An inflatable SUP board is easy to transport around. Because a stand up paddle board is so large, a classic hard SUP not suitable for people who live a little further from the water. An inflatable SUP can easily be carried on the back and run down the beach, , throw in the trunk or walking longer tours, to find the perfect watercourse for more adventurous SUP trip. The possibilities suddenly becomes enormously huge and you can explore much more on your inflatable stand up paddle board.
You need to decide what to use for your inflatable SUP. There are SUPs in different sizes, shapes and quality. Each of these specifications are important for SUPs performance. Below will we help you understand the differences and benefits of the various inflatable SUP types.
You can separate SUP types according to their shape.Each type is made to perform in specific conditions.REMEMBER that there are many boards that are a mixture of the below, and therefore several things at once.
RACE SUP boards are long and narrow. They are narrow in order to have less resistance in the water, so that they sail fast. They are long to be directional, but in turn are more difficult to turn or maneuver on. Because they are narrow, they are also more unstable from side to side. Race SUPs are perfect for quieter water, but can easily be sailed in more unstable weather. Although it is called a race SUP, it not only caters to speedy people. You learn quickly to stand on it, and it is more fun than other SUPs because you get ahead fast.
SURF/WAVE SUP boards are more like ordinary wave surfboards, and is also designed for wave surfing. These boards are considerably shorter and wider. They are wide to provide stability,and short to easily rotate. Often they have a low volume and therefore a low bearing capacity - hence, these boards are not suitable for sailing trips.
TOURING SUP boards are medium and pointed to cut through the water. They are intended for sailing longer trips. The width makes them slightly more stable than breed SUPs, so you can handle different types of water.
ALLROUND SUPs is, as its name suggests, an inflatable SUP that can do a bit of everything. It is a relatively wide and medium SUP, which provides good stability and is easy to navigate in all conditions. It can sail on longer trips and depending on your level, you can also sail waves. This board is good for you who wants it all and much easier for a beginner learning SUP.
Material and Construction: Inflatable SUPs today are very stiff, and when you blow them up to their proper air pressure, they are almost as stable as hard SUPs. The stiffness depends essentially on how many layers the Sup is made of. The more layers (eg. Double layer) the stiffer and heavier is Sup. This gives the properties closer to Hard SUP
To learn more about SUP, read our great SUP guide.
You will find a guide on the individual product, so you choose the right size board based on your height and weight