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Quite possibly considered one of the most versatile water sports in existence, stand up paddle boards (also known as SUPs) offer a variety of opportunities to hit the water and get your splash on. Whether you’re looking to explore new places, reel in your next big catch, or surf the rapids at your local watering hole, we’ve got you covered when it comes to finding the best stand up paddle boards.

We know scouring the web for a top-notch SUP and comparing specs isn’t how you want to spend your time – you’d rather be on the water! That’s why we’ve compiled this list of stand up paddle boards from only the highest quality manufacturers and each board with a “best use” in mind.

Be sure to check out our Things To Consider section at the end of this article to get the low-down on all those snazzy features and how they’ll help you get the most out of your board!

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Quick Answer - The Best Stand Up Paddle Boards

  1. Boardworks Navigator
  2. Pau Hana Big EZ Angler
  3. Boardworks SHUBU Kraken
  4. Pau Hana Endurance
  5. Pau Hana Malibu Classic
  6. Adventure All Rounder MX
  7. BIC Sport ACE-TEC Cross Fish
  8. Hala Radito
  9. Boardworks Flow
  10. Hobie Mirage Eclipse ACX

 

Comparison Table - The Best SUPs

PictureNameWeightMax LoadConstructionPriceRating
Boardworks Navigator34 lbs250 lbsSolid$5.0
Pau Hana Big EZ Angler36 lbs275 - 365 lbsSolid$$4.95
Boardworks SHUBU Kraken20 lbs250 lbsInflatable$4.9
Pau Hana Endurance31 lbs271 lbsSolid$$4.85
Pau Hana Malibu Classic31 lbs250 lbsSolid$4.8
Adventure All Rounder MX25 lbs195 lbsSolid$4.75
BIC Sport ACE-TEC Cross Fish43 lbs350 lbsSolid$4.7
Hala Radito31 lbs350 lbsInflatable$$4.6
Boardworks Flow30 lbs270 lbsSolid$$4.5
Hobie Mirage Eclipse ACX59 lbs275 lbsSolid-4.3
PictureNameWeightMax LoadConstructionPriceRating
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Reviews - Best Stand Up Paddle Board

Boardworks Navigator

Specs
  • Construction: Solid
  • Hull Shape: Displacement
  • Length: 11’ 6”
  • Weight: 34 lbs
  • Width: 31”
  • Max Load: 250 lbs
Features
  • Includes High Quality 9” Touring Fin (to keep you on track no matter how far you paddle)
  • Comfortable Deck Pad Increases Traction
  • Easy Carry Handle Pops Up When Needed
  • Front And Rear Deck Bungees For Stowing Gear

BEST FOR: DAY TOURING

Based out of their Carlsbad, CA home, Boardworks has been producing quality products since the early 90’s. The Boardworks Navigator tops the list as it will go just about anywhere for a day out on the water.

Able to cut through both calm and choppy waters, the Navigator is a master at gliding across open lakes, large bays, and coastal waters. It achieves these results with the help of a displacement hull, a type of underside that streamlines water around the board and decreases water resistance.

If you’re looking for a paddleboard that will take you on long day trips, then this is the board for you! It’s unique shape pushes you further with each stroke, saving your energy for the trip back.

Pau Hana Big EZ Angler

Specs
  • Construction: Solid
  • Hull Shape: Planing
  • Length: 11’
  • Weight: 36 lbs
  • Width: 36”
  • Max Load: 275 - 365 lbs
Features
  • Fish Finder Can Be Mounted Via Through-Hole
  • Extremely Durable Deck Made From Teak Wood
  • Planing Hull Increases Maneuverability Without Disturbing Fish

BEST FOR: FISHING

Pau Hana is one of the biggest names in aquatic boardsports and it’s no wonder that 3 of their stand up paddle boards made our list! The Big EZ Angler might be the greatest fishing SUP we’ve seen yet.

What immediately stands out on this board are the 25 SeaMount attachment points which let you completely customize your vessel. No two Big EZ Anglers should ever look the same as there are nearly limitless options to add gear attachments, strap in coolers, position fishing rod holders, anchor bait and tackle, secure your beverage, and fasten your paddle.

