Best Paddleboards for Beginners

We’ve tested and reviewed some of the best paddleboards for beginners and you know what? They’re all pretty darned good fun!

The best paddleboard for beginners has two main qualities, they’re stable and they’re easy to assemble.

We have tested a variety of the best inflatable paddleboards for beginners to get a real feel for how they handle and how easy they are to carry and assemble.

The joy of standup paddleboarding is the accessibility it offers to all, no matter what your fitness level may be, to get out on some water, be that a canal, river, lake or sea.

They’re light enough you can pack it with you to take on holiday and small enough to chuck in your boat cabin as an alternative to a heavy yacht tender. The standing up position gives you a great view of the scenery and are ideal for exploring shallow places or quiet secluded inlets. Sharing your adventures with your furry friends is easy too.

But there’s such an array of paddleboards out there for sale, it is overwhelming trying to find something that might suit you, especially if it’s your first board.

We’ve rounded up 7 inflatable standup paddleboards that we think are worth your consideration.


the best paddleboards for beginners

Typhoon

The Typhoon 10’2″ x 32″ stand up paddleboard is an ideal beginner friendly model at a beginner friendly price point.

In the bag you get all the essentials but no frills. The pump is a fairly standard but decent model and allowed me to pump the board up to the recommended pressure in 7 minutes.
The carry bag isn’t particularly sophisticated so the paddle simply wedged in behind the rolled up board. The paddle is adjustable and again, no frills but it does the job well enough.

The board has one fin which is the standard fitment. The Typhoon SUP doesn’t flex too much either making it feel adequately stiff and nimble for most leisure paddling.

I was able to turn easily and it felt really stable due to the 32″ width. My dog didn’t mind sitting quietly up front, but if was to carry a larger dog than my dainty toed chihuahua, I’d consider adding a bit more tread surface to the nose to help avoid claw marks.

It weighed in at about 13kg. So it’s not the lightest, but it felt easy enough to carry.

Reasons to buy

Simplicity of assembly, good value for money, shorter length keeps it agile

Reasons to avoid

The colour scheme might not appeal to everyone.

Price £299

Buy now from Ebay


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the best paddleboards for beginners yellow V paddleboard

Yellow V Heartbeat

The Yellow V Heartbeat standup paddleboard is new for 2022. It comes in a nicely designed carry bag with an array of little additional extras as standard.

It offers a stiff ride with very little flex. The three fins give good tracking too meaning you’ll be able to keep this thing going in a straight line quite easily. The longer length means that this has a slightly higher load capacity, which is ideal if you’re taking your dog with you plus a bag.

It’s relatively lightweight too at 12kg.

It comes with an array of little extras, from the micro towel that is rolled up with it when it’s deflated, to the small dry bag, mobile phone dry pouch, wooden counters for playing a came as seen on the underside of this board and the extra paddle end, which means you can convert your paddleboard single paddle to a kayak style double ended paddle.

The carry bag is nicely padded with good organisation.

Overall, you get A LOT for your money with this paddleboard. We really enjoyed testing this one.

paddleboard fin detail yellow v

Reasons to buy

Tracks well with three fins, feels stable, very little flex, comes with additional paddle for kayak style paddling

Reasons to avoid

Some might not like the black appearance, it may be hard to find a retailer

Price: 650 Euro

Buy from Yellow V


the best paddleboards for beginners

Two Bare Feet allround 10’6″

This is a very similar model to the Typhoon with very similar dimensions and specifications.

It comes in a tubular dry bag style rucksack which has external stowage loops for the paddle.

With one large and two mini fins it tracks pretty well but retains some good maneuverability too.

At 9.4kg it’s one of the lighter models in our beginner paddleboard lineup.

Reasons to buy

Great price, solid performer, tidy looking carry bag

Reasons to avoid

Might lack a little sophistication for some.

Price £375

Buy from two bare feet


Best Paddleboards for Beginners

Sandbanks style

Lots of people are really raving about the Sandbanks style paddleboards. Head over to one of the facebook groups in the UK dedicated to paddleboarding and you’ll see this brand come up time and again everytime anyone asks for recommendations for best paddleboards for beginners.

The company offers a rental service so you can try before you buy which is pretty forward thinking.

The bright colourful designs standout and there’s likely to be a design to suit most peoples tastes.
As the entry level beginner board these lack a little in the sophistication department, with fewer grab handles and tie-downs compared to those number found on other slightly pricier models.

The deck tread is grippy though and these are a great way to get on the water for the first time.

the best paddleboards for beginners - sandbanks style

Reasons to buy

Fun colourful designs, stable, carry bag has wheels

Reasons to avoid

Not many handles, if you’re carrying luggage then tie downs are limited.

Price £599

Buy from Anns Cottage


the best paddleboards for beginners spinera ultra light

Spinera Ultra Light

As the name suggests, this beginner friendly inflatable standup paddleboard is really light.

How light? about 7.3 kilograms. That’s the equivalent of two fat chihuahuas.

The width is carried quite far back to a squared off tail, giving additional stability and the length at 11’2″ gives a good amount of rider weight capacity

It comes in a variety of colour ways so there’s likely to be one that you like.

One of the ways they have shaved weight from this board is by having less deck tread, so bear that in mind if your planning to carry a pet or small child with you on board.

On the flip side though, it’s so light weight, you’re highly likely to carry this with you on a longer walk to the beach or if you don’t have a car, it’s much easier to carry on your bike or public transport.

Reasons to buy

Very light weight, rolls up small and easy to stow, stable design

Reasons to avoid

Not a lot of deck tread so may be easily damaged with pet claws if you carry one. the lightweight can be a disadvantage in windy conditions.

Price £419

Buy from OnBuy


Best Paddleboards for Beginners

Red Paddle 10’8″ RIDE

Premium brand RED paddle set the standard to which others can only aspire to reach. It comes with the strong brand reputation for quality and excellent construction. The designs are perhaps a little less inspiring compared to some of the fun designs on other models.

They make their boards thinner than most of the others on the market, 22% thinner than the average board in fact. They reckon it adds stability by lowering the centre of gravity. I’m not convinced. But they are well put together and they do inspire confidence when paddling.

There’s no question that this is an excellent board. Though at twice the price of most other beginner boards, we’re not convinced it’s twice as good. Most rental places have Red Paddle boards due to their hard wearing build quality so you may be able to try before you buy.

Reasons to buy

Excellent build quality, long life or research and development, reliable

Reasons to avoid

Quite pricey

Price £899

Buy from Red-Equipment


Best Paddleboards for Beginners

Thurso Waterwalker 126 All-round SUP

Just look at this beauty! Designed to look more like a traditional hard board with a wood look finish this is the classiest inflatable board in our lineup.

There’s a load of tie downs and well placed handles with a paddle holder too.

So this practically laid out board not only looks ace, it’s functional too.

With three fins this tracks nicely but with two of the smaller fins slightly toed in, this gives an improved maneuverability.

If all of that wasn’t a pretty good set up, the carry bag is really well designed and comes with wheels.

We love this board! This is our top choice of the best paddleboards for beginners.

Reasons to buy

Looks fab, really well laid out thoughtful deck, smart fin arrangement, nicely designed carry bag

Reasons to avoid

None!

Price £549 / $649

Buy from Thurso Surf


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