Racing Paddle Boards
Racing Paddle Board Gear Guide
A Racing Paddle Board is for the SUP athlete interested in racing, SUP for fitness, or just looking for a speed-first board. These longer, sleek designs will rip through waves, prioritize tracking, and achieve a top speed like no other SUP. Browse all of the latest and greatest racing paddle boards made available by brands like Blue Planet Surf, Pau Hana, Oxbow, and SIC Maui. Read the complete racing paddle board buyers guide below or check out the hundreds of Racing Paddle Board Reviews as written by your fellow stand up paddlers to learn from their experience!
Racing SUP Overview
Racing SUPs are great for all open water, flat water, or downwind environments. The board is going to be longer and skinnier than something like an All Around SUP and it will have a displacement hull which both result in a reduced amount of drag. The shapes of these boards is no happenstance- they are developed, tested, and analyzed in actual race or downwind environments to find the right shape to make them rocket fast.
How much should you expect to pay for a Racing Paddle Board?
Your experience level will play a big part in how much you spend on a Racing SUP. After all, stealth isn't cheap. For most athletes, you can generally expect to pay anywhere from $1000 to $2800 for a racing paddle board. Prices are everywhere in between, but a good middle ground is around $1799. You can absolutely find them for more or less, but that gives you a pretty good baseline as you shop. The graph below shows the percentage of racing paddle boards that fall into each price range:
What is a good length for a Racing Paddle Board?
These are some of the longest SUPs you'll ever step foot on. You'll find the length of racing paddle boards generally ranging from 11'0" to 14'0"with an average length of 12'6". But there are a ton of 14' Racing SUPs as that is also a very popular length. Each length offers different trade offs and benefits, especially with speed, tracking, and glide. So the right length varies between stand up paddlers and your experience level, performance needs, and types of water you paddle. The graph below shows the percentage of racing paddle boards that fall into each length range:
How much does a Racing Paddle Board typically weigh?
Part of achieving speed is minimizing the board's weight. Compared to most SUPs, these are your lighter models with most racing paddle boards weigh between 22-33 pounds with an average weight around 27 pounds . Weight will be determined largely by material, size, and features. The graph below shows the percentage of racing paddle boards that fall into each weight range:
Racing Paddle Board Reviews
Paddling.com has been around and collecting product reviews from paddlers like you since 1998. With over 35,000 product reviews, there is no better expert than the largest paddlesports community! Of those reviews, there are 61 racing paddle board reviews and counting! Please be sure to submit a review and share your experience with the rest of us!
Here are the 8 racing paddle boards with the most reviews:
- Rio Grande by Jarvis Boards (6 reviews)
- 12'6" SHUBU Raven by Boardworks (6 reviews)
- Kaholo 14 (kit) by Chesapeake Light Craft (4 reviews)
- Kaholo 12.6 (kit) by Chesapeake Light Craft (3 reviews)
- 11'6" SHUBU Verve by Boardworks (3 reviews)
- 12'6" TR-27 by Amundson SUP (3 reviews)
- 12'6" TR-29 by Amundson SUP (3 reviews)
- 12'6" Touring by Xterra Boards (3 reviews)
Racing Paddle Board Brands
To date, there are 34 racing paddle board brands like Blue Planet Surf, Pau Hana, Oxbow, and SIC Maui. Below is but a snapshot of some of those brands, which you can click to view all of their products and product reviews.