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Reasons to Upgrade Your Stand-Up Paddle Board

November 28, 2022
Man Carrying Atoll SUP Towards Shore

If you’ve owned the same stand-up paddle board (SUP) for a while now, it may be time to replace it. But how do you know when the time is right? How do you know when it’s more of a need than a want? What are some good reasons to upgrade your stand-up paddle board? As always, our team of SUP professionals has got you covered, so keep on reading to learn everything you need to know!

Your Paddle Board is Old and Outdated

How old is too old for a paddle board? Well, in our experience, if your SUP is more than four years old, then chances are your paddle board is old and outdated. Sure, you may say that your board is still in relatively good shape, and, while that may be true, SUP technology has come a very long way in recent years. More specifically, SUP companies have discovered and developed several new systems for creating more rigid, durable, and lightweight boards. This is especially true for inflatable stand-up paddle board (iSUP) companies. A few years ago, iSUPs were single-layer, four-inch paddle boards. Now, however, the standard iSUP is 6 inches thick with two layers to it. The end result: a stronger, sturdier, and much more durable board than its predecessor. In other words, out with the old and in with the new. 

Two Paddle Boards with Some Wear and Tear

Your Paddle Board Is Difficult to Travel With and Store

Another advantage of iSUPs is their unrivaled convenience for traveling, storage, etc. Need to fly on a plane? You can check an iSUP at an airport with your other bulky luggage. Need more storage space? An iSUP takes up way less space than a big, bulky epoxy board. In other words, if you’re finding that your paddle board is difficult to travel with and store, then it may be time to upgrade to a brand-new, state-of-the-art iSUP. 

Your Paddle Board Can’t Keep Up With You

If you live a fast-paced, active lifestyle, then you need a SUP that can match that energy. In other words, if your paddle board can’t keep up with you, then it’s time to make a change. These things happen, though, as plenty of people outgrow their paddle boards, especially if they started with a beginner board. For those who don’t know, a beginner board is wider, more stable, and has more volume. Unfortunately, these differences can limit or hinder the growth and development of your SUP skills. In other words, if you want to paddle like the professionals, then you’ll need something more serious than a beginner board. 

Happy People with Dog Atop an Atoll Paddle Board

Your Paddle Board Isn’t Versatile Enough

On a similar note, beginner boards are not very versatile. While they can certainly be a good foundation for getting started, they weren’t necessarily designed for all types of SUP activities. For example, in recent years, more and more paddlers are getting into sports and activities like SUP yoga, SUP fishing, and SUP surfing. Paddlers who wish to explore such things will likely have better success on a stronger, stabler, and more steady SUP. In short, if your paddle board isn’t versatile enough, then it may be time to upgrade. 


Now that you know some good reasons to upgrade your stand-up paddle board, consider taking a look at our available inventory. Or, if you have any questions about them, or anything else, please feel free to contact our team of SUP professionals. We would be more than happy to help you in any way we can. We hope to hear from you sometime soon!

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