Stand up paddle boarding has become increasingly popular recently. We have picked a selection of the best inflatable paddle boards for beginners to get you started.
We’ve got you covered with information on what to look for in a good inflatable paddle board if you’re a beginner.
Stand-up paddle boarding is a brilliant mindful sport. It is a lovely way to admire the scenery and you’ll also be able to see down into the water easier, so it’s great for wildlife spotting too. There are lots of dedicated watersports centres throughout the UK that you can rent a stand up paddle board and take part in a taster session or beginners session. They’re popping up everywhere with spots in most coastal resorts, but also inland lakes and waterways. However, if you want to head out whenever you feel like it we have chosen a selection of the best inflatable paddle boards for beginners to get you started.
Best inflatable paddle boards for beginners
If you live close to water or have a large car or campervan then a solidly constructed paddle board is a great choice as they are hardy, and they do perform better overall in the water. However, if you don’t live close to the water and don’t have much storage then an inflatable paddle board is a great option. As a beginner, I like inflatable paddle boards because they weigh less for me which makes them easier to lift, carry and move around.
First of all the most important thing when buying a beginner paddle board is to get one you can stand up on and balance easily on. In general, this means you want to look for a wider paddle board with at least a 6″ thickness. This extra height will lift the board higher out the water and enable you to inflate it to a higher PSI. This will make the board feel more firm, sturdy, and easier overall to stand up on.
When making a purchase you need to ensure the board can support your weight and on most boards, there’s normally a weight limit indicator for this. Wider boards are more stable for beginners but they are also slower in the water, longer boards are not as easy to manoeuvre but they are more buoyant. To start out, you’ll be looking for either an all-rounder or a touring-style paddle board depending on how far you want to travel, but either should be relatively stable and easy to learn the basics on.
Fbsport Stand Up Inflatable Paddle Board For Beginners
This paddle board kit comes with all the essentials to get started. It includes a premium PVC paddle board, 3-piece adjustable aluminium paddle, 15 PSI pump, removable central fin, attachable seat, ankle safety leash, and a high-quality backpack. This is a great choice for beginners and all skill levels its length and proportion means that the board is perfect for cruising, fitness, fishing, and exploring.
- Inflatable SUP Paddling Board is 10’6“ in length and provides 31” of deck width, and rigid 6″ thick base make for improved stability and balance.
- Holds up to 15 PSI.
- Max capacity 280lb/128kg.
- Dimensions: 10′ x 30″ x 6″
- Its soft EVA deck pad makes it family and pet friendly.
- Scraping resistance.
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Aqua Spirit Stand Up Inflatable Paddle Board
A great choice to get started on, its all round design means that it’s excellent for balance and stability. This paddle board inflates really quickly as it includes a state of the art iSUP double-action pump with a built-in pressure gauge so that you can quickly inflate the board to your optimal pressure, or deflate your board for storage and transport. This kit comes with lots of other accessories such as an aluminium 3 shaft adjustable paddle, GoPro holder, backpack, leash, waterproof phone case, changing mat, centre fin and repair kit
- Holds up to 15 PSI.
- Max capacity: 130 kg.
- Dimensions: (275cm) long, 31″ (79cm) wide and 6″ (15cm) thick.
- Weight: 7.14KG (Inflated) / 7.08KG (Deflated)
- Non-slip deck pad.
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Aqua Spirit Stand Up Paddle Board For Beginners & Intermediates
We love the design of the Aqua Spirit stand up inflatable paddle board and it’s an ideal board for beginners, intermediates, kids or young adults. It boasts a grooved footbed that keeps your feet standing on the board in both fresh and saltwater. The included adjustable aluminium paddle can be set to your preferred height, as well as conveniently changing into a Kayak paddle when required. This also comes with plenty of accessories to get you going on your first adventure on the water. It includes an aluminium 4-shaft adjustable paddle with kayak blade, SUP kayak seat, GoPro holder, backpack, double-action pump, leash, waterproof phone case, changing mat, centre fin, and a repair kit.
- Holds up to 15 PSI.
- Max capacity: 150 kg.
- Dimensions: 10’ 6″ (320cm) long, 31″ (79cm) wide and 6″ (15cm) thick.
- Weight: 7.14KG 8.08KG (Inflated) / 7.98KG (Deflated)
- Grooved footbed.
Aquaplanet Allround Ten Stand Up Inflatable Paddle Board
As its name suggests, the Allround Ten is the ultimate all-rounder: perfect for kids and lighter paddlers, this board comes into its own on lakes, rivers, canals and calm seas. It’s super convenient, compact and lightweight, it can be pumped up and ready to go in just under 10 minutes. A really pretty board but it’s what’s underneath that counts: ultra-tough drop stitch, thick surface laminate material allowing for high PSI inflation, traction pads for grip, triple fins for speed and a large detachable central fin for stability when paddleboarding. This comes with an adjustable paddle, a safety leash to strap onto your ankle, a waterproof dry bag to keep your phone, camera, keys and money safe on the water, a sturdy backpack for easy transportation, a handy repair kit and, of course, a dual-action air pump.
- Holds up to 12/15 PSI.
- Max capacity: 100 kg.
- Dimensions: 10’ long, 30″ wide and 5″ thick.
- Weight: 10 kg.
- D rings on deck pad for attaching a kayak seat.
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Let us know in the comments if you use an inflatable paddle board and what you think of it, we love to hear from you!