SUP Buying Guides Archive

One of the most important pieces of gear when it comes to SUP safety, a PFD (personal flotation device) is an essential accessory that you should never paddle without. These days, paddleboarding PFDs typically come in the form of inflatable belt packs and more traditional life jackets, and in this 2018 buyer’s guide we’re going to list the best SUP PFD options for adults, kids, and even dogs. In addition to keeping you safe on the water, wearing a PFD while paddleboarding is required by law in many locations and refusing to use one can result in a hefty fine. While stand up paddle safety awareness has definitely been on the rise in recent years, there are still far too many paddlers who aren’t using […]

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A SUP cooler is one of the best SUP accessories you can buy if you’re an angler or are simply spending a great deal of time on the water. A versatile accessory that can be used for much more than just paddleboarding, a high-quality cooler is an investment that you’ll enjoy for many years to come. In this 2018 SUP cooler buyer’s guide, we’ll compare this year’s best rotomolded cooler options as well as our favorite soft-sided models. In addition to comparing the specs of each cooler, we’ll also discuss some pros and cons to help you figure out which cooler will be the best choice to bring along on your paddling adventures. So without further ado, let’s talk coolers… Best SUP Coolers (2018) — […]

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Waterproof fanny packs are a great SUP accessory to have — they are comfortable, convenient, and do a fantastic job of keeping your wallet, keys, phone, camera, and other small accessories dry. For many paddlers, a regular-sized dry bag is overkill when you only need to stash away a few small items, and a waterproof waist pack is the perfect option for these times. When it comes to dry bags and waterproof pouches, we probably don’t need to tell you how important it is to choose carefully. Buying the cheapest waterproof protection for your valuables can often result in hundreds or even thousands of dollars of ruined electronics and other items due to leaks, so it’s far better to focus on reliability and overall quality […]

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SUP fishing is a great way to get out and catch some fish, and an inflatable paddle board makes a perfect fishing platform. There are several well-built inflatable SUPs on the market that are extremely durable, portable, and super stable — making them an ideal option for anglers. In this post, we’re going to list our top picks for this year’s best inflatable fishing SUP. While the paddle boards listed vary in price and features, they’re all worthy contenders and make outstanding platforms for SUP fishing… Best Inflatable Paddle Board for Fishing – 2018 Top Picks Sea Eagle FishSUP 126 The Sea Eagle FishSUP 126 is the largest inflatable fishing SUP in our list. Measuring 12’6″x40″x6″, the FS126 is a super stable board that is […]

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Looking for the biggest, baddest SUP boards on the planet? Our big SUP board showdown for this year features 5 of the most insane inflatable SUP boards ever made—all designed to provide you with year after year of intense fun and enjoyment. Whether you and your crew are out surfing, exploring, or just hanging loose on the water together, these big SUP boards were designed to handle it all. Best Big Paddle Boards for 2018 iROCKER SUP BIG BLUE 13’6″ The latest oversized inflatable SUP introduced this season is the impressive new iROCKER BIG BLUE. This massive paddle board measures 13’6″x50″x8″ and it can comfortably support 5 paddlers. Loaded with tons of grab handles, a generously-sized bungee storage area, and iROCKER’s bombproof quad layer PVC […]

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In this buyer’s guide, we’ll list our top picks for 2018’s best paddle board for kids. As the sport of paddleboarding continues to grow, it’s exciting to see so many youth 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 […]

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In this post, we are going to share our list of the best stand up paddle boarding books for 2018. Every SUP enthusiast should have some books about paddle boarding in their personal library, and the books listed below are a great starting point! Whether you are a beginner or advanced paddler, there is something for everyone in this list. These books are also great gift ideas for the paddle boarder in your life. So without further ado, let’s get to it… Best Paddle Boarding Books – 2018

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Paddle Board Leashes Comparison Chart Best SUP Board Leash – 2018 Top Picks Do You Really Need a SUP Leash? When it comes to must-have paddle boarding accessories, a leash undoubtedly belongs at the top of the list. Without a leash, even the most experienced paddle boarder is at great risk of being separated from their board and drowning. If you’re out for a paddle without a leash and happen to fall off your board, wind and currents can quickly separate you from your board. It goes without saying that this can be life-threatening in many situations, and it simply isn’t worth taking the risk — be sure to always wear a leash! How to Choose the Best Paddle Board Leash When it comes to […]

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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 The Sea Eagle […]

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We all know that paddle boarding with your dog is a ton of fun, but did you know that a dog life jacket is a must-have for SUP pup safety? Many newcomers to the sport of stand up paddle boarding overlook the importance of a dog life vest, but your four-legged SUP partner needs one! So what’s the big deal, you ask? There are three main reasons why life jackets for dogs are necessary: Your dog could become too tired to paddle back to you The handle makes it easy to pull your dog back onto your SUP The brightly-colored vest helps other boarders and boaters to see your dog In this post, we’re going to list the best dog life jacket options for 2018. […]

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