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Top Inflatable SUP Brands for 2023: A Guide to Finding the Best Boards

Inflatable stand-up paddleboards have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their portability, durability, and ease of storage. With so many brands offering inflatable SUPs, it can be challenging to choose the right one. In the following article, we’ll outline the top inflatable SUP brands for 2023, to help you find the best inflatable paddle board for your needs.

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Starboard

Starboard is one of the most recognized and respected brands in the water sports and paddleboarding industry. In business for over 25 years, they offer a range of inflatable paddle boards designed for various activities, including all round, touring, racing, windsurfing, and surfing, a truly all encompassing range of SUPs. Starboard inflatable SUPs are made from high-quality materials and feature advanced construction technologies like the Welded Rail technology, which makes the board more durable and rigid. Starboard offer a 2 year warranty on their inflatable paddle boards, with an extended warranty option on the Zen boards. This extended warranty gives a total of 6 years of coverage and is available to paddlers who purchase and register their board before August 20, 2023.

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Red Paddle Co

Red Paddle Co is another popular brand known for producing high-quality inflatable paddle boards. They offer a range of boards suitable for different activities and skill levels. Red Paddle Co inflatable SUPs are designed with a focus on innovation, quality and durability, and they use advanced construction techniques like the Monocoque Structural Laminate (MSL) fusion technology, which makes the board stronger and more rigid. Other innovations like the RSS Battens, Speed Tail and Forward Flex Control rod set Red apart from the rest. Red Paddle Co offer an industry leading 5 year warranty on their full range of inflatable SUPs.

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Fanatic

Fanatic is a well-known brand in the paddleboarding industry, offering a wide range of inflatable all round and touring SUPs suitable for all types of paddlers. Fanatic inflatable SUPs are designed with high-quality materials and advanced construction techniques, making them durable and stable on the water. They also offer a larger variety of their all round Premium boards with a windsurf sail mount. Fanatic offer a 1 year warranty on their Pure and Premium inflatable paddle boards.

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Naish

Naish is a brand that has been producing high-quality windsurf, kitesurf and paddleboards for over 40 years. Founded my water sports legend Robby Naish, they offer a range of inflatable SUPs suitable for different activities, including touring, all round cruising. Naish inflatable SUPs are designed with a focus on performance, and they use advanced construction techniques like the Double Layer Rails (DL) technology, which makes the board more rigid and durable. Naish offer a 1 year warranty on their range of inflatable paddle boards.

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SIC Maui

SIC Maui is a brand that has gained a reputation for producing high-performance touring and racing paddleboards. They also offer a range of inflatable SUPs modelled on their highly sought after composite boards. Given the name of Air Glide, the SIC Maui inflatable SUPs are designed with top level materials and advanced construction techniques, making them high performing and fast on the water. SIC Maui offer a 2 year warranty on their inflatable SUPs.

Choosing the right inflatable SUP brand can make a significant difference in your paddleboarding experience. The brands mentioned above, including Starboard, Red Paddle Co, Fanatic, Naish, and SIC Maui, are known for producing high-quality inflatable SUPs that cater to different needs and preferences. When choosing an inflatable SUP, consider your skill level, the activities you’ll be doing, and the features you want in a board. With the right brand and board, you’ll be able to enjoy an exciting and fulfilling paddleboarding experience.

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About the author: Julian Kidd
I have been an avid stand up paddle boarder since 2009. I retired from a decade of professional kiteboarding to focus on SUP. Green Water Sports grew from this love of all things SUP. As well as being a keen paddle boarder, I'm a football fan, closet petrol head, web tinkerer, husband and father.