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• Discover Why Our Customers Prefer Rigid Boards Over Inflatable:
• Safety, Quality, Value, Performance, Convenience, Rigidity, Precise Shapes, Resale Value & Long Term Durability. (Inflatable are glued together).
In The Future, Inflatable SUP May Require Dual Air Chamber For Safety.

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Hard Or Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board:
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CruiserSUP® Dura-Maxx Paddle Board Package
"Wonderful board and highly recommend it. I have a great inflatable paddle board, however, once I tried a friends hard shell board, I was hooked.

The hard board cuts through the water and waves better than inflatable board, with a lot less drag. Customer service from Paddleboard Direct is the best! Board came packed incredibly well, with absolutely no damage. " TAMMY

"5 Star Review - Highly recommend this company
CruiserSUP® Dura-Maxx Paddle Board Package
"Wonderful board and highly recommend it. I have a great inflatable paddle board, however, once I tried a friends hard shell board, I was hooked. The hard board cuts through the water and waves better than inflatable board, with a lot less drag. Customer service from Paddleboard Direct is the best! " TAMMY

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134

Best Yoga Inflatable

Take your yoga practice to the water. Very light, versatile, rigid and stable. With Pump, Wheeled Back Pack, 3 Fins, Deck Pad, Deck Bungees, Free Paddle, FedEx Shipping* & 2 Year Warranty

Package Value: $1,095

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Most Versatile Inflatable

Most Versatile Inflatable. From 16.5 lbs! Use for cruising, surf, yoga, fishing and more. High quality, stable and rigid. Inflates over 18psi. Free Paddle, FedEx Shipping* & 2 Year Warranty

Package Value: $1,195

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$795

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Best Family Inflatable

Our best selling inflatable - from 21.5 pounds! Very light, versatile, stable and rigid. Inflates over 17psi. With Pump, Wheeled Back Pack, Free Paddle, FedEx Shipping* & 2 Year Warranty

Package Value: $995

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Fastest Inflatable

Our Best Selling Touring board and lightest touring SUP we offer at 23.5 pounds! With Wheeled Back Pack, Pump, Premium Deck Pad, Bungees, Free Paddle, FedEx Shipping* & 2 Year Warranty

Package Value: $1,495

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Sherpa AIR Fishing SUP
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Most Versatile Inflatable

7 sizes from 16.5 lbs! High quality, stable and rigid. Inflates over 18psi. Includes Pump, Wheeled Back Pack, 3 Fins, Deck Bungees, Repair Kit, Free Paddle, FedEx Shipping* & 2 Year Warranty

Package Value: $1,995

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134

Best Family Inflatable

Our best selling inflatable - from 21.5 pounds! Very light, versatile, stable and rigid. Inflates over 17psi. With Pump, Wheeled Back Pack, Bungees, Free Paddle, FedEx Ship* & 2 Year Warranty

Package Value: $1,995

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$995

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Fastest Inflatable

Our Best Selling Race/Touring board and lightest touring SUP we offer at 23.5 pounds! With Pump, 3 Fins, Deck Pad, Deck Bungees, Free Paddle, FedEx Shipping* & 2 Year Warranty

Package Value: $2,995

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Don't wait - Inflate! You will soon be cruising the lake, exploring, fishing,  enjoying yoga practice, or hit the surf.

Premium quality CruiserSUP® inflatable paddle boards offer impressive rigidity,

durability and performance compared to cheap inflatable boards.

Our inflatable standup paddleboard packages come well equipped with dual action pump,

wheeled back pack (Cruiser SUP), free paddle, free shipping*(restrictions apply) and no sales tax to most states!

Customers Frequently Ask

What is an Inflatable paddle board?

