SUP Board by Weight
If you are a SUP beginner, you’ll want a board that both supports your weight and one that you can balance on easily. It’s important to remember that if you’re planning on taking a significant other (and that includes your dog) you will need to factor the extra weight in. This also applies to any food, water or additional gear you plan to bring on board with you.
If you weigh less than 150lb, you’ll want to go for a shorter paddleboard in the 9’6 range. If you get the right design, these boards can give their rider a lot of stability. Just make sure the width is appropriate for the length at around 30-32 inches. Anything wider will be slow to paddle.
SUP Board by Height
When working out what size SUP is right, you should be adding 9-10 inches to the paddler’s height. Alongside this, remember to factor in the weight of the padder, how many times they’ve paddled, and the location of the paddle. This will vary depending on the primary use of the SUP. More experienced padders tend to choose this method to find their perfect fit.
Choosing A Beginners SUP Board
As a beginner, your main focus should be to enjoy yourself and gain an understanding of what a paddling board can bring you and what it has to offer. It’s best to find the calmest waters possible, as they will provide the easiest conditions to learn in. If you are unsure of where to find this, aim for lakes, ponds and marshes — places with small waves under 50cm. By starting in such areas, you will be able to get used to the requirements of stand-up paddleboarding.
When it comes to choosing a SUP as a beginner, it’s a good idea to look for short, wide boards with a curved nose. Stability is key for first-timers. Although it’ll be something that you can improve and develop, to gain any enjoyment during the early stages, you will want the board to do some of the heavy lifting for you. But remember, safety is key for beginners, so a board with a leash can go a long way in ensuring you keep your head above water.
- Between 9 to 11 feet lengthways.
- 60 to 80 kg (flexible depending on weight)
- Short, wide stand-up paddle with a curved nose
- Leash for safe stand-up paddling
Our Best Beginner SUP Boards
A pro tip for all beginners; why not buy a coiled leash for extra safety? This is especially useful if you plan to use the board on rivers or canals.
Expertly designed to ensure ideal stability for first-timers, our range of beginner SUPs has everything a beginner needs when hitting the water.
Created by our team of expert padders, we’ve developed a touring stand-up paddleboard perfect for half-day trips, made for beginners of different weight classes. Not only is it built with a pointed, aerodynamic design for cruising, it’s also fit with a foam deck for comfort, grip and transportation.
Choosing Intermediate SUP Boards
Once you feel more confident about your SUP skillset, it may well be time to start looking for a new board. An intermediate-level paddleboard will provide increased performance for both speed and agility. The board will offer the paddler a better platform to practise new skills such as pivoting and reverse paddle turns. The more competent you become, the more the world of paddle boarding will start to open itself up. Let’s look at the different styles of intermediate paddle boarding.
Intermediate Stand-Up Paddleboard Touring
If you’re unsure of exactly what type of paddle boarding you want to get involved with, an all-round intermediate board will work with a variety of conditions. For instance, the improved agility and speed will help riders navigate a line-up far more easily when catching waves, and manoeuvre tougher rivers.
By now you’ve been out touring for more than two hours a day and are able to travel long distances. It’s time to find a board with higher glide capabilities. Streamlined, longer, and more lightweight boards set themselves apart from the beginner board. It’s also a good idea to bring a leash, as you would with the beginner board (and for all safe SUP boarding).
Intermediate Stand-Up Paddleboard Racing
Ready to take things up a notch? Known in some circles as SUPXROSS, SUP racing is usually done on a long stretch of water such as rivers or along the shoreline of lakes and coastal waters. It’s typically done on the same closed course race track used in watercross with jet skiing. Much like usual stand-up paddleboarding, you will need a good glide, lightweight board with a longer SUP along with a leash for safety.
