Best Cheap Inflatable SUP

Best Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards On The Cheap (2019)

 

There are A LOT of cheap inflatable stand up paddle boards (iSUPs) out there and there’s a reason to why they’re cheap. All that makes finding the right one tricky.

You see, some of them might not have a warranty, they might be poorly documented, poorly constructed, or have no customer support. BUT among all such SUP brands, I’ve managed to find there to be some that truly care for their clients, providing all that and a good experience for beginners and intermediates for less money. It’s 2019 after all, and the overall quality of such boards has improved year after year with brands & manufacturers (probably in China) making improvements.

Check out the SUP Buying Guide link

Along with this SUP buying guide (which I really recommend you to glance through), let’s have a look at some of the better brands I’ve come across (ranked higher) that offer decent inflatable paddle boards on the cheap now in 2019.

Sidenote: those ranked low or not ranked at all have either too many red flags or are simply too new to rank appropriately.

TOP 16 Actually Cheap Inflatable Paddle Boards

Over the year I’ve researched stuff for this single post (sigh…), I’ve come across some of the cheap ones that have turned out to be real gems packing a great value (relative to the price) ranking higher on this list than others. I’ve ranked them based on my research, due diligence and experience.

All of these paddle board packages are suitable more for recreational paddling (all-around) in calmer waters and less for specialized areas of SUP such as whitewater river riding, surf or racing, but as all-arounds they don’t entirely exclude them.

 

#0 Red Paddle Co or iRocker

Just to make sure we’re talking CHEAP… Of course you can get yourself a super expensive true all-around from Red Paddle Co or equivalent that can take a beating and perform fairly well even in the more extreme areas of SUP, but that’s gonna cost more than my own salary at my regular job at around $1000 and up (that’s not exactly cheap). Or get something slightly cheaper from iRocker, my personal pick, or equivalent, but which still is rather on the heavy side for the wallet…

My experience tells me it’s much nicer to get into the paddle board game without spending $1,000+ per board!

 

 

Here we go!

#1 AquaPlanet Sports

Best Cheap iSUP On This List

The best cheap inflatable stand up paddle boards on this list come from AquaPlanet Sports.

I’ve placed these guys first because they exclusively work on offering an adventure for an affordable or should I say cheap price by having SUP boards that pack a great value all the while providing exceptional customer support on top of that.

Around this price point, I have yet to really come across such a good looking combination compared to other cheap SUP boards. If I could do the whole paddle boarding for the first time again, I’d go with this.

Their focus is on 3 variants equal in quality:

 

1.1 Aquaplanet 10ft Allround

The Aquaplanet 10ft Allround inflatable stand up paddle board measures 10′ x 30″ x 4″ (length x width x thickness)weighs approximately 22 pounds and is ideal for paddlers weighing 180 pounds or less. It comes with everything you need to get on the water (paddle, pump, ankle leash, backpack, repair kit)REVIEW: Aquaplanet 10ft Allround iSUP; or check its price here.

#1 Aquaplanet 10ft Allround

 

1.2 Aquaplanet 10ft 6″ MAX

The Aquaplanet 10′ 6 MAX iSUP Board measures 10′6″ x 30″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 24 pounds and has weight capacity of 220 pounds. This package also comes with everything you need to get on the water. REVIEW: Aquaplanet 10ft 6″ MAX iSUP; or check its price here.

#1 Aquaplanet 10'6 MAX

 

1.3 Aquaplanet 10ft 6″ PACE

The Aquaplanet 10′ 6 PACE iSUP Board measures 10′6″ x 30″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 24 pounds and has weight capacity of 220 pounds. This one too comes with everything you need to get on the water. REVIEW: Aquaplanet 10ft 6″ PACE iSUP; or check its price here.

#1 Aquaplanet 10ft 6 PACE

 

#2 SereneLife

Coming at 2nd place on this list is something from SereneLife

These cheaper SereneLife iSUPs earn the second place on this list of the best cheap iSUPs simply because they’ve done something fabulous here. They’ve improved the construction in an out of the box style of thinking all the while keeping it actually cheap and having a design that just simply feels good to ride on (for a cheap iSUP when I was to compare that is).

