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Rolling out an inflatable stand up paddle board

Are inflatable SUPs any good?

Have you ever thought about trying out stand up paddle boarding but felt intimidated by the bulkiness and some of the prices of traditional boards?  I mean, where would you even keep one?  What do you need to haul one (or more) to the lake, or river, or wherever you are headed for a great day on the water?  What if you are headed to the lake in a Honda Civic, but you still what to have a blast and spend the day on the water like those other people do.  Well inflatable paddle boards (SUP's) might just be the solution you've been looking for.  BUT........Are inflatable paddle boards any good?  Should I get an inflatable paddle board?  Do inflatable paddle boards last?  Are inflatable paddle boards expensive?  Let's dive into the safety, convenience, affordability, and durability of these versatile boards.

Safe and Stable

One of the key advantages of inflatable stand up paddle boards is their stability on the water. Made from durable materials, such as PVC and drop stitch technology, these boards are designed to provide a secure platform for paddlers of all skill levels. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced paddler, you can feel confident and safe on an inflatable board. 

Advanced Design Options

Inflatable paddle boards are not one size fits all.  There are many different models and options of inflatable paddle boards and there is one for YOU!  There are SUP's made especially for kids and smaller paddlers, like the Fanatic Ripper Air Kids SUP.  Then there are other options for adults and for any activity, from floating on calm water all the way to advanced thrills like white water, river paddling!

 

 There are even huge inflatable paddle boards designed for multiple people.   Six paddlers are comfortable and stable on this huge Solstice Maori inflatable paddle board!  Just an example of how sturdy and strong some of these designs can be, check this out! 

 

Six adults paddling on huge Solstice Maori inflatable paddle board on lake

Some even have awesome added features like this amazing Aqua Marina GLOW inflatable SUP with LED lights!  

 

Convenient and Portable

The absolute best part of owning an inflatable SUP in many people's opinion is the convenience.  Imagine being able to take your paddle board anywhere you want to go.  With inflatable SUPs, you can deflate them, roll them up, and pack them into a compact carrying bag. This portability transporting your board to different locations super easy.  Whether it's a local lake, a beach vacation, or a remote river.  No Truck, No Trailer, No Problem.  

Affordable and Accessible

Compared to traditional hard boards, inflatable stand up paddle boards are often more affordable, making them accessible to a wider range of paddlers. You don't have to break the bank to enjoy the benefits of paddle boarding. With the added durability of inflatable boards, you can expect your investment to last for many seasons of paddling adventures.  Of course as in any market, there are some products that are of low quality, but you don't have to spend and arm and a leg to get a good quality inflatable paddle board.  

Durable and Long-lasting

Don't let the inflatable nature of these boards fool you – they are built to withstand the rigors of paddling. Constructed from high-quality materials, inflatable stand up paddle boards are designed to be durable and long-lasting.  Below is a cross section illustration of the Aqua Marina-Magma inflatable paddle board that shows some of the design and quality of their products.  From drop stitch core which give the board its rigid shape, to the multiple side rails for added stability and durability.

 

You can paddle with confidence knowing that your board can handle whatever challenges come its way.  Inflatable SUPs are super durable against blunt objects.  Of course as with any inflatable item, coming into direct contact with a sharp or probing object, a puncture or tear can occur, so steer clear of any sharpe sticks, trees, or rock as best you can.  The good news is, most punctures are pretty easily repaired with a basic repair kit of PVC and glue!

So, if you're looking for a safe, convenient, affordable, and durable option for stand up paddle boarding, consider giving inflatable stand up paddle boards a try. With their stability, portability, accessibility, and longevity, these boards offer a fantastic way to enjoy the water and stay active outdoors.  As always, please make sure to wear your personal flotation device for added safety!