Whether you're looking to get a full body workout, or just want to take a leisurely ride through the water, the best inflatable stand up paddle board is a great option for anyone!
Despite being a relatively new activity, paddle-boarding has grown increasingly popular and there are now thousands of models and types of inflatable boards on the market to choose from.
The inflatable paddle board is particularly popular due to its mobility, convenient size and weight for travelling and affordable price.
Durability, buoyancy and safety are all factors that we have taken into consideration when compiling this list of the 5 top inflatable stand up paddle boards (SUP's).
Best Inflatable Paddle Boards Australia
1. Bestway Hydro-Force Oceana
Length: 10ft | Width: 83cm | Depth: 12cm | Volume: 320L | Capacity: 110kg | Weight: 13.6kg
Used standing or sitting the inflatable Hydro-Force Oceana paddleboard from Bestway delivers hours of fun on the water – ocean, river or lake.
Made from 12cm thick tough tear-resistant TriTech material, the board also features rigid drop stitched material for additional strength and longevity. It will handle weights up to 110kg.
Fins on the underside provide assistance with directional control and stability on the water.
An extendable four-piece aluminium paddle makes it adaptable to all users and all paddling styles. An elastic cord attaches the paddle to the board meaning that you’ll never lose the oar.
Designed for speed and stability the Oceana is quickly inflated in around ten minutes with the supplied hand pump. It is a pneumatic hand pump so does take some physical exertion on the user’s part but that is the norm for these inflatable paddleboards.
It features a seat with footrest for seated use, and a safe and secure footpad for traction and balance when paddling upright. It will also take two riders (bearing in mind the weight limit) at the same time for a bit of variation.
In an appropriate colour theme of sea-blues and bright white, the board certainly looks the part as well. Voted, the best inflatable stand up paddle board in Australia.
2. FunWater Inflatable Ultra-Light
Length: 10.6ft| Width: 83cm | Depth: 15cm | Capacity: 150kg | Weight: 8kg
With the capacity to hold a surprising 150kg weight the FunWater Ultra-Light TIKI inflatable stand-up paddleboard has the versatility to readily handle two riders at once for loads of fun.
And it’s suitable for all ages. So taking a younger child tandem is easy and great fun.
This SUP is made from a combination of EVA (ultra-light dual layer PVC) and drop stitch which together provide strength and durability but without any weight, so the board can skim across the water.
The construction has a foam upper layer with a non-slip traction grip for optimal stability when riding it standing up. Additional rails add to the overall stability and durability.
Three removable underside fins provide balance, stability and manoeuvrability.
The length of 320cm, width of 84cm and 15cm thickness means that the board can manage all types of water conditions and skill levels. You can use it to catch a (small-ish) wave, explore a coastline, go fishing or have fun behind a boat. It’s suitable for the ocean, rivers, or lakes.
They say the UltraLight performs like a hard board. The board comes with an adjustable aluminium paddle, a bungee and D-ring, high-pressure pump, carrying/storage case, removable fins, coil leash and waterproof phone bag.
3. Freein Explorer SUP Inflatable
Length: 10.2ft | Width: 84cm | Depth: 12cm | Capacity: 205kg | Weight: 10.7kg
Fronting up at the higher end of the inflatable stand up paddleboard market is the FreeIn Explorer which features, amongst other things, a sports camera mount for hands-free recording of those adventures on the water.
The tough and durable double layer drop stitch technology materials the Explorer is made from give it superior lightness and stiffness so that it can hold weights up to an incredible 205kg and still be quick and effortless on top of the water.
Carbon Fibre railing and four PVC layers have been added to the structural design for extra stiffness, giving the rider greater security in rougher conditions.
The body of the board measures 310cm in length and an extra-wide 84cm makes it extremely stable. The anti-slip pad on the top provides added stability through the rider being centred and well balanced on the board.
A 6-point bungee rope system and 3 D-rings allow for multiple accessories and belongings to be attached for a longer experience on the water, and the Action Cam mount gives the rider hands-free recording ability.
With the board comes an adjustable floating 3-piece paddle, a double-action hand pump, a carry backpack, coiled ankle leash, repair kit and a 20-litre dry bag for storage.
