Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Buying Guide

Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) combines two of the things we love most: staying active and exploring nature. Like a combination of surfing and kayaking, it requires you to stand on a surfboard and use a paddle to propel yourself through the water. It’s easy to do and lots of fun.


Hydro-Force SUPs

Trail Outdoor Leisure are proud suppliers of Hydro-Force SUPs. Whereas most inflatable SUPs have a depth of 4cm when inflated, Hydro-Force SUPs have a depth of 6cm. Coupled with their heavy-duty drop-stich construction, this gives them superior strength, rigidity and buoyancy when inflated.


 

How to choose the best SUP for you.

Hydro-Force produce a variety of SUPs to suit different skill sets and environments. To help you choose the perfect SUP for your requirements, we’ve created a handy buying guide.

Best SUP For Beginners

The Aqua Journey is the best entry-level SUP in the Hydro-Force collection. Lightweight with three fixed fins to easily turn and manoeuvre, it’s perfect for both flat water and small wave riding. The SUP includes an aluminium paddle, hand pump, surf leash and bag to easily carry.

Capacity: 242 Lbs. (130kg). Inflated length: 9ft (2.74m). Inflated width: 30in (76cm). Inflated depth: 6in (15cm). Volume: 66 Gal (251 L). Contents: Aqua Journey Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board. Aluminium paddle. Inflation pump. Travel bag. Surf leash. Repair kit.

Hydro-Force Aqua Journey Inflatable SUP 9ft


Best All-Round SUP

The Hydro-Force Oceana is a versatile all-rounder which is perfect for paddling in all water conditions. Like the Aqua Journey, it has three fixed fins for high manoeuvrability. It also comes with an attachable footrest and a seat with a backrest to easily convert into a sit-down kayak.

Capacity: 287 Lbs. (130kg). Inflated length: 10ft (3.05m). Inflated width: 33in (84cm). Inflated depth: 6in (15cm). Volume: 84 Gal (320 L). Contents: Oceana Inflatable SUP. Aluminium paddle. Hand pump. Travel bag. Surf leash. Seat w/backrest. Footrest. Repair kit.

Oceana Stand Up Paddle Board Inflatable SUP 10ft


Best SUP For Touring

The Cruiser Tech is a top entry-level touring board. Its extra-long deck is designed to deliver superior stability on the water. Bungee cords allow you strap down cargo and take plenty of provisions with you if you’re spending a long day exploring lakes, rivers and waterways.

Capacity: 265 Lbs. (120kg). Inflated length: 10ft 6in (3.2m). Inflated width: 30in (76cm). Inflated depth: 6in (15cm). Contents: SUP. Hand pump. Backpack. Surf Leash. Repair kit.

Hydro-Force Cruiser Tech Inflatable SUP 10’6”


Best Convertible SUP

The Freesoul Tech is a top choice for those passionate about all water sports. Like the Oceana, it comes with a footrest and seat to convert into a sit-down kayak. It also has a removable daggerboard on the base and a mastfoot on the top to attach a sail and take it windsurfing.

Capacity: 353 Lbs. (160kg). Inflated length: 11ft 2in (3.4m). Inflated width: 34in (86cm). Inflated depth: 6in (15cm). Volume: 87 Gal (330 L). Contents: Freesoul Tech SUP. Aluminium paddle. Pump. Paddle. Deluxe Backpack. Surf leash. Seat. Footrest. Repair kit.

Hydro-Force Freesoul Tech Inflatable SUP 11ft 2in


Best SUP For River Riding

The Kahawai is a fantastic touring board with unique features that make it fantastic for river rider. It has two extra fins which are made from rubber and designed to keep it stable in strong undertows. A kickboard makes it far easier to turn and manoeuvre in fast-flowing waters.

Capacity: 309 Lbs. (140kg). Inflated length: 10ft 2in (3.10m). Inflated width: 34in (86cm). Inflated depth: 6in (15cm). Volume: 87 Gal (330 L). Weight: 32.3 Lbs (14.7kg). Contents: Kahawai Inflatable SUP. Aluminium paddle. Hand pump. Travel bag. Surf Leash. Repair kit.

 

Hydro-Force Kahawai Inflatable SUP 10ft 2in


Best SUP For Yoga

The Huaka’i Tech has an extra-wide traction pad which is specially designed to take your pet pooch paddle boarding. Because it provides greater grip over a larger surface area, it’s also great for practising yoga on your SUP. Bungee cords allow you to carry essentials with you.

Capacity: 309 Lbs. (140kg). Inflated length: 10ft (3.05m). Inflated width: 33in (84cm). Inflated depth: 6in (15cm). Volume: 84 Gal (320 L). Weight: 35.3 Lbs (16kg). Contents: Huaka’i Inflatable Paddle Board. Hand pump. Deluxe Backpack. Surf Leash. Repair kit.

Hydro-Force Huaka’i Tech Inflatable SUP 10ft


 

Best SUP For Racing

Longer, narrower and pointier than any other SUP in the Hydro-Force collection, the Fastblast Tech has a single 10″ fin to reduce drag and is specially designed to move at speed through flat and choppy water. If you’re searching for a speedy racer, you won’t find a better board.

Capacity: 265 Lbs. (120kg). Inflated length: 12ft 6in (3.81m). Inflated width: 30in (76cm). Inflated depth: 6in (15cm). Volume: 92 Gal (349 L). Weight: 35.0 Lbs (15.9kg). Contents: Fastblast Tech Inflatable SUP. Hand inflation pump. Deluxe backpack. Surf Leash. Repair kit.

Hydro-Force Fastblast Tech Inflatable SUP 12ft 6in

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