You don’t know the differences between the various types of SUP boards. You would like to try it but you don’t know which one to choose. Or maybe you already know how to go, but you’d like to try another type of board or another discipline. Right? This article gives you an overview to help you choose.

the most frequently asked questions

how many types of board are there?

Which one is the best for me?

What are the differences?

Do you really need a bigger board?

1st step

You absolutely have to try it

Means of transport, variant of surfing, sports, summer play activities, these are the many faces of the SUP, acronym that stands for Stand-Up-Paddling. Its versatility, as well as its simplicity, have led it today to be among the most popular summer activities, at sea, in lakes, on rivers, all over the world.

It takes very little to learn the basics, and the tools are simply a board and a paddle, and you are ready to experience an experience that combines a desire for adventure, fitness, love for nature. Thus, you can travel long stretches along the coast in search of beaches otherwise unreachable from land, but also spend a few hours of good body exercise between sky and sea, in total safety, under the coast, away from the chaos of the city.

ok, but…

What do you really need to get started?

Definitely have a good water skills is a must. This does not mean being a good swimmer and, we can say it, you are not in the water often, perhaps never with a little practice, but certainly having a solid foundation in swimming allows paddlers of all ages, and generally, to enjoy every ride in total safety.

A board and a paddle is all you need. But it’s easy to just say “board”. At the beginning, the offers on the market can put the less experienced in confusion due to the many types of boards present, and not fully understand the different specifications that makes a board more or less suitable for their needs. We can certainly group the different types of boards into two broad categories: inflatable boards and rigid boards.


Today, the “inflatables” have reached very high levels of performance, with the use of new high-tech materials, which make them very popular even by the “purists” of rigid boards. Of course, they are the most comfortable to carry, deflated they fit in a bag no bigger than a suitcase. They are not a problem for our travels by car, train, plane. To inflate them you need a small pump, and off you go! Ready for our outings. Attention to maintenance, and to exposure to the weather and the sun, are, let’s say, the only precautions that must be taken into consideration when dealing with inflatable boards.


The “rigid” ones are the classics, loved by “old school” purists, always ready, safe. They give that unique feeling of standing on a solid wooden board (even if today there are very few of them around) masters of the currents and conditions, even the most extreme. Tables that certainly allow high performance, with high reliability and good longevity of use. Carrying them around is not easy considering that even the shortest ones are about 3 meters long, and therefore you have to organize yourself well, whether traveling by car or by train, for example. But both an inflatable board and a rigid board can have a length, a width, but also a weight (expressed in liters), which make them suitable for a specific use.

the different types of table

What SUP board do I need?

Fortunately, the market for SUP boards offers a great variety, with specifications that aim to satisfy every need in the practice of SUP and its disciplines. From boards for professional athletes, fast, and very light, to those for first time beginners, stable and safe. To simplify our life a little, we distinguish 4 large families of types of SUP boards, within which the nuances are practically infinite.

Now, it’s all about trying them!

If you want to know the cruising boards we recommend, read this article.


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