Normally, the things we do that require from us to stand up aren’t really that fun, from queuing in the line to grab your Starbuck coffee, to having to stand up the entire trip in a packed train. But, when it comes to stand up paddle boards, then it’s totally a different story.
The popularity of this sport has skyrocketed in recent years among the youth in different parts of the world, especially in the US, and that has drawn tons of interest from people of various ages.
What’s interesting about this sport is that you can burn to up to 800 calories in one hour, and anyone is capable of doing this quick exercise no matter what age he or she is in, and whether they had some training on a stand up paddle board or not.
So, in this post, we have compiled some of the best stand up paddle boards 2019 available on the market today, with all its key features, advantages, and disadvantages for each paddle board, and then followed afterwards with a buyer’s guide that will make selecting the most suitable board a much easier task to do.
Best Stand Up Paddle Boards 2019
On top of this list is the inflatable stand up paddle boards Atoll, this paddle board comes fully stocked with all the basic necessities that you need. And that includes, an adjustable paddle, a backpack to store the board and equipment, a manual pump, a leash, and a superior bottom fin.
Inflating the Atoll hardly takes any effort and should not take more than 5 minutes to reach 15 psi, and this pressure is capable also of holding up anyone who weighs more than 300 pounds (ca. 136 kg). The materials used to construct the deck of the Atoll is a foam that will ensure high traction for your feet and comfort while standing up and paddling, or while sitting down and doing some meditation on the board.
Further, the materials used into the making of this board is a double layer PVC that resulted into making this board extremely thick and durable in terms of built quality. Among the accessories that come with this stand up paddle board is a three-parts, adjustable paddle, which has been built from an extremely light aluminum substance that can float on water in case it slips away from your hands.
Likewise, the other item in this kit is a large fin that slides easily into its place, along with two other irremovable small fins that already been installed on the board.
And for more secure paddle boarding, the fin is tightly secured with a thumb screw to prevent it from accidental falling into the water. Also, a small repair kit has been included to fix any foul-ups that might happen, and from the customer reviews, you can tell that this is something unlikely to happen.
The one thing that should have been added to the Atoll, is an extra strap in the back of the board, this way it will be much easier for two people to hold the board and transport it to the sea.
Overall, the Atoll paddle board is definitely worth checking out if you are wandering around for the perfect stand up paddle board, you will find in this the most wanted merits in an inflatable paddle board, toughness and sturdiness.
Size: 11′ Long x 32″ Wide x 6″ Thick
Weight: 23 Lbs
Weight limits: 350 Lbs
Material: Ultra-light construction used, a rugged board with dual layer PVC
The second inflatable board on our list is the SereneLife that weighs only 24 pounds (ca. 11 kg), and for an inflatable paddle board that is significantly lower weight than most boards. Although it’s light, the SereneLife with its wide deck can hold on its board more than 280 pounds (ca. 127 kg) with an extreme stability.
Moreover, this stand up paddle board has within it several attachments, among them, is an ankle cuff, adjustable paddles, removable fin, a big bag, and a manual air pump. One great fact about the air pump is that it gives you the option to inflate the board at a slow speed or a relatively faster speed.
This brilliant feature can’t be seen in many other paddle boards which will save you time filling the board and lets you get on the board faster. Also, you can control how much air is going inside the board and how much is going out by using a nozzle, which will let you decide the amount of air that is right for you. In order to increase stability, SereneLife used in this board a double layer PVC that will greatly enhance your performance on the water.
On the other side, you can find on the deck a plain bungee straps that have excellent size to fit all your gear, and hold them tightly enough, so they don’t fall off the board, and while standing on the deck you can feel that the deck has a great grip and it’ll help you stay stable along your journey. By the same token, if you want more comfort on your board, then this board is compatible with a detachable kayak seat that is sold separately, and you can attach it pretty easily.
In addition, this inflatable paddle board is absolutely trouble-free to store in your car, boat, garage or wherever you decide to store it, all it takes is a simple roll up to the deflated board and a slide into the provided backpack.
Size: 10′ Long x 30″ Wide x 6″ Thick
Weight: 24 Lbs
Weight limits: 275 Lbs
Material: Non-slip soft deck, High-density PVC
ISLE has always been one of the leading companies when it comes down to quality and good-looking design of the board, and the Versa is surely not an exception from that.
