In this buyer’s guide, we’ll list our top picks for 2020’s best paddle board for kids. As the sport of paddleboarding continues to grow, it’s exciting to see so many youths getting involved, and there are some really nice kids SUP boards available…
When it comes to buying a youth SUP board, it should come as no surprise that we recommend iSUPs. Inflatable paddle boards are much more convenient and far easier to transport than hard boards, and they’re more forgiving if a child falls on the board or gets bumped by it. As parents, the last thing we want is an injured child and inflatables are a safer alternative to traditional hard stand up paddle boards.
In this buyer’s guide, we’re including kids paddle boards in a wide variety of price points so you’ll be able to find the best inflatable SUP for your child, regardless of budget. Also, all of the boards we’ve listed are durable, lightweight, and come with a full warranty.
So without further ado, let’s get to it…
Best Kids’ Paddle Boards for 2020
|THURSO Prodigy 7’6″||7’6″x30″x4″||19 lbs||165 lbs||2-year|
|Bluefin Cruise Junior||8′x29″x5″||22 lbs||265 lbs||5-year, 60-day money back|
|NIXY Huntington||9’6″‘x32″x6″||17 lbs||250 lbs||2-year, 30-day money back|
|Retrospec Nano||8′x30″x4″||27 lbs||140 lbs||1-year|
|NRS Youth Amp||9’2″x29″x4″||21 lbs||120 lbs||3-year|
|Aqua Marina Vibrant||8’7″x26″x4″||15 lbs||154 lbs||1-year|
THURSO SURF Prodigy 7'6"
The 7’6″ THURSO Prodigy is an unbelievably cool-looking board that is well-built and includes a great package of accessories. Measuring 7’6″ x 30″ x 4″ and weighing in at 19 pounds, this board is capable of supporting a max weight of 165 pounds. The top deck of the THURSO Prodigy features an attractive camo design which makes this board stand out from the pack. Available this season in both blue and pink, the THURSO Prodigy includes a nice SUP backpack, dual-action pump, 3-piece carbon shaft travel paddle, leash, and repair kit.
For more info, be sure to read our in-depth THURSO SURF Prodigy review.
Bluefin SUP Cruise Junior 8'
Another one of this year’s best youth SUP boards is the Bluefin SUP Cruise Junior 8′. Measuring 8′ x 29″ x 5″, the Bluefin Cruise Jr. inflatable paddle board comes with an incredibly nice bundle of accessories which includes an adjustable paddle, travel backpack, kayak seat conversion kit, safety leash, dual-action hand pump, and repair kit. At the nose of the board is a D-ring for towing, a GoPro action camera mount, and a bungee cord storage area. The Cruise Junior also features front and rear grab handles for easier handling and multiple D-rings along the rails. While it’s higher priced than THURSO’s Prodigy, you get some extra features, a better accessory bundle, and a 5-year warranty.
Overall, this is a very high-quality kids’ paddle board that comes with everything your child needs to get out on the water.
While not specifically designed to be an iSUP for kiddos, the NIXY Huntington’s smaller form factor and ultra-lightweight design make it an ideal choice for children. The Huntington measures 9’6″ x 32″ x 6″ and weighs in at only 17 pounds. This board is a breeze to carry around and it packs down into an incredibly small backpack, thanks to the unique center-folding design. In addition to a 2-year warranty and 30-day money-back guarantee, you also get an ultra-compact 4-piece fiberglass paddle, upgraded dual-chamber pump for faster inflation, shoulder carry strap, safety leash, and carrying bag.
For more details on this iSUP, be sure to read our in-depth NIXY Huntington review.
Freshly updated for 2020, the Retrospec Weekender-Nano is a great-looking inflatable paddle board for kids. The retro-inspired design comes in three colors (Black/Red, Coral/Seafoam, and Marine/Orange), and the board includes an adjustable aluminum SUP paddle, pump, and iSUP repair kit. At the nose is a bungee storage area for stashing a bag, flip flops, or other gear, and there are three removable fins on the flip side.
Measuring 8′ x 30″ x 4″, the Weekender-Nano is a stable board that can support a maximum of 140 pounds.
C4 Waterman Disney Moana
Measuring 7’x26″x4″, the C4 Waterman Disney Moana is a great choice for children 5 years old and up. This board has a really nice Disney-themed design that kids love, and it includes everything needed to start paddling.
The C4 Waterman Disney Moana board comes with an adjustable paddle, pump, and backpack. It has a fixed tri-fin configuration which means there’s no center skeg to lose, and the durable drop-stitch construction will hold up to serious use.
NRS Youth Amp
Another one of the larger youth stand up paddle boards in our list, the NRS Youth Amp offers great paddling performance for young paddlers. This board features extra grab handles for added convenience and it comes with a total of six D-rings for tying down gear, attaching a SUP leash, and towing.
Unfortunately, the NRS Youth Amp only comes with a SUP backpack, pump, and repair kit — there’s no paddle included.
Aqua Marina Vibrant
The budget-priced Aqua Marina Vibrant is a fun children’s paddle board that features a single removable fin and comes with a backpack, pump, and repair kit. Like the NRS Youth Amp, the Vibrant does not include a paddle so you’ll need to pick one up separately.
Measuring 8’7″ x 26″ x 4″ and weighing in at 15 pounds, this board can support a maximum weight of 154 pounds and comes with a 1-year warranty on manufacturer defects.