You’re Going to Want an Inflatable Paddleboard After You Read This

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Are you thinking about investing in a paddleboard, but you're still not sure if you want to go with an inflatable or a hard one? We get it – the idea of taking something inflatable far out into the water feels risky at first, but the truth is that inflatable SUP boards are just as durable as hard SUP boards. You might even have a better experience with an inflatable one!

Here are some pros to know about inflatable SUP boards.

You can take it anywhere. The beauty of having an inflatable paddleboard is that you can deflate it and take it just about anywhere you go. It's so easy to store it in your car or even squeeze it right into a backpack or beach bag.

Yogis can practice at any time. Inflatable SUP boards are ideal for practicing yogis. The slight give in the board will help you stay balanced, so you can try just about any pose. Plus, doing an inversion on a paddleboard is a serious rush, yet relaxing at the same time.

Falls aren't so serious. If you're a beginner at this, you should just anticipate that falls will happen. Don't be so hard on yourself! To soften the blow, an inflatable paddleboard won't leave you with achy arms or legs like landing on a hard board could.

Pooches love it. Aside from lapping up the air while hanging out of a car window, one thing that makes dogs feel like they're actually in heaven is riding on a paddleboard. This strange thing happens where the dog just sits and takes in the moment, and it's pure magic. If you think your pup would like to SUP, do it with an inflatable board. Your pooch's paws can easily slip on a hard board. Just keep those nails gently trimmed ...

You can ride the waves or rocks. If you decide to take your board out in water that's more unpredictable, hang loose knowing your inflatable board can give and bend its way over unexpected boulders that might be in the way of your ride.

It's a cozy spot to meditate. Once you lay down on your board or sit in the lotus position out in the middle of a serene lake, you'll never want to leave. Unlike a hard board, an inflatable board won't place uncomfortable pressure on your body while you zen out and breathe in nature.

TBH, there are pros and cons that come along with using either a hard or inflatable paddleboard. If you usually ride a hard board, just be aware that you won't be able to make super sharp turns with an inflatable SUP board like you could with a hard board. Also, you'll want to make sure you inflate your board to the proper level before wading into the water — if the flex (slight dipping) at the center of a SUP board isn't inflated to the right level, it can deflate the fun of your ride, and who wants that?

If you're convinced that you're ready to take an inflatable paddleboard on your next water adventure, read on to see how to give your board a dose of TLC so you'll be able to get use out of it for years to come.

1. Take a crack at safe carrying. Be mindful while you parade your brand-new paddleboard around town! It's easy to get lost in the moment, especially on occasions where there's not a care in the world except for hitting the water by sunset. Do your best not to drop your board or hit it against anything that could cause a crack. The last thing you want is for water to seep inside while you're doing your thing.

2. Don't be a drag. Whatever you do, do not drag your inflatable paddleboard! Even if the terrain looks harmless, like on sand or grass, you don't want to weaken the surface of your board by dragging it.

3. Fins come first. Always take care of your fins! When you're ready to store your board away until the next time, remove the fins and keep them in a safe place. Be mindful of how shallow the water is that you're riding on, so your fins don't collide with any rocks.

4. Don't bake your board. Even if you want to soak up the sun, do your best to find a shady area to keep your board, or lay a beach towel over it. The sun can fade away the vibrant colors.

5. Keep it clean. Hosing down your body after a day of sun and water outdoors? Don't forget to hose your SUP board down, too.

Ready to hop on a board of your own? Check out some of our favorite inflatable paddleboards below!

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1 Xterra Cloud Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard
Xterra Boards
$489.00

Ride the water with this sharp inflatable paddleboard that can keep up with your wildest outdoor adventures. The actual paddle comes in three pieces, so you can easily break it down and carry it in your backpack, too. 

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2 Supflex Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard
$599.00

Hang loose and take it easy riding this aqua board studded with tropical florals. Don't forget to say "Mahalo" to the water when you're done venturing around. 

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3 Thurso Surf Waterwalker Inflatable SUP Board
$619.00

This inflatable SUP board looks just like natural wood. Master your technique in flat water, and then start practicing ahead of the sea waves. 

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4 PEAK Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard
$549.00

Grab a friend and ride out on inflatable paddleboards by PEAK. You'll feel at ease paddling around your favorite lake – just don't forget to take it all in. 

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5 Ten Toes Weekender Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard
$599.99

This cute coral board will soon become your new favorite place to settle into your asanas or daze off in meditation. Wondering what those cords are on the face of each paddleboard featured in this roundup? It's a spot where you can store any materials, like a life jacket, a snack, or a drink — yes, it's OK to SUP and sip as long as you're safe about it. 

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6 SereneLife Inflatable SUP Board
$339.99

Ride 'round the river bend in this durable inflatable paddleboard that features three fins for cutting through the water with ease. Speaking of ease, you can purchase the SUP seat accessory by SereneLife to really get some relaxation in. 

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7 GoPlus Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard
$299.99

This reliable inflatable paddleboard will take you anywhere you want to go, as long as you're on water. Honestly, you can't beat the price of this ISUP, and the good news is, it's still a high-quality product. It's perfect for determined beginners who aren't quite ready to make a larger investment in the hobby. 

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