In ISLE’s shops, you can find all kind of boards, from surfboards and soft top cruise boards to inflatable paddle boards. So, for this review, we have picked the Versa Epoxy specifically for its unique elements and its suitability for beginners.
Starting off with the shape of this stand up paddle board, then the Versa possess an all-around shape, that will make it extremely stable for calm waters such as lakes and rivers. Yet, the real Stability shows when you’re in an area like in a bay, where you can find yourself on the board and surrounded with small waves from all sides, and even here you will not face any issues to get some balance on the water.
Further, this all-around shape is the best option for those who never been on a paddle board, as beginners need a board that is stable and extra balanced. On this board, you can do all kinds of activities that you enjoy doing, like surfing on small waves or SUP fishing.
In terms of the weight of this board, and appose to other boards in this category, the Versa is surprisingly lightweight, weighing only 27 pounds (12.25 kg), and at the same time, the board is a top-notch quality and imprecisely easy to transport. So, if you are lucky enough and you have a dock that leads to a lake near to you, then carrying the Epoxy Versa will not be an issue to you.
Of course, with the Epoxy Versa, you will receive everything you need for you to start your journey, one of these things is the adjustable paddle that was shaped from sturdy carbon to ensure the best durability while paddling.
The only drawback to this paddle is the heavyweight it has when compared to other paddles, this will give young surfers some hardship to swing themselves and glide on the water surface. In contrast, the lightweight of this board can work against some people and especially beginners and it might cause some difficulties to maneuver the board around from all kinds of obstacles, so the board doesn’t peck up any damages.
Lastly, the ISLE is not what most people call cheap, but it may be the best stand up paddle board for the money. On the other side, this board is extremely durable and could be one of the best epoxy paddle boards you can find.
A low-priced hardboard couldn’t be as sturdy as this board is, and most of these paddle boards are manufactured from foam, which in terms of quality, doesn’t compare with a board that is built from epoxy material.
Size: 10’5″ Long x 32″ Wide x 4.5″ Thick
Weight: 27 Lbs
Weight limits: 275 Lbs
Material: Lightweight EPS/Epoxy, Adjustable carbon shaft / plastic blade paddle, removable center fin.
Next on this list is another great product manufactured by ISLE, and this time is their best-seller when it comes to paddle boards, so it must be for a good reason. If you compare the 2018 version of the Airtech with its previous one, the first obvious point you would note is the lightweight of the newer version.
In fact, it’s so light that is considered to be one of the lightest stand up paddle boards in the market today, if not even the lightest. Uniquely, the AIRTECH weighs only 21 pounds (9.53 kg), and in order to make this lightweight happen, ISLE had to utilize a unique high-end manufacturing process and machine coat the drop stitch with a special seal and bonding layer, and then add another machine-laminated, higher density PVC layer.
As a result, this process has created an extremely durable, sturdy and lightweight paddle board. Moreover, coming now to the paddles that you’re going to receive with this board which is also made from a lightweight aluminum and can be broken down into three parts.
One thing to note is that this paddle can float easily on water, but since it’s adjustable, it’s required to have a hole in the inside, which can lead the paddle to be fill up quickly with water and sink if left floating for a long period of time. This paddle board also come with a manual pump that has a high-pressure airflow, this feature will allow you to pump up the board to 15 psi in as little as five minutes.
On top of this board, you can find a strong bungee rope that can hold all your additional stuff tightly and securely. Then, below that is a single handle to hold the board, it would be appreciated from ISLE if they considered adding one or two more handles to be able to transport the board with another person.
Likewise, some of the downsides that can be improved on this stand up paddle board is at the time of attaching the fin, you might face some difficulty to hook it up in its place, and like the Versa Epoxy, the paddle may seem to be a little bit heavy if you’re a starter. Not a deal breaker but I still believe it is important to point these things out.
Again, the ISLE Airtech is suitable for all levels of expertise, so if you’re a beginner who’s looking for the best stand up paddle boards to start with and practice your favorite activities on the board, like yoga or snorkeling.
Or you might be a pro who wants something sturdy enough to jump on and ride on some waves, this board will satisfy all those needs.
