So, you’re ready to buy a paddleboard.
The explosive growth and relative infancy of SUP means there are dozens of companies out there, each offering an assortment of boards. The choice can be overwhelming—there are more than a hundred new boards and accessories listed between pages 65 and 88 of the 2018 Paddling Buyers Guide.
Buying a standup paddleboard doesn’t have to be confusing. Choosing is as simple as determining the type of paddling you want to do, finding a board the right size, and then fine-tuning your choice based on features and price. Use this step-by-step guide to decode the categories, and find what’s right for you. Let’s get started.