Intermediate Stand-Up Paddleboard Surfing
A combination of traditional surfing and stand-up paddleboarding, this is a pastime that is popular for those who have physical limitations such as hip and shoulder injuries, and one that will only be possible once you’ve reached a fairly good SUP standard. Instead of lying on the board and paddling out using their hands to reach the waves, they use the paddle to reach surfable ways, and then similar to normal surfing, the paddleboarder steers the board to catch the waves.
As you will be likely be looking to surf waves up to 1 metre, you need a board that gives you good manoeuvrability. Your best bet is to choose a SUP board that has a curved nose and is shorter and thinner than other intermediate offerings. And again, for safe stand-up paddling, don’t forget your leash.
- Materials with increased stiffness and rigidity
- Less volume
- Narrower deck
- Thinner & shorter board
- Lighter & stronger paddle
Our Best Intermediate SUP Boards
As your skill level increases, so does our SUPs. Each comes in a selection of different sizing, meaning you can find a board which works for both you and your SUP style.
Touring Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard X500
Built for those who want to spend that little while longer on the water without taking up too much energy, our team of paddlers has developed the intermediate SUP board X500. This board is designed to make stand-up paddleboarding micro-adventures accessible to all, with placement markers to get you in the right position, two ergonomic handles for easy transport, and designed in a way that makes gliding through the water easy.
Inflatable Stand Up Racing PaddleBoard
Made by our ITIWIT team of SUP experts, this inflatable racing paddleboard has excellent glide performance due to its hydrodynamic shape, plus a stable and robust design. Each is also built with a semi-rigid bow and tail for greater speed and comes in a range of different sizes (14' x 25",12'6x26, 14' x 27").
Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard Surf 500
Ready to hit the waves? This inflatable Longboard Stand-Up Paddleboard is excellent for absorbing shocks during falls and collisions. Made up of reinforced woven drop stitch with a double stringer, the board gives you the rigidity you need for riding waves from 50cm to 1.50cm. We’ve made it easy to transport, weighing only 8.5kg and built with a retractable carrying strap. It also comes in a shortboard version, making it even easier for you to carry it to your next location.
To be considered an experienced paddler, you will need to have spent a considerable amount of time on the water, honing your skills, and gaining a good understanding of what type of watery locations you feel confident in. Some like to focus on speed, glide, and manoeuvrability when choosing their next paddleboard, whereas others just want a model that ensures efficiency. There are also experienced paddlers who will use their board as an affordable extension of their hobbies.
An experienced paddleboarder with the right board should be confident whatever the conditions. Although we have already talked about some of our Touring, Racing, and Surfing SUP models, they can also be used for hobbies such as Fishing and Yoga. Let’s have a look at what type of SUP works best for these pastimes.
SUP for Yoga
- Lower level of thickness
- 10-11 foot lengthways
- Plush, flat deck pad to cover up to three-fourths of the surface
- Flat strap handle with a removable handgrip cover
SUP for Fishing
- 6-inch thickness
- Full board grip
Additional equipment and accessories for fishing
- Dry storage bag
- Floatation device (optional but recommended)
- SUP seat (optional)
- Most people take a cool box (or fishing box)
Best Advanced SUP Boards
The best SUP Boards for Yoga
Although there are boards that are made specifically for SUP Yoga, they are usually very similar to existing stable SUPs but with just a few additions to both the deck pad and accessories. However, when you compare a regular inflatable SUP to the Yoga-specific modifications, you’ll likely find you’re better off with the standard one, as it will give you a good stable Yoga experience out on the water, and you can use it for other activities too.
The best SUP Boards for Fishing
If you have decided to pick up a SUP for fishing, it’s best to go for the inflatable option. Not only are they easy to deflate and transport along with your other fishing accessories, but they also offer a lot when you’re out on the water. An inflatable paddleboard will usually offer a larger deck and increased stability which makes casting and moving across the board much easier. They’re also far more compact than kayaks or other boards, with their thickness enhancing buoyancy — a crucial element to fishing. The increased height is also a real plus when it comes to your visibility of the open water. If possible, go for a double layer of PVC fabric to increase the board’s rigidity and protection.