What size inflatable paddle board do I need?

Determining what size inflatable stand up paddle board you need can be difficult, but worry no more, we're here to help! We'll give you all the information you need to find the perfect size inflatable stand up paddle board especially for you.

  1. What size paddle board do I need?
  2. What size paddle board do you need for your weight?
  3. Which inflatable paddle to choose for a beginner?
  4. What type of inflatable paddle to choose?
  5. What length of inflatable paddle to choose?
  6. What is the right width for an inflatable paddle board?
  7. What is the right thickness for an inflatable paddle board?

What size paddle board do I need?

The key to finding the best size inflatable paddle board is to choose the one that effectively supports your weight, offers you sufficient stability and is suitable for the style of paddling you plan to do. We'll go over each of these topics now, so you can choose the best inflatable paddle board.

There are four measurements you need to know to find the right paddle board size:

  • The volume of the SUP: this is the measurement of your board's buoyancy in liters
  • The length of the SUP: this is the measurement of a board from tip to tail in inches
  • The width of the SUP: this is the measurement from side to side of a paddle board
  • The thickness of the SUP:this is the distance from the top to the bottom of a paddle board

What size paddle board do you need for your weight?

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The most important thing to consider when choosing the right size paddle board is how much you weigh, especially if you are a beginner. Your weight and skill level will determine the size of your inflatable paddle board.

If you have a paddle board that is not the right volume for your weight, it will glide through the water too hard, be very unstable and have way too much drag in the water.

Which inflatable paddle board for 90 kg?

If you weigh less than 90 kg, you'll float well on any standard paddle board.

Which inflatable paddle board for 100 kg?

If you weigh up to 105 kg, look for a board with at least 175 L of volume to ensure your stability on the water.

Which inflatable paddle board for 120 kg?

If you weigh more than 125 kg, you'll need a board with at least 240 liters of volume. And if you weigh more than 135 kg, you will find great stability on a board with at least 270 liters of volume.

Which inflatable paddle board to choose for a beginner?

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Let's start with the beginner paddle boards . If you're just starting out in paddling or consider yourself a beginner, you'll want to make sure that the inflatable SUP Board you choose is a good choice and that it will be as easy to navigate as possible. Keep in mind that if you are planning to paddle with your dog, children, friend or other, you will want to make sure you take their weight into account.

Generally speaking, the right volume of iSUP for a beginner is considered to be between 220 liters and 280 liters.

With regard to the paddle, it is always advisable to start with an aluminum paddle paddle to avoid hurting yourself with an imprecise stroke and to save money. You do, however, need to know how to adjust and how to use a paddle.

What type of inflatable paddle board do i choose

If you've been paddling for more than a year now and are considering a more advanced board, you may want to ride one with less volume. There is no one-size-fits-all equation for inflatable paddle boards, as most inflatable boards are suitable for all skill levels, from beginner to experienced rider.

So you need to know what more specific types of boards you'll want to go for: touring board, yoga board, surf board...

Once you have your ideal volume range, you'll notice that inflatable paddle brands will display the volume of each board in their SUP specs. You will also notice on most boards will have information of an optimal rider weight. The weight capacity of a paddle board is also a great indicator of whether a board is the right size and shape for you. Please keep in mind that you need to leave some margin between the maximum weight capacity of the rider because then you will need to have the ability to carry other things (waterproof bag, dog, child, ...).

What length of inflatable paddle board to choose

Now that you understand the concepts of volume and maximum weight for choosing an inflatable SUP board, you'll need to determine its length. The length of a SUP is important in determining how well your board can withstand a variety of water conditions. As a general rule, longer paddle boards are faster and shorter paddle boards are more responsive / maneuverable. Ultimately, the ideal length of SUP you need will depend on the type of riding you plan to do.

Why choose an inflatable paddle board under 10'?

  1. It's the best choice for SUP surfing
  2. Since shorter SUPs are more maneuverable, this makes them great for making turns easily, half turns to catch the wave for example
  3. They're still streamlined on a flat hull
  4. This is a great choice for kids 13 and under

Why choose an inflatable paddle board under 11'?

  1. It will be equally suitable for beginners and experienced paddlers
  2. This is the most common SUP size (10-11 feet), so you will have more choices
  3. This is an ideal size for all-around use
  4. This is a size suitable for recreational paddling, SUP yoga and even SUP fishing
  5. These boards usually have flat hulls, but some have contoured hulls

Why choose an inflatable paddle board under 12 feet and over?

  1. It will delight advanced paddlers
  2. It will be Ideal for long distance paddling (SUP touring) and SUP racing
  3. Generally, most longboards will have a contoured hull to split the water
  4. These SUPs are faster and have better directionality to stay upright longer

What is the right width for an inflatable paddle board?

The width of a paddle board also plays a role in finding the right size for your iSUP. The width of your board should be between 30 and 35 inches. Most inflatable paddle boards will be between 32 and 34 inches wide. For beginners, stay in the 32-34 range. For advanced paddlers, you can move to the 30-32 inch range. However, some brands like Aquatone or Zray make multi-person paddle boards that are wider than 38 inches because they are designed for 4 to 8 riders.

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The correct width for an inflatable paddle is:

  • 32 to 34 inches for beginners
  • 30 to 32 inches for more advanced practitioners

What is the right thickness for an inflatable paddle board?

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The thickness of the board also matters. There is a huge difference in the thickness of a SUP when comparing very "entry level" inflatable paddle boards to established brand name boards. Generally speaking, tell yourself that 6 inches is the right thickness. Find out here how to choose a good inflatable paddle board.

Inflatable paddle boards have a consistent thickness from nose to tail, which gives you the feeling of being high on the water and makes you feel more stable. Some inflatable paddle boards have more rocker (curvature) to optimize performance.

On today's market, there are many inflatables that are poorly made, which means they are of poor quality. Beware of inflatables that are less than 6 inches thick. A 5-inch inflatable paddle board may be stiff enough for smaller people. All 4-inch inflatable paddle boards are becoming obsolete as they are not functional for most people. Our article to learn more about finding the best inflatable paddle boards .

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