Here are 4 of the best paddle board kayak hybrids to try. Perfect when you need to remain stable on your paddle board, you’re just a beginner getting started, or you like the benefits of both a kayak and a paddle board.
You can sit, kneel, lie down or even try a handstand on a paddle board. However, only some people will be comfortable kneeling or sitting cross-legged on a paddle board for an extended period. Paddle board kayak hybrids are a brilliant option, especially if you’re a beginner at the sport.
Due to the sport’s increasing popularity, there can be an overwhelming number of brands to choose from. Choosing the right one for you is essential for using them long term. Therefore we have picked 4 of the best paddle board kayak hybrids to help you out.
1. Bestway Hydro-force Oceana Kayak Paddle Board Hybrid
- 10ft inflatable kayak paddle board.
- Perfect for beginners.
We bought a Bestway Hydro-force Ocean, a 10ft inflatable kayak paddle board hybrid, earlier in the year, and we cannot recommend it enough! It has an attachable seat and footrest to turn your paddle board into a kayak. It is fantastic value for money compared to hiring boards for a few hours; we have used it so much. Here is more information about this board.
Our review of the Bestway Hydro-force Oceana Kayak Paddle Board
We bought this board as beginners to paddle boarding last year and have used it repeatedly across the Lake District, Chester, Wales and lakes in France. We find it very stable and easy to set up and use regularly. My five-year-old son loves to use the kayak seat while I use the board as a stand up paddle board behind him. This board has a weight capacity of 120kg. So we safely fit one average-sized adult and a child or an adult and a dog on this board. It is perfect for adventures on the water together.
A well-made and reliable paddle board
This board comes with everything you need as a beginner; it is well-made and reliable. It has been designed with drop stitch material for solid rigidity and durability. It has a non-stick traction pad that provides a reliable and stable foundation for comfort and steadiness. There is an included travel bag to transport your SUP board and a convenient deck handle to carry the SUP easily. We find this board simple to inflate with the manual pump if you don’t have an electric one. It’s also easy to pack away and carry in the handy rucksack.
Dimensions and package contents
The entire package contains a paddle board, one paddle, one hand pump, one backpack, one surf leash, one fin, and one repair kit. Its dimensions are 305cm (120″) x 84cm (33″) x 12cm (5″); Length x Width x Height.
Price guide: £230
2. Bluefin Cruise Kayak Paddle Board Hybrid
- 10’8ft inflatable kayak paddle board.
- Perfect for beginners
This company have spent years studying and paddling other brands’ SUPs to design the ultimate all-around paddle board kayak hybrid package on the market. They offer attention to detail, value for money and excellent customer service. We have chosen their cruise 10’8 as it is perfect for one adult, a dog, or a seated passenger.
You can use the D-rings in seconds to transform your SUP into a SUP kayak. Just clip on the comfortable padded seat and swap SUP handles for a specialist kayak paddle end. We love that this board has an integrated action camera mount on the nose to capture the action Bluefin uses 1000 Denier Exo surface laminate PVC and pro weave drop stitch. These materials make their boards so tough they can hold up to 28 PSI and are very stable and rigid. These boards also come with a five-year warranty which is great peace of mind.
Price guide: £499
3. Aqua Spirit Kayak Paddle Board Hybrid
- 10’6ft inflatable kayak paddle board.
- Perfect for beginners.
This a versatile board that is great for all skill levels and ages. It’s a great touring board for an expert or the first board for a beginner. You get everything you need with this board to get out on the water; it comes with a shaft Aluminium Paddle (with Kayak Blade option) and straps, a kayak seat, backpack, hand pump, fin, ankle leash, waterproof phone case and a bottle holder. To convert your paddle board into a kayak, you attach the seat to the D-rings on the side of the foot pad, the extra blade which replaces the handle part of your standard paddle, to give you a double-sided Kayak paddle within seconds. This board is a great option.
Price guide: £280
4. Tigerxbang Kayak Paddle Board Hybrid
- 10’6ft inflatable kayak paddle board hybrid.
- Perfect for beginners.
This sleek and stylish board doesn’t just look great on the water; it is also very safe. It features a sizeable anti-skid plate made of diamond-cut EVA in the centre of the board. In addition, it has a bungee cord on the paddle board that allows you to easily store backpacks and other items if you’re out on long adventures. This board is suitable for novices, beginners and intermediates; it’s easy to store, carry and inflate and comes with everything you need to get started.
Price guide: £220
Let us know if you have tried any of these paddle board kayak hybrids in the comments below, we love to hear from you.