The high weight capacity of this board also allows you to load it up with everything you need to reel in your next catch. Beginners may want to stick to the 275 lb weight limit while advanced paddlers can push the 365 lb max.

Boardworks SHUBU Kraken

Specs
  • Construction: Inflatable
  • Hull Shape: Planing
  • Length: 11’
  • Weight: 20 lbs
  • Width: 33”
  • Max Load: 250 lbs
Features
  • Roller Travel Bag Simplifies Transportation
  • Includes 3 Piece Carbon Paddle And Pump
  • Detachable Center Fin Makes Breakdown Easy

BEST FOR: LIMITED STORAGE SPACE

No space? No problem! Inflatable SUPs have taken the paddling world by storm in recent years due to the upgrade in materials used and fierce competition driving quality assurance. Boardworks’ SHUBU Kraken is the inflatable version of their highly popular solid construction Kraken model.

Thoughtfully designed, the SHUBU Kraken utilizes military-grade materials with a drop-stitch technology that can support up to 250 lbs. of weight. It’s also extremely rigid and very durable, meaning that it will heartily withstand accidental drops and normal river wear-and-tear.

It also sports deck bungees for stowing gear and at 11’ in length, it has ample room for a small pup or a cooler with lunch!

Pau Hana Endurance

Specs
  • Construction: Solid
  • Hull Shape: Displacement
  • Length: 12’
  • Weight: 31 lbs
  • Width: 30”
  • Max Load: 271 lbs
Features
  • Comfortable Foam Deck
  • Recessed Handle For Easy Carrying
  • Comes With A 9” Fin For Increased Tracking

BEST FOR: OVERNIGHT TOURING / MULTI-DAY TRIPS

If you’re the adventurous type that’s bound to spend an entire weekend in the great outdoors, then you’re going to need a heavy hauler able to carry multiple days worth of supplies. Named after explorer Ernest Shackleton’s famous trans-Antarctic attempt, the Pau Hana Endurance is just the vessel for such adventures!

Able to easily handle 90+ lbs of gear, the Endurance paddles almost effortlessly on long trips. It’s also loaded with 20 SeaMount anchor points, giving you the opportunity and flexibility to customize your gear stowing system to best fit your needs.

Last but not least, the hull (the underside of the board) is made from reinforced fiberglass that protects the board from rocks, logs, and other obstacles that would otherwise damage inferior boards.

Pau Hana Malibu Classic

Specs
  • Construction: Solid
  • Hull Shape: Planing
  • Length: 10’ 6”
  • Weight: 31 lbs
  • Width: 34”
  • Max Load: 250 lbs
Features
  • Recessed Handle For Easy Carrying
  • Includes: Matching Themed Aluminum Paddle
  • EVA (Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate) Deck Pad Provides Anti-Slip Traction

BEST FOR: SURFING

You can’t mention stand up paddle boarding without including it’s cousin: surfing! Somewhere in the ancient days of surfing, paddle boarding emerged as another way to achieve the same goal. Designed in the spirit of play, Pau Hana is a Hawaiian phrase that roughly translates as “time after work,” lending a certain philosophical aspect to their overall design theory.

Starting with a lightweight Extruded Polystyrene (EPS) foam core, the Malibu Classic features a super durable plastic “sandwich” that is then reinforced with Kevlar (the fabric used in bulletproof vests), giving you a quality foundation underfoot to venture into ocean surf. And before you question the plastic, it’s the same kind lego bricks are made of.

This board is suitable for all types of beginners and although it is best suited to surfing, you’ll find it performs very well for recreational paddling and small day trips as well.

Adventure All Rounder MX

Specs
  • Construction: Solid
  • Hull Shape: Planing
  • Length: 10’ 6”
  • Weight: 25 lbs
  • Width: 32”
  • Max Load: 195 lbs
Features
  • Mounting Point For Action Camera
  • Attachment Points For Cargo Bungees
  • Highly Buoyant Design Makes Paddling Easier
  • Includes A High Quality Fin For Increased Tracking

BEST FOR: MULTI-USE

Can’t decide on a specific use because everything SUP related sounds awesome? Yeah we get that, hence our reason for including the aptly named All Rounder MX. Whether you want to float down a river with a cooler, load up on gear for an overnight trip, or test your skills in a little coastal surf, this board can do a little bit of everything!

