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Best All-Around Paddle Boards of 2021

From inflatables to hard boards, the gamut of All-Around Paddle Boards being offered in 2021 is remarkably complete. But how do you evaluate all of these SUPs and select the right choice for you, your experience, and planned paddling? Fortunately, your paddling friends have been hard at work. Here's the best all-around SUPs as paddled, tested, and reviewed by you!


So how do you evaluate your options and make a decision in 2021? To begin, you need to understand that an All-Around SUP is named appropriately. That is, an All-Around SUP is designed and intended to be used for all water types. Whereas other categories of SUP might be optimally designed for a specific water type or duration, all-around boards balance speed, stability, and tracking. If versatility and ease of use are your priorities, then an All-Around SUP is perfect for you.

Fortunately, the ever-growing SUP community has been paddling along and sharing their experiences through All-Around SUP reviews. By leveraging the reviews and experience that's been shared by thousands of your fellow paddlers, they've helped narrow the remarkable gamut of options down to the best of the best.

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Considerations When Buying An All-Around SUP

An all-around board, generally speaking, is a great choice in SUP especially for those who are new to the sport or see themselves paddling mostly flat water. They're wider, thicker, and typically longer than a Surf SUP. But they're shorter and wider than a Touring SUP. They're designed to be the most versatile, all-purpose board which makes them the best choice if you're just getting into the sport because you can do everything with this one SUP.

Before you start evaluating All-Around SUP models and the many options, you need to consider a few different factors:

  1. Volume & Board Size - The most overlooked, but also one of the most important, factors is your size in relation to the board. Volume is a great way to think about a board size. There's a certain amount of volume inside any board. That volume is what floats you. So you need a board with a certain amount of volume so that you'll be comfortable out there and you won't be unstable.
  2. Width - Width is a big factor as it relates to SUP stability. As the board gets wider, you can expect it to be more stable. But as the board gets skinnier, it'll track straighter and faster. So you'll want to find a width that matches your preference for stability vs. speed and tracking.
  3. Length - Board length is important not only for the type of water you see yourself paddling (Flat water? Ocean? River?), but also for your planned distances and duration. The longer the board, the more glide you can expect and you can get more distance and cover more distance. But the shorter the board, the more conducive to that surf-style performance you can expect.
  4. Thickness - Board thickness is also often overlooked and misunderstood. The ideal thickness will depend on board material and whether you are looking for an inflatable SUP or a hard, rigid SUP. In general, you'll see and want your inflatables to be thicker than your hard, rigid board. Especially for inflatables, you want to make sure that the thickness and rigidity when inflated will be durable and perform for your entire duration.

Below we'll lay out a few of the absolute best All-Around SUPs to choose from. Rather than a single opinion, we've compiled this list using SUP reviews and experiences from thousands of paddlers just like you. So use this list as a starting point. Get some ideas, read some reviews, look through the entire All-Around SUP Gear Guide, maybe browse the message boards, talk to your local paddlesports retailer or paddling groups, and get out and try it before you buy it!

And, of course, when you're done, be sure to help the next paddler in their search by submitting a review!

Your Review Matters

This list was based primarily on reviews from paddlers just like you. If you have paddled a SUP and have experience to share, be sure to submit a review to inform others and have a voice in how this list is made.


Best All-Around SUPs of 2021

10'6" Beach Performer

by TAHE
10' 6"
Length
31.5"
Width (in)
32
Weight (lb)
$699.95
MSRP

If you’re looking for a board to be equally at home surfing a wave as is relaxing on the local lake, look no further than the Performer series. If you want a slightly longer board, the 11'6" Beach Performer is another paddler favorite.

TAHE has blended surf-inspired longboard outlines for solid wave performance with confidence-inspiring stability and a moderate rocker profile for versatility in flat-water conditions. Join the thousands of riders who’ve made the Performer series an international best-seller.