Size: 10’6″ Long x 31″ Wide x 6″ Thick
Weight: 21 Lbs
Weight limits: 240 Lbs
Material: Durable and light PVC material
iRocker gained its place on our list with its latest cruiser board that can hold on its deck a staggering weight limit of more than 400 pounds (ca. 181 kg), and a weight of only 25 pounds (11.34 kg).
This board is excellent to be purchased for kids, and while they may not exceed the weight limit, now multiple people can ride with them on the board without having to worry about the weight limit while remaining stable and balanced on the water surface.
One of the things you’ll find interesting about this stand up paddle board is how everything matches each other in terms of the color, from the paddle, the pump, and to the board itself, giving it a nice look for the eye.
Speaking of the pump, this could be the best selling point for this board, because of how iRocker made it be efficient as much as possible. It’s a high-quality manual pump and it uses a dual pumping technology to push as much air as possible and inflate the board in a lesser time, approximately seven minutes is what is needed to fill up the entire board.
The Fiberglass finished paddle is truly durable and it’s what makes this paddle float on water, along with the ability to adjust the paddle to the height that fits you the best. iRocker also made this paddle board compatible with kayaking equipment, from the paddle that is able to separate and turn into a kayak, to side the rings on the sides of the board to make it compatible with your kayak seat and attaching it easily on the board.
The iRocker has two small permanent fins and a third one that is detachable. Unfortunately, the removable fin tends to fall off from the board, as numerous people reported that they lost their fins even in their first try on the board.
Size: 10’6″ Long x 33″ Wide x 6″ Thick
Weight: 25 Lbs
Weight limits: 400 Lbs
Material: Military-grade PVC
Tower has always been one of the leading companies in the paddle boarding world, and their latest inflatable paddle board speak for itself. This board is solidly constructed from high-quality materials, and anyone can tell that from the thickness of the board and the military level PVC used to manufacture this paddle board.
The deck area of this board is a wide, non-skid surface designed to prevent any slippery that can happen during paddling. One of the additions you receive with this board is the relatively long fiberglass paddles that can stretch from about 65” to 85”, it’s suitable especially for a tall person and who wants a paddle that’ll let him travel faster on the water with each stroke.
Sadly for this iSUP paddle, is that the fiberglass material used to make the paddle doesn’t really help much in making it float on water. Instead, in some cases, it makes it even drown down to the bottom of the lake even faster. To avoid this kind of situation, simply attach a leash to the board in one end and to the light paddle to the end.
Moving on, one other item with the Tower is a detachable large fin that slides easily to its place, you can replace this fin with a proper one that suits the kind of recreation you are participating in. Inflating and deflating this board couldn’t be easier, as it only takes 10 minutes to inflate the entire board and less 5 minutes to deflate and packing it inside the bag.
Upon owning this stand up paddle board, you can clearly see that Tower is trading speed and the ability to maneuverability with something that can fit all skill levels using this board (especially beginners), which is stability and high flotation. So, no wonder to see this board have solid construction and required toughness to do what’s favorable to its users.
A couple of things I want to note if you have decided to consider this board is that the white color option of this board can grab brown muddy stains after a period of using it. The other thing is the small size of the bungee straps, which can limit you in terms of the number of items you can put there.
Overall, except for the minor things that the Tower fall short on, this is a great paddle board that worth checking out.
Size: 10’4″ Long x 32″ Wide x 6″ Thick
Weight: 26 Lbs
Weight limits: 350 Lbs
Material: Military-grade PVC, Drop-Stitch construction for high durability, non-slip soft top deck
Our next board is coming to you from PEAK, which has seen a great deal of improvements in the few last years which in return gave them a big portion of the stand up paddle board’s market.
The military grade PVC used into making this board is absolutely stable and perfect for beginners and advanced levels of experience as it’s easy to use in calm waters. Having recreational activities like yoga on this board can be done in absolute comfort, as the board absorbs all the motion coming from the waves, to give you the ultimate pleasant ride even with a heavy weight on top of the board.
Moreover, one of the factors that made for the PEAK all its success is their attention to details, like the way they have finished the handle in the middle of the board and the material they used to make it, which is rubber, and that is something that most companies always overlook. It’s all about details.
Furthermore, one other element about this paddle board is the light paddle that comes with it. Fortunately, they can float, but don’t let it sit in water for too long as they may get filled up with water and sink to the bottom of the ocean.
