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“What is the best inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard?”

That’s a question we are asked almost every day. So we rounded up our favorite all-around SUPs and put them through their paces, side-by-side, to answer that very question. We tested stability, speed, tracking and capacity. We compared features, accessories, materials and constructions. We checked prices and warranties. Then we agonized over which one was the best.

It’s a very tough decision!

All of the boards below tested incredibly well. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses when compared side-by-side. Each tester had their own personal favorites for one reason or another. The one thing all of these boards have in common, and that we all could agree on, is that we wouldn’t hesitate to honestly recommend any of them to you.

We’ve collected our comparisons and thoughts below, highlighting key features and differences for each board. While it’s hard to answer the question of what is the best inflatable SUP for everyone (and also somewhat impossible given everyone has different needs), we can help you find the best inflatable SUP for you given what you are wanting to do on your paddle board.

Best Inflatable Paddle Boards Comparison Chart

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Top-Rated All-Around Inflatable SUPs

BOARDPRICEDIMENSIONSCAPACITYWARRANTY
Blackfin CX Ultra

Blackfin CX Ultra

Blackfin CX Ultra'
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Read ReviewCheck Price10’6” x 32.5" x 6"
19.8 pounds
320 lbs3-years,
90-day money back
Isle Switch 2-in-1 iSUP/Kayak

Isle Switch 2-in-1 iSUP/Kayak

Isle Switch 2-in-1 iSUP/Kayak
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Review Coming SoonCheck Price11'6" x 35.5" x 6"
19 pounds
425 lbs2 years,
60-day money back
Gili-Meno

Gili Meno 10’6”

2021 GILI Sports Meno 10'6 Touring inflatable paddle board’
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Read ReviewCheck Price10'6" x 35" x 6"
23 pounds
450 lbs2-years,
60-day money back
thurso-waterwalker

Thurso Waterwalker 132

THURSO Expedition
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Read ReviewCheck Price11' x 32" x 6"
26 pounds
330 lbs2-years,
30-day money back
bluefin-cruise-carbon

Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8”

Bluefin Carbon Cruise 10'8
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Read ReviewCheck Price10'8" x 32" x 6"
33 pounds
287 lbs5 years,
60-day money back
Gili11Adventure

Gili 11’ Adventure

BLACKFIN Model V
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Read ReviewCheck Price11' x 32" x 6"
22 pounds
290 lbs2-years,
60-day money back
Bote-HD-Aero

Bote HD Aero

Bote HD Aero’
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Review Coming SoonCheck Price11'6" x 34" x 6"
30 pounds
315 lbs2-years,
30-day money back
honu-byron

Honu Byron

2021 Honu Byron 10'6
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Read ReviewCheck Price10'6" x 32" x 4.7"
15.9 pounds
240 lbs4 years,
30-day money back


nixy-newport

Nixy Newport G4

Nixy Newport G4
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Read ReviewCheck Price10'6" x 33" x 6"
21 pounds
300 lbs2 years,
30-day money back
Nautical 10’6”

Nautical 10’6”

Nautical 10’6”
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Read ReviewCheck Price10'6” x 32" x 6"
20 pounds
240 lbs2 years,
30-day money back
atoll-11

Atoll 11’

Atoll 11’
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Read ReviewCheck Price11' x 32" x 6"
21 pounds
315 lbs2 years,
60-day money back
Sea-Gods

Sea Gods Skylla

Sea Gods Skylla
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Read ReviewCheck Price11’ 0” x 33" x 6"
19.5 pounds
340 lbsLifetime,
30-day money back

Best Inflatable SUPs – Details/Quick Review

It’s important to note that we have put these boards in general order of what we think is the best all-around stand up paddle board. Towards the top of the list, we have the Blackfin Ultra CX, which is iRocker’s latest tech that will potentially change the industry and make it a TON easier to travel with your board and get out on the water. Following the CX, we have the Isle Switch, which is another SUP that is really changing perspectives in that it offers a board that is fantastic for larger paddlers (or beginners and those wanting to load up their board with gear, people, or pets) AND is incredibly light. We’ve never seen a board this lightweight, this stiff, and this large before. As you continue through our list of best inflatable SUPs you’ll see the reasons why each board has earned a spot here, ending with the SeaGods Skylla. The Skylla might be at the ‘end’ of this list, but is our actual top pick for a high performance all-around inflatable SUP. So don’t discount that just because it’s towards the end. Like we said, every board on this list is a great performing, fantastic all-around SUP.