4. Roc Inflatable Stand Up
Length: 10.6ft | Width: 80cm | Depth: 12cm| Capacity: 125kg | Weight: 8kg
The Roc inflatable stand up paddleboard is a sturdy board suitable for all skill levels, all ages (subject to supervision of course), and all waterways (ocean, rivers or lakes).
It’s great for catching smaller waves, exploring or just generally having fun on the water with family and friends. Excellent starter boards for beginners too.
The board is made from quality durable and tear-resistant military-grade materials and is extremely lightweight. Its length of 323cm and width of 80cm will carry weights up to 125kg, great for riding tandem with younger children on board.
Three fins on the underside add to the stability and control of the board. It handles choppy conditions and the wakes from passing boats and jet-skis extremely well. And it’s easy to manoeuvre.
The board is easily inflated by a hand pump. It does take around ten minutes to fully inflate so expect some physical exertion.
Using an electric car pump can solve that issue, especially if you suffer back problems. Deflation and rolling up for packing away is remarkably quick and easy.
And they’re small once packed away so won’t take up too much space in the car.
With purchase, you'll receive an alloy adjustable floating paddle, leash, hand pump, waterproof phone/key holder, and a comfortable ‘dry’ backpack for storage and transportation.
5. Kings Inflatable Stand Up
Length: 10.6ft | Width: 83cm | Depth: 15cm| Capacity: 150kg | Weight: N/A
The Adventure Kings Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board (ISUP) is a versatile board which is highly transportable and perfect for camping trips and holidays to the beach or other waterway adventures.
Explore rivers and caves on a light, stable and surprisingly easy to manoeuvre paddleboard that can be literally carried on your back in the supplied pack. This is also a fantastic option for beginners to paddle-boarding, or for younger kids to have some fun.
The ISUP is made from an innovative technology known as ‘6" drop-stitching’ which involves polyester threads being woven into a grid-like formation in the centre of the PVC outer shell for a strongly bonded yet lightweight honeycomb material which can be inflated and still keep its stiffened shape, even with weights up to 150kg aboard.
The board has three underside fins to add stability and to aid in manoeuvrability.
Measuring a wide 83cm and a long 320cm with a depth of only 15cm, the board is extremely stable and suits both seated and stand up paddle-boarding in reasonably mild conditions. Being 15cm thick, it's 3cm thicker than other brands, providing greater buoyancy and sturdiness.
An extendable aluminium paddle with plastic blades adjusts to suit all sizes and preferences. A single-action hand pump is used for quick ten-minute inflation and the board quickly deflates for easy packing into the supplied bag.
How To Choose Best Stand Up Paddle Board?
Purchasing a SUP is often a difficult process and may be a big decision financially, although the price of these boards has come down in recent years due to increased competition.
There are a few questions that should help you choosing the best stand up paddle board:
Solid vs Inflatable SUP's
All the brands we've looked at above are inflatable, but that's not the only type of SUP available. Here in Australia, you'll need to decide between solid or inflatable.
Solid boards have an EPS foam core that's wrapped together with fibreglass and epoxy. This creates a lightweight, durable construction. Other more expensive brands may be built with carbon fibre but it's rare. You can also find plastic solid SUP's more affordable but they are heavy.
Solid boards are a better option if you want performance. If you're an advanced paddle boarder, then you'll probably prefer using a solid board. It's faster, smoother and easier to paddle.
Solid SUP's come in various sizes and can even be custom made for larger users. There's a few Australian companies that offer such a service.
Solid boards are more durable and rigid which is definitely noticeable if you're catching waves.
The main downside to solid paddleboards is the lack of portability. You'll need a large garage or shed to store your board, plus a roof rack or station wagon to take your board to the beach.
If you're a beginner or short on space and are looking for something affordable, stand up paddle boards are often the place to start. Nearly all brands come with an electric or manual pump, allowing you to inflate and deflate each time you wish to use.
Inflatable SUP's come with PVC exteriors and drop stitching that helps to create an air core. This makes them feel sturdy in the water and able to accommodate users up to 125-150kg.
If you've got a lack of space, are travelling or want to carry your SUP far, an inflatable board can be a much better option.