Inflatable paddleboards are SUP boards that must be filled with air before taking them stand up paddleboarding. Most will inflate their inflatable stand up paddle board with the manual pump that comes with most boards, however costlier electric pumps are available to make inflating easier and less time consuming. Inflatable paddleboards are made of a PVC vinyl drop stitch material that is then manufactured into the shape of a SUP board. Drop-stitch is a two layer material, with the layers being held together by thousands of tiny threads. The thickness of the PVC layer as well as the drop stitch count are the two largest factor in inflatable paddleboard quality. The lower the drop stitch count, the less rigid the board will be. The higher the thread count, the more air pressure the board can take, and the stiffer it will be. Cheap low quality paddleboards will have very low quality materials, and only inflate to 10 to 13 psi. An inflatable paddleboard that does not inflate to at least 15psi will be very low quality, very soft, offer terrible performance, and likely have little in the way of a SUP board warranty.

To make an inflatable paddleboard, this drop stitch is formed into shape, and then the two halves of the paddleboard are glued together at the seams. This is different than hard paddleboards, where a shaped EPS foam core is laminated with layers of fiberglass an other materials like wood, carbon, or Kevlar. Epoxy paddleboards can have much more performance orientated shapes as EPS foam can be shaped much more accurately than drop stitch material of inflatable paddleboards.

When helping selecting you chose between an inflatable SUP or hard paddleboard, we to look at each individuals needs separately and suggest the best option. This includes your experience as a paddleboarder, as well where you will be stand up paddleboarding. However, we do generally prefer epoxy paddleboards of inflatable paddleboards. Fiberglass SUP's are safer, higher performance, more convenient, and more durable. Unless you are very limited in storage space, we do suggest epoxy paddleboards over inflatable SUP boards. Read more at Rigid vs Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards - Which Are Safer? and Regular Paddle Boards Are Better Than Inflatable Paddle Boards

 

Are in inflatable SUP Boards good for beginner paddle boarders?

Before looking at the difference between inflatable SUPS and epoxy paddleboards, it is important to realize that neither will make leaning to paddle board easy if they are the wrong size. A SUP board that is too small for your weight will be very hard to balance on, and make learning paddleboarding much harder than it needs to be. Learning to SUP should be fun and easy, however a paddleboard that is too small will make it the exact opposite. The expert staff at Paddleboard Direct will take the time to help to make sure you buy the best stand up paddle board based on your skill level, body weight, and paddleboarding experience.  

The one advantage that inflatable paddle boards have over non-inflatable paddleboards is that they can be stored in a much smaller space. If you are short on storage space, or do not have a vehicle to transport a hard paddleboard, then an inflatable SUP board may be a good option. However, many beginner paddleboarders have found that epoxy stand up paddleboards are easier when it comes to learning stand up paddleboarding. Once large reason for this is that a hard SUP board does not need to be inflated like an inflatable paddleboard. Inflating can take 15 minutes, and be very physically difficult. Many find themselves tired, hot, and sweaty before they have even started to paddleboard!

Rigid stand up paddle boards are much stiffer than inflatable SUP boards. This stiffness makes them much more stable feeling as a hard paddle board does not flex and bend in the middle like most inflatable paddle boards. When learning how to paddle board, stability is key, and rigid paddleboards are more stable and offer easier learning for paddleboarding beginners.

 

are inflatable paddle boards hard to inflate?

Inflatable paddle boards are VERY hard to inflate. With the included manual pump you can expect it to take roughly 15 minutes of very physically difficult pumping. It will take you no less than 250 pumps, and depending on the size of your paddle board, can take close to 400 pumps. As the SUP board gets more and more air pressure in it, these the pump becomes harder and harder to pump. Most paddleboarders find it very difficult to inflate a paddle board to the pressures required, and often stop before the paddleboard if stiff enough to offer stability. Inflating a paddle board is hot, hard work, and you will be tired before you even start paddleboarding!