Now keep in mind that the old adage “Jack of all trades, master of none” definitely applies here. While there are certainly better boards for touring and surfing (see above), the All Rounder MX gets the job done for a wide array of activities.

The flat, wide hull (the underside of the board) makes this board a great choice for those who require a little extra stability. And it’s large center fin provides great tracking in flatwater to keep you going in a straight line. It also sports side mounts for additional fins to increase maneuverability in surf and choppy coastal waters.

BIC Sport ACE-TEC Cross Fish

Specs
  • Construction: Solid
  • Hull Shape: Planing
  • Length: 12’
  • Weight: 43 lbs
  • Width: 35”
  • Max Load: 350 lbs
Features
  • 10 Attachment Points Allow For Customization Of Gear Storage
  • Wide, Stable Platform Allows Use Of The Entire Deck
  • Ergonomic Carrying Handle Makes Transportation Easier

BEST FOR: THE WHOLE FAMILY

Although traditionally known for making small plastic items such as razors and pens, BIC thankfully decided to put their plastic knowledge to a more adventurous use. A spin off of their parent company, BIC Sport has been producing high quality surfboards and SUPs since 2002.

The Cross Fish is an excellent choice for any beginner and is perfect for sharing with the whole family! At 12’ feet in length, this board provides stability for a wide range of ages and it’s high-volume design increases the max load of the board, making it easy for a parent to teach a child SUP skills while riding on the same board.

The fully padded flat deck where you stand makes the Cross Fish a safe choice, especially when kids are riding, and its whopping 350 lb. weight max means you can fit multiple small children without weighing you down!

Hala Radito

Specs
  • Construction: Inflatable
  • Hull Shape: Planing
  • Length: 10’
  • Weight: 31 lbs
  • Width: 34”
  • Max Load: 350 lbs
Features
  • Includes A Backpack Carrying Case
  • Diamond Grooved Deck Pad For Better Traction
  • Rear “Stomp Pad” Increases Precision When Making Tight Maneuvers

BEST FOR: WHITEWATER

For those who want to surf but lack a coastline, I have great news: you can surf in rivers with up to Class III rapids! But don’t go using a solid construction SUP – you’re going to need an inflatable to tackle this challenge and there’s no better inflatable stand up paddle board for whitewater surfing than the Hala Radito.

When rocks would otherwise bash a well constructed solid SUP, the Hala Radito is the perfect little monster that can take a licking and keep on ticking, er, paddling. Measuring in at just 10’ feet, this is one of the smaller boards on our list, lending itself to greater maneuverability on the river.

Perhaps the coolest feature of this board is it’s retractable center fin that pushes back and out of the way when it comes into contact with shallow rocks. This ensures you have a smooth ride and keeps your mind at ease without worrying about breaking a traditionally styled immovable fin.

Boardworks Flow

Specs
  • Construction: Solid
  • Hull Shape: Planing
  • Length: 9’ 11”
  • Weight: 30 lbs
  • Width: 33”
  • Max Load: 270 lbs
Features
  • Includes A High Quality Single Fin (to keep you paddling in a straight line)
  • Easy Carry Handle Pops Up When Needed
  • Strong Bamboo Outer Layer Provides Long Lasting Durability

BEST FOR: YOGA

If you’re looking for a new way to take your warrior pose to the next level, the Boardworks Flow is your best bet! Balance and weight distribution were specifically considered when this SUP was designed, making it the ideal board for a morning yoga sesh.

A hefty 33” wide and able to support 270 lbs., the Flow provides ample room for balance poses and strength poses alike. It also sports a full length foam deck pad to provide cushioning and act as your aquatic yoga mat. In all, this is a fantastic board for all types of beginners, even those new to yoga or stand up paddleboarding!

