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Can a SUP Support More Than One Person?

October 10, 2023
Two Atoll Boards in Front of Lakeside Cabin

In our estimation, one of the best things about paddle boarding is the fact that you can do it with as many people as you’d like. You can SUP solo; you can go out on the water with one or two friends; or you can even go paddle boarding with an entire friend group! The only real limitation—aside from your imagination—is the maximum weight capacity of your SUP. That’s right, unfortunately, sometimes you have more people than you have boards. Understandably, this can lead to some less-than-ideal situations where a single SUP is holding up one, two, or even three different people!  Now, you’re probably wondering, “Can a SUP support more than one person?” As always, our team at Atoll Boards has got you covered.

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How Many People Can Be on a SUP?

Now, let’s get right down to it, how many people can be on a SUP at the same time? Well, as one would imagine, the answer depends on the board in question. Generally speaking, most paddle boards are designed to hold anywhere from 200 to 350 pounds. Other models, on the other hand, can comfortably hold up to 500 pounds total; again, it really comes down to the board in question. Regardless, as long as you are mindful of your SUP’s weight limit, which should be somewhere within the owner’s manual, then it doesn’t necessarily matter if the weight on the board is coming from one, two, or even three different people. Simply put, just be sure to stay under the weight limit.

SUP-er atop Atoll Board in Front of Mountains and Forest

Our Signature Inflatable SUPs

In the case of our signature inflatable SUPs, for example, our 11-foot-long Atoll Boards are recommended for riders of up to 315 pounds. Additionally, they have been water tested with up to 500 pounds of total weight from multiple riders. Imagine, for example, a SUP-er with a couple of kids. As long as the adult weighs 315 pounds or less, and the kids collectively weigh 185 pounds or less, then everyone should be good to go. Of course, we would still recommend that everyone be as safe as possible and try to distribute the weight on the board relatively evenly. As long as these details click into place, then the rest should come naturally. 

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Contact Our Team at Atoll Boards

We hope this helped to answer your question, “Can a SUP support more than one person?” If your SUP-ing squad is in need of a couple more boards, then consider our signature inflatable stand-up paddle boards (iSUPs). Made with machine-laminated, dual-layer PVC, our iSUPs are among the strongest and lightest boards in the world today. Furthermore, they have been specifically designed to accommodate all types of SUP activities, including yoga, meditation, surfing, touring, fishing, racing, and just about anything else you can think of. At any rate, if there’s anything we can help you with, please feel free to contact our team at Atoll Boards today by clicking here, giving us a call at 877-698-8581, or sending an email to Whatever works best for you, we look forward to serving you soon. Until then!

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