There’s just 2 of their boards (one being a slightly upgraded one with emphasis on accessory items) that’s cheap enough to be included in this list though:

 

2.1 SereneLife Premium 10’5 Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

The SereneLife Premium 10’5 iSUP board measures 10′5″ x 30″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness), weighs 19.6 pounds and has weight capacity of 275 pounds. The packages includes everything you need to get on the water. Check its price here.

#2 SereneLife Premium 10'5 iSUP

 

2.2 SereneLife 10′ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

The SereneLife 10′ iSUP board measures 10′ x 30″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 19.6 pounds and has weight capacity of 275 pounds. The package comes with everything you need to get on the water. REVIEW: SereneLife 10′ iSUP Pacakge; or check its price here.

#2 SereneLife 10' iSUP

 

#3 Vilano

Something from Vilano Bikes.

They’ve got 2 fitting iSUPs for this list:

 

3.1 Vilano Navigator 10’6

The Vilano Navigator 10’6 iSUP board measures 10′6″ x 32″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 25 pounds and has weight capacity of 280 pounds. The package comes with everything you need to get on the water. REVIEW: Vilano Navigator 10’6 iSUP; or check its price here.

#3 Vilano Navigator 10'6

 

3.2 Vilano Journey 10′

The Vilano Navigator 10’6 iSUP board measures 10′ x 31.5″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 25 pounds and has weight capacity of 260 pounds. The package comes with everything you need to get on the water. Check its price here.

#3 Vilano Journey 10'

 

#4 Pathfinder

Also from Vilano Bikes.

They really seem to focus on outdoor sports niche to be able to get their products ranked on many top best lists.

 

4.1 Pathfinder 9’9 Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

The Pathfinder 9’9 Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board measures: 9’9” x 30″ x 5″ (length x width x thickness). It has a max paddler weight reported to be 240 pounds, weighs approximately 24 pounds and comes with everything you need to get on the water (excluding a leash and a life vest). REVIEW: Pathfinder 9’9 iSUP; or check its price here.

#4 Pathfinder 9'9

 

#5 Ancheer

Something from Ancheer.

People over the internet seem to like them a lot more than I had expected. They must’ve done something right with their boards.

 

5.1 Ancheer AS10 10′ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

The Ancheer AS10 10′ inflatable SUP board measures 10′ x 32″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 22 pounds and has weight capacity of 286 pounds. The package comes with everything you need to get on the water. Check its price here.

 

#5 Ancheer AS10 10'

 

5.2 ANCHEER AS09 10′ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

Ancheer AS09 10′ inflatable SUP board measures 10′ x 30” x 6’’ (length x width x thickness). The weight of the board is approximately 17 lbs and it can withstand upto a max load of 240 lbs. This easy to carry blue AS09 ANCHEER 10′ iSUP board comes with all the essential accessories for your water excursions and adventures. REVIEW: Ancheer 10′ iSUP; or check its price here.

#5 Ancheer 10'

 

#6 Aqua Marina

I’ll give Aqua Marina the design award on this list of cheap paddle boards.

They’ve updated their boards from time to time, so I’d be pretty confident going with Aqua Marina as well if I was into the designs of the boards.

They’ve got 3 main variants:

 

6.1 Aqua Marina Breeze 9’9

The Aqua Marina Breeze Stand Up Paddle Board Inflatable SUP, Green, measures: 9’9″ x 30″ x 4″ (length x width x thickness). Max paddler weight is 165 pounds, it weighs 17.6 pounds, and comes with everything you need to get started. (paddle, pump, backpack, repair kit)REVIEW: Aqua Marina Breeze 9’9 iSUP or check its price here.

 

#6 Aqua Marina Breeze 9'9

 

6.2 Aqua Marina 2019 Upgraded 9’10 Vapor

The Aqua Marina Vapor 9’10 Upgraded iSUP measures: 9’10” x 30″ x 4.72″ (length x width x thickness). It has a max paddler weight of 220 pounds and weighs 18.08 pounds itself. This one also comes with everything you need to get on the water (excluding an ankle leash and a life vest)REVIEW: Aqua Marina Vapor 10’10 iSUP (older version) or check its price here (newer version).