Hobie Mirage Eclipse ACX

Specs
  • Construction: Solid
  • Hull Shape: Planing
  • Length: 12’
  • Weight: 59 lbs
  • Width: 35”
  • Max Load: 275 lbs
Features
  • Comes In 2 Different Colors
  • Super Wide Design Increases Stability
  • Rear Cargo Bungees For Stowing Gear

BEST FOR: “PEDAL” BOARDING

The paddling purist in me was reluctant to add this board to the list since it doesn’t actually require a paddle. However, I realized that it’s actually genius because you get to use your legs, the body’s largest and most efficient muscle group. This opens up “paddle boarding” to an entire group of people who may not have otherwise engaged in the sport!

Looking as though MacGyver married a scooter to an elliptical and then Frankensteined it to a paddle board, the Hobie Mirage Eclipse ACX is surprisingly nimble and incredibly fast! The peddle fins sweep back and forth like the fins on a fish, making this board glide in a variety of conditions. The fins also fold flat when navigating shallow water or landing on the beach.

If you’re someone who wants to enjoy the water simply and have loads of fun, then do yourself a favor and snag this pedal board!

 

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING PADDLE BOARDS

CONSTRUCTION

All paddle boards are either going to be an inflatable or a solid construction. They both have their benefits and it all depends on your needs.

INFLATABLE

  • Tend to be less expensive
  • Great choice when storage and transportation options are limited
  • Comes with a carrying case for easy travel
  • More forgiving if dropped or rammed into rocks on whitewater rivers

SOLID

  • Offers different hull types for specializing in different activities
  • Better center of gravity increases stability
  • Sits lower in the water offering streamlined performance and more efficient paddling
  • Usually the preferred choice for stand up paddle boarding when storage and transportation abilities permit

 

HULL TYPE

When choosing a stand up paddle board with specific use in mind, it’s important to pay attention to what type of hull it has. The hull is the underside of a watercraft and comes in two designs.

PLANING HULL

Planing hulls are ideal for activities such as surfing, yoga, and whitewater. Their flat underside makes them easy to turn but sacrifices speed. These are the de facto hull found on inflatables.

DISPLACEMENT HULL

Displacement hulls are best for fishing and touring (long treks). As the name indicates, this type of hull displaces water by pushing it around the underside of the paddle board and vastly increases the board’s ability to track straight. It also enhances speed and creates paddle efficiency, generating more distance with each stroke.

 

LENGTH

When determining how long of a stand up paddle board you should buy, take into consideration what type of activity you’ll be doing the most.

UP TO TEN FEET

  • Yoga
  • Surfing
  • Children’s SUP

TEN TO TWELVE FEET

  • Yoga
  • Fishing
  • Whitewater
  • Recreational Use

TWELVE FEET AND LONGER

  • Touring
  • Racing
  • Overnight Trips

 

WIDTH

The average size stand up paddle board measures in at 32”. Wider SUPs will lend themselves better to beginners with little experience and to larger framed paddlers. Anglers who need more stability when reeling the big catch will also likely prefer a wider base beneath them.

Paddlers who have touring in mind and need speed while covering large distances will want to find a board that doesn’t exceed the 32” standard. Also, those looking to surf with their SUP may prefer a narrower board to perform maneuvers in waves.

 

WEIGHT CAPACITY

The maximum weight capacity listed for each board is generally given as a guideline, but can be flexed depending on the paddler’s skill and what they’re bringing aboard.

Paddlers with little experience will want to respect the max weight and not exceed it, otherwise the board may be too difficult to paddle. However, those with more experience can push the limit, especially on touring SUPs when a weight range is listed.

 

 

FEATURES EXPLAINED

EPS

Stands for extruded polystyrene, which is a lightweight, buoyant, and waterproof material.

EVA

Stands for ethylene-vinyl acetate material, which offers padding and shock absorption.

DECK

The area of the board where the paddler stands.

HULL

The bottom, or underside, of the paddle board.

ABS

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene – a type of hard, very durable plastic.

VOLUME

A measure of buoyancy, or how well a board will float in the water. The higher the volume, the better it will float.

FIN

Like the fin on a shark, a fin on a paddle board is mounted to the underside near the rear of the board to provide directional stability and control when steering the board.

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