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5 Best Stand Up Paddle Boards for Beginners 2020  

If you think that stand up paddle boarding looks fun, but don’t know where to begin, then this article is for you.

Stand up paddle board (SUP) is great for exercise, but it’s also fun. Yes, there is a level of skill required, but if you can ride a bike, then you can definitely have fun on a SUP.

Since you are just starting out with the sport, you’ll want to stick with an entry level beginner paddle board.

I’ll give you options of both inflatable and traditional solid paddle boards.

Beginner Paddle Board Reviews

What Makes This Paddle Board Stand Out

  • Inflatable
  • Quick lock fins
  • 10-11 Feet Legnth
  • strongest iSUP structure on the market
  • Carbon paddle shaft

One of the reasons why this is such a great SUP for beginners is because it’s extremely stable and forgiving in most water conditions that you’ll encounter.

The THURSO SURF Waterwalker looks great with bamboo deck. Of course it’s not real bamboo, it’s an inflatable SUP, but I think it looks cool.

It comes in both 10 and 11 ft lengths, the longer being slightly more stable and the width is 30 inches.

Modern inflatable SUPs are much stronger than the original models and this THURSO SURF Waterwalker is a great example. It uses Military Grade PVC coatings which makes this inflatable model lightweight, durable, and it is a close to the performance of a solid paddle board as an inflatable can get.

Now, it can be inflated to up to 15 PSI. The more PSI the more solid it will feel.

This is a complete setup, which is another reason why I think it’s great for a beginner. It has everything you need including fins, leash, air pump, and storage bag with roller wheels.

It also comes with a lightweight cabon fiber shaft paddle that weighs only 2 lbs and it floats.

Considering everything you get with this package, and the fact that it comes with a 2 year warranty from THURSO, I think that this is about as good a place to start your SUP adventures for a beginner.

iRocker Cruiser package

What Makes This Paddle Board Stand Out

  • Inflatable
  • 6 inches thick
  • lightweight at only 25 lbs
  • 4 layer Military Grade PVC construction
  • adjustable fiberglass paddle
  • dual chamber triple action hand pump

This inflatable SUP is a little wider at 33 inches. Because of this it’s a bit more stable, which make it good, not only for beginners, but also for carrying another passenger, or bringing your dog on your paddle.

The extra width also makes this an ideal paddle board for doing yoga.

The iRocker Cruiser Inflatable is designed to comfortably hold up to 400 lbs, so they aren’t joking when they say it can take an extra passenger and all the gear that you could want.

I really like the backpack carrying bag. It’s nice when a carry or storage bag has wheels, but I prefer the backpack. Because of the backpack you can easily hike to a mountain stream, river, or lake, which is not practical with a roller bag.

The Cruiser is similar to a hard board in stability, at only half the weight, and comes with all the accessories included that you need to get on the water.

3. ISLE Versa Epoxy Standup Paddle Board

What Makes This Paddle Board Stand Out

  • Rigid, Solid construction
  • 32” or 33” wide
  • lightweight at only 27 lbs
  • eco-friendly epoxy
  • 60 day Ride & Love It GUARANTEE
  • Carbon hybrid adjustable SUP paddle

ISLE is one of the original builders of stand up paddle boards and they continue to make some of the best boards you can buy.

The Versa is a simple and reasonably priced board that is ideal for beginners.

This traditional rigid epoxy paddle board can be a bit easy for those of you new to the sport because a rigid doesn’t have the added bounce that comes with most inflatables and rigids tend to be very stable.

A possible downside of a rigid SUP compared to an inflatable is that these are a bit more delicate in that you can chip it or scratch it, like a traditional surfboard. This is not a big deal, just something to be aware of compared to an inflatable SUP.

I really like the foam deck pad. It’s wide and thick, so if you take a few extra falls when you’re starting out, it won’t hurt much. The foam pad also provides traction and confidence on the water.

Because this is a beginner paddle board it’s perfect for flat water, small waves, lakes or gentle rivers.

4. ATOLL Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

What Makes This Paddle Board Stand Out

  • Inflatable
  • 32” wide
  • lightweight at only 21 lbs
  • Utilizing Korean Drop Stitch technology for improved durability
  • Black Carbon Fiberglass Paddle with Nylon Blade

This inflatable from ATOLL is super sturdy and give you the confidence that you won’t fall, unlike cheaper boards. Unlike the other inflatables already listed, the ATOLL has a narrow tail, but with the 32 inches of width and the impressive rigidity for an inflatable, this is an ideal setup for a SUP beginner.

This board is really stable, which might have something to do with the logo of a Buffalo standing on a paddle board. You can load this board up with fishing gears by attaching to the 6 point bungee system on the front, or you can tool around with a passenger (holds up to 350 lbs total), and you’ll still have stability and ease of maneuverability.

This is one of the best all around paddle boards. It’s also great that the ATOLL comes with a 2 Year Manufactures Warranty.

5. ​Tower Adventurer Stand Up Paddle Board

What Makes This Paddle Board Stand Out

  • Inflatable
  • 9’10” in length
  • 32’ wide deck
  • 6 inch thick deck that keeps your feet above the water
  • 3 piece Fiberglass Paddle

Tower is probably the most famous name in paddle boards due to their 2012 appearance on the popular TV show Shark Tank and their subsequent investment by billionaire Mark Cuban. But how are their paddle boards?

Well, they’re top notch. And the quality show in this inflatable Adventurer that is built with durable materials similar to those in military Zodiac boats and white water rafts.

With a rounded nose it cuts through the water well and a square tail, this board is on the smaller side in terms of length. But that smaller size doesn’t sacrifice any of the stability due to the rigidity this board has.

This board comes as a complete kit with a fiberglass adjustable paddle, a high pressure pump, and a removable center fin.

The only downsides to this inflatable SUP compared to the others on our list is that it doesn’t come with a bag and the air pump, while adequate, is not as impressive as the others.