The Best Paddleboards To Take With You On Your Next Trip to the Beach

The Best Paddleboards To Take With
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Paddleboarding is becoming one of the fastest growing sports thanks to one big improvement in its technology – inflatable boards. In a 2018 article in Forbes, the recent trend in paddle boarding, which is being seen everywhere from the US to the UK, is thanks to benefits found in the move from hard-bodied to inflatable paddle boards.

In our list of the best paddle boards on the market right now we focused on inflatable paddle boards for several reasons. In the past, hard-bodied paddle boards have always been superior to inflatable. They provided more support and were easier and safer to use on the water, eliminating the risk of the board sagging in the middle, something that is a common occurrence with early models of inflatable paddle boards. But as paddle boarding has continued to rise in popularity, the quality of inflatable paddle boards has now made them our top pick.

Early versions of inflatable paddleboards were usually 4 inches thick when inflated, which often caused sagging and weak spots when used by adults. The three inflatable paddle boards we have included are all 6 inches thick and have largely eliminated any risk of weak spots.

Inflatable paddle boards are also typically much more cost-effective and hard-bodied paddle boards and are easier to store during months when they are not being used. Inflatable paddle boards are also great for anyone who wants a board they can travel with without having to strap a hard-bodied board to their car or arrange for transportation. The inflatable paddle boards we have included all with one adjustable paddle.

As paddle boarding continues to become a more mainstream activity, creative ventures like yoga paddle boarding and paddleboard fishing are becoming more commonplace. Inflatable paddle boards are actually preferred for yoga, with their softer design more conducive to striking a pose on the water.

Unless you’re planning on surfing with your stand up paddleboard or you’re getting into competitive racing, inflatable paddle boards are the way to go. Here are three great options that will have you walking on water in no time.

  

1. Atoll 11′ Foot Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

Newly redesigned for 2019, the Atoll 11′ Foot Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board is 40 percent lighter than comparable models, has an extra rigid finish when fully inflated, and is made from military grade PVC to make it more durable.

Pros: The largest board on our list and measuring 32 inches wide and 11 feet long, the Atoll is easy to ride and provides a safe and sturdy base that is ideal for beginners, rough waters, and users who like to do yoga on their boards. Packaged with a safety leash, travel backpack, High Pressure Bravo dual action hand pump and 4th generation black fiberglass adjustable and lightweight paddle with nylon blade, the new version of the Atoll has added benefits, like being able to store the paddle board in the travel bag while it’s drying. Once inflated, the board can hold up to 350 pounds.

Cons: Some customers have found that the pump is difficult to use with one person or has minor cracks.

 

Atoll 11' Foot Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

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2. Tower Inflatable 10’4” Stand Up Paddle Board

With an impressive weight limit of 350 pounds and construction with military grade PVC, Tower Inflatable 10’4” Stand Up Paddle Board is rigid and stable when fully inflated, easily keeping its rider safely above the water.

Pros: Performing like a hard board but with the price and convenience of an inflatable, the Tower has a 3-pc fiberglass paddle, a diamond-grooved deck for added stability, a removable center fin for easy transportation, and a carrying strap.

Cons: The Tower is the heaviest board, weighing 26 pounds. It also doesn’t come with a travel bag or a safety leash.

Tower Inflatable 10’4” Stand Up Paddle Board

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3. SereneLife Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

SereneLife Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board is an ideal board for beginners thanks to its non-slip deck, triple bottom fin which helps to maneuver through waves and wide base for added stability.

Pros: Like the Atoll, the SereneLife comes with three bottom fins and one main fin, making it easier to steer the paddle board straight and provide added surf control. The SereneLife has a safety leash, repair kit, carrying handle, and bungee cords on the front of the board. With a 30-inch diameter and non-slip deck, the SereneLife is ideal for young paddle boarders and beginners. Customers note that it’s possible to fit two people on the SereneLife and love how easy it is to set up and store the paddle board.

Cons: At 10 feet long, the SereneLife is our shortest board and is better suited to teens or shorter adults, with the lowest weight capacity at 275 pounds.

SereneLife Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

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