How to Get Started With an Inflatable Stand-Up Paddle Board

Get into this fun outdoor hobby.

Closeup of paddle board in the water
Enjoy this water sport solo or floating with friends.Unsplash/Holly Mandarich

Paddle-boarders: You’ve probably seen them serenely floating on some lake or balancing majestically off a nearby shore. Yes, balance is a big part of paddle-boarding, but it’s not as difficult as it looks. Let us help you find the paddle board that’ll make days on the water even better.

Roc Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board W Free Premium SUP Accessories & Backpack
This stand-up paddle board (SUP) can hold up to 300 pounds and comes with a waterproof pouch for your cell phone and keys.Roc

Check weight capacity on any paddle board you’re interested in to make sure it suits your needs. Some are sturdy enough to hold two adults, or a grown up and a child.

FunWater Inflatable 10'6×33"×6" Ultra-Light (17.6lbs) SUP for All Skill Levels Everything Included with Stand Up Paddle Board
This SUP is made with an additional layer of PVC for enhanced durability.FunWater

An inflatable SUP is convenient for long drives to the beach in a small car, especially if the board comes with its own leash, pump, fins and a travel backpack to fold it all into.

SereneLife Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board
This SUP’s no-slip surface makes it a good choice for beginners.SereneLife

Everyone falls off their board when they’re first starting. But a paddle board with a wide, no-slip deck will help you keep your footing.