What Size Paddle Board Do I need?

Paddle Board dimensions are a very important factor in determining the “feel" of your SUP. For simplicity purposes, the larger a board's volume is, the easier it will be for a beginner to balance on. However, larger boards can also become slightly more difficult to navigate, so new paddle boarders should focus on finding the right size SUP or the most versatile SUP to best suit the needs of multiple people. 

Paddle Board Length

All-Around boards typically have lengths from 9-11 feet and Touring/Cruising Paddle Boards are typically a little longer with lengths ranging from 10-12 feet. Typically long and thin boards are used to increase speed and touring and cruising boards are designed with speed on flat waters in mind. The All-Around designed is the most versatile SUP design and is designed to have quality speed performance but also versatility for small waves or chop.  

SJ Paddle Boards 10’6’’ Oscar inflatable SUP board was designed with versatility in mind and the iSUP can be used by small children and adults up to 240 lbs in weight (depending on paddle boarding skills). 

Paddle Board Width

All-Around, Touring, and Cruising Paddle Boards typically come with widths anywhere from 28’’-34’’. Most paddle boarders will have little trouble navigating a board with a width in this range, but as you become more familiar with SUP boards you may find that widths above 34’’ can start to “spin” in open waters and become more difficult to control.

The Oscar's 32’’ width was obsessively tested and we feel this is the perfect width for the experienced SUP user looking for versatility or the beginner user looking for a good amount of stability while learning the sport of SUP.  

Paddle Board Thickness and Volume

The thicker the board the higher above the water you will be and the more “feel” you will encounter. Since hard boards typically ride lower in the water than inflatable paddle boards which need the thickness to provide durability. 

SJ Paddle Boards extensively tested multiple paddle boards and sizes before deciding that our 6’’ thick boards are the best volume given the size/weight tradeoffs.