When it comes to choosing a stand up paddleboard, there are many things to consider. However, if you’re a newcomer to the paddling scene, then an inflatable SUP might be the direction for you. With the help of Connelly ambassador Greg Miller, Pro Tips breaks down the benefits of inflatable stand up paddleboards.
INFLATABLE SUP DURABILITY
One of the biggest concerns that many have when purchasing a SUP is its durability. So, do inflatable paddle boards hold up over time? Miller says the answer is a resounding yes.
“Technology has come so far in the last few years that inflatable SUPs are no longer a concern when it comes to durability,” he says.
One major difference between inflatable paddleboards and rigid paddleboards is the construction. Traditional hard paddleboards use materials such as fiberglass and carbon. Meanwhile, the construction of inflatable SUPs features hardened rubber materials.
With proper care, an inflatable board can last you for numerous adventures on the water.
GOOD FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS
Inflatable SUPs are one of the best paddleboards for beginners. Boards of this style tend to be long and wide, which adds to stability. Due to their construction, inflatable SUPs also typically provide a bit of a softer landing for falls than hard boards do.
However, beginners aren’t the only ones who will find inflatable boards suitable. “They are fantastic for riders of all abilities,” Miller says.
EASY STORAGE AND TRANSPORT
Storage limitations can put a damper on owning large sporting equipment. Luckily, purchasing an inflatable SUP is an easy solution to this problem. When deflated they easily fold into compact sizes and most come with a bag for easy storage. Most inflatable SUPs top out at around 22 pounds, which adds to easy transport.
The ability to deflate these boards also comes in handy when traveling with your SUP to the water. Rather than having to purchase a car rack, they can slip easily into the back of your vehicle.
“With the size and storage limitations we have today, they easily fit in the back of any size car,” Miller says. “You can haul them down to the lake from any vehicle.”
Choosing a SUP can be a tough decision for newcomers and veterans alike. However, Miller says that inflatable boards should remain at the top of your list.
“If you’re in the market for a paddleboard, do not rule out an inflatable SUP,” he adds. “They have all the features you’re looking for on the water with the benefits of ease of storage and transportation.”