whitewater
Weight: 31 lbs Sizes: 10'

About the board:The Radito from Hala Gear is an inflatable SUP perfect for running rivers. The board is wide (34 in.) making it very stable, and rugged, which are necessities for paddling down the river. Carrying the board can be on the more difficult side as it weighs 31 pounds but the weight does come from the incredibly durable construction so the difficulty in carrying the board is totally worth it when you’re on the river. When not running the river the board can easily be transitioned to all around paddling and be used as a great family board that can take a beating. Retailed at $1,299, the Radito fits perfectly into the mid-level price point tier in terms of affordability. Read more HERE.

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Surftech Catalyst

Price: $1,399 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 25.5 lbs Sizes: 11'2"

About the board:If you’re on the market for an all around board that works for all skill levels and is in the mid-tier price point, check out the Catalyst from Surftech. The Catalyst is a non-inflatable board and uses Surftech’s Tuflite V-Tech construction making it nice and durable. The board is fairly lightweight for its size at 25.5 lbs and is easy to carry. Best suited for paddling short to mid-range distances, the Catalyst is a great all around board that can be used as something to learn on, something to go for a quick surf on and go for some adventures along the coast. Offered at $1,399 the Catalyst sits in the mid-price point market and is a quality choice at that price. Read more HERE.

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NSP Cocomat Cruise

Price: $1,325 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 20.11 lbs Sizes: 9'8", 10'2", 11', 11'6"

Who is this for: The Cocomat Cruise is best suited for paddlers looking to get an beginner-friendly all around board with an eco-friendly angle. Offered in four different sizes (9’8”, 10’2”, 11’, 11’6”) the Cocomat Cruise is nice and stable, allowing for paddlers of all ages and skill levels the chance to have fun. The board utilizes NSP’s Cocomat construction which gives the board a good durability, but it also is an environment-friendly material. The board is also pretty lightweight, weighing just over 20lbs. As an all around board, the Cocomat Cruise is best suited for short distance paddling around the shore but can also be used for catching some waves. Starting at $1,325, the Cocomat Cruise sits in the mid-level price point.

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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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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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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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