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • Surf-Inspired longboard surf shapes
  • Attachment points and bungee on deck
  • Ergo-Grip carry handle
  • Moderate rocker profile and tapered rails
  • Tough-Tec construction
  • Soft and grippy EVA foam deck pad
  • FCS II tool-free removable center fin

10'6" Beach Performer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
(36 Consumer Reviews)

This was the very first SUP…

This was the very first SUP I purchased, back in summer of 2015, after reading a review about it in Outdoor magazine. It comes in a couple different colors; mine is the high… read full review

Owned this for almost a…

Owned this for almost a year. Was looking for something durable and light and this has been living up to its promise. Performer's slim profile maneuvers well and glides thr… read full review

Just ordered this board and…

Just ordered this board and so far so good! smooth, stable ride on the ottawa river which is known for being a bit bumpy

Shoreline SUP

10' 9"
Length
32"
Width (in)
27
Weight (lb)
$999.99
MSRP

At 10'9” in length and weighing 26.6lbs, the Shoreline is perfect for casual lake or flat-water paddlers. This lightweight design allows the board easy portability and handling. For best results, the Shoreline has the capacity to hold anyone up to 210lbs. Each board comes equipped with a standard 10” removable bottom fin as well as an easy-to-use elastic cargo strap to keep your life jacket tied down and accessible. The embossed diamond pattern on the EVA deck will give you the cushion and grip that you need to stay on the water all day long!

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Shoreline SUP Reviews

(0 Consumer Reviews)

No one has submitted a review yet for the Shoreline SUP. Please help out the community and share your experience!

10'8" Ride MSL

10' 8"
Length
34"
Width (in)
23
Weight (lb)
$1,349
MSRP

For an inflatable paddle board that offers super stability and performance, look no further than the 10’8″ Ride.

With all the same qualities as Red Paddle Co's other Ride boards like the also highly rated 10'6" Ride MSL, you’ll appreciate the extra stability that comes from its increased volume, especially if you are a slightly larger rider or have a passenger on board.

Made from the exclusive MSL material, at 4.7”/120mm thick, this board provides increased stiffness at lower pressure, making it 40% stiffer than a standard 4”/100mm board. The rounded tail makes the board easy to maneuver, so it’s also a great beginner board too.

  • Structure: Inflatable
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

10'8" Ride MSL Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
(12 Consumer Reviews)

In total love with this…

In total love with this board! Very stable, very stiff, great glide. I like the fact that it's only 4" thick: you're closer to the water for Yoga. Great board!

For the most part, I love my…

For the most part, I love my 10'8" Ride and have used it HARD for the last two years. I am blown away at its durability. The Titan pump kicks butt, too, (although I have doub… read full review

Super-stable and easy to…

Super-stable and easy to ride, this board is relatively quick to inflate and extremely stable. I am 230 lbs and put my 60 lb kid on the front and it was still like standing o… read full review

10'0 Beach Cross

by TAHE
10'
Length
33"
Width (in)
32
Weight (lb)
$699.95
MSRP

An ultra-stable platform equally suited for first-timers, family fun, fitness, yoga, fishing or whatever your next SUP adventure may be.

The unique ‘hybrid’ design of the Cross, also available as the 11' Beach Cross, features a keeled nose for excellent tracking, full rail-to-rail volume for enhanced stability and maximum use of the entire deck, and a full waterline to increase speed and efficiency. Numerous attachment points for securing accessories and deck rigging come standard on all Cross models.

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • Keeled nose
  • Molded EPS Foam Core
  • FCS II Fin
  • Foam Traction Pad
  • Ergo-Grip carry handle
  • Attachment points
  • Ultra-Durable external shell

10'0 Beach Cross Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
(25 Consumer Reviews)

The board is great, however…

The board is great, however there is one flaw. It will not keep the fin locked. I have lost fins with this technology. Now I have to get the lock.

