Looking For an Entry-Level SUP – Here Are The Top Models on The Market in 2023

by John Wren
Looking For an Entry-Level SUP - Here Are The Top Models on The Market

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.


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.


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?

Best Beginner Stand Up Paddle Boards 2023

Bestseller No. 1
Starboard Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Entry-Level 10'8" X 33" X 5.5" iGO Zen Board for Adults and Beginners with SUP Accessories
  • SIZE & LOAD CAPACITY - This Starboard SUP board size is 10'8"×33". A popular entry-level size, perfect for schools and centers that want one board that does it all. This board is faster to turn than...
  • EASY TO CARRY - The Starboard SUP board features 2-D-rings to attach the shoulder carry strap; (The strap needs to be purchased separately aftermarket); Flat carry handle is made discrete for extra...
  • HEAT WELDED RAILS - Every Starboard inflatable paddle board features welded rails; The Heat Welded rails create a complete airtight, mechanically bonded seam without the risk of glue weakening over...
  • RE-COVER BAG - Large bag is designed to minimize weight, yet maximize comfort and strength; Roller wheels available on every bag make it more comfortable for a long walk; Hiking strap is ergonomically...
  • WHAT’S INCLUDED - You get 10'8" x 33" iGo Inflatable Paddle Board; Free lightweight leash, V8 double action pump to inflate and deflate the board; Zen fin with an ergonomically designed screw that...
Bestseller No. 2
WAVESTORM 9ft6 SUP Kayak Hybrid Stand Up Paddleboard Foam Soft Top SUP for Adults and Kids of All Levels of Paddling Kayak & 8ft Junior Stand Up Paddleboard | Superior Foam Construction with Stringers
  • Product 1: EPS Foam Core with 3 Stringers with WBS (Water Barrier Skin) top deck
  • Product 1: Textured deck traction on top deck
  • Product 1: Storage accessory straps
  • Product 1: Collapsing and removable foot rests and adjustable seat
  • Product 2: FOR ALL CONDITIONS AND SKILL LEVELS - The Wavestorm 8ft Junior Stand Up Paddleboard is excellent for smaller beginning paddlers. A scaled down paddleboard will create an improved sense of...
Bestseller No. 3
Drift Aero Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board - SUP Paddle Board & Accessories, Including Pump, Paddle, and More - Classic Woodgrain, Adult, 10'8"
  • Paddle Board Warranty: At Drift, we stand by the quality of our boards; all paddle boards are covered by a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty at no additional cost
Bestseller No. 4
Drift Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board - SUP Paddle Board and Accessories, Including Pump, Paddle, and More - Native Floral, Adult, 11'6"
  • Complete Paddle Board Kit: This inflatable paddle board comes with all essential paddle board accessories, including a coiled leash, removable fin, repair kit, paddle, pump, and carrying bag
  • Stand Up Paddle Board Features: The Drift paddle features a wide deck and performance shape that makes for fast, fun paddling for all skill levels; it also has an EVA foam deck pad, 300-pound...
  • Convenient Inflatable Paddle Board: This paddle board quickly inflates or deflates and packs down to 38" x 18" x 12" and 19 pounds for easy storage and travel in the included backpack
  • High-Quality Paddle Board: Drift's durable, inflatable stand up paddle board made from military-grade PVC and composite drop-stitch fibers for a rock-solid platform
  • Paddle Board Warranty: At Drift, we stand by the quality of our boards; all paddle boards are covered by a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty at no additional cost
Bestseller No. 5
Tuxedo Sailor Inflatable 11'×30"×6" Ultra-Light SUP for All Skill Levels Everything Included with Stand Up Paddle Board, Adj Paddle, Pump, ISUP Travel Backpack, Leash 10L Waterproof Bag
  • Tuxedo Sailor paddleboard is made of the new ultra-light military-grade PVC material, which is 35% lighter than regular materials. It is designed to operate in rivers, lakes, seas, and various waters,...
  • Tuxedo Sailor Premium Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board, Ultra Light SUP Suitable for All Skill Levels with Premium Accessories for Racing, Surfing, Fishing and Yoga
  • A multifunctional base on the board is wonderful for any parts that can be installed. When being used as a camera base, your paddleboarding experience can be recorded. On the side of the paddleboard,...
  • The Package Including:1 inflatable paddle board, 3-piece length adjustable floating paddle, 3 fins, 1 SUP pump, 1 backpack, 1 10L Dry Bag, 1 leash, 1 kayak seat.
  • As the manufacturer, we also put our customers first. We are happy to provide you with a 30-day free return and replacement service. We also provide a 60-day warranty on the board, and a 1-year...

Now Get Out and Try It

In conclusion, an entry-level stand up paddleboard (SUP) is a crucial investment for beginner paddle boarders for several reasons. Firstly, it provides a stable platform for learning the basics of paddling and balance, allowing them to focus on improving their technique without worrying about falling into the water. Secondly, entry-level SUPs are often more affordable compared to more advanced boards, making them an accessible option for those who are just starting out. Lastly, they are usually made of durable materials and are designed to withstand the wear and tear of regular use, ensuring that beginner paddle boarders can enjoy their new hobby for years to come. With all these benefits, an entry-level SUP is an essential purchase for anyone looking to get into stand up paddleboarding.

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