Blackfin CX Ultra

10’6 x 33” x 6”
Availability: US, Canada, Australia, UK, Europe
Read Full Review Here

Blackfin CX Ultra
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The Blackfin CX Ultra combines the performance capability of the Blackfin iSUP lineup with new materials and construction techniques to create a lightweight and truly compact iSUP.

The Blackfin CX Ultra uses state-of-the-art drop stitch material and lightweight, but durable, PVC skin reinforced with carbon fiber fabric to create an incredibly lightweight, super stiff, fast paddling, and easy traveling paddleboard. This new construction creates one of the stiffest boards we’ve tested.

The first things users notice about the Ultra series iSUPs from iRocker are the “split” design that allows the board to fold in half prior to rolling and the new twin fin setup. By folding the board before rolling, the Blackfin CX Ultra fits into a bag half the size of other Blackfin model boards; it’s so small it can be stored between the front and rear seats of a sedan! The twin fin system not only facilitates this folding, but the dual 9” fins add an unbelievable amount of tracking to such a short board.

The CX Ultra still has a bevy of on-board features like cargo bungees, threaded action mounts and passenger handles. As a bonus, the new Ultra series boards include an electric pump by default, making getting ready to paddle that much easier.

Bottom Line:The Blackfin CX Ultra offers amazing performance, great stability, and a compact design all at an excellent price point.


Isle Switch 2-in-1 iSUP/Kayak

11’6” x 35.5” x 6”
Availability: US
Full Review Coming Soon

Isle Switch 2-in-1 iSUP/Kayak
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The Isle Switch 2-in-1 iSUP/Kayak is an ultralight, high capacity paddling craft that seamlessly transitions from SUP, to Kayak, to Tandem, and can even “raft” up with other Switch iSUPs.

The Isle Switch 2-in-1 iSUP/Kayak hybrid uses state-of-the-art fusion materials to create an unbelievably light paddleboard that remains stiff and can carry a whopping 425 lbs. The Switch has specifically been designed to function as both an iSUP and a kayak. Included with the Switch is an inflatable seat and footrest that gives you proper support for paddling the Switch as a kayak, and a 2-in-1 paddle so there’s no need to buy additional accessories to use the Switch whichever way suits you best.

The 35.5” width offers incredible stability no matter how you use the board, and has enough capacity to easily double as a tandem SUP or kayak.

Also new to the Switch is the Isle LInk System – a series of fabric loops all along the board to infinitely adjust accessories and board configurations with the matching stainless steel G-hooks.

Bottom Line:The Isle Switch is the high performance, high capacity crossover iSUP/Kayak that has a nearly limitless number of uses and configurations for the ultimate customizability.


Gili Meno 10’6”

10’6” x 35” x 6”
Availability: US, International Shipping Available
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Gili Meno 10’6”
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The Gili Meno 10’6” adds an extra inch of width for an exceptionally stable ride, and offers an incredible value at its current price.

Gili takes versatility to new heights with the Meno 10’6”. Fusion dual-layer PVC and CarbonTech rails give the Meno its amazing stiffness while the 35” width and triple fin system keeps it stable whether you are solo, with a friend, loaded for a trip, or casting a line.

The Meno is decked with accessories including 18 D-rings, 5 threaded action mounts, a paddle holder, and two sets of grab handles. The front and rear cargo areas have ample space for storage, and the large eva traction pad provides comfort and grip for your feet while still looking good. The Meno 11’6” version also includes three Scotty mounts for fishing accessories.

The Gili Meno includes a variety of fins to match your water, a high-quality paddle, triple-action pump and wheeled carry bag with multiple pockets to keep your gear safe and secure.

Bottom Line: The Gili Meno 10’6” is all about stability and accessories. It also keeps things light at just 23 pounds.


Thurso Waterwalker 132

11” x 32” x 6”
Availability: US, Canada, UK, Europe
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Thurso Waterwalker 132
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The Thurso Waterwalker 132 focuses on providing the best paddling experience possible while keeping a clean, but functional, look.

While the Waterwalker 132 may not have as many bells and whistles as the GIli 11’ Adventure, it makes up for it with class-leading construction. Thurso utilizes a different kind of drop-stitching material for the base of its double-layer which, combined with the carbon fiber rails creates an unbelievably stiff and stable SUP.

Thurso doesn’t leave you high-and-dry on versatility, though. Front and rear cargo areas will easily hold your essentials, and four additional D-rings in the middle of the board allow you to attach a kayak seat. Lastly, the Waterwalker 132 features an integrated paddle holder on the side of the board and an action mount on the front.

The included carbon fiber paddle is lightweight and comfortable enough to use all day. Lastly, the dual-chamber, triple-action pump inflates your board incredibly fast and includes a deflate setting to make rolling and storing your board a cinch.

