While everyone doesn’t have access to the ocean waves necessary for surfing, many people are situated near a lake, river, or body of water. It is for these reasons that paddle boards have become immensely popular in recent times. What’s more, this fun and relaxing activity is suitable for all members of the family.
How Much Do Paddle Boards Cost?
Paddleboards can range in price depending on the materials used to craft them and the level of professionalism they represent. High-end boards retail under $3,000 and are available at stores that specialize in outdoor equipment. Low-end boards can be purchased for under $500 and can be found at many big-box stores.
Higher priced paddle boards are lightweight and are produced for team competitions.
Lower priced paddle boards are manufactured from lesser grades of plastic.
Inflatable paddleboards are best for transport and traveling to a place of vacation.
What To Look For?
There are important points of concern to be aware of when purchasing a paddleboard for the first time. This includes its design, size, composition, and adaptability. The paddle that accompanies most paddleboards is sufficient for beginners and the average paddle board enthusiast. Also, all boards are built with a straight or flexible fin for added traction.
Length and Width:
Paddleboards are generally between nine and fourteen feet long. Shorter paddle boards are best for surfing, while longer paddleboards are designed for racing. Beginners or recreational paddlers should purchase a paddleboard between nine and twelve feet long. All paddleboards are produced in widths between 29 and 36 inches across.
Paddleboards are produced from polyurethane foam, EPS foam, and a hollow plastic core.
Inflatable paddleboards are composed of PVC plastic.
A “planing hull” is broad and flat like a more traditional surfboard. A planing hull is exceptionally stable and a safe bet for beginners. Its stability is also excellent for those who will paddle through ocean waters. A “displacement hull” works well for paddling longer distance routes. Displacement hulls are more like kayaks, giving them the edge when sliding through still water.
When buying a paddle, make sure it is between six and eight inches taller than your height.
More expansive paddles retail from $50 to over $200 for professional quality.
Tips For Added Safety
The United States Coast Guard recommends that all children, teens, and average level swimmers be fitted with life jackets. It is also wise to wear life jackets in open water situations.
Saving Money and Making the Right Purchase:
Buying in person is preferable, so you know what you are getting, but online is also a great option when it is through a trusted source. (You can always return it when you buy from something like Amazon.) Fit is essential, as is your body weight, which is why manufacturers list weight capacity figures.
First-timers and travelers can rent paddleboards at their destination if desired. Beginners can save money by buying one from sporting good stores that stock gently used equipment. And if you’re on a tight budget, second-hand paddleboards are widely available online, as many users upgrade frequently.