This is an interesting…

This is an interesting hybrid board, with a flatwater, keeled nose and a surf-style body. It's a really good starter board. I like the almost indestructible construction and … read full review

I bought my Bic Ace Tec…

I bought my Bic Ace Tec after only one SUP lesson. I fell in love with the sport immediately. I mainly use it on lakes but I've been know to just drop it in a local farm pond… read full review

11'0" Big EZ Hawaiian

11'
Length
32"
Width (in)
29–30
Weight (lb)
$1,199.99
Base MSRP

The Big EZ is designed for absolute stability for riders big and small in all types of water. The Big EZ is tough and durable and remains stable in all types of water conditions, which results in a positive experience from the first ride to the last. Because the board is so versatile, ocean paddling, surfing, river running, cruising, yoga, and fishing, there is always a reason to keep it around. It can be ridden single or tandem, with a pet or child, in the ocean, lake, river, bay, or marina.

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • Stable for riders big and small
  • Easy to navigate and maneuver in any type of water
  • Tough and durable to last through the years
  • A great board for both beginners and experienced riders
  • Brushed deck pad for a comfortable grip

11'0" Big EZ Hawaiian Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(6 Consumer Reviews)

stable and durable board;…

stable and durable board; cool looking too. Just need to get a bigger car to fit it

If you are a big guy and want…

If you are a big guy and want a great all around board this is perfect, super fun is small surf and not too bulky or slow for flat water... The most fun board I have ever rid… read full review

1st time ever and the board…

1st time ever and the board made it easy for me. The people I rented from said it looks like I've done this before. Pros Easy to carry. Comfortable to stand on. Cons Wish i… read full review

11'2" All Day

11' 2"
Length
33"
Width (in)
29–31
Weight (lb)
$1,049.99
Base MSRP

The 11’2” All Day is a classic all-around shape that stands the test of time. This is a super stable board with good glide and load carrying capacity, making it a great choice for riders of all sizes and abilities. If your perfect day includes cruising the lake, going for a swim, catching some rays (or a few Z’s), and taking your four-legged friend along with you, this board may be your perfect match.

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Advanced
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Advanced

Additional Attributes

  • 10” center fin with double FUTURE sides
  • GORE no maintenance vent
  • Ergo Handle for easy carrying
  • GoPro camera mount
  • Six point tie down system for carrying accessories

11'2" All Day Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(4 Consumer Reviews)

Great, fast, stable board. We…

Great, fast, stable board. We have loved it. The Grey Duck team is super helpful. Great purchase!

This has been a great board.…

This has been a great board. I went from a Costco inflatable to this board and it was night and day. I can get myself, my toddler and dog all on the board and paddle around. … read full review

Learned of this company while…

Learned of this company while paddling in Hawaii. The all day board is great size. It has great stability and maneuverability. Used it on a windy day in a lake with boats. No… read full review

O2 Retro

10' 6"
Length
33.5"
Width (in)
23
Weight (lb)
$699
MSRP

The Glide inflatable paddle board the O2 Retro is the catchall shape for any type of paddling. It handles well in surf, rivers, and on flat water with enough displacement for paddlers and a furry friend. If you’re an all-around paddler with storage and transport limitations the O2 Retro will take you anywhere you need to go.

  • Structure: Inflatable
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • Fusion Technology lends stiffness and performance
  • Full-Length EVA Deck Pad
  • 25 PSI Rating
  • U.S. Style fin box
  • Comfortable neoprene handle
  • Backpack with rolling wheels for easy travel
  • Adjustable Paddle
  • Leash
  • High capacity SUP pump
  • Fin
  • Repair Kit
  • NEW FOR 2021 Kayak Seat and Carry Strap Included

O2 Retro Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
(4 Consumer Reviews)

Amazing board. Solid…

Amazing board. Solid construction and beautiful craftsmand ship.

As a newbie paddler, this…

As a newbie paddler, this board was solid in the water and gave me the confidence to get paddling. Tracks great, very stable in the water. Wide enough and soft pad for doing… read full review

This board is huge and…

This board is huge and incredibly stable. It would be great for an acro yoga practice on SUP and/or taller individuals. My instructor uses it for carrying extra gear while sh… read full review

Performer 11' 2021

11'
Length
34"
Width (in)
24
Weight (lb)
$999
MSRP

The Performer 11 ISUP (Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board) is back and even better than before. This new and improved Performer is adventure-ready and crafted to meet the needs of paddlers of all levels. The Performer 11 is designed for incredible stability and durability. The upgraded 2021 package continues to deliver superior performance with new features to offer, both aesthetic and ergonomic, including an all-new sleek silver Clear Tek Inflatable Material design, translucent leash to match your board and cargo bungee with new stability harness.

