Rigid vs inflatable paddleboard: Which one to choose?

Whether you are buying your first stand up paddle board or a gift for a friend or a loved one, it is important to understand the differences between the models. Once you have understood what makes them different, you will know if it is better to buy a rigid or inflatable stand up paddleboard. 

  1. Benefits of the inflatable boards 

The inflatable SUP board is a popular model for beginners and intermediate riders. It is generally a little cheaper and easier to choose. 

Storage and transport make using this board incredibly easy to use. The inflatable board can be stored and rolled up in a bag. It can easily be put in the trunk of a car and you can even take it with you on the train or bus. 

This type of board is also often more robust than a rigid board and you can find a blow up paddle board that you can ride with other people to make it more fun. The design of these boards makes it convenient to ride on smaller waves and to access different waterways. Over time the way the boards evolved to make them suitable for paddlers who are just looking for a fun activity instead of pursuing the sport professionally. 

  1. Benefits of the rigid boards

A rigid paddleboard that you can just grab and jump in the water with, can save you a lot of time. You don’t need to fill it with air and deflate it after you are done using it. You also don’t need to make sure that the right amount of air pressure is maintained. 

If you are looking for a more versatile option, the rigid SUP board may be the one – and it come in many different styles and colours. A rigid board is best for those who already have some experience using paddleboards. These boards can be ideal if you enjoy whitewater stand-up paddle boarding. 

Buying a rigid paddleboard will save you from constantly having to check for holes or worry about your board deflating. And it’s even easier to buy fins that fit. 

The quality of the glide is also much better and in general a solid board offers better performances and stability.

Paddle boarding is becoming a very popular watersport in the UK and this summer is the perfect time to try it out. Anybody who loves the ocean or exploring rivers and other waterways will likely love a paddleboard as a gift. By choosing the right board you will make it easier to tackle the waves and enjoy a great day outdoors.

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