Extensive guide on hard vs inflatable SUPs released


There are a lot of paddle boards out there. Literally thousands to choose from. One of the first things we get asked is whether a hard or inflatable paddle board is best, particular for those new to the sport.

The annoying answer is, well, it depends.

There are a lot of different factors that go into this decision, so we’ve created an extensive guide on Hard vs Inflatable Paddle Boards. This guide should answer all of your questions when embarking on your first board purchase.

But, if you don’t want to read the full guide, I’ve included our brief recommendations below:

Are you mainly surfing? Hard SUP
Mainly fun and fitness? Choose either
Is transportation and storage an issue? Inflatable SUP
Hate pumping a board before use? Hard SUP
Mainly river padding? Inflatable SUP
Safety a concern? Inflatable SUP
5% increase in top end speed matter? Hard SUP

Of course, these are just our top level recommendations. Your decision is likely to be based on numerous factors. Feel free to give us a shout if you’d like some personalised recommendations.

Our popular guide with even more information on inflatable paddle boards can be found here.


Jason has loved the water ever since his family moved to the beach when he was 6 years old. When not helping out Pump customers, you'll find him paddling, surfing, swimming or just chilling near the water.

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