There are a lot of inflatable paddle boards on the market today and many of them are suitable as a beginner paddle board. However, as a first time buyer, or beginner paddle boarder, you may not know what you need to be looking for in a stand up paddle board, or more specifically an inflatable stand up paddle board. While there are many boards on the market at various price points, we at Green Water Sports strive to only stock the best quality boards that provide the best paddling experience.
So we’ve decided to highlight a few boards by Red Paddle Co and Starboard that we think are the best boards for beginners looking for an all round board. Naturally these boards are not exclusively for beginners, but for intermediate and advanced paddlers too. For example, I have a Red Paddle Co Ride 10’6″ as my main all round board, and I’ve been paddling for nearly 10 years.
Best beginner paddle boards from Red Paddle Co
Check out our review of the 2017 Red Paddle 10’6″ Ride.
Best Starboard beginner inflatable stand up boards
In the 6″ thick Deluxe construction it features Starboard’s new fusion style construction. More meat, less fat is their marketing. Lighter than previous years, very durable and now with a nicer Magic Suit Case travel bag, the Deluxe is really a quality proposition.
Zen Construction boards are more traditional single skin boards with top and bottom deck stringers for stiffening and are designed more for lighter paddlers at just 4.75″ thick and more of a price point board. Read our review of the 2017 10′ Whopper Zen.
The Zen construction is more focused on getting you on the water with all the requuired basics without breaking the bank. It includes the Magic Bag rather than the Magic Suit Case, and has more simple fin, deck and equipment setups.
Also available in the 12′ Atlas Zen construction, the board is 4.75″ thick and trimmed down on features.
I use a 12′ Atlas Deluxe as my larger touring style board for when I want paddle slightly longer distances or want to throw my 2yo and 4yo on board and paddle around while still stable and tracking well. Read our review of the 2017 Starboard 12′ Atlas Deluxe.
How to SUP
Now that you have your board sorted, take a look at our how to stand up paddle board video guides so that you have all the tips and tricks for when you head out for your first session.
We also like to ensure that you’re safe on the water with a leash and life jacket so read our article about which leash you should use. Then read our article about the US Coast Guard rules for stand up paddle boarding.
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