It’s an age-old question that all stand-up paddle board (SUP) lovers must eventually face: when is it time to replace your old paddle board? Our team of SUP professionals has everything you need to know about this topic, so keep on reading below!
How Old is Too Old for a Paddle Board?
The number one reason to replace your old paddle board is age. If you own a hard or inflatable SUP that is more than four years old, then it is probably time to replace ‘Ol’ Reliable.’ This is especially true because paddle board technology has drastically improved over the course of the last few years, which means your next board will definitely be your best one yet. More specifically, in those last few years, SUP companies have discovered several ways to make their products tougher, stronger, lighter, and even more versatile.
With SUPs, for example, there is an entirely new set of standards for them today versus just two years ago. In 2020, the average SUP was just four inches thick with a single layer to it. Now, in 2022, these boards are considered outdated and low-quality, and they are also expected to have substandard lifespans. That’s why all of our brand-new Atoll Boards are double-layered and six inches thick. With these and many more upgrades, our SUPs are more rigid, durable, and lightweight than ever before. Suffice it to say, there has never been a better time to own an Atoll SUP.
Other Reasons to Replace Your SUP
In addition to the regular wear and tear that comes with paddle boarding, SUP owners can also encounter a couple other reasons to replace their boards. First and foremost, convenience is key. Can you store your SUP in an easy manner? Is it comfortable and stable for all of your water-based activities? Is it easy to travel with? Is it versatile enough? Will you be able to use it for everything you want to do?
If you answered ‘no’ to any of these questions, then it might be time to upgrade your current SUP. For instance, if your original paddle board was more of a beginner model and you’re branching out into more rigorous or various activities—such as SUP yoga, SUP surfing, or SUP fishing—then you’ll want to be sure that your board can handle all of this and more. On a similar note, you will also want to ensure that it is stable enough and fits like a glove – figuratively, of course. If your paddle board just doesn’t feel right for any reason, then it’s better to replace it than use something that doesn’t suit you.
Secondly, if you live an active lifestyle, then it is imperative that you can quickly grab and go with your SUP onto your next adventure. One of the many benefits of an inflatable SUP is its easy storage. Not only does it take up less space at home, but it also travels quicker on the go, Instead of lugging around a big hard paddle board, you can quickly stow it in the car, on a plane as an additional bag (without the paddle board fees), or anywhere else in a much quicker and more convenient manner. Simply put, whatever the road towards your next adventure may look like, we’ll bet it’s a lot easier and quicker with an inflatable SUP.
We were happy to answer your question, “When is it time to replace your stand-up paddle board?” Now that you know the answer to this age-old dilemma, consider taking a look at our inflatable SUPs. As we mentioned above, every model is double-layered, six inches thick, and fully up-to-date with all the industry-leading advancements and improvements from the last few years. What’s more, they are especially lightweight, convenient to travel with, and versatile enough for virtually any SUP activity. If you have any questions about them, please feel free to reach out and contact our team of SUP professionals. We are always more than happy to help in any way we can. We hope to serve you sometime soon!