Naish Odysseus

Best for Beginners

Available size: 9'8"

At 34 inches across, with an extra-wide nose and tail, the Naish Odysseus is a confidence builder for first-time paddlers. Concave channels in the bottom help it track like a longer, narrower board, yet it still turns easily with one solid stroke. Bonus: There's plenty of room and flotation to bring a child or dog along for the ride. [$1,199; naishsurfing.com]