women on a stand up paddleboard with a red hat

The Best Women’s Paddle Boards Compared

Looking for the Best Women's Stand Up Paddleboard?

When it comes to buying a paddle board, there are a lot of options on the market. Women have to be careful in picking a paddle board that fits their needs.

Size, weight, and overall versatility of a board are important factors to consider.

With this in mind, we’ve rounded up the top SUPs that are great options for women looking to buy a board tailored to their needs.

The Benefits of the Stand Up Paddleboards Designed for Women

SUPs that are designed for women paddlers can be slightly different than a general style paddleboard.  A women's SUP may be lighter, it may maneuver a little easier, and they are often designed with slightly smaller handles for carrying. 

Many of the boards listed here are also slightly wider.  The extra width makes these boards more stable as well as being useful for SUP yoga.  Because of this, most of the SUPs listed here have extra soft deck padding so you won't have any pain points when performing a difficult yoga position.

Consider the options below and be sure to read the reviews on each of their sites to make sure you think they’re just as great as we do.

Bluefin Aura womens yoga sup with accessories
Bluefin Aura Fit pic of woman paddling on the water and doing yoga


Features:

  • Inflatable
  • Width: 36"
  • Ergonomic fiberglass paddle weighing almost 45% less than standard SUP paddles, and it floats!
  • Easy to install, no tools needed, Smart-Lock fins
  • Double action pump

The Bluefin Aura Fit - fitness and yoga stand up paddleboard kit is a compelling package for a women's paddleboard

The length of the board is at a sweet spot of 10'8" long. This makes it short enough to easily maneuver, and long enough that there is decent volume for stability.

The Bluefin Aura Fit has a 36 inch wide deck that is performs great as a fitness and yoga platform.  The non-slip croco-diamond deck pad makes it super comfy underfoot while giving ample grip for water based fitness.

But the Aura Fit isn't just a yoga and fitness platform on the water.  First and foremost it's a durable all around paddleboard.

The Bluefin Aura FIT is built with a super reinforced composite dropstitch.  Now you may be wondering, what does that mean in English?  

It means that the Aura FIT is densest stitch pattern on the market.  They use more stitches per legnth of board to make it super durable and unusual rigid for an inflatable paddleboard.

The Aura FIT also has a kickpad built into the deck on the back of board that give you extra leverage to make sharp and carving turns quickly. 

The Kit is a complete ready-to-go iSUP package that consists of a light weight adjustable paddle, leash, pump, and backpack to easily carry your paddleboard in.  Bluefin even thought to include a water proof phone case and a SUP repair kit.

You can even travel with this backpack on a plane for vacation.  How great would it be to have your own high quality board on your beach vacation, than renting some beat up from a rental shop?

Something that is often overlooked when comparing stand up paddleboard is the warranty. Bluefin SUP has one of the absolute best in the business.  Bluefin stands behind their quality products with a 5 year manufacturer warranty to cover any manufacturing faults.  

They also stand behind the quality of their products with great customer service (at least, that has been our experience with Bluefin).

If you're looking for a fun paddleboard that is designed for a woman, that is also a quality product backed by a strong warranty, then you should consider purchasing the Bluefin Aura FIT.

Pros of this Board

  • Action camera (GoPro) mount built into front of the board
  • Possibly the best, most comfortable deck pad on the market
  • 3-Fin setup + removable smart lock system that's quick and easy to use

Cons of this option

  • Sometimes this product is unavailable for purchase depending on the season
atoll aquamarine isup with backpack and accessories


Features:

  • Includes travel backpack bag with padded waist and shoulder strap
  • Lightweight carbon fiberglass paddle
  • Easy to carry when inflated
  • Stable and easy to turn and navigate
  • Everything you need to get on the water

The ATOLL paddleboard company focuses exclusively on inflatable stand up paddle boards.

While this AquaMarine iSUP package is not exclusively designed for women, we still thinks it's a good fit for female paddlers due to the lightweight (only 21 lbs.!) and value.

Whether you are cruising on flatwater, paddling with the family, or doing your best attempts at paddleboard yoga (it's harder than it looks!), the Atoll AquaMarine iSUP will be there for you.

This package comes with everything you need to quickly transition from an easy-to-carry backpack, to fully inflatable and water ready in just a few minutes. 

