Welcome to the wonderful, ever-growing world of SUP! Arguably the fastest growing water sport of late, there are an increasing number of paddle board models to choose from. Before you go out and buy a SUP or paddle board, you want to define your needs and use that to find the best SUP for you.
The first and most important questions in your quest to buy a paddle board are: how and where will you SUP? With an increasing number of brands and models available to you, it's important to start here. If you plan to SUP casually or mostly on flatwater, you'll likely want a paddle board with a planing hull that glides over the water and is stable as found in both all-around paddle boards and flatwater paddle boards. If you plan to SUP ocean water or anticipate needing to break through waves, you'll want a paddle board with a displacement hull that cuts through the waves and tracks straight as found in touring paddle boards and racing paddle boards. If you want to run whitewater on a SUP (oh yes, it's a thing), check out whitewater paddle boards. Or check out surf paddle boards if you want a SUP that is designed to catch and surf waves.
Thinking about SUP-related activities, you've got options here as well. If finding zen on a peaceful morning paddle is your jam, then you'll definitely want to check out yoga paddle boards designed with that exact purpose. If you want a stable and wide platform to fish from, you'd be amazed at what's available in fishing paddle boards.
Regardless of where you paddle, if storage, transportation, or convenience are noteworthy, then you should explore the latest innovations happening in inflatable paddle boards.
See each of the paddle board categories below and choose the one that best suits you to get started!
Stand up paddle surfing and stand up paddle boarding (SUP) are sports originating in Hawaii as an offshoot of surfing. Unlike traditional surfing where the rider is sitting until a wave comes, stand up paddle boarders maintain an upright stance on their boards and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water.