Inflatable paddle boards are incredibly convenient and offer a lot of advantages when it comes to portability, but finding one that performs well in surf can be a challenge. When it comes to surfing, traditional hard boards typically outperform inflatable stand up paddle boards, but that gap continues to narrow as inflatable technology and construction techniques continue to advance.
In this post, we’re going to share our top picks for this year’s best inflatable surf SUP. If you’re willing to sacrifice some surf performance in return for the many advantages offered by an iSUP, this post will hopefully help you find a board that is right for you…
Best Inflatable Paddle Board for Surfing – 2018 Top Picks
|Sea Eagle LongBoard 11||11'x30"x6"||25 lbs||200 lbs||3-year, 180-day money back guarantee|
|Red Paddle Co 8'10" Whip||8'10"x29"x4"||18 lbs||200 lbs||2-year|
|Hala Carbon Playa||10'11"x30"x4.75"||27 lbs||350 lbs||3-year|
|airSUP 100SL||10'x32"x6"||19 lbs||400 lbs||1-year|
|Boardworks SHUBU 9'6"||9'6"x34"x6"||25 lbs||270 lbs||1-year|
Sea Eagle LongBoard 11
The Sea Eagle LongBoard 11 is an extremely well-built inflatable SUP that is versatile and super fun in both flatwater and surf. The LB11 measures 11′ x 30″ x 6″, and it features ultra-durable PVC drop stitch construction. The board’s 6″ thickness gives the board excellent rigidity, and it feels nearly as stiff as a hard board when pumped up to 15 psi.
The Sea Eagle LB11 also comes with an awesome 3 year warranty and 180 day money back guarantee. Be sure to check out our in-depth Sea Eagle LongBoard 11 review.
Red Paddle Co 8’10” Whip
The super durable Red Paddle Co 8’10” Whip is an outstanding inflatable surfing SUP that you can throw in a backpack and take all over the world. Featuring a narrow tail and a removable single FCS Connect SUP fin, the Whip is the perfect choice for wave riding.
The Whip includes advanced design and construction techniques which eliminate hand gluing errors, reduce weight, and increase overall board rigidity. Red Paddle Co’s RSS Rocker Stiffening System improves board stiffness by up to 50%.
Hala Carbon Playa
Measuring 10’11” x 30″ x 4.75″, the Hala Carbon Playa is a longboard/gun hybrid inflatable SUP that is fast and maneuverable. The board has a 2+1 fin configuration, with two removable 4: side bite fins and a center removable fin in an unbreakable fin box.
Hala Gear is known for their cutting edge designs and super high build quality, and the Playa is a great example of exactly how they got that reputation. The Playa is built with the most durable drop stitch material on the market, and it’s backed by a solid 3-year warranty.
To learn more, be sure to check out our full Hala Playa review.
The super fun airSUP 100SL measures 10′ x 32″ x 6″ and is a board that’s designed to perform well in the surf. It has a nice, full-length EVA foam trackpad and an 8″ removable US box fin with easy release screw.
The airSUP 100SL is constructed out of extremely durable drop stitch material and has excellent overall rigidity. It is covered by a 12-month warranty and includes a nice bundle of SUP accessories, although it does not come with a paddle.
Boardworks SHUBU 9’6″
The 9’6″ Boardworks SHUBU is a good inflatable SUP for hitting the surf. Measuring 9’6″ x 34″ x 6″, the SHUBU has a high-quality diamond groove traction pad with an arch bar and kick tail. The board’s 2+1 fin configuration features a high-performance AIR7 center fin box and rubber side fins which gives you a lot of versatility.
With a nice hull and tail rocker and a performance outline, the Boardworks SHUBU 9’6″ is a lot of fun in modest surf conditions. It’s backed by a 1 year warranty.