Folding this board after deflating it is an easy job, and the bag that comes with the PEAK is durable with padded straps and waist straps that will be for sure be carried in easy.
The one factor that constrains the ability of anyone to maneuver with this board around obstacles especially in windy days, is the single fin at the bottom back end of the board, although it’s large in size, but that doesn’t help to affect this large board turn fast enough when avoiding whatever obstacle that’s ahead of you.
At last, one of the items that came with the PEAK is the manual pump, and what’s not so positive about it is that it inflates the board extremely slowly, and to reach to a number as low as 10 psi it’ll take an awfully long time.
So, it’s recommended to pick up an electrical pump that will require less exhausting work and inflates the board much faster.
Size: 10′ Long x 30″ Wide x 6″ Thick
Weight: 23 Lbs
Weight limits: 300 Lbs
Material: Tough military grade PVC construction
Our next board is a good-looking one. The Ten Toes Weekender rank high when it comes to appearance and shape, so if you want a board that will stand out among your peers, then this is the one.
Starting off with the greatest feature which is the speed that the Weekender has, and due to the way this board is shaped, that will cause it to keep up even with fast kayaks.
The weight limit capability is up to 250 pounds (ca. 113 kg), and that requires high-quality PCV, easy maneuverability and stability which are some of the things you’ll not have any problems within this board.
Ten Toes have equipped this board with all the necessities any surfer would need, from an adjustable aluminum paddle, a repair kit, a manual pump and a bag that can carry all these pieces of equipment. Sadly, the manual pump will cause exhaustion and it’ll take a long time to reach 10 psi and that only to make the pump register, but prior to that you’re going to pump the board without seeing any difference.
Apart from that, what makes the Weekenders a great board is being a budget-friendly paddle board while having excellent features that most boards in this price range don’t have, so it’s definitely worth checking out.
Size: 10′ Long x 30″ Wide x 6″ Thick
Weight: 27 Lbs
Weight limits: 250 Lbs
Material: Indestructible military-grade PVC
This hardboard is a great start for beginners into the world of paddle boarding and also for a reasonable price. CBC is constructed from high-density materials like EPS and foam core that makes the board weight less than most boards in its category, and it only weighs 24 pounds (ca. 11 kg).
The comfortable molded handle was shaped in the board to make sure you can hold it easily, and that is a huge advantage especially if the person holding the board is smaller in size. While transporting the California Board from your boat or car to the ocean, it’s safe to say here to be extra careful to not hit with any hard objects along the way, as this board cannot take beating that well and it could lead the boards’ body to be scratched.
Meanwhile, transporting this board from one place to another is much easier because of the roof rack provided with this stand up paddle board, this leech might be a little bit small if your vehicle is quite large, then you should not rely on this leech and grab you own one.
One missing factor from the CBC is a traction pad on the deck of the board, so standing on it or doing yoga will be more comfortable and faster to maneuver.
As mentioned before, this board is more focused on beginners and intermediates in paddle boarding, and the stability this board has especially in flat water is one of the factors that makes this board among the best stand up paddle boards.
Size: 10’6” Long x 30″ Wide x 5″ Thick
Weight: 25 Lbs
Weight limits: 300 Lbs
Material: High-Density EPS foam with wood stringers
How to Choose The Best Stand Up Paddle Boards – Buyer Guide
Before buying an item that is quite costly like the paddle board, it is better to familiarize yourself a little bit with some aspects of this product.
Paddle boards are constructed from three main materials and as each type is assembled in a different way than the other, each one of them has its own advantages and some disadvantages. Hence, when selecting your board, it should always depend on your needs and lifestyle, that way you can select the perfect board with more confidence and ease.
Types of Stand up Paddle Boards
This is your traditional hardboard and the type that most boards are made of. This sort of material is typically from EPS and multiple layers of fiberglass on the surface of the board, usually the core is filled with solid foam that will give it better flotation.
The reason of doing that is to prevent dings that could happen while transporting and to give it some strength, it’ll also cause it to be incredibly light to carry to the beach and ensure durability while surfing the ocean.
Some paddle board brands use a sheet of wood under the fiberglass and place it where you usually stand, while others prefer to use an infused epoxy process to add more comfort and toughness to the board. In some cases, companies incorporate lightweight wood to make it look great.