 

#6 Aqua Marina 2019 Upgraded 9'10 Vapor

 

6.3 Aqua Marina 2019 Upgraded 10’4 Fusion

The Aqua Marina Upgraded 10’4 Fusion iSUP Board measures: 10’4” x 30″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness). It supports a paddler weighing up to 286 pounds and weighs 18.5 pounds. This one too comes with everything you need to get on the water (apart from an ankle leash and a life vest)REVIEW: Aqua Marina Fusion 10’10 iSUP (older version) or check its price here (newer version).

 

#6 Aqua Marina 2019 Upgraded 10'4 Fusion

 

#7 Uboway

If the quality and customer support was on bar with the design on this wooden colored model, I’d rank them way higher.

 

7.1 Uboway Inflatable SUP 10′

The Uboway Inflatable SUP 10′ Board measures 10′ x 30″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 18 pounds and has weight capacity of 275 pounds. The package comes with everything you need to get on the water. Check its price here.

#8 Uboway Inflatable SUP 10'

 

7.2 Uboway Two Layer Inflatable SUP 11′

The Uboway Two Layer Inflatable 11′ SUP Board measures 11′ x 32″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 29 pounds and has weight capacity of 287 pounds. The package comes with everything you need to get on the water. Check its price here.

#8 Uboway Two Layer Inflatable SUP 11'

 

#8 Goplus

Something from Goplus.

Goplus is a brand that to me looks like it’s everywhere I look and yet it gives off a generic vibe.

The boards are mighty fine given their prices. Some of their boards look the same as they did years ago while others are completely new I’ve never seen before in their lineup, so they must be actively trying to improve their crafts. Altough the boards are actually quite decent for the price, there’s really no actual customer support presence and things are very poorly documented.

 

8.1 Goplus 11′ iSUP

The Goplus 11′ iSUP  measures 11′ x 30″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 26 pounds and has weight capacity of 265 pounds. The package includes everything you need to get on the water (except for an ankle leash). REVIEW: Goplus 11′ iSUP Board Package or check its price here.

#9 Goplus 11' iSUP

 

8.2 Goplus 10′ iSUP Cruiser

The Goplus 10′ iSUP Cruiser measures 10′ x 30″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 22 pounds and has weight capacity of 265 pounds. The package comes with everything you need to get on the water (except for an ankle leash). REVIEW: Goplus 10′ iSUP Cruiser or check its price here.

#9 Goplus 10' iSUP Cruiser

 

8.3 Goplus 10′ iSUP

The Goplus 10′ iSUP measures 9′9″ x 30″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 24 pounds and has weight capacity of 440 pounds. Although optimal paddler weight is said to be up to 265 pounds, it’s really around 180 pounds or less (a.k.a smaller paddler) because of the design and size of the board. Otherwise this too comes with everything you need to get on the water (except for an ankle leash). REVIEW: Goplus 10′ iSUP or check its price here.

#9 Goplus 10' iSUP

 

8.4 Goplus Inflatable 10′ SUP

The Goplus Inflatable 10′ SUP Board measures 10′ x 30″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 22 pounds and has weight capacity of 265 pounds. The package comes with everything you need to get on the water (apart from a PFD – personal flotation device, a.k.a life jacket). REVIEW: Goplus Inflatable 10′ SUP or check its price here.

#9 Goplus Inflatable 10' SUP

 

8.5 Goplus Inflatable 11′ Surfboard

The Goplus Inflatable 11′ Surfboard measures: 11′ x 30″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 24.5 pounds and has weight capacity of 265 pounds. The package comes with everything you need to get on the water (apart from an ankle leash). Check its price here.

#9 Goplus Inflatable 11' Surfboard

 

8.6 Goplus Professional 11′ Cruiser

The Goplus Professional 11′ Cruiser measures: 11′ x 30″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 24 pounds and has a max weight capacity of 440 pounds. The package comes with everything you need to get on the water (excluding an ankle leash). Check its price here.

#9 Goplus Professional 11' Cruiser

 

#9 FunWater

Something from FunWater.

