best paddle board beginner

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past couple of years, you will have undoubtedly witnessed the meteoric rise in popularity we have seen for paddle boards. Since you’re reading this I am going to go ahead and assume you are somewhat of a SUP beginner (SUP stands for  Stand Up Paddle Board).

I will also assume that you are keen to get involved in this great sport and reap the rewards it offers which range from amazing scenery to a toned upper and lower body.

Before we dive into our best paddle boards for beginners, let’s take a look at some of the key elements you need to consider before buying.

Length

You will notice when you read on that paddleboards come in various lengths, if you are taller it makes sense to go for a longer model and those of us on the shorter side should opt for the shorter style. Don’t forget you will need to navigate this across large bodies of water and if sea paddling there will be the possibility of waves both natural and those created by boats etc.

The larger the board the more surface area there will be for any ‘chop’ to hit it and cause instability.

Weight

You’re going to have to pick up your paddle board and carry it at least some distance and often you will have to either hoist it onto the roof of your vehicle, for the solid boards or into your boot for inflatable ones. Either way, the weight will play its part of your buying decision.

Solid or Inflatable SUP

There are two types of paddle boards, solid and inflatable. Which you choose is really down to personal preference and the both have their pros and cons.

Typically people opt for an inflatable board for their compact size when storing and transporting to their ideal spot, the pumps are easy to use and they inflate in no time. others prefer the solid boards since they are considered more robust so if you have the possibility of encountering submerged rocks and coral this may be the route you choose.

Portability is a concern with solid boards since you will need a roof rack or trailer to get them to your launch spot. Now that we’ve covered the 3-key areas to consider, let’s jump into the best beginner sup’s shall we?

1. Tower Paddle Boards iSUP “Adventurer 2″ 10’4”

Tower Paddle Boards are known for their quality and value for money. They are certainly suitable for the entry level paddle boarder and for a beginner this model is one of the most popular.

At 10′ 4″ long it’s a medium length board designed to be suitable for most people, men, women and also older children. I would recommend this SUP for people between 4′ 10′ and – 6′ 4″.

This particular model we’ve picked out is a package deal that comes complete with fin, fiberglass paddle and 2x carry handles to make it super portable.

You will notice from the image that it also has a neat bungee rope feature on the front which you can lash your water bottle and any other gear you may need such as gloves, glasses or your favorite beverage!

Features and Specifications

  • Length: 10′ 4″
  • Weight: 26 lbs
  • Type: Inflatable
  • Weight Limit: 350 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 Years

Our Thoughts

The Tower Paddle Board Adventurer 2 really is a standout paddle board and is perfect for beginners for a number of reasons. Namely, it’s ruggedness and durability means you won’t have to worry about dings and scrapes and the price point is perfect for those looking to get into paddle boarding.

Because it’s an inflatable sup, it is very compact when deflated and easily portable. I would recommend that if you choose this board you also pick up a leash since it doesn’t come with one in the package deal.

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2. ISLE Versa Epoxy 10’5 Standup Paddle Board

Here we have a solid board this time the ISLE Versa, which is made with and EPS and Epoxy material to provide a strong, yet lightweight board.

This one is also a package deal, which we think is best for the beginner paddle boarder and includes a fin, adjustable paddle and carry handle which makes it comfortable to carry.

What we like about this brand is that they provide you with a “30 Day Ride It and Love It Guarantee” which means that if you absolutely don’t love your board 100%, they will take it back less shipping costs.

This provides a piece of mind to those new to paddle boarding that you can try it and can also get a refund if you decide it’s not for you.

Features and Specifications

  • Length: 10′ 5″
  • Weight: 27 lbs
  • Type: Solid
  • Weight Limit: 350 lbs
  • Warranty: 180 day

Our Thoughts

The Verse is suited to beginners looking for their first board who want the convenience of a solid board that is designed to last. You will, of course, need some place to store and transport the board, but everything else you need to get on the water comes with it.

