SUP, or stand up paddleboarding, is a sport that keeps growing from strength to strength so, we’ve wrapped our top picks for 2021.
Fanatic 10’4 Fly Air Pocket – Our pick for travelling or small cars/spaces
Although travelling abroad may not be an option for this year, it can still be tricky squeezing everything you need for a staycation in your car, along with a paddleboard! So, Fanatic’s Fly Air Pocket light construction allows it to be packed into a backpack half the size of a regular iSUP – creating valuable added space. However, the classic longboard shape means the board is still packed with volume, creating a stable paddling experience with superb glide.
Legacy 10’8 Solair – Our pick for best value.
The Solair by Legacy features an impressive volume of 320L, making it one of the most stable paddle boards we’ve tried. Everyone from beginners to SUP enthusiasts would find this board easy and enjoyable to paddle. With a choice of paddles (standard Aluminium, Fibreglass or Carbon Fibre) or a kayak conversion kit (including a kayak seat and paddle), Legacy have thought about providing a flexibility of choices for the paddler – whether you want to play in the surf, change from a SUP to a Kayak or paddle longer distances with the carbon paddle, they have covered all paddling options.
Gul 10’7 Cross – Our all-rounder pick #1
Gul, as a brand, focusses on high quality products at an affordable price, which can be seen in their SUP too. Manufactured with impact-resistant drop stitch and double-layered rails, the board provides excellent stability, while remaining lightweight at 9kg. It comes as a complete package so, you’ll have everything you need to get started.
Jobe 10’6 Leona – Our all-rounder pick #2
Choosing just one top pick for an all-round SUP is almost impossible as so many brands produce high quality board, hence us having two in this list! With over 25 years of experience in watersports, Jobe really know what they are doing and it’s clear to see that with their SUP range. Our all-rounder pick in their new range is the Leona, featuring heat bonded technology, X-stitching construction, and a top and bottom stringer. The classic shape, with a rounded nose, makes this a true all-rounder – perfect for beginners or a recreational SUP fan who wants to try everything!
Jobe 12’6 Neva – Our inflatable touring pick
As mentioned above, Jobe are big players in the watersports game and their 12’6 Neva, from their Premium Aero series, is another great example. This board features a narrower nose and is longer, improving glide, tracking, and reducing the amount of paddle strokes. Altogether, this will create an enjoyable paddling experience if you plan on travelling longer distances in rivers, lakes or across coastlines.