This is about the point where I’d start to question myself were I to buy one of the following boards. If I had no other options, these would probably do just fine, but the statistics presented to me don’t add up here and there, and the whole feel of their presentation just feels sloppy (no offence).

Had to do quite a bit of digging to find the up to date accurate information. However, such a thing tells me they have actually updated their package and considering customer feedback over the years. That’s a good thing.

 

9.1 FunWater Inflatable 10’6 SUP

The FunWater Inflatable 10’6 SUP measures 10′6″ x 33″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 17.6 pounds and has a max weight capacity of 330 pounds. The package comes with everything you need to get on the water. REVIEW: FunWater 10’6 Tiki Cruiser Inflatable SUP Package; or check its price here.

#10 FunWater Inflatable 10’6 SUP

 

9.2 FunWater All Round Inflatable 11′ SUP

The FunWater All Round Inflatable 11′ SUP measures 11′ x 33″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 21 pounds and has a max weight capacity of 350 pounds. The package comes with everything you need to get on the water. Check its price here.

#9 FunWater All Round Inflatable 11' SUP

 

#10 Freein

10.1 Freein 10’6 iSUP

The Freein 10’6 iSUP measures 10′6″ x 33″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 21 pounds and has a max weight capacity of 310 pounds. The package comes with everything you need to get on the water. Check its price here.

#11 Freein 10'6 iSUP

 

#11 Newport Vessels

Umami SUPs from Newport Vessels.

Newport Vessels deals with watersports in general and is NOT just dealing with random products. This is good as most cheap SUPs are offered by brands who do SUPs on the side.

However, they’ve taken a bold step of having just 4in thick boards which when inflated do not feel as rigid nor as stable as a 6-inch inflatable board might feel. You get a lighter stable board, but you’re going to have to expect some flex given how wide (34 inches) their boards are.

 

11.1 Umami 9’10 iSUP

Umami 9’10 iSUP by Newport Vessels measures 9′10″ x 34″ x 4″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 20.50 pounds and has a max weight capacity of 225 pounds. The package comes with everything you need to get on the water. Check its price here.

#12 Umami 9'10 iSUP

 

#12 Pexmor

12.1 Pexmor 11′ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

Pexmor 11′ iSUP measures 11′ x 30″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 26 pounds and has a max rider’s weight capacity of 260 pounds. The package comes with everything you need to get on the water. Check its price here.

#13 Pexmor 11' Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

 

#13 Bestway

Something from Bestway.

Bestway offers one of the cheapest inflatable stand up paddle boards on the market and they’ve been around for more than a decade! However, they don’t really provide much information about the SUPs but rather just the most basic info. The quality is likely very low, but weight wise as long as you’re the right fit for the board, paying so little for the experience you get probably makes you close your eyes to that fact.

They’ve got 5 iSUPs to offer:

 

13.1 HydroForce White Cap iSUP & Kayak 10′

HydroForce White Cap 10′ iSUP & Kayak measures 10′ x 32″ x 4″ (length x width x thickness)weighs ? pounds and has a max rider’s weight capacity of 209 pounds. The package comes with everything you need to get on the water. Check its price here.

#14 HydroForce White Cap iSUP & Kayak 10′

 

13.2 Bestway Hydro-Force Wave Edge 10’2

Bestway Hydro-Force Wave Edge 10’2 iSUP measures 10′2″ x 27″ x 4″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 26.1 pounds and has a max rider’s weight capacity of 220 pounds. The package comes with everything you need to get on the water. Check its price here.

#14 Bestway Hydro-Force Wave Edge 10'2

 

13.3 Bestway Hydro-Force Journey iSUP 9′

Bestway Hydro-Force Journey 9′ iSUP measures 9′ x 30″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 23.3pounds and has a max rider’s weight capacity of 242 pounds. The package comes with everything you need to get on the water.

#14 Bestway Hydro-Force Journey iSUP 9'

 

13.4 Bestway Hydro-Force Oceana iSUP 10′

Bestway Hydro-Force Oceana 10′ iSUP measures 10′ x 33″ x 4.75″ (length x width x thickness)weighs 30 pounds and has a max rider’s weight capacity of 267 pounds. The package comes with everything you need to get on the water.

