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Surftech Hercules

Price: $1,399 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring/Kayak Hybrid
Weight: 37.8 lbs Sizes: 13'1"

About the board:If you’re on the lookout for an inflatable paddleboard that can be converted into a kayak and fit up to two persons, you need to check out the Hercules by Surftech. The Hercules is a very versatile board that allows for multiple paddlers as well as uses for the board. Going on an expedition? The board can lug a ton of gear, no problem. Want to standup paddle with a buddy and try the group SUP route? This board can do it. Want to convert it to a two-person kayak? Say no more. The board suits paddlers of all skills, age and size and is fairly affordable considering all that it can do. Read more HERE.

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Thurso Surf Expedition

Price: $749 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 25 lbs Sizes: 11'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an inflatable, touring-specific paddle board that is under $1,000, the ThursoSurf Expedition might be what you’re looking for. The Expedition is designed for just that: going on expeditions, hauling gear, and paddling with longer distances in mind. This board is on the edge of being something that beginner paddlers are able to use since it’s width is 30 inches. If you’re looking for something that is very stable you might want to look for something with a bit more width. At 25 pounds the board is manageable and comes in at an average weight.

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SIC Maui Tao Tour

Price: $679.95 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 22.6 lbs Sizes: 11'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an inflatable touring board at a very affordable price, the SIC Maui Air Glide TaoTour is one worth checking out. Utilizing SIC Maui’s Support Stringer Tech (SST) construction the board has added durability and stiffness, which is a great feature, especially at this price point. It’s also fairly lightweight weighing just 22.6 pounds and is easy to carry around. As the name suggests, the Air Glide Tao Tour was designed for paddlers looking for an inflatable touring board that is stable and can handle mid-range distances of up to 5 miles without any problem. Priced at just $679.95, the SIC Maui Air Glide Tao Tour is a solid option for paddlers looking for something affordable and good quality.

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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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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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Surftech Promenade

Price: $999 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight:  34.7lbs Sizes: 11'6"

About the board:The Surftech Promenade is almost a category of its own. This board has the durability of most rental boards in the marketplace, but is actually fairly lightweight for how much volume it packs. The bottomline is, if you’re looking for a price point board with incredible durability that can handle cruising, touring, going the distance, and maybe even racing, and is also incredibly stable, this is it. It’s a rental board that is proving to be more of a touring board, capable of going long distances. The Surftech Promenade is truly a beater that can go the distance. Read more HERE.

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BIC Cross Tough

Price: $799.95 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 39 lbs Sizes: 10', 11'

About the board:The BIC Cross in Tough Tec is a great price point board that is very strong and is a bit wider and more stable than almost anything that you’ll find on the market. This board can be used for the family: load up the kids and use it as a platform for them to jump from and have a great time. The board doesn’t have a very long range in terms of distance paddling but you’ll still be able to get a blast out of this when loading up tons of people, gear, working on your footwork and being able to go one to two miles from the shoreline. This is a board that everyone will be able to use and you won’t have to worry too much about damaging or breaking the board as the construction is solid. Read more HERE.

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SIC Maui F

Price: $1,899.95 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 28.2 lbs Sizes: 12', 14'

About the board:If you’re looking for a classic downwind/touring board that does it all, take a look at SIC Maui’s F model. The F was designed to suit paddlers of all sizes and offers more stability than other boards in the same category due to its generous volume. The board is offered in two different sizes (12’ and 14’) and is perfect for downwind paddling. The board is fast, stable and pretty easy to carry, weighing slightly over 28 lbs. Starting at $1,899 the F is a premium paddle board that is best suited for intermediate paddlers looking for a downwind-specific board that can also be used for touring and all around paddling. Read more HERE.

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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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NSP Performance Touring Cocomat

Price: $1,599 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 32.3 lbs Sizes: 12'6", 14'

Who is this for:The NSP Cocomat Performance Touring is the ultimate board for a heavy guy or big gal. It’s incredibly stable with the traction pad making it feel very comfortable on the feet. It has some lips towards the rails, that really sort of tuck you in inside of the deck. There’s lots of accessories with bungees on the nose and tail and the flat rocker makes it a real pleasure to paddle. If you are heavy weight and looking for something that will float you without hesitation, maybe put your kids on it, or go for a long touring expedition, this is the board. One of the things that got us to notice this model more closely this year is that there were major upgrades to the graphics making the board all the more attractive. Read more HERE.

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Pau Hana Endurance

Price: $1,599 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 31.3 lbs Sizes: 12'

About the board: Yes, yes, yes! The Pau Hana Endurance is super fun. It’s very stable and is a great board for many uses. The Endurance can be great for touring, racing and all around family fun, making this board incredibly versatile. It’s also offered in Pau Hana’s Ricochet technology which makes the board virtually indestructible, which if you ask us is a huge plus. It has a beautiful finish and is arguably the most durable board around, which is a hard combo to come by. The board does come in at a heavier weight, about 31lbs, but the durability, graphics and fun factor alone easily carry this board into the A-grade tier.Read more HERE.

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Boardworks Great Bear

Price: $1,799 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: Touring
Weight: 34.3 lbs Sizes: 14'

About the board:If you’re looking for a board that you can do long distance paddling whether it is for race or touring, the Great Bear is a great option. It has lots of bungee cords up on the nose and tail with some really good looking graphics. The board has a beautiful layout of wood on the top of the deck, and the traction pad and graphics of the board work together beautifully overall. The board comes with the LiftSUP handle making it very easy to carry. The Great Bear glides incredibly well, ideally being used in a long distance race and also for expeditions. So for those looking to go that extra mile you should take a close look at this board. Definitely an A grade. Read more HERE.

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