  • Structure: Inflatable
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Additional Attributes

  • Lightweight 3-piece adjustable paddle (178-216 cm/70-85")
  • High-pressure, dual-action hand pump
  • 11' translucent ankle coil leash
  • Cell-phone dry bag
  • Repair kit
  • Carry-all backpack

Performer 11' 2021 Reviews

(0 Consumer Reviews)

No one has submitted a review yet for the Performer 11' 2021. Please help out the community and share your experience!

Flow 106

10' 6"
Length
32"
Width (in)
46
Weight (lb)
$409.99
MSRP

The SUP BOARD FLOW 106 is ideal for beginner paddlers to get to discover the sport this summer. All of Pelican's boards have been thoughtfully designed with the most convenient and comfortable features to suit each paddler’s specific needs. The outdoors is now within your reach with the perfect board waiting for you.

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • Patented Ram-X material is known for its high resistance to impacts and will make your paddle board last through time
  • Designed with a wide deck and higher volume to provide superior stability and balance while standing
  • Anti-slip cushioned deck pad is comfortable and helps to get a more secure footing
  • Includes a front storage platform with bungee cord, perfect to bring your essentials on the water
  • Four convenient carrying handles and an additional inset center carrying handle ensure you'll be able to carry your board easily

Flow 106 Reviews

4 out of 5 stars
(30 Consumer Reviews)

Pelican International's Flow…

Pelican International's Flow 10.6 is a durable, inexpensive, and stable SUP, and it will provide hours of affordable enjoyment for paddlers of any age. Here in Canada, this … read full review

This is a great board for…

This is a great board for paddling around our lake. Kids have enjoyed using it also. Pros Inexpensive Cons The black rubber mat is staining feet and legs. Can't figure … read full review

Great SUP tracks very well…

Great SUP tracks very well for any beginner. I love how stable it is even in wind and small chop. I like the fact that it can take being banged around because of the material… read full review

Kahuna

12'
Length
34"
Width (in)
70
Weight (lb)
$849
MSRP

The Kahuna from Kaku Kayak has been the most popular fishing hybrid on the market among water sports enthusiasts since its debut in 2015. The Kahuna is a unique vessel that features a Kaku-designed modified-V Hull. Due to its great stability and paddling efficiency, the Kahuna can be paddled as a SUP or a kayak. Paddlers have found many different ways to customize the Kahuna, ranging from rigs for simple recreation to more sophisticated prostyle setups for fishing. Due to the great success of previous Kahuna versions, Kaku Kayak Owner Kevin Hawkins decided to keep the previous hull design.

The new Kahuna offers extreme stability, versatility and durability. Mount coolers, seats, storage boxes, rod holders and more to its rugged frame. It’s the first paddle craft of its kind to offer fully integrated mounting for the Micro Power Pole Shallow Water Anchor!

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • Carry handle
  • Bungee
  • Tie downs
  • Powerpole integrated mount
  • 8" round hatch
  • 18" recessed top-load aluminum gear tracks
  • Three inserts for optional 12" gear track

Kahuna Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
(4 Consumer Reviews)

Most reviews here come after…

Most reviews here come after a few rides. I have owned a Kahuna for just over a year now. It is a very stable board, but the weight limit is low compared to similar rotomol… read full review

In the market and had an…

In the market and had an opportunity to try out a demo of this SUP from Lee at our great local shop, Tally Yakkers here in Tallahassee., Florida. We did just about 13 miles… read full review

The best of both worlds with…

The best of both worlds with its kayak tracking ability, and its completely flat deck. It's stable and light with rotomolded strength. This thing is an unbelievable fly casti… read full review

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