soft top paddle board

7 Best Flat Water Paddle Boards SUPS

Thurso Surf SUP board

What Makes This Paddle Board Stand Out

  • 3 different size options
  • 3 piece carbon fiber adjustable paddle
  • Travel backpack equipped with rollers
  • ​Front and rear bungee storage system
  • 2 +1 detachable Quick Lock fins
  • Basically: wide, stable, and great to learn on

Inflatable paddle boards can be great for flatwater paddling as well. This inflatable from Thurso is a good example.

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 looks 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.

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

surfing SUP board

What Makes This Paddle Board Stand Out

  • Carbon Fusion (CX) construction
  • ​R​igid
  • ​Lengths 10’, 11’, 12’
  • All purpose design
  • ​Single fin
  • ​Cavity carry handle

The Adventure Explore CX is a premium paddleboard that does it all, but is especially suited for flat water cruising.

The CX stands for carbon fusion which is a construction method that uses a high end carbon material that makes this board lightweight AND durable. This is great because it makes it easier to carry the board when walking to and from the water.

The Explore – CX has been updated to an increased width and volume. The result is that the board is more stable, yet remains lightweight at only 22 lbs. for the 10’ and 27 lbs. for the 12’.

This is a great looking board with subtle lines and colors. The narrow front end breaks through waves, while the wide middle of the board, with the help of the Density EPS foam core, dampens the ride allowing for hours of comfortable paddling.

The look, handling, and ride of this board are all exceptional, as you would expect from a premium flatwater board. The only downside to this board, is that the paddle is not included.

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 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

  • 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.

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.

Isle SUP board profile

What Makes This Paddle Board Stand Out

  • Touring board
  • 2 different size options: 11’, 12’
  • ​Inflatable
  • Affordable
  • ​Front and rear bungee storage system

The ISLE Explorer is a great flatwater cruiser. The pointed nose, and sleek design make for high speed cruising in the flats, such as lagoons, protected bays, and even quite rivers.

The wider cut of the board, along with the triple fins provides an ultra stable experience.

Built with Military grade PVC meant to handle as beating, so you don’t have to worry if your adventure takes you near a rocky coast. And the 6 inches of thickness keep your feet about the water and provide plenty of buoyancy to carry a lot of gear.

There are D-rings placed all around the board so you can strap down just about anything. Front and rear bungee placements for additional gear, and front and rear straps for easy transporting to and from the water.

This is a great value because this package includes a travel bag, adjustable paddle, leash, center fin, and hand pump, which is everything you need to get out and tour around.

Red paddle company sup

What Makes This Paddle Board Stand Out

  • ​Exceptional flatwater glide + speed
  • ​Center fin built by surfboard maker FCS
  • ​Inflatable
  • 6 point front bungee system
  • ​Double chamber SUP pump

The Red Paddle Co Sport MSL is a serious inflatable. This is a longer inflatable that has an pointed nose design that reduces drag and allows this board to slip through flatwater conditions.

The grippy yet comfortable deckpad is made of EVA foam and the rear section is diamond cut for extra traction while in choppy conditions or turning maneuvers.

This Red comes with one of the best travel bags around. It’s made out of a tough water resistant material that keeps the board cool on hot days. One of the best parts about the travel bag is that it’s a backpack and it has rollers, so you can pull it behind you.

I really like how this bag is dual purpose and the build quality is excellent.

This comes with the best hand pump on the market. The dual chamber manual pump can inflate this board extremely quickly.

The only downside to this board is that it does not come with a paddle. You have to buy that separately.