Choosing An Inflatable SUP Board for Beginners

Have you recently developed an interest in paddle boarding? Would you like a few pointers that will guide you as you try and identify a suitable paddle board to start with? Then I highly suggest that you read on.

Paddleboarding can be a rewarding experience for you when you have the right board. As a beginner, you need to choose a suitable board. Choosing the best paddle board for beginners can be a daunting task if you do not know what to look for.

The following pointers should give you a push in the right direction.

1. Stable Board Design

As a beginner, you will find that your initial foray into inflatable paddle boards will be marked with you falling into the water a number of times. A stable board will minimize such mishaps. With time, you will be able to slowly bolster your confidence levels, and have lots of fun at the same time, with a stable paddle board.

A general rule of thumb is for you to choose a wide board design. An ideal board for you as a beginner should have an average width of about 32 inches.

2. Value for Money

Avoid going for expensive, top of the range boards. You need to start with a basic model and ensure that you have a good feel for paddle boarding first. However, do not get yourself a board that will not give you value for money. Get one that is simple and functional to enable you to learn without breaking the bank.

3. Functional Design

There are many ways through which you can enjoy paddle boarding. You can choose to use your board for whitewater racing or simply for exercise and fitness. However, it may be difficult for you as a beginner to identify what particular activity suits you. To avoid this, get yourself a board that is multi-purpose and can be used for various paddling activities.

4. Robustness

The fact that you are a greenhorn when it comes to paddling may mean that you will not know how to handle your board. You may end up damaging your board unknowingly. To avoid this, get yourself a solid, robust and long lasting board that can withstand abuse.

5. Add-ons and Accessories

You need to get a board that is supplied with all the necessary accessories since you are starting out and probably do not own any.

The most important factor that will determine your final choice when selecting an ideal board is the depth of your pockets. Choose one that falls within your budget. As a beginner, you need to identify a stable board that will not have you falling off every now and then when paddle boarding.

The paddle board that you choose should be supplied with all the necessary accessories to help you learn all there is to know about paddle boarding. Ensure that you can use your paddle board in all sorts of paddling conditions.

So go on ahead and grab your wallets and credit cards. Get yourself your first paddle board and enjoy the fun and adventure that comes with paddle boarding.

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Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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