Stand up paddle boarding has quickly gained popularity over the last decade, partly because it’s easy to learn and appropriate for all ages. This low-impact paddle sport allows you to explore lakes, rivers and other bodies of water nearby, connect with nature and get a great workout. You can either take it easy and have a nice paddle around the lake or get an extreme upper body workout. If you’re just getting started with stand up paddleboard paddle sports, you may want to choose an inflatable stand up paddle board, or iSUP, to begin with. Here’s a look at the benefits of an inflatable board over a regular SUP board.
Advantages of an Inflatable SUP Board
The main advantage of the iSUP is fairly obvious: it can quickly be deflated for easy transportation and storage. Inflatable stand up paddle boards can be transported by car or plan, as they fit inside of a small backpack when deflated. There’s also no need to spend the money on a car rack to take your board to the water; just throw it in the trunk and inflate it by the water. As transporting your board is easier, you’re much more likely to actually get out on the water on a regular basis.
If you live in an apartment or simply don’t have a lot of space to store a full-size 12-foot board, you’ll also find an inflatable SUP board is much more convenient. After you’re done on the water, dry off your board and roll it up to get the air out. Most iSUP boards include a storage case so you can store your board in a closet or a car trunk.
If you’re just getting started with paddling, an inflatable may be a better choice as well because the boards tend to be more stable on the water. They’re usually thicker than a regular rigid board and not as streamlined, which makes them slower but easier to learn on. Some also have textured tops that help you grip the board, which is a big help if you’re new to paddle boards or surfing.
Brands that Sell Inflatable Stand Up Boards
There are a few brands that offer inflatable stand up paddle boards, including C4 Waterman. They offer one of the largest selection of inflatable stand up boards, including smaller sizes designed to help kids get started with the sport. Their boards are made from the same high-grade materials used to create military and commercial inflatable boats and rafts. Sevylor also produces inflatable SUP boards, most notably the Samoa. Sevylor is known for their range of inflatable boats, kayaks and canoes, and their Samoa stand up board is the latest addition to the line. The Samoa is one of the most affordable iSUPs on the market and offers good tracking.
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