Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards: Five Excellent Reasons

Think of inflatable stand up paddle boards as the great equalizer. Not only do they allow beginners to experience the sport on a board that offers the same thrill as a rigid board, the entry point is more affordable. In fact, inflatable stand up paddle boards have practical considerations for the more experienced boarder as well. Here are five reasons you should own an inflatable stand up paddle board no matter how proficient you are.

One: You can get where you want to go with a minimum amount of hassle. Rigid boards need to be transported safely to your destination. To do this, you’ll need a roof rack. More importantly, you’ll need to be able to get the board on and off the rack. You might be in great shape already but this effort is a challenge for smaller body types. Inflatable stand up paddle boards can be thrown in the trunk.

Two: You can get where you want to go with a minimum amount of hassle. How many times have you found a special spot that required you to carry your equipment to get to it? If you haven’t, you will. Not every great paddle board experience begins at a boat ramp. Because an uninflated paddle board generally weighs about 20-30 lbs., including bag and pump, you can take the board wherever you need to go and launch from just about any spot.

Three: Inflatable paddle boards are lot more sturdy than you might think they are. Once inflated to the manufacturers requirements, most inflatable boards can hold up to 220 lbs. This might be you, a pet and your gear.

Four: Inflatable paddle boards can endure numerous conditions. These boards are best for flatwater, a condition most beginners learn the sport on. But more experienced paddle boarders will find these boards a fun challenge in the surf and in whitewater conditions.

Five: Affordability is the most reason of all. These boards are perfect for a family outing, which is why many rigid board owners have an inflatable stand up paddle board as well. This sort of board does not need special storage considerations. (Rigid boards need to be hung when not in use.) It can be easily transported both long distances and treated like luggage on planes. (Rigid boards may not travel well on planes.) You can transport an inflatable board in your trunk. (Rigid boards require a roof rack for short trips.) Inflatable stand up paddle boards may actually be more durable and last longer with less care. (Ironically, water and sun are the worst enemies of rigid boards requiring special, protective bags and regular repairs of dents and dings).

These are great all-around boards that can be used on a wide range of water conditions. Most inflatable boards tend to be wider and shorter than their more high performance cousins. And while they might not be the best choice for more extreme activities, they can still be used for racing and rough surf conditions.

Just a couple of last minute considerations. Be sure you inflatable stand up paddle board comes with two sets of skegs (or fins), one for flatwater and set of two for rivers or surf. Take note of how those skegs attach as well. The board should have a comfortable diamond shaped deck. It should seem rigid and feel stable. It should also have at least one D-ring for your leash.

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