Bottom Line: The Thurso Waterwalker 132 lives up to its name. This incredibly stiff and stable SUP was even highly regarded for its performance among our heavier testers, making them feel like they were walking on water.


Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8”

10’8” x 32” x 6”
Availability: US, UK, Europe, Australia
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The Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8” is hands-down the stiffest board on this list. It’s built to last – in more ways than one – and has the most included accessories out of any iSUP we’ve tested.

Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8
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Let’s start with the construction. The Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8” has a double-layer PVC deck and hull with heat-welded seams and a carbon fiber rail as part of the Bluefin Flex Reduction System. It also has a second, “Air Duo,” inflatable chamber in the center of the board. This second chamber increases the overall stiffness of the board and offers a degree of safety in case one of the two chambers does become compromised while on the water. All of these construction enhancements do come at a cost, though, as the Cruise Carbon 10’8” comes in at a scale-tipping 35 pounds.

The Croco-Diamond deckpad is both diamond-grooved and textured to provide as much grip as possible. While there is a kick-pad near the rear of the board, it’s placed far enough from the tail of the board to reduce its real-world usability.

If you are looking for versatility, though, Bluefin has your back. The Cruise Carbon 10’8” not only includes 14 d-rings, an action mount, and two sets of grab handles, but it also ships with a complete kayak conversion kit (seat, straps, and paddle) included with your SUP.

Bottom Line: The Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8” offers a lot of versatility, an incredibly stiff platform, and an amazing warranty, but misses the mark on a few of the details.


GILI 11’ Adventure

11” x 32” x 6”
Availability: US, International Shipping Available
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The Gili Adventure 11’ arguably has the best feature set for its current price out of all of the all-around SUPs we’ve tested. Adventure isn’t just in the name – this board is ready for it all.

GILI 11’ Adventure
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The attention to detail Gili put into their 11’ Adventure SUP kit adds features and versatility that are simply outstanding. Fusion Dual Layer construction creates a strong and stable board that weighs-in at only 22 pounds, but it’s no lightweight when it comes to versatility. Huge cargo areas, 18 D-rings, grab handles in front and back, a paddle holder, and a raised kick-pad are ready for whatever you throw at it whether you are cruising around the lake, fishing, touring, or practicing SUP yoga. 

Toward the rear of the board, fishermen will appreciate the dual scotty mounts for rod holders or rack systems, while the three action mounts are ready for your GoPro to capture your catch. Three snap-in fins, including a 9” race fin, let you fine-tune your board’s tracking and speed.

When you are done paddling for the day, the redesigned backpack with additional fin pocket and zippered storage easily and comfortably holds your board, accessories, and personal items.

Bottom Line: The Gili 11’ Adventure is a true all-around board that offers an amazing value in a lightweight package.


Bote HD Aero

11’6” x 34” x 6”
Availability: US, Australia
Read Our Bote Review Here

The Bote HD Aero is a large all-around SUP with a heart for fishing. It is also available with full-length traction pads or in the Bug Slinger style for fishing.

Bote HD Aero
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The Bote HD Aero is a super-stable SUP for all uses. The wide, parallel shape offers good tracking and predictable handling with plenty of room for cargo, or additional passengers, in the front and rear of the board.

On the deck you’ll find 18 D-rings, two Scotty mounts, two cooler tie downs, and specialty mounting points for a paddle sheath on the nose of the board. The HD Aero also features a Magnepod magnetic cup holder just in front of the center handle to keep your travel tumbler or metal cup from falling over.

The Bug Slinger edition comes with additional mounting points for a sand spear and Power-Pole Micro for shallow-water anchoring, while the Full Trax edition includes a full-length deck pad and paddle holder.

Bottom Line: Bote offers three different options of the HD Aero to suit your favorite style of paddling, but all have the same, incredible, SUP at the core.


Honu Byron

10’6” x 32” x 4.7”
Availability: US, Australia
Read Our Honu Paddle Boards Review Here

Honu Byron
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Minimalist Design meets Maximalist Performance with the Honu Byron all-around SUP. And did we mention it only weighs 17 pounds?

The Honu Byron all-around SUP is a relative newcomer not only to InflatableBoarder.com, but to the US at large. Don’t let that fool you though, the team at Honu has over 20 years experience designing SUPs in Australia, and it shows.

Honu uses woven drop-stitch fabric with two layers of PVC fused together and triple-layer rails to create a rock-solid SUP when inflated to the 20psi maximum pressure. The diamond-groove deck pad is soft and secure under your feet, and the large tail kick-pad provides enhanced control of the board for pivot turning and surfing. A 9” fin comes with the Byron, and the standard Longboard fin box opens a world of possibilities for different paddling situations.

