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Best All Around Stand Up Paddle Boards SUPS

Thurso Surf Waterwalker
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What Makes This Paddle Board Stand Out

  • Complete package, everything you need to get on the water
  • All around board good for all skill levels
  • Inflatable
  • Carbon shaft paddle
  • Reasonably priced
  • Easy payment plan available 
  • Storage backpack comes with easy-e rollers
  • Carbon enhanced side walls for unusual stability for an inflatable

It's no surprise that our best All Around Board is an inflatable, right?  It just makes sense.  With an inflatable you have so many more options because it's so easy to transport an inflatable.  For this reason it makes sense that our top pick is the newly redesigned Waterwalker.

The Thurso Waterwalker is designed in the classic touring shape which makes it good for all around paddling activities and most water conditions, while also allowing the comfort for longer paddle tours.

The Waterwalker breaks the iSUP mold and actually looks cool. It look more like a rigid paddle board or even a surfboard with it faux wood print. And added benefit to this package is that it comes with a repair kit, should you need it.

It comes with a great EVA foam padding making for solid comfort and traction. This pad is also great for yoga sessions. And if yoga is your thing, you’ll really like this board because Thurso thought of all the details down to creating Velcro straps on the side rails of the paddle board to hold your paddle, so it doesn’t float away.

The Waterwalker is fully optioned with 3 grab handles, front, center, and rear. A 6 point bungee front and 4 point bungee in the rear for carrying all manner of equipment. As well as 4 D-rings which would allow you to securely attach a cooler if you wanted.

top, bottom, and side views of Isle cruiser soft top rigid sup

What Makes This Paddle Board Stand Out

  • Sturdy build
  • All around board good for all skill levels
  • Rigid
  • All purpose design
  • Reasonably priced
  • Basically: wide, stable, and great to learn on

The ISLE Soft Top is a classic SUP that can handle a wide variety of people and skill levels. It is built using an epoxy core and adding a soft layer on top that is firm but also grippable with wet feet.

The Soft Top is designed to handle everything from small ocean waves to lakes to fishing in quite coves and is even a good platform for SUP yoga, if you want to test your stability on the water.

It comes equipped with a smaller 4 point bungee system in the front, which is great for most situations. If you are doing some gear intensive activity like fishing, you might need a larger 6 point bungee system, but for most applications, you’ll be fine with the 4 point system that comes on the Soft Top.

Carrying your Soft Top is easy with a standard center mounted carry handle. What makes this carry handle better than most is the pop up feature, so that when it’s not in use, it closes flush with the board.

The board has a single center fin, and at 31 inches wide and 27 pounds this durable construction means that you won’t have to worry about bumping and banging your board.  It can handle it.

The Cruiser Soft Top also comes with a Carbon adjustable paddle

This is one of the best all around stand up paddle boards you can get for the money.

What Makes This Paddle Board Stand Out

  • Touring board
  • Durable construction
  • For mid to long range distance paddling
  • Affordable
  • Built for the whole family

The Promenade has a displacement hull and carries a lot of volume

One of the only downsides of this board is the weight.  At 34 lbs it is not the lightest board, but it is beefy.  You are not going to have to worry about it, this one can take a beating and be fine.

This board is great for touring or distance paddling.  It was made to with stand the abuse of being a rental board.  So if you are looking for a board for the whole family, and you don’t mind if friends or neighbors use it as well, because you know it’s going to hold up, then this is the board for you.

The Promenade is 11 ½ feet long and 32 inches wide.  It’s one of the thickest boards out there at 7.3 inches thick, which goes to durable go anywhere design.

A single center fin and 2 piece paddle is included.

Pau Hana Malibu Classic sup

What Makes This Paddle Board Stand Out

  • One of the best all around SUPs for everything from touring to surfing
  • Designed with the beginner in mind, yet capable for all skill levels
  • Rigid
  • All purpose design
  • Reasonably priced
  • Excellent for families, yoga, rentals, super stable and tough as nails

The Pau Hana Malibu Classic is a board that can just about do it all.  The Malibu Classic will do great in everything from flatwater touring to surfing water conditions.

This is an "entry level" paddleboard, yet it really over delivers.  It comes with an adjustable aluminum handle, and a removable 9 inch center fin.  

The specs of the Malibu Classic:

Length: 10'6"

Width: 34"

Weight: 31 lbs.

5mm EVA deck pad provides great traction with a soft grip for comfort while riding.  

The Malibu Classic comes with SeaMount®, which is an accessory attachment system that makes it easy to add cup holders, paddle clips and easy-to-thread bungee tie-downs.  You can purchase the accessories, called the Pau Hana SUP Recreational Kit, separately.

Built with EPS (Expanded Polystyrene Foam Core) and Kevlar Reinforcement, the Pau Hana Malibu Classic is a rock solid choice for the budget minded buyer looking for a first time board, that really over delivers.

What Makes This Paddle Board Stand Out

  • Super lightweight @ 22 lbs.
  • Sizes 10’4” and 11’2”
  • RigidBeginner board
  • Premium design
  • Beautiful look

This board is awesome.  The Generator uses the best materials, design, and construction techniques and it shows.  This board excels in small to medium surf with good stability and maneuverability

The Generator has a flatter rocker design, which means it does well in flat to slightly choppy waters.  With a width of 32” and a depth of 4.4”, this board is designed more for stability than for speed

The board is constructed with natural wood fibers, carbon tail patches, that give it added strength while also maintaining a useful amount of flex.

The Generator has a standard 4 point bungee system and wider head and slimmer tail which makes it slip through water.  All around one of the best boards you can buy.