Another less common reason to buy an inflatable SUP is if you're going to be paddling whitewater as the board is less likely to bump off rocks and logs in the way. While uncommon, a sharp rock could puncture your raft, so most brands come with a free repair kit.
What size stand up paddle board do I need?
This is the most common question we get asked. Boards must work for your size which requires the ability to displace the correct volume of water relative to your weight.
If not, you'll feel unsupported and could fall off. The two key features you need to remember are volume and weight capacity. These are determined by the length, width and thickness of the board.
Paddle Board Volume
The volume is specified in litres and gives an overview on the boards ability to float with weight. The larger the volume figure, the higher weight the board can support.
Every paddle board comes with a weight capacity which is either listed in lbs or kgs. We've included this figure above under 'Capacity.' You should ensure you check this figure.
If you're too heavy for your board, it will sit far too low in the water, making paddling difficult and you'll get frustrated at the lack of movement.
To calculate your weight, you should factor in your own personal weight plus any backpacks, clothing or accessories you might be carrying.
Volume & Weight Combined
Given the two types of boards available, planing-hull boards will work well for you as long as you're under the weight limit. Displacement hulls are more complex, if you're too light the board will feel heavy and hard to control. If you're too heavy, you'll sink and struggle to paddle.
What Length Paddle Board To Choose?
Paddle boards are classified into three different lengths; short, medium and long. The most common type is medium which is 10ft - 12ft. Long is over 12ft. Short is under 10ft.
Short boards are often designed and used by kids or teenagers. They nearly always come with a planing hull, ensuring they're more forgiving for beginners making mistakes. They are great for surfing waves and due to their shortness, are easier to control.
Medium boards are the most common type of SUP here in Australia. They nearly always come with planing hull's and are suitable for most adults from beginners to intermediates. They are easy to control and ride waves.
Long boards are often used by advanced users or professionals as they are faster than short or medium boards. They usually come in displacement or planing hulls. They are more suitable for long distance paddling. It's rare to find inflatable ones at this length.
When choosing length, a longer board will nearly always increase the volume and capacity which will make it feel more sturdy in the water.
Stand Up Paddle Board Fins
Fins make SUP's more stable and easier to control. If you've ever seen a surf board, it works the same way. Most inflatable boards come with a 3-fin setup, however there's a range of options:
- Single fin: This is great for minimal drag and flat water paddling
- 3-fin setup: Good for flat-water and control during surf. Also goo for salt water use.
- 2+1 setup: This is a larger fin in the centre, with 2 smaller fins either side. This is common on boards that are designed for surfing as it offers better control.
Most inflatable boards come with detachable fins. These may require fixing before each use and may be rubber or metal.
Stand Up Paddle Board Extras
You'll want to check for any special features offered by the stand up paddle board you're considering. Depending on how you intend to use the board, can be helpful in your decision.
- Tie down straps: These are straps located at the front or rear of the board and can be used for tieing down dry bags, backpacks or coolers.
- Mounts: Some boards come with mounts for camera's such as action cam's, fishing rod holders, mobile phone holders.
- Seats: - Some brands offer detachable seats, often with back covers so you can use the SUP as a kayak if you want. Other brands sell this as an optional extra, so check it out.
- Paddle: Nearly every brand now includes a free paddle with their board. These look like canoe paddles with a tear-drop blade. These are nearly always adjustable to cater for all users.
- Leash: Again nearly all brands now offer a leash which connects to your leg to ensure the board remains connected to you in the event you fall off. This can be beneficial if you're using your device in white water or surfing where you'll come off regularly.
- Pump: You'll need a way to inflate your paddle board so most brands offer an electric or manual powered foot pump. You can always buy your own electric one if required. Check to see if the pump offers a reserve feature to remove air, this can save a lot of time.
- Backpack: Most brands now offer a carry bag of some sort that allows you to carry your board. These are usually waterproof. It's helpful to find a board that comes with a backpack as it can be hard to find a suitable bag of your own after purchase.
Now you know the best inflatable stand up paddle boards according to Best Five. The question is which one are you going to purchase? Be sure to leave us a comment below if you have any other recommendations or views for us to checkout.
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