Any average-sized paddler will enjoy their time on the Byron, but it really stands out for those looking for a board that will grow with them as they learn new skills, and for the intermediate-to-advanced paddler that is looking for a more nimble and responsive SUP.

Deck storage is limited on the Byron, so it may not be the best choice for anyone who regularly carries lots of equipment. Honu does not include a paddle with the Byron, but they do offer a line of extremely high quality carbon fiber travel paddles at a reasonable price, and discounted when purchased with the board. Honu offers a 2-year warranty with an additional 2 years of product repair with all of their boards.

Bottom Line:The Honu Byron was a fan favorite among our testers for it’s responsive and sporty feel, but may not be the right choice for paddlers carrying lots of equipment or bringing along passengers.


Nixy Newport

10”6” x 33” x 6”
Availability: US
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The Nixy Newport G4 is a nimble all-around board that can carry its weight.

Nixy Newport
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Nixy has some pixie dust they put in their boards – or at least that’s my theory as to how they have made the Nixy Newport G4 so astonishingly stiff. The FusionTech dual-layer laminated PVC, woven drop stitch, and carbon fiber rails work in partnership with the 33” width to bring this fairy tale to life.

While the extra inch of width in the standing area and triple-fin system provide excellent stability, the strong taper in the rear of the board gives it a lively and nimble feeling, similar to the Honu Byron, with just a single step toward the tail. This design gives you the stability you need when first starting, and the performance you’ll want when you’re ready to take your paddling to the next level.

While the front cargo area isn’t huge, the 16 d-rings provide plenty of tie-down locations and are kayak seat compatible. There are also five action-mounts on the board for cameras, fishing rod holders, or other accessories that use a standard M8 bolt.

Nixy also includes one of the best kit paddles we’ve tested. It’s a 70/30 carbon fiber/fiberglass hybrid with a medium-sized blade that gives power and control while still being soft on your joints.

Bottom Line:The Nixy Newport is a nimble all-around SUP that comes well equipped with on-board features and a fantastic kit paddle.


Nautical 10’6”

10’8” x 33” x 6”
Availability: US, CAN, UK, EU
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The Nautical 10’6” iSUP by iRocker is our top choice for those shopping for an iSUP on a budget.

Nautical 10’6
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The Nautical 10’6” inherits much of its design elements from the iRocker All Around series, including a large variety of on-board features. The Nautical 10’6” has two large cargo areas, two sets of passenger handles, 17 D-rings, a threaded action mount, and is kayak seat compatible. The largest difference between the Nautical and iRocker All Around is in the construction.

Where the iRocker boards use a triple-layer construction, the Nautical uses only two layers. The construction is still very durable, however the Nautical 10’6” is noticeably less stiff than the iRocker 10’ or 11’ All Around.

At 10’6” long and 32” wide, the Nautical 10’6” offers a great size to suit most paddlers and is very beginner friendly with excellent stability.

Bottom Line: The Nautical 10’6” is an excellent beginner iSUP for paddlers shopping on a budget.


Atoll 11’

11” x 32” x 6”
Availability: US
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Atoll stands out from other brands for several reasons. One of which is that they only produce two models: the Atoll 11’ and Atoll 9’. This lets them concentrate on bringing their exact vision of what an inflatable paddleboard should be to life.

Atoll 11
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The dual-layer PVC construction keeps the Atoll 11’ lightweight while maintaining a stiff, stable, and durable ride. Its open floor plan and well-spaced anchor points allow you to customize it for your own needs – whether that is cruising, touring, fishing, or anything else.

A single Longboard fin box and two fixed side fins keep things simple, yet effective, on the hull without limiting your options for primary fin size and shape. There is a large 6-point cargo area up front and 9 additional D-rings around the perimeter of the board. The large deck pad has a full diamond-groove traction pattern for a soft and retentive feel wherever you are on the board.

Bottom Line: The Atoll 11’ is a multi-purpose all-around iSUP that balances all of its performance characteristics very well.


Sea Gods Skylla

11’0” x 33” x 6”
Availability: US, Canada
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The Sea Gods Skylla toes the line between All Around and Touring iSUP.

Sea Gods Skylla
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The Sea Gods Skylla uses new Ultra Light Fusion material for the Skylla that is different from their other iSUPs. The reinforced single layer of PVC is laminated onto a woven drop stitch fabric with cross-woven drop stitching to create an incredibly light (19lb) and incredibly stiff inflatable paddleboard.

