Paddle Board purchase guide for beginners
What do you need to get started?
SUP is an accessible sport and you do not need much to get started. The first (and most important) is a good board. Which board is best suited for you?
We receive this question very often. People are mostly curious about which boards we use ourselves and about which boards we get good feedback from customers. That is why we have decided to write a purchase guide for different types of users:
- Paddle board for beginners (you are reading this now!)
- Paddle board for advanced
By beginners we mean people who have stood on a paddle board 10 times or less and still have to get to know the sport. This purchase guide has been written based on our own experiences and on reviews and stories we received from our customers. We have made an overview of our favorite boards:
Types of paddle boards
What should you pay attention to when you start with paddle boarding is firstly what you want to do with the paddle board.
Would you like to relax on your paddle board, do yoga exercises on the water, windsurf on your SUP, look for wilder waters and defy the waves or even fish on your SUP? This largely determines in which type of paddle boards you have to start looking for your new board.
Certainly if you choose to fish on your paddle board or opt for SUP windsurfing or other very specific activities like SUP yoga, the number of recommended boards is limited to 1 or 2 boards.
SUP together or alone?
In addition, it is important to consider whether you are going to paddle board on your own or together with a partner or pet. If you go on your own you do not have to buy a large paddle board, but if you want to bring a pet, child or partner you obviously need more space.
Paddle boarding can be done with up to 8 people on one board. Just take a look at the Aqua Marina Mega or the Bluefin Mammoth if you want to go paddle boarding with a lot of friends or family members!
Paddle board tests
In addition to this purchase guide, take a look at the various paddle board tests that we have done. We will go into depth on the five most popular boards, the Aqua Marina Vapor, Aqua Marina Fusion, Aqua Marina Magma, Aqua Marina Monster and Aqua Marina Super Trip.
In these Aqua Marina paddle board tests we go deeper into the boards, the specs, the advantages and disadvantages of the mentioned boards and for whom these boards are the most suited.