Electric paddleboard pumps are available at extra cost, however these pumps can be expensive, loud, and unreliable. Electric paddleboard pumps that hook to your car battery require you to always be near your car to inflate your SUP board, and are very loud. Rechargeable and more portable electric paddleboard pumps can cost several hundreds of dollars, and require recharging after use. Many have found that costly electric paddleboard pumps have limited lifespans as the motors can wear our quickly. As well, as they are electric, water are electronics are not always a good mix! If your electric paddleboard pump fails you will not be able to inflate your paddle board if you do not also have your manual pump with you. Epoxy, or non-inflatable stand up paddle boards do not require inflation, and are always ready to go paddleboarding when you are!

What size paddle board do I need?

The weight limit depends on the the conditions (calm lake, wind driven chop, ocean swell, river currents), ocean or fresh lake (affects buoyancy), athleticism and balance of the paddleboarder. We have paddleboards that can accommodate paddleboarders as small as 50 pounds, all the way through 350 lbs. However, stand up paddleboards are not one size fits all. A paddleboard that is stable for a 150 pound paddleboarder is likely not stable and easy to use for a paddleboarder that is 100 pounds heavier. What Size Paddle Board Do I Need For My Weight can some generally guidelines for you paddleboard sizing, however, the best way to get a perfectly sized stand up paddle board is to live chat, or phone one of our paddle board experts! We can then look at all your needs, and suggest the absolute best paddleboard for you!

Are inflatable paddleboards durable?

A quality inflatable paddle board is made of a durable PVC vinyl material. This is then glued at the seams to create an inflatable stand up paddle board. A low quality inflatable SUP board is made of the same material, just a cheaper and less durable version. Very cheap inflatable paddle boards that are available for less than $500 in big box stores will be made of these low quality materials, and NOT durable.  

Under normal conditions, and well cared for, an inflatable paddle board can be quite durable. However, they can be prone to holes from sharp objects. However, what makes inflatable paddleboards not as durable as a hard paddle boards is their ability to leak and lose air. A leaking inflatable paddle board will soon be a deflated paddleboard, and not much use for paddleboarding. Things like holes, leaking valves, and leaking seams are the main cause of air pressure lose for inflatable paddle boards. The glue used to make iSUP boards can deteriorate quickly over time, which can lead to leaking seams, or at worst case, a blown seam.

Rigid paddle boards do require care around hard objects like rocks to ensure a long lifespan, however this also applies for inflatable paddle boards. However, unlike inflatable paddleboards, a hard paddle board can not leak air! For this reason, we at Paddleboard Direct feel that non-inflatable stand up paddle boards are more durable in the long run than inflatable paddle boards.

Are inflatable paddleboards as good as Epoxy paddle boards?

If you do not have the ability to store a rigid paddle board, then you should consider an inflatable stand up paddle board. However, if storage is not an issue, then you should look at epoxy stand up paddle boards in all other cases. Rigid paddle boards are safer (see below), but they are also more convenient, more stable, more durable (see above) as well as higher performance.

Inflatable paddle boards require 15 minutes of pumping before you can go paddle boarding. Rigid paddleboards do not require any pumping. They are grab and go. The only delay you have from picking up your paddle board and being paddle boarding is the distance you have to walk to the water! Even if you have to take your paddle board off a roof rack, this takes a fraction of the time and effort that inflating a paddle board takes.  

Inflatable paddle boards are not as stiff as hard SUP boards, and this lower stiffness makes them less stable, especially in choppy waters. The flex that inflatable SUP boards have makes them less stable to stand on as the board is flexing up and down under your feet as you try to balance. This gets amplified the choppier the water gets. Hard paddle boards do not have this flex, and makes them much more stable and easier to balance on.

Rigid paddle boards have much more refined shapes, which allow for superior glide speed and tracking. Inflatable paddle boards are much thicker and sit much higher on the water, which makes them much more prone to the effects of the wind while paddleboarding. As well, the materials of an inflatable SUP board give more more resistance in the water than the sleek and smooth materials of a hard paddle board. An rigid SUP board will always out perform an inflatable SUP board of similar design. If you want to read more details of why we think rigid paddle boards are better than inflatable paddle boards, please read Regular Paddle Boards Are Better Than Inflatable Paddle Boards

are inflatable paddleboards safe?