We love the dual action pump.  Dual action means it inflates the board when you push down, and pull up.  The makes inflating your SUP way faster than with a regular hand pump.

Atoll paddleboards are built tough, and you don't have to worry about your kids borrowing and damaging the board.

They famously have a video of an SUV driving over a fully inflated Atoll paddleboard, with zero damage.

Pros of this Board

  • Sleek, minimalist design
  • It’s only 21 lbs despite being a full 11′ long, which makes this board easy to maneuver
  • Dual Action high pressure hand pump for easy, quick inflation

Cons of this option

  • Only one size available, 11 ft. long so you have to be ok with that.
top, bottom, and side views of Isle cruiser soft top rigid sup


Features:

  • Best selling soft top stand up paddle board on the market
  • Type: rigid
  • Available in three colors
  • Includes carbon paddle, 8' coil leash, and center fin 
  • Length: 10'5" 

The Isle Cruiser is ideal for women that want a versatile paddle board.

If you're a woman who has a beach or lake house, is on a budget, or has kids that will want to "borrow" your paddle board, the Cruiser is a great option because soft tops are such forgiving SUPs.

The Isle Cruiser is simply the best selling soft top stand up paddle board on the market, and it has been for at least four years now.

The Isle Cruiser package is a combination of quality materials, user friendly design, reasonable price, and complete ready-to-go package that is massively popular.  

The soft top construction means it is user friendly, it can take a few bumps, and you can bring along your canine pals as well.

The Cruiser is built around an epoxy core, which makes this a rigid paddle board, but it is wrapped soft outer textured croc skin padding, creating versatile, all around performance.

The Cruiser is an easy to carry board due to the well thought out center handle which pops out when needed, and lays flush when not in use.

The 6-point bungee system in the front give you plenty of room to secure a dry bag or other accessories you might need for longer tours.

Everything you need to get on the water is included in the package.  More experienced paddlers will also appreciate the carbon adjustable paddle that is included, because on longer rides, the lighter carbon means your arms don't get tired so quickly.

If you're looking for a complete package, especially if you want a board that you can have at a beach or lake house, where lots of different guests, from kids to adults will want to take turns paddling, you'll won't find a better option than the Isle Cruiser Soft Top.

Pros of this Board

  • Composite Soft Technology with textured padding
  • Hard foam lighter and easier to handle than traditional epoxy board
  • Pet friendly and Yoga compatible

Cons of this option

  • Does not compact down into a small area like an inflatable paddle board
thurso surf yoga board package


Features:

  • Legnth: 10'8"
  • Width: 34"
  • Travel backpack comes with rollers
  • Deck pad is made from the same comfortable yet grippy material found in yoga mats
  • Straps to hold your paddle to ensure you can enjoy your yoga practice without any worry of losing your paddle

The Tranquility Yoga SUP by Thurso Surf is the best inflatable paddle board on the market for women looking to take their yoga practice off-shore.  It is unmatched in its ability to keep you stable while going through your morning flow.

This paddle board was built extra wide, so you have all the spaced you need to stretch. It also has a built-in grippy deck-pad, ensuring you don’t risk slipping in any position.

They also built this model with all of the handles off to the side, so there’s nothing in the way of your yoga practice.

Something that comes with the Tranquility that we really like is the adjustable carbon shaft paddle.  Most of the time with other yoga SUP packages, you have to pay more to upgrade to the nicer carbon paddle, but ThursoSurf includes the carbon paddle without upgrading.

It's great because a carbon paddle is just as strong as a regular paddle, but it weighs about half as much.  This much lighter paddle doesn't really matter if you just go out for a short paddle, but on longer trips, or if the wind picks up and you really have to paddle hard, it makes a big difference.

Another small detail that we love are the rollers built into the travel backpack.  It's usually easier to carry the bag on your back, but for when you need to drag it behind you, those rollers come in super handy!

While the pump that is included is very adequate, it can take a while and a significant amount of work to fully inflate the board.  If you don't want to get tired before your yoga practice, you might want to consider getting an electric pump.

If you’re using paddle boarding to diversify your exercise or to take your routine on the water, this is the best board option for you.

It also comes with a 30 day return policy, a 2-year warranty after purchase, and free shipping.