#14 Bestway Hydro-Force Oceana iSUP 10'

 

13.5 Bestway Hydro-Force Cruiser iSUP 10’6

Bestway Hydro-Force Cruiser 10′ iSUP measures 10′6″ x 30″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness)weighs ? pounds and has a max rider’s weight capacity of 265 pounds. The package comes with everything you need to get on the water (except for a paddle).

#14 Bestway Hydro-Force Cruiser iSUP 10'6

 

#14 Blue Water Toys

14.1 White Lightning Blue Water Toys 11′ iSUP

White Lightning Blue Water Toys 11′ iSUP measures 11′ x 32″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness)weighs ? pounds and has a max rider’s weight capacity of 350 pounds. The package comes with everything you need to get on the water. Check its price here.

#15 White Lightning Blue Water Toys 11′

 

#15 XQ Max

People who have actually bought one of the boards from XQ Max haven’t had too much of an issue with the boards themselves, but there’s simply not enough information available about the boards, so that’s why I’ve ranked them so low.

First, the information I did find about the boards is from too many years ago. The technology in constructing cheap iSUPs have come a long way since then and I personally would prefer if I bought the latest versions of something rather than old products still circulating the market somehow. Which brings me to the second problem…Darts

Who exactly are behind these boards? Upon looking at XQ MAX SPORTS, it mainly deals with darts. SUP boards are not even mentioned… You can poke holes into iSUPs with darts…

 

They’ve got 2 iSUPs to available:

 

15.1 XQ Max SUP 305

The XQ Max SUP 305 measures 10′ x 27.84″ x 3.84″ (length x width x thickness)weighs roughly 16 to 22 pounds and carries a paddler weighing up to 220 pounds (ideally 180 pounds for flatwater activities). Due to its narrowness, I’d say it’s a surf-oriented all-around iSUP, not exactly beginner-friendlyREVIEW: XQ MAX SUP 305.

#16 XQ Max 305

 

15.2 XQ Max SUP 320

The XQ Max SUP 320 measures 10′5″ x 29.9″ x 5.9″ (length x width x thickness)weighs roughly 26 to 32 pounds and carries a paddler weighing up to 330 pounds, but for flatwater paddling to be viable, I feel 220 pounds or less would be much better rider’s weight. REVIEW: XQ MAX SUP 320.

#16 XQ Max 320

 

#16 Bright BlueGrumpy Cat

Last on this list is an example of a brand with sketchy products.

I wouldn’t call them a scam, maybe I’m just wrong and I’ve missed something. They’re essentially charging almost 200$ for an extra bungee storage area on a model that’s basically an exact replica of one of their other iSUP board packages. That was way too obvious of a red flag to simply ignore… See for yourself:

 

16.1 Bright Blue All Round Touring 11’6

BRIGHT BLUE All Round Touring 11’6″ Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board measures: 11’6 x 33″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness). It has max paddler weightof 325 pounds, weighs approximately 25 pounds and comes with everything you need to get on the water (excluding a life vest). REVIEW: Bright Blue All Round Touring 11’6.

#17 Bright Blue All Round Touring 11'6

 

16.2 Bright Blue Fusion All Round 11’6

The BRIGHT BLUE Fusion All Round 11’6″ ISUP board measures: 11’6″ x 33″ x 6″ (length x width x thickness). It has max weight capacity of 325 pounds (though ideally you want to be around 200 pounds)weights 24 pounds and comes with everything you need to get on the water (excluding life vest and first medical aid). REVIEW: Bright Blue All Round Fusion 11’6.

#17 Bright Blue Fusion All Round 11'6

 

Unranked Cheap iSUPsConfused & Unranked

Some of the cheap paddle boards I was unable to rank as there’s simply lack of information about them and I’m not too keen on the idea of sticking a knife into the board in order to find out more myself, so I have left them out of this list entirely for now (UNRANKED: Riber, Uenjoy, Yiilove, Xspec, Pexmor, Happybuy, Merax, Nalanda, Wavey Board, Sudoo, Dama, Soopotay, Shaofu, Miageek…).