Most epoxy stand up paddle boards possess an air vent installed on the deck. The air vent is used to help prevent delamination of the epoxy resin from the EPS foam blank.
Pros: you gain a Nimble board, fast direction and smooth glide, best used for: surfing, racing, and distance trips, fast in setting it up to start paddling
Cons: difficult to transport, vulnerable to scratches and punctures, normally it cost more than most types.
This kind of boards have gone up in popularity in the last few years among the youth in particular, as it has plenty of advantages that put it in the radar of every new surfer. Some of these advantages are the trouble-free transport of the board and the little space it needs to be stored, a tiny space in a garage or a warehouse and that’s it.
Some brands like ISLE produce high-quality boards that are rugged just as an epoxy board. Moreover, those companies produce these kinds of boards using a drop stitching technique with high-density high PCV layers.
Occasionally, inflatable stand up paddle boards weigh less than solid stand up boards, and the reason for that is that these boards contain mostly air-filled using a manual or electric pumper. A high-quality board should inflate to 12 to 15 pounds per square inch, to form this type of boards as tough and sturdy as possible.
Pros: small size, easier to transport and store, live for a longer time, mid-range price among other kinds of boards, you can reach a location that is hard to reach with solid board.
Cons: perform less than a solid board, time-consuming by inflating and deflating.
3. Soft top
The last type of boards is usually called plastic boards, and it’s called that way when the deck is constructed from soft, spongy materials, and the core is hard sturdy material. The core usually contains EPS blank that give it more rigidity.
ISLE use in their soft-top board’s extra layer that is plated with fiberglass and epoxy to make it glide easily on water and have more durability. Plastic boards provide the paddler with an exterior that’s durable and more affordable price than other types.
Pros: stable in calm water, come in different sizes, the most affordable option.
Cons: lowest performance, heavy, not a lot of designs available.
Shapes of Paddle boards
Planing Hull – All around
The shape of a planning hull is wide and flat, and it is best used for leisure paddling, like, surfing, yoga, and whitewater surfing. Also, a lot of similarities can be seen when all-around boards are compared to surfboards in terms of maneuverability and the ease in sliding on the water.
Further, all-around shape is the best option as an entry level for a beginner, as it is perfect for learning stand up paddle boarding in calm waters and paddling in a much quicker and safer way.
Displacement Hull – Surfing / Racing
The displacement hull is molded with a pointing nose, and what that does is that it pushes water on the sides of the board, and that will make you cut through water in a faster, smooth, and more efficient way.
This is the type that will travel farther with each paddle without requiring a great deal of effort, and the downside is that it will affect maneuverability that the planning hull has. This shape is suitable for touring activities, racing, and fitness paddling.
Capacity and volume go hand in hand with the length of the board, the longer the board is the better stability you will have and the extra space you will have for your gear on the board.
One of the most important criteria when choosing your board is the length of the board. Generally, the taller the board, the faster it will be, and the shorter it is the less speed it will go and the more maneuverability it will have. So, keep before your eyes the way you intend to use the board when deciding the best stand up paddle boards to get.
Short boards (less than 10’): this length comes typically in a planing hull shape, and it is great for doing surfing for someone who is new to paddling boarding. The best stand up paddle board’s length for kids is between 8’ and 9’.
Medium boards (10’ to 11.6’): Planing hull dominate also this size of boards, but a small number of displacement hull board are available at this length. Starters who are searching to practice paddle boarding as a way to clear up their mind, then this length range is the most applicable to them.
Long boards (12’ and above): if you’re interested in racing and touring, then a longboard is definitely required to accomplish your desire.
As noted earlier, displacement-hulls is what tall boards shaped at, and this massive length provides a lot of tracking straighter glide much faster than other sizes. 12’ boards and above are suitable for long distance and fast paddling.
knowing the weight range is fundamentally important while you choose your next paddle board, if you’re purchasing a board for yourself or your family, then you need to figure out how much you weight or how much is the average weight of your family. An excellent board can hold on board about 250 – 350 pounds. Inefficiency can happen when purchasing a board and being surprised later that your weight is not suitable for it or that the board can not hold up for your extra gear and kit.
stability in paddleboarding world is determined by the width of the board. On average, the width that fits all kinds of body sizes is 33”.