Pros of this Board

  • It’s built to be super sturdy being built with double-layer materials
  • It comes with removable fins and a carbon paddle, so everything can be customized to your needs
  • Easy storage & travel in the provided rolling backpack with every purchase

Cons of this option

  • It weighs 29 lbs so it may be on large size for more petite women
front, bottom, and side view of Isle Scout Coral color


Features:

  • Inflatable
  • Length: 11"
  • Versatile, do anything SUP
  • Durable, lightweight construction won't damage easily
  • Everything you need to get on the water included

The Isle SUP company makes a second appearance on this list, this time with an inflatable SUP.

The Scout Inflatable Paddle Board is the best inflatable option for family adventures. With all the perks of a wooden board, but the travel perks of a smaller counterpart.

Like other boards mentioned on this list, ISLE built a board that can do it all. It has a full-length deck pad with an improved traction grip, meaning passengers can feel secure riding on the nose of the board or you can feel secure in a yoga flow.

The Scout board comes in two different colors, both being bright and giving summer vibes.

With the total package coming with a board, paddle, fins, leash, bag, and hand-pump the price point on this option simply cannot be beaten.

Pros of this Board

  • This board keeps you high of the water, being 6″ in height when fully inflated
  • It’s only 21 lbs despite being a full 11′ long, making it great for taller women as well
  • The materials are extra tough PVC, meaning the board is also pet friendly with no risk of paws popping the inflatable board

Cons of this option

  • Even though it is inflatable, it’s still a bit large when in its storage bag. For those traveling or living with little storage, there are more compact options on the market
tower womens sup package


Features:

  • Inflatable
  • Length: 10'4"
  • Extra handle on the nose and tail for easy carrying 
  • 2 year manufacturer's warranty
  • Everything you need to get on the water included

The Tower Mermaid is a cute, lightweight paddle board, and it’s designed with women in mind ensuring that it’s easy to carry off to any adventure.

This board comes with a 2-year warranty when purchased through an authorized seller and comes in a summery teal colorway. Being inflatable, it’s easy to store too. They’re made to be soft and manageable at any skill level, so it’s also a great choice for beginners looking for their first paddle board.

Tower built this model to make paddle boarding accessible to all and this board meets that challenge. It also has a 400 lb weight capacity, being just as sturdy as a fiberglass comparison for paddlers of all sizes.

Pros of this Board

  • Comes with accessories such as a paddle and hand-pump so you can buy everything you need in one kit 
  • It’s much more affordable than a non-inflatable paddleboard
  • Quick & easy to assemble when ready to use

Cons of this option

  • Being an inflatable board, if you’re planning to paddle in more challenging or choppy waters the board can be more difficult to manage
Paiwen womens sup package


Features:

  • Rigid, bamboo
  • Length: 10'4"
  • Weight: 19 lbs.
  • 2 year manufacturer's warranty
  • Everything you need to get on the water included

This bamboo paddle board is the first non-inflatable option on my list. The PAIWEN SUP package offered for women is a simple package with options for either a 9′ or 10′ board.

These boards are beautiful and there are elegant details in all of the accessories of the board. The fins, the paddle, even the coil leash are made to match the board’s aesthetic.

While looks aren’t always the most important choice, having a product that looks just as beautiful as the nature around you helps to make for a great memory on the water.

PAIWEN is a women-founded, woman-owned, woman-run business. If you’re interested in buying a solid board designed by women for women, this is the perfect choice for you.

Pros of this Board

  • It’s responsibly built using bamboo materials so it’s both ethical as well as beautiful
  • These boards are extremely lightweight coming in at only 19 lbs for the 9′ option
  • Built for all levels of skill from beginner to experienced paddleboarders

Cons of this option

  • Since this board doesn’t inflate, it takes up space. While it does come with a bag to store and carry your board, it’s less convenient than other options on the market
Cruisersup Bliss for women


Features:

  • Full length Comfort Top deck pad
  • Light. Strong. Fun. Easy to Use.
  • Sizes: 10', 10'6", 11'
  • 2 year manufacturer's warranty
  • Screw-less removable 9" center fin

The Cruiser brand makes a lot of paddle boards. One of their best options for women is the BLISS package, which comes in multiple colorways.

These boards are lightweight, super simple, and are great for activity-focused paddlers.

Each package comes with an alloy paddle, as well as the fins for the board. While this package is leaner than others mentioned, it also comes at a lower price point than comparable wood and carbon boards.

