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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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Boardworks Shubu

Price: $1,099 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 26.7 lbs Sizes: 9'6", 10'6"

About the board: The Shubu is a very stable, inflatable board that is great for beginners. The board takes the simple route in terms of looks, coming with a limited play on color and graphics however, it offers unique features having two side-bite fins and with the option of adding a third, FCS II center fin into the center fin box which is unusual for inflatables. It has reinforced rails and an arch bar in the center to help with rigidity and comes in a nice portable bag and has a repair kit in case of damage. The board has premium qualities for an affordable price, meriting it Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Red Paddle Co. Sport

Price: $1,499 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 18.9 lbs Sizes: 11', 11'3", 12'6"

About the board: The Sport from Red Paddle Co. is an inflatable touring board that works for paddlers of all skill levels. The board has a very clean look to it with minimal colors and graphics keeping it very simple and clean. The construction appears very strong, as something that can handle heavy use. The board is very stable and very lightweight and is great for paddling mid to long-distances, between 3-10 miles. Its strong, lightweight construction combined with the ability to paddle some distance makes the Sport deserving of Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Starboard Touring Zen

Price: $1,099 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 23.1 lbs Sizes: 11'6", 12'6', 14'

About the board: The Touring Zen is an inflatable board great for paddlers of all skill levels. Primarily designed with touring in mind the board is great for paddling mid-range distances up to 3-5 miles max. It has some nice looks with a mix of bold colors, blues and greens that are very eye-catching. This paddle board is easy to carry being that it weighs slightly over 23 lbs and the glide feels fast which is very surprising since inflatables aren’t usually fast. The board comes with a tool-less FCS II fin which is a perk and also has an FCS adaptor on the deck of the board which is unusual to have on an inflatable. The board has premium features at an affordable price thus deserving Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Boardworks Muse

Price: $1,149 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 27.3 lbs Sizes: 10'6"

About the board: The Muse is a very stable, non-inflatable beginner board designed for all-around paddling. The Muse is an award-winning board and has gorgeous graphics geared in particular towards the female paddler coming with an exceptional mix of bright colors and artwork that are eye-catching and nice to look at. The board misses a few points like lightweight construction and speed-centric design that many intermediate and advanced paddle boards encompass but for the affordable price the Muse is a stunning all-around board that is great for recreational paddling, well-deserving of Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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Surftech Sport Touring Escape

Price: $1,499 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 26.02 lbs Sizes: 11'6"

About the board: The Sport Touring Escape from Surftech is a non-inflatable board designed for intermediate-level paddlers who are interested in touring. The board has some exquisite looks, coming with a bamboo finish and gorgeous graphics. This paddle board is easy to carry and the glide feels fast which is a definite plus. The board doesn’t have many add-ons other than the bungee on the deck of the board but the look and glide of the board are excellent, befitting of Supconnect’s “A” grade. Read more HERE.

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