Width of more than 31”: stability will come from wider boards; hence, beginners will have more authority and control on the board and by concentrating on their body on water they will become more flexible.
Width of less than 30”: people who weigh less than 140 pounds, a narrow board will cause them to be much lighter on water and have more control over the board.
Have the right gear
The last thing you want to happen to you when starting paddle boarding, or basically any sport, is to have the inappropriate gear. When you own a board that is too big or too small for your capabilities, you will start to think that this sport is extremely hard or that you will never learn how to do paddle boarding. So, how do you make sure you always land on the perfect paddle board? It is by knowing all your abilities and your needs before purchasing the paddle board.
Focus on the core, not the arms
When thinking about paddling, your first thought might be to use your arms, and the harder you paddle, the faster you will go. This a wrong misconception that most people believe, while in reality, if you’re only using arms to move and not your whole core, you will not move that far.
The muscle group in your core is much bigger and stronger than the one in your arms, and on a surface like water that is constantly changing, you need to be using more of your midsection while paddling. As a beginner, you need to pay attention to that, so you can experience better endurance and balance.
Invest in a lesson
To make sure you avoid common mistakes beginners make, you should consider registering yourself for a class from PaddleFit or a WPA certified instructor. These classes will teach you all the basic techniques you need to know from how to hold your paddle the right way, correct ways to paddling, how to do turning, how to always stay safe on the water and learning how to properly fall off the board. Most of these classes are inexpensive but the value you gain is priceless.
Always have a life jacket
Most states require surfers to keep a life jacket with them on board when they are doing paddle boarding. Another object you should be using is a leash, for the reason that it will be much easier to pull the board when it starts to float away, you can also use it as a flotation device when you stop paddling and want to take a rest.
Q – Is the fin removable?
Well, this totally depends on the paddle board brand you’ll get. Most brands on the market these days contain on the back end of the board a large, center fin that is removable, but few have its fin attached.
Most of them also have irremovable smaller fins to help balance the board.
Q – I have an inflatable Paddle board, to what PSI number should I inflate it?
Let’s first understand what actually PSI stands for. PSI means pounds for per square inch and it indicates the amount of air your board can hold.
Stand up paddle board manufacturers will always state the amount of air you should pump into your board in the buyer’s manual. The average number of PSI in most ISUP is 14 but it will range from 10 – 15 PSI.
It is vitally important to make sure that the board has the right amount of pressure depending on your weight and the items you bring with you on board. It’s not always required to pump until you reach to the maximum amount allowed of air pressure, especially if you’re a lighter person.
Q – What type of paddle should I pick for my board?
If you choose to buy into an inflatable board, then you’re lucky. Most inflatable ISUP, if not all, come with the appropriate paddle that guarantees the best user experience. On the other side, if you pick up for yourself an epoxy SUP, and you want paddle that is light and built from high-quality materials, then it can be a little bit expensive, but overall, they vary in terms of price.
But, as a beginner you most likely won’t need some sophisticated paddle that allows you to do some advanced techniques, it is recommended that you stick to the paddles that came with the paddle board, and after a while, you can level up your paddle and be able to do new techniques.
Q – How long can my board last me?
Well, that depends on a few things, first and foremost is how many times a year do you use the board. And the second matter is how the board is being taking care of when after finishing using it.
Ideally, and with the right amount of care and protection, stand up paddle boards can last for long periods of time.
Q – Can my dog be with me on board?
Absolutely. Actually, dogs can be helpful when it comes to balance and attraction.
Although, those big furry ones may cause some trouble on board more than smaller ones, then here comes training which can be a great idea.
Q – How can I take better care for my board?
1. Make sure before you pack the board that you dry it up after you finished using it.
2. Store the board away from any sunlight or any other elements that will weaken the materials over time.
The stand up paddle board that successfully managed to stand out from the crowd on this list was the Inflatable Board Atoll.
The amount of benefits that you gain from this board is huge, and the incredible performance is also unbeatable, and the overall great comfort across the board. So, it would be safe to say to that making the Atoll on your top three paddle boards to consider is an intelligent move.
Tell us below if we miss any paddle board that you feel that should be mentioned in this list, we’ll make sure to do so in our next review.