Who knows, maybe some of them are simple knockoffs or diamonds in disguise?

 


Going Cheap FAQ

What’s The Difference Between The High Priced And The Low Priced Inflatable SUP Packages?

Assuming we’re talking about the ALL-AROUND type of iSUP board packages, the difference between the high and low priced SUP packages comes down to the quality of its contents.

  • quality of the construction of the board
  • quality of the accessory items in the package

Overall, a higher quality board (usually higher priced as well) is more reliable as it can take a beating and thus lasts longer when compared to a lower quality board. You can take a cheap board a long way by simply doing a little maintenance every now and then – most people simply don’t bother with that and so they simply get a board that lasts exactly as long it takes for certain critical parts to degrade enough over time…

Note that a higher priced board does not necessarily mean it was higher quality.

Usually the sellers mention how many layers of what quality PVC layers there are in their inflatable board and in what way they’re constructed. Some of the well-known brands have upped the price by having the layers connected in a more efficient way or by having more layers of PVC whereas the cheaper and smaller brands usually always have just a single layer PVC (even when cheaper ones say they’ve got 2, they mean they’ve got 2 PVC tapes at the rails but not around the entire SUP… Just another way of deceiving you). More layers usually make the board more sturdy (like a hard board) and last longer in the more rough conditions. For general use, a single layer PVC can do just fine.

Have a look: how much do inflatable SUP cost in general?

But then comes the additional items in the package like the paddle, pump, ankle leash, backpack, etc. Apart from the board itself, the paddle is another absolutely necessary and the more expensive item in the package. The lower priced packages usually have a lower quality paddle, pump, and backpack. The paddle and the backpack can do the job, but the pump is often what people want to replace entirely by buying an electric pump separately.

 

How Do I Find A Cheap Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board That Best Suits My Needs?

The first question you must answer is what it is you want from paddle boarding. All-around iSUP boards can vary a little bit.

Are you looking for stability to simply just cruise around calmer waters? Maybe you’re looking for speed to feel the sea breeze or what have you. Perhaps you’re looking to ride the waves or to travel some longer distances instead. What if yoga or fishing were the things you sought after from the start? Perhaps you’re not sure and simply want to do a little of it all (all-around), because that’s an option too! Click here and let this post quickly guide you through the process of finding you your board.

 

Is Stand Up Paddling (SUP) Something I Can Do?Yes!

It’s actually a relatively common question.

The answer is something you probably already knew: of course you can, probably… I mean, what’s to stop you? This sport is suitable for people of almost all ages and in almost all water and weather conditions. I say “almost” because the cheap ones aren’t exactly good for all out whitewater river riding or surfing and the like.

Otherwise just take a deep breath – I’m well aware that there’s more of water than there is of you, but you’re smarter than water and that’s what puts you on top! “RAAR!” That’s to say you probably very likely can take up paddle boarding.

 

Where Can I Use My Cheap Inflatable Paddle Board?

Any body of water will do as long as it’s not filled with some creepy creatures from Amazon Rainforests.

Here’s a handy take on where to travel and explore on your SUP in and around Britain.

 

What Do I Need In Order To Start With Stand Up Paddling?

All you need is equipment and a body of water (+ courage and knowledge).

When it comes to equipment, usually an iSUP package includes everything you need to get on the water:

  • Inflatable stand up paddle board + fins,
  • Paddle,
  • pump,
  • backpack carry bag,
  • ankle leash,
  • instructions,
  • repair kit,
  • (+ extra gadgets).

Be it lakes, rivers or seas, I’d say courage comes most in handy for when you start off on white water, knowledge for when you think you remember the river having a 60-feet waterfall somewhere about… *falls down* …And of course you need the right equipment (in the case of white water, a paddle is sufficient) to function properly in cases like that, for example. From here it’s all just fun because you knew there to be that waterfall, so you prepared and used your paddle to paddle towards safety, and you fell only in your imagination.

See? It didn’t take much to get started. White water was the more difficult one to start with anyway… Usually people start on lakes or calm rivers, and for that you really don’t need much at all.

