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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Best 11′ Paddle Board

April 6, 2023
Side View of Dog and Man on Atoll Board

Are you in the market for an 11′ inflatable paddle board? If so, you might become confused by all of the options available on the market today. It’s understandable.

While most of the options might seem similar in construction, function, and accessories, this is a common misconception. In fact, there are plenty of differences between boards. Especially if you know what to look for.

To help you narrow down your focus, this guide shows you how to navigate the features and benefits of boards, so you can find the perfect fit for your needs and preferences

Determine Your Skill Level and Intended Use

Before choosing an 11′ paddle board, it’s important to consider your skill level and intended use.

Are you a beginner or an experienced paddler? Do you plan to use your board for leisurely paddling or for more challenging activities like surfing or racing? These factors will help determine the size, shape, and features of the board that will best suit your needs. Be honest with yourself about your abilities and goals to ensure you choose a board that will help you achieve them.

Boards differ in shape, thickness, and construction for these reasons.

The shape of the board will determine the performance it has in different environments. A board built with a pointed nose will be better suited for long-distance paddling, adventure paddling, lake paddling, and river paddling because it will be able to cut through the water. While a rounded nose board is great for beginners who want to go on leisurely paddles on flatwater surfaces because the nose will give them more surface area and a larger platform to balance on.

Paddler Holding Atoll Board in Front of Water and Mountains

Consider the Board’s Size and Weight Capacity

When choosing an 11′ paddle board, it’s important to consider the board’s size and weight capacity. The size of the board will affect its stability and maneuverability, while the weight capacity will determine how much weight the board can support. If you’re a beginner or plan to use your board for leisurely paddling, a wider and more stable board with a higher weight capacity may be more suitable. However, if you’re an experienced paddler or plan to use your board for more challenging activities, a narrower and more maneuverable board with a lower weight capacity may be a better fit.

One other thing to keep in mind is if you want to try SUP fishing or SUP yoga, both activities that might require a board that has more capacity, it is better to look for a board that can hold the extra weight. Especially if you want to carry fishing gear, or even your dog, while on the water.

A general rule to keep in mind – if you want to have a board that’s suitable for mutliple users, can carry extra gear, and is great for SUP yoga, always choose an option that is at least 5″ thick with an ideal thickness of 6″.

Side View of Dog and Man on Atoll Board

Choose the Right Material for Your Needs

When choosing an 11′ paddle board, it’s important to consider the material it’s made from. The most common materials for paddle boards are foam, fiberglass, and inflatable.

Foam boards are typically the most affordable and durable, but they can be heavy and less maneuverable.

Fiberglass boards are lightweight and offer better performance, but they can be more expensive and less durable.

Inflatable boards are easy to transport and store, but they may not offer the same level of performance as foam or fiberglass boards – especially if you want to SUP surf or race your board.

Consider your needs and preferences when choosing the material for your paddle board.

Look for Additional Features and Accessories.

When choosing the best 11′ paddle board, it’s important to consider any additional features and accessories that may enhance your experience. Some boards come with built-in bungee cords for storage, while others have handles for easy transport. You may also want to consider purchasing a paddle, leash, and carrying bag to make your paddle boarding experience more enjoyable. Look for boards that offer these additional features and accessories to get the most out of your investment.

With these extra accessories included, you’ll be ready to hit the water the very first day you receive your new board!

Ready to Grab Your Own 11′ Paddle Board?

At Atoll, we make the perfect 11′ paddle board to accommodate your needs. Each board is designed with adventure in mind. Meaning, you’ll receive the perfect board for traversing mountain lakes, paddling wide open ocean, shooting down white water rivers, and even throwing a couple of lines overboard to fish.

Plus, with our high-quality accessories, including a leash, paddle, and travel bag included, you’re ready to explore areas both near and far.

Of course, if you have any questions about our boards, or need any further assistance, be sure to reach out to us through email, or call us directly at: 8 7 7 . 6 9 8 . 8 5 8 1.

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