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3. Zray X1 Paddle Board 9’9″ Inflatable

First up, we just love the color and design of this board. The Zray X1 is one of the shorter of the boards reviewed here today and one of the lightest at just 16.3 lbs.

These two features combined make it great for those looking for a board that is easy to maneuver and also light enough to pick up and carry.

It does have a lower weight limit than the others of 264 lbs, but it does come with a few added extras that the others in this top 6 list do not have.

Features and Specifications

  • Length: 9′ 9″
  • Weight: 16.3 lbs
  • Type: Inflatable
  • Weight Limit: 264 lbs
  • Warranty: 1-Year

Our Thoughts

For those of the shorter and more petite size, this paddleboard will appeal to you thanks to its compact size and lightweight qualities. You should have no problem hoisting this into the back of the car or SUV and hitting the beach.

What’s more, Zray X1 comes with a backpack which makes it really easy to carry the SUP, plus pump, paddle, and seat. Which brings me to my final point.

You can turn this beginner stand up paddle board into a kayak of sorts with the removable seat which comes with this package deal. Sure SUP’s are all about, well, standing up, but sometimes you may just want to sit and relax or even fish off the board…for this, the seat is a perfect addition.

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4. Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer Inflatable 9’10”

Whilst this make look the same as the first board we featured, this is actually a smaller version of the Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer.

At 9ft 6″ and weighing around 25 lbs, the Adventurer 1 is more compact, easy to maneuver and lighter than the Adventurer 2.

it comes with the same spec, features, and accessories as the larger model with less bulk and weight to carry, yet maintains it’s 350 lb weight capacity on the water.

Features and Specifications

  • Length: 9′ 10″
  • Weight: 26 lbs
  • Type: Inflatable
  • Weight Limit: 350 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 Years

Our Thoughts

This is by far the more popular of the SUP’s on offer and for good reason. It has a combination of tough durability with the ability to deflate and transport easily and thanks to it’s slightly shorter length, you can maneuver this over the water with easy.

You also get the same paddle and pump that Tower Paddle Boards are known for providing.

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5. XTERRA 10′ Inflatable Paddle Board

Moving on to another inflatable board, we have the XTERRA 10′. Immediately you can see the quality of this board, from the color and materials to the carry bag that these newer model boards are being supplied with.

This one also comes with a lease so you don’t lose your board should you fall into the water!

The pump is also of good quality with a PSI gauge to inflate the board to your ideal pressure. The smooth curves of the XTERRA are specifically designed to meet the latest in innovation when it comes to stand up boards that are designed for the beginner in mind.

Features and Specifications

  • Length: 10′ 4″
  • Weight: 29 lbs
  • Type: Inflatable
  • Weight Limit: 250 lbs
  • Warranty: 1-Years

Our Thoughts

This board is super quick to inflate thanks to its top quality pump, we’re talking less than 5-minutes from flat to ready for action. If you’re looking for a board that not only performs well but looks cool than this would be our choice of entry level board.

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6. Ten Toes Board Emporium Weekender

Last but by no means least, we will take a look at the Ten Toes Emporium Weekender. Whilst admittedly a peculiar yet cool name, this board has some rave reviews from its many users.

The first thing you will notice is the many color options you get with this board. Paddleboards are not known for their color options, so when ou find one that has not 2 or 3 but 9 different style and design options, you’re onto a winner.

Features and Specifications

  • Length: 10′
  • Weight: 27 lbs
  • Type: Inflatable
  • Weight Limit: 250 lbs
  • Warranty: 1-Year

Our Thoughts

This board pretty much fits in with everything we’ve discussed here today. At 10 feet long and 30″ wide, there is plenty of space on the military-grade PVC surface. As with most inflatable SUP’s the Emporium Weekender can be rolled up when not in use and stored in a compact package measuring just 11 inches by 36 inches.

For the beginner looking to get their feet wet (sorry couldn’t resist), this board has all the things you need to have a great day out on the water.

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