 

What Difference Does It Make What Paddle I Use With A Cheap Board?One Aspect Of A SUP Paddle

For general use, an aluminium shaft paddle will do you just fine, it’s when you’re going to put some real effort into paddling you might want to invest in a paddle that has more suitable attributes. Here’s a handy take on what the djfferent SUP paddles are about so as to make sense of them.

 

What Are The Benefits Of Stand Up Paddle Boarding?

There are plenty of benefits to stand up paddle boarding, whether you go cheap or not.

  • It’s for all ages and various activites.
  • SUP can be therapeutic and calming or exciting and exhilarating.
  • It’s a great full body workout and fresh air in the outdoors is good for your body, mind and spirit.

 

Is Inflatable SUP Safe?It's Pretty Safe

Are you perhaps immortal? I for one am not. So with that in mind, as long as you know yourself and the water, stand up paddle boarding is pretty darn safe. For more details, for there are ways for things to end up really bad, simply glance over this SUP Safety post.

And remember. Cheaper inflatable stand up paddle boards aren’t so much meant for the more rough water conditions but rather for calmer waters.

 

Do I Need To Be Fit For Paddle Boarding?

Not necessarily. It helps when you’re already fit, but it’s not a requirement as there are plenty of iSUP boards meant for everybody even among the cheap iSUPs.

 

Are There Any Age Requirements?

Depends on what you’re looking to do with your paddle board. Essentially, there’s no real age requirement unless you’re looking at the more extreme types of paddleboarding (whitewater, surfing and racing).

There should be no problems with the more calmer types of paddle boarding like recreational paddling on calmer waters or touring, cruisng, yoga, fishing, etc when it comes to one’s age. I really don’t see a problem there at all. Be it somebody in their 10’s or below, and up in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and even 90’s and perhaps even in their hundreds! The cheap stand up paddle boards are almost a perfect fit for that.

 

Can My Dog Ride With Me?Dog Footprints

Your dog can ride with you on your inflatable SUP board, yes.

The reason for that is simple. Inflatable SUP boards aren’t that easily damaged when compared to hardboards. That’s why inflatables are often, if not always, used in whitewater river riding where bumping into rocks is inevitable. Inflatables don’t scratch, ding or scar like hardboards. But I personally wouldn’t really use a cheaper one for the whitewater river riding where there is absolutely no way to avoid bumping into rocks, I’d go straight for something more specialized in that case.

 

What Is An Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Made Of?

In short, an inflatable SUP board has drop-stitch material for inner core where the air is pumped into also, one or more PVC layers laminated around it with one or more layers of PVC rails connecting the bottom and top half of the laminated pvc layers together. On top of all that is usually a non-slip EVA foam deck pad for people to comfortably stand on when paddling. With everything pretty much the same, the cheaper iSUPs usually have just 1 PVC layer instead of multiple. Learn more about SUP construction and materials here.

iSUP Construction Illustration

The next question, after hearing that an inflatable SUP board is filled with air would be whether it can pop like a balloon? …Since it’s filled with air and all. In short: it can pop like a balloon, but that’s when you leave it outside for many days on a super hot and sunny month. The pressure inside would increase due to the heat and PVC material would simply be stretched out to its limits. Avoiding the popping is as easy as letting some air out of the board when you store it inflated.

It May Pop

An inflatable SUP popping would make a great story though. I remember my neighbour’s inflatable make quite a mess in his shed with all the dust coming out of it when his inflatable SUP popped in his super hot shed. Something to learn from. Though an inflatable SUP popping is rather rare as it involves serious luck/unluck (need a really hot environment and direct sunlight) and takes an effort on your part as well (to leave it some place like that).

 


EXTRA READING

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Best Cheap Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards in 2019 | post | sunsetpaddler
How much do inflatable SUP boards cost? | post | sunsetpaddler
Is a cheap inflatable SUP worth it? | post | sunsetpaddler
How to choose a SUP paddle? | post | sunsetpaddler
iSUP care & maintenance | post | sunsetpaddler
SUP buying guide | post | sunsetpaddler
SUP boards list | post | sunsetpaddler
What is PVC? | post | sunsetpaddler
SUP safety | post | sunsetpaddler

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