A well maintained inflatable paddle board that is fully inflated, and holding air pressure, is quite safe. However, like anything that is full of air, they are prone to losing air pressure, which is where our questions about inflatable paddle board safety creep in. Inflatable SUP boards can generate slow and small leaks, from a small hole or leaking valve. However, inflatable paddle board users can also encounter more catastrophic sudden air lose if a seam is to blow. Inflatable paddleboards are glued together at the seams, and this glue ages as your board ages, and can fail. A failed seam will cause a large hole to open on the side of your paddle board, and lets all of the air out of the board. If this happens while you are paddleboarding, you will fall off your paddle board. A deflated inflatable paddle board offers no buoyancy and you will not be able to stand on it to paddle back to shore. This will leave you stranded in the water needing to figure out how to get rescued or back to shore. If the water is cold, rough, or you are far from shore this can turn into a potentially dangerous and life threatening.  

Hard, or rigid paddle boards are not filled with air, and therefore can not lose air pressure. Even if you damage your hard paddle board while paddleboarding, you will still be able to stand on it and paddle back to shore. A hard paddle board will never leave you stranded on (or in!) the water. We encourage you to learn more at Rigid vs Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards - Which Are Safer?

 

Should I wear a leash when stand up paddleboarding?

If you are a brand new paddleboarder, or a veteran to stand up paddleboarding, you should always wear a leash while paddle boarding. A SUP leash attaches from the tail of your board, to your ankle via cord that ranges from 8' to 12'. In the event that you call off your paddleboard, a paddle board leash will prevent your SUP board from getting away from you. Without a leash, a fall while paddleboarding can see the board get away quickly. This can quickly turn dangerous, however with a SUP leash, your paddleboard can never get away. Many paddleboarders will often think that a SUP leash is only needed when SUP surfing, and not when paddleboarding in calmer waters. We feel that a SUP leash should be worn at all times, regardless of the conditions you are stand up paddle boarding it. Our Top 5 Tips for Stand Up Paddle Boarding Beginners can explain this, as well as many other stand up paddleboarding safety tips.

 

Are  inflatable paddle boards worth it?

If you have limited storage space, or lack (or do not want) a roof rack on your vehicle. Then inflatable paddle boards ARE worth it. An inflatable SUP is always better than no SUP at all!

If you value the convenience of getting on the water quickly, inflatable SUP's ARE NOT worth it. They are time consuming to blow up, and take substantial effort to get them ready to go paddle boarding. Hard SUP boards require no pumping, and are ready to go paddle boarding when you are.

If you want the safest SUP board, then inflatable paddle boards ARE NOT worth it. As covered above, inflatables can experience sudden air lose if a seam blows, or a valve fails, leaving you stranded in the cold water. A hard paddle board will never leave you stranded due to air pressure loss, as they are not full of air! Even if you somehow managed to break your hard paddle board into two pieces, each piece will still float and offer buoyancy and safety. Also be sure to paddle near shore and wear a leash regardless of which style paddle board you use, however hard paddle boards are safer!

Comparing the performance of inflatable SUP's and hard SUP's, inflatable paddle boards ARE NOT worth it. They sit higher in the water, are not as stable, and do not offer the sleek glide and straight line tracking as much stiffer hard paddle boards. While some customers do prefer inflatable boards, we find the majority of our customers prefer hard paddle boards. We sell many epoxy paddle boards to customers looking to replace inflatable paddle boards they were disappointed by, but never see customers replacing epoxy paddle boards with inflatable paddle boards!

 

How do i choose a stand up paddle board? 

Our recommended model for you is based on Live Chat discussion of user weight, but there are other factors, like your budget, board durability, ease of use, weight, shape and performance characteristics, that determine a great fit. That’s why you’ll see some overlap in our recommendations. The best way to find your perfect fit is to consult with the experts at Paddleboard Direct by Live Chat.