At 33” wide, the Skylla offers very beginner-friendly stability while the pointed nose and gently tapering back half of the board create a fast and efficient paddling experience. This efficient and quick shape makes the Skylla an excellent choice for the paddler who wants a paddleboard that can explore remote locations as well as it cruises local bays.

No review of the Skylla (or really any of Sea God’s boards) would be complete without mentioning the absolutely stunning artwork. The Skylla features a colorful deck pad, and a beautiful depiction of a mythological Hippocampus on the hull designed by a local artist.

Bottom Line: The Sea Gods Skylla offers beginner-friendly all-around stability while still being a fantastic board for the intermediate paddler looking to go farther.


All-Around Stand-up Paddleboard FAQs

What is an All-Around SUP?

All-around SUPs are the swiss-army knife of paddling. They are designed to be user friendly at all skill levels and a great option for a first paddleboard. All-around SUPs have a medium width and length for a good balance between capacity, stability, maneuverability, and tracking. They will typically have a variety of features for users who take part in multiple types of paddling activities, but they are not a specialized board that excels in one style of paddling alone.

What to look for when choosing an All-around SUP?

When looking at all-around SUPs the most important thing is to find a board that is the right size for you, that has the features you need, and fits in your budget. We recommend that paddlers over 6’ tall and over 220lb consider the options available in the Best Wide All-Around SUPs list. Paddlers under 5’5” should consider boards that are closer to 30” wide for a more comfortable paddling experience. All all-around SUPs will have some sort of storage capability, and you should match the amount of storage space with your intended use. Consider what features you need for your intended use. If SUP fishing sounds like your style, make sure to pick a board that has multiple mounting points for easy equipment organization. If you like to do Yoga, a large deck pad with fewer d-rings and mounting points will be important. Lastly, consider your budget and check out what sales are going on to help stretch that even further!

What Width All Around iSUP is Best for Me?

Wide all-around boards still provide the versatility of standard all-around boards, but provide more volume through more width – typically 34-36”. This larger size board will have a higher weight capacity and increased stability. These boards are typically recommended for larger individual paddlers (over 6’ tall and over 220lbs), paddlers who regularly bring smaller passengers like kids and dogs (for two adults, check out our Tandem and Group SUP recommendations), and paddlers who regularly bring lots of equipment with them for fishing or camping. Because of the extra width of these boards, they are not recommended for shorter paddlers (under 5’6”) as they can be more difficult to paddle without overextending your shoulders, which can potentially lead to injury.

All-Around vs Touring?

Touring SUPs are typically longer (12’-14’) and do not exceed 32” wide. They are designed for efficient paddling over long distances and straight-line tracking over maneuverability. If you like to paddle long distances and are interested in overnight camping from your SUP, a touring board might be the option for you. Larger all-around SUPs can also take you on these expeditions, but typically won’t be as fast or as efficient as a touring board. However an all-around board will be more maneuverable and more stable than a typical touring board, and is generally better suited to a variety of conditions.

Recommended Gear for All-Around Stand-Up Paddleboards

While all-around SUP kits will include everything the paddleboard needs to get you out on the water, there are a few accessories that will give you a better and safer experience on your new SUP.

  • PFDA PFD (Personal Flotation Device), sometimes called a life jacket or buoyancy aid, is a critical piece of safety equipment while on your SUP and may be required by local law. There are thousands of options for PFDs, and it is important to choose one that not only fits you well, but is designed for paddling. A quality, well-fit PFD is not noticeable when being worn. See our Best SUP PFD reviews here.
  • Dry Bag – Not everything we bring with us on our SUPs should get wet. Soggy sandwiches and waterlogged phones can ruin a good day out on the water. Dry bags come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes to fit your needs. See our Best SUP Dry Bag reviews here.
  • Coolers – whether you are keeping your drinks cold or your catch fresh, a great cooler can make the difference after hours out in the sun. Plus hard coolers make a great seat to take a break from standing! See our Best SUP Cooler reviews here.
  • Electric Pumps – Using the hand pump that comes with your board is a great way to warm up for your day paddling. But every now and then it’s nice to relax while getting ready, too. Electric SUP pumps are easy to use and let you focus on other things while inflating your board. See our Best Electric SUP Pump reviews here.

Final Thoughts – Best All-Around SUPs

All-around SUPs are not only great beginner SUPs, but they offer a level of versatility that makes them an important part of every paddler’s options. Whether you are an advanced racer, or just getting started, these all-around SUPs offer a fantastic paddling experience, high-quality construction, and an unbeatable range of use for everyone.

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