Updated: May 15, 2022
Paddle boarding is becoming more and more popular. It is the new must-do sport this summer! There really isn’t anything better than gliding over the water, leaving all your worries behind with each stroke.
How much do new paddle boards cost? What should you search for when buying a SUP?
Don’t worry. We have done the research and have got you covered. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know when you’re ready to buy your own board.
WHY ARE PADDLE BOARDS SO EXPENSIVE?
As water enthusiasts, we know that paddle boards typically can come with a hefty price tag, but you get what you pay for:
Quality of materials and board construction
SUP accessories included
The size or performance of the board
Let’s take a look at each of these individually and see how they make up the stand up paddle board prices.
HOW MUCH DOES PADDLE BOARDING COST?
A full paddle boarding set up with the board, leash, fin, and all the accessories you need to get started will typically cost $500 to $1,800.
This price depends on the size, quality, and construction of the board and the paddle. All of these aspects play a part in the price.
Materials vary depending on which type of paddle board you go for. The two major types of paddle boards are rigide (fiberglass/epoxy) and inflatable. Further down, we will give more insight into the difference between these.
Some materials that are used in making a hard paddle board are:
Inflatable paddle boards are constructed using:
Layered PVC: outer, core, rails
Drop stitch technology
EVA deck pads
Inflation valves and seals
Regardless of the type of board you choose, the materials that are used must meet durability expectations. Stand up paddle boards are constantly going in and out of the water, as well as being transported from your home.
Stand up paddlers expect their boards to be tough. Therefore, the materials need to meet these expectations, which ultimately costs money.
SIZING OF THE SUP
The average paddle board size tends to be around 10 - 11 feet. That’s a lot of board! No matter the size and weight capacity, the price reflects the materials used and the craft that goes into manufacturing.
Further down we will discuss the different styles of paddle boards along with their sizes and prices in order to help you at home find the right board.
EXTRA ACCESSORIES TO ADD-ON
When purchasing a paddle board, make sure you get a complete package that includes at least these accessories:
Backpack and pump (for inflatable boards)
Alongside these included essentials is a whole range of extra accessories that you can add-on to improve your experience, like kayak seats, fishing rod stands, kayak anchors, and more. You can turn your SUP into a stand up paddle board fishing craft with the right additions!
Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the different types of paddle boarding and the prices you can expect for each specialized board.
HOW MUCH DO PADDLE BOARDS COST: EPOXY AND INFLATABLE SUPS
So far we have looked at the cost of paddle boarding in general including the required and recommended accessories. We also know a little about construction of paddle boards and what drives their prices. Now, let's take a closer look at the range of costs for different types of SUPs based on construction (i.e. inflatable or epoxy) and specialized design (e.g. surfing, fishing, yoga, and all-rounders).
HOW MUCH DOES A GOOD INFLATABLE PADDLE BOARD COST?
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