The popularity of stand-up paddleboarding has exploded in recent years and with that spike in interest has come notable advancements in boards and gear. One sector, in particular, is far better than it once was—inflatable stand-up paddleboards, or ISUPs, aren’t glorified water toys, they’re full-on durable, rigid boards. The ISUPs of today can compete with traditional boards and they have the added benefit of being portable. If you’re in the market for a top-performing board, but you’re not interested in getting a roof rack, check out one of these three inflatable options.
Sea Eagle’s NeedleNose Inflatable
Designed for touring, the NeedleNose is a one-of-a-kind design in the ISUP world. Named for it’s pointed nose, this board tracks well and reaches impressive speeds. It’s light, fast and best used in calm, open water—but it isn’t best for choppy conditions. Available in three sizes, featuring a large fin, this touring board is a top choice for long journeys.
Seaeagle.com; from $899
POP Paddleboard’s 11’ Inflatable
At 11 feet long and 32 inches wide, this board strikes a great balance between stability and manuverability—even in difficult conditions. A recommended 15 PSI, makes the board rigid enough to handle choppy waters and an attachable fin greatly improves tracking. The convienient handle in the center of the board makes carrying incredibly easy once it’s inflated and although the bag could be more comfortable, it makes transport simple.
Starboard’s 10’ Astro Whopper Deluxe
Three fins, a double action air pump and a bag with wheels and comfort padding are just a few of the things that really help this ISUP board stand out from the rest. Although the Astro Whopper Deluxe isn’t built for speed, it is incredibly stable and verastile. From SUP yoga to taking on strong river currents, this board can handle a lot and it’s durable build will encourage you to bring it anywhere.
star-board-sup.com; from $1,399