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Tahe SUP-Yak

Price: $529 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around/Kayak Hybrid
Weight: 19.6 lbs Sizes: 10'6", 11'6"

About the board:Looking for an inflatable standup paddle board that can convert into a kayak? Check the Tahe SUP-Yak. The SUP-Yak is priced starting at $530 and is among the most affordable paddle boards of quality that you can find. The SUP-Yak is great for beginner and experienced paddlers alike, is stable and very easy to carry. The SUP-Yak is offered in two sizes: a 10’6” and 11’6”. The 10’6” works for one paddler but the 11’6” can hold two paddlers so keep size in mind when you’re checking out this board. The board is best for short distance paddling, up to one or two miles max. Read more HERE.

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Aztron Lunar 2.0

Price: $486 / €399 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 15.9 lbs Sizes: 9'9"

Who is this for: If you’re a beginner paddler looking for an affordable inflatable paddle board, check out the Aztron Lunar. This SUP is lightweight, has great graphics and is less than $500 USD / € 399. The board comes fully loaded with everything you need to get on the water. Along with the board itself, the package includes a 3-piece paddle, leash, center fin, double action pump, attached bungee cords for on-board storage and a matching bag to carry everything. The Lunar is best for short distance paddling, along the shore or near the dock and will work best for paddlers under the 250 lb mark.Read more HERE.

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Aztron Super Nova

Price: $486 / €399 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 20.3 lbs Sizes: 11'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an affordable yet stylish inflatable paddle board that is ideal for all-around paddling, check out the Super Nova from Aztron. This standup paddle board is lightweight and stable so beginner paddlers should be able to handle and paddle the board without issue. This board comes with a complete package and everything you need to get started and on the water. The package includes: a leash, a four piece paddle, a dual action pump, a highlighter yellow square backpack, as well as a bungee to go on the nose. This paddle board is best suited for short range paddling and in calm, flatwater conditions. Priced at 399 Euro / 486 USD, the Super Nova sits in the low price point tier and is among the most affordable ones you can find.Read more HERE.

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Bay Sports Seek

Price: $449 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 23.12 lbs Sizes: 10'8"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a paddle board that’s under $500 check out the Bay Sports Seek inflatable SUP. This paddle board comes in at $449 which is one of the most affordable boards that you’ll be able to find on the market. It comes fully loaded with the board, pump, paddle, leash, fin, and repair kit all included which is a ton of value at this price point. The Seek is a very stable board and is great for all around, short distance paddling, great for beginners. The board is also lightweight and easy to carry weighing just over 23 lbs.Read more HERE.

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Pelican Saona

Price: $499 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-Around
Weight: 22.8lbs Sizes: 10'6"

About the board:At $499 it’s tough to beat this deal. The Pelican Saona is a paddle board with a foam construction and has classy graphics, better than any foam board that we’ve seen on the market. It paddles fairly well and with its foamy construction it can definitely take a beating both in and out of the water. If you’re looking for something that won’t cost you a lot, and can be used by the entire family this is something that you should be looking at. The folks at Pelican have done a phenomenal job on this one. Read more HERE.

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Jimmy Styks Mutt

Price: $499 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Touring
Weight: 23.1 lbs Sizes: 10'4"

About the board: If you’re looking for an entry-level inflatable touring paddle board that is cheap and comes as a package deal then the Mutt from Jimmy Styks is worth a look. The 10’4” paddle board was designed for touring and is very stable which is perfect for the beginner paddlers. The board is lightweight and easy to carry and is designed for paddling short to mid-range distances. The board comes with a paddle, leash and backpack making it an awesome package for under $500. Read more HERE.

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Pelican Flow

Price: $299 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 41.3 lbs Sizes: 9'4", 10'6", 11'6"

Who is this for: If you’re looking for an very stable, non-inflatable, all-around board to paddle short distances and in the low price point of under $500, then the Flow from Pelican is worth looking at. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the extremely durable RAM-X™ construction and has both positives and negatives. The board comes in three different sizes, all of which are incredibly stable. Its construction is highly durable, however, the board is very heavy and very difficult to carry. Its shape makes the Flow an all-around board that can be used by anyone and is designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short distance paddling, around the beach and dock. Starting at $299, the board is among the most affordable ones you can find. Read more HERE.

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Pau Hana Grom

Price: $499 Build: Non-Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: Kids
Weight: lbs Sizes: 6'

About the board: The Pau Hana Grom is just that: a board for groms. If you’re looking to get a board that can double as a starter paddle board and a surfboard for your kid then the Pau Hana Grom is something you need to look at. The Grom is a very affordable, non-inflatable paddle board that will work great as an all around paddle board and will be a board that your grom can handle with ease. One thing to keep in mind here though is that because this paddle board is meant for the kiddos it will eventually be something that your kids will grow out of. The board is likely going to be best suited for kids 13-years-old and younger. Read more HERE.

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Jimmy Styks Nxt

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Price: $449 Build: Non Inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All Around
Weight: 40.03 lbs Sizes: 10'10"

About the board: The NXT from Jimmy Styks is an all around paddle board best for beginner paddlers that want a board that can take a beating. The NXT is a non-inflatable paddle board made from blow-molded ironhide which makes it a rugged board great for recreational paddling with the whole family. The board is very stable, yet very heavy and difficult to carry. This board does come as a package deal with a paddle and leash so at a price point under $450 it’s a great deal. Read more HERE.

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Aqua Marina Magma

Price: $499 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: All Around
Weight: 17lbs Sizes: 10'10

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, lightweight, inflatable, all-around board to paddle mid-range distance, and in the low price point of under $500 then the Magma from Aqua Marina is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the drop stitch construction which is somewhat fragile and has its ups and downs. With its 30 inch width the board is pretty stable, and has 1.57 lbs per foot weighing only 17 lbs. Its shape makes the Magma an all-around board that can be used by almost anyone and is designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short to mid-range distance paddling (3-5 miles). Retailing at $499 the board is among the most affordable paddle boards (inflatable or not) that you can find.

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Aqua Marina Thrive

Price: $449 Build: Inflatable
Skill: Intermediate Use: All Around
Weight: 16.5lbs Sizes: 9'9

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a stable, inflatable, all-around board to paddle short to mid-range distances and in the low price point of under $500 then the Thrive from Aqua Marina is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in drop stitch construction which is somewhat fragile and has its positives and negatives. With its 30 inches in width the board is stable, it has 1.75 lbs per foot, weight a total of 17.11 lbs which makes the board very lightweight but can also have an impact on the durability of the board with the construction not being as strong. Its shape makes the Thrive an all around board that can also be fun in the surf and is suited for intermediate paddlers. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short to mid-range distance paddling between 3 and 5 miles max. Retailing at $449, the board is among the most affordable ones you can find.

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Pelican Baja 100

Price: $399 Build: Non-inflatable
Skill: Beginner Use: All-around
Weight: 47 lbs Sizes: 10'

Who is this for: If you’re looking for a board that will be very durable for you to have for yourself, your kids, friends and family that can be beaten up, thrown around and still last for a long time, this is the board for you. The Baja 100 is a perfect board for flat water paddling and touring and can withstand up to 230lbs. The board is made out of a plastic-like construction called RamXs polyethylene and is very stable and very durable however, the board has 4.7 lbs per foot and weighs 47 lbs total, making the board very heavy.  As it's typically the case with low price point boards, the Baja 100 is relatively heavier when compared to boards in higher price point tiers. You’re going to want to look at the mid-to high price-point range boards for lighter and faster boards. Retailing for $399.99, the Baja 100 is among the most affordable boards you can find.

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