Best Standup Paddleboards for Beginners

Best Standup Paddleboards for Beginners

Whether you're looking to drop down the face of a wave or just cruise on open water, skip the soft board and learn standup paddleboarding (SUP) on one that performs. There are two types of boards: Surf-style, which are shaped like oversized longboards. Wide and flat, with a rounded nose and tail, these SUPs are built for stability, not speed. With this type, you can cruise flat water and slow-moving rivers, and even paddle into face waves. If you're looking to paddle longer distances smoothly and quickly, then opt for a long-distance board instead. Also known as displacement-hull boards, these longer, sleeker SUPs slice through water and are designed for touring, fitness paddling, and racing. If you're still new to the sport, click below to see four SUPs (two surf-style, two long-distance) that we recommend. Launch Gallery >>

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