All in all, Cruiser is a reputable brand that makes a quality product at this price point. If you’ve been paddling for a while and are looking to add another board to your collection, this is the best fit for more experienced riders.

Pros of this Board

  • Simple board without the bells and whistles of other packages
  • Great for families due to size and two-year warranty. These boards are long enough to have children or pets ride along at 11’6″ in length
  • The deck pad on this board is full-length, allowing multiple people to stand or sit comfortably

Cons of this option

  • This package doesn’t come with an ankle strap or carrying case. So if you’re planning to travel often you may need to purchase separate accessories
Wolf SUP package


Features:

  • Full length Comfort Top deck pad
  • Light. Strong. Fun. Easy to Use.
  • Sizes: 10', 10'6", 11'
  • 2 year manufacturer's warranty
  • Screw-less removable 9" center fin

Rounding out this list is the Wolf Package from High Society. This board is a unisex board, designed for serious adventurers. It’s not for beginners, but it is a serious contender for women who take on challenges while paddling.

The Wolf Package comes with a big board, bag, as well as the necessary fins and paddle so you can ride as soon as it arrives. It is less traditionally pretty than other options on this list but is designed for versatility on the water. Unlike others on the list as well, it has a 3-year warranty versus the 2-year option offered by other brands.

The Wolf Package is a fantastic option for those looking to share a board with their partner or want to test their endurance.

Pros of this Board

  • It’s a 10’6″ board that also manages to be 32″ wide, making it stable on the water
  • Made from military-grade materials, it can stand up to any water conditions you put to the test
  • High Society is a small, premium brand so the quality and customer service are held to an industry-leading standard

Cons of this option

  • The company was founded to build snowboards, and this unisex board reflects that culture in its appearance

What is the best paddle board for a beginner?

Again, there is no best answer here.  The best board for a woman just getting into stand up paddling, is one you can have fun on.  The paddle boards on this list are pretty good options for women new to the sport.

A lot of people get started on inflatable paddle boards.  

ISUPs are a great way to get started because they are softer than a rigid, and beginners generally fall a lot as they are learning.  Another popular option are soft top stand up paddleboards because of squishy soft outer layer on the board makes it softer when you fall.

What size paddle board should I get for my height?

There are some general rules of thumb to go by.  For example, a kids paddle board will be smaller, in the 5-6 foot in length range.  Generally, a SUP under 10 ft. in length is considered small, so if you are a more petite woman, a 9 - 10 ft. board will be ideal.  

Most women's paddle boards will be about 12ft or so.  For example, one of our favorite picks, the Bluefin Aura Fit is 10'8" long and the Atoll Aquamarine is 11ft long.  

Are paddle boards worth the money?

YES!  What did you expect a SUP website to say?  Of course we are biased, and of course we think that SUPs are worth the money.  Stand up paddleboarding is our favorite hobby and that's why we created this website.  

SUPs can be expensive, and like anything, the better quality paddleboard, the higher the price.  But there are plenty of reasonably priced quality boards on the market, like the ones we listed here.  And paddleboards last a long time.  

We personally have gotten many years use out of inflatable SUPs and of course a rigid will last even longer. It depends on your own situation, but we definitely think that paddleboards are worth the investment.

Can you lose weight paddle boarding?

Yes!  You can lose weight paddleboarding, and many people SUP just for this reason.  Now, it's like anything else, the amount of weight you lose depends on the amount of effort you put in.  If you are just moseying around on a flat water lake, and you are not really exerting yourself, then you won't burn many calories.

If you go out on the ocean, it's often hard not to burn calories due to the nature of the sea.  The open water is harder to paddle on because of the waves, even when they are small they require more effort to paddle through.  

The wind is almost always present, and sometimes you have to fight the wind, so if you are paddling against the wind it is guaranteed you will burn calories.

A lot of women pick up the sport of SUP just because they want a healthy way to exercise and get in shape that is a lot more fun that being stuck in a gym on a treadmill.


Final Thoughts

There are so many great paddle boards on the market. As more people get interested in the sport, this list will only continue to grow. Be sure to consider your options and pick a board that fits your skill right now.


The best times on the water are spent on boards that fit their rider’s preferences. With luck one of the boards above will be perfect for you too.