Inflatable Stand up Paddle boards are the perfect solution for mobile paddlers. Made from durable PVC materials and drop stitch technology they fold up easily into a backpack for easy transportation and storage. The range of styles are suitable for racing to flat water cruising, they are easy to ride, stable and safe.
There are several key components of a Stand up Paddleboard. Dimensions and types are the most common:
· Length – the longer the SUP, the faster it is, but it also has its Con’s as it is more difficult to turn. A typical racer would opt for a 12 – 16 foot length, whereas intermediates go for ten – twelve-foot boards. The ideal board for beginners should be 8-10-foot boards.
· Width – the wider the board, the more stability it offers. Wider boards obviously also slowdown racers so they opt for narrower board. Racers would typically go for less that 28-inches whereas beginners would do better on a 31-inch and wider board.
· Thickness – The thickness is important feature in inflatable stand up paddleboard as less than six-inches would make you feel as if you are standing on a huge Jell-O.
· Hull Shape – Flat bottoms make a board easy to turn and more stable, other boards have displacement hulls similar to a sailboat’s bottom, for speed, but not stability.
· Nose Rocker – The nose rocker does not matter so much for inflatable boards unless you plan to attempt choppy water. The nose rocker is how far your board pulls up in the front, this is an important factor for surfers, as too little rocker will cause the board to submerge its nose.
Stand up Paddle Boards come in Four Main styles although there are many types:
· Flat-water race board – Typically narrow and long with displacement hull, making it very fast. Not recommended for beginners, as they are not very stable. They are easily banged up, transport with more difficulty and recommended for intermediate and professionals.
· Surfing paddleboard – these boards have the shape of longer and shorter board, but much wider, thicker, and longer.
· Flat-water touring boards – they are stable. Wide and usually around 10-12-feet and although it cannot be compared to racing boards, they are faster than a surfing paddleboards.
· Inflatable – These popular boards can have the shape of any of the above-mentioned boards, just thicker. They have more pros than any of the other boards. They are easy to transport, are durable, soft and inexpensive. For example, a typical 14-inch Mistral Inflatable Racing Stand up Paddleboard weighs only 28-pounds and deflating as well as inflating only takes around four minutes.
Choosing the best inflatable paddle board
When your inflatable board is inflated, it is as hard as a traditional surfboard, fully capable of supporting weights of up to 350 pounds on water. Some of the best brands and here opinions will vary significantly, but take a look at some of the following:
· Isle 10-feet Inflatable with its three-piece adjustable paddle
· The Advanced Elements Hull 11-inch
· Fisher Aria 11-inch SUP with case
· Tower Adventure 10-inch Inflatable SUP
· Tower Xplorer 14-inch Inflatable SUB with 3 piece adjustable paddle
· Naish One Touring SUP 12-6-inch