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1.What makes a SUP board Kids-friendly
2.Inflatable paddle board vs hard board
3.Best Kids Paddle Boards
Paddle boarding is popular now and if you like paddle boarding and you have kids, you might want to take them with you. It’s a great way for bonding and to get them off their electronics.
There are SUP board made specifically for kids and you might’ve thought about getting one for your kids. Kids sup boards are usually smaller than a regular board for adults, less expensive, and may have a more vibrant color or design.
But is that really the best choice for kids? Consider how fast your kids will be growing up. Sometimes they just grow up fast without you realizing it. And if their love for paddle boarding continues as they grow, you might need to get them a new, larger board to suit their needs.
So if you are thinking about getting a kids board, consider getting an adults board that’s also suitable for kids. That way you won’t have to get them a new board just because they grow bigger and taller.
What makes a SUP board Kids-friendly
Boards designed for kids are usually shorter and a little narrower than an adults board. Since they are smaller and weigh less than an adult, they don’t need a bigger board for stability and buoyancy. But that doesn’t mean a normal board for adults can’t work for kids.
A shorter board for adults would usually work great for kids as well. For instance, a lot of all-around boards on the market are around 9’-11’’ long. And a 9’ board would be a fine choice as your kids’ first SUP board. It also works well for a skilled paddler under 200LBS.
Boards designed for river surfing are usually shorter than all-around boards, at about 7’, and it would also be a great board for kids to learn how to paddle board.
If possible, pick a thinner board for your kids rather than a thick one because thinner boards are more stable, and thus easier to balance on. A typical all-around board for adults is usually 6-inch thick, but you should be able to find one that’s under 5 inches.
Inflatable paddle board vs hard board
We would recommend you get them an inflatable rather than a hardboard because it’s the more reasonable choice.
First of all, inflatable boards are more durable and resistant to impacts. They won’t be easily damaged as hardboards. Also, since inflatables are softer, it won’t hurt as much if it hits your kids or if they fall on the board.
Inflatable SUP boards are also usually much cheaper than hardboards. You might not be sure if your kids are going to like paddle boarding or not, so investing so much money in something that they might use once or twice might seem a little risky.
5 Best Kids Paddle Boards
Goosehill 7' Kids inflatable sup - best kids sup
Kids sup features:
- The light weight allows even little kids to carry the board around with no problem.
- The removable center fin can be taken off for maximum portability when needed.(2 Fixed Plastic Fins+1 Large Removable Center Fin/US Fin Box)
- Soft center handle allows you to carry the board with ease and comfort.
- Excellent stability and maneuverability is achieved by utilizing a shorter, and wider shape. The result is a board that’s stable and maneuverable for kids.
Kids board attachment:
- Stand up inflatable paddle board
- 3-piece adjustable paddle
- Paddle board pump
- Stand up paddle board backpack
- SUP board leash
- Removable center inflatable paddle board fin
- SUP repair kit.
SereneLife Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board (6 Inches Thick)
|Item Package Dimensions L x W x H||36.25 x 17 x 10.75 inches|
|Package Weight||15.2 Kilograms|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||5.91 x 29.93 x 125.99 inches|
|Item Weight||13.89 Pounds|
|Country of Origin||China|
|Warranty Description||1 YEAR HASSLE FREE|
|Model Name||SereneLife Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board (6 Inches Thick) with Premium SUP Accessories & Carry Bag | Wide Stance, Bottom Fin for Paddling, Surf Control, Non-Slip Deck | Youth & Adult Standing Boat|
|Number of Items||6|
|Manufacturer||Sound Around -- Dropship|
|Included Components||Paddle-Board Oar Paddle Manual Air Pump Coiled Ankle Cuff Safety Leash Patch Repair Accessory Kit Storage / Carry Bag|
|Sport Type||SUP Paddling, Surfing|
Retrospec Weekender-Nano 8ft Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard
|Item Package Dimensions L x W x H||35.43 x 16.14 x 9.06 inches|
|Package Weight||10.08 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||14 Pounds|
|Warranty Description||Limited One Year Warranty|
|Model Name||Retrospec Weekender-Nano 8' Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard Bundle|
Freein Kids sup Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board
|Item Package Dimensions L x W x H||31.5 x 13 x 10.75 inches|
|Package Weight||9.14 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||12.54 Pounds|
|Sport Type||SUP Paddling|
WOWSEA Kidstar K1 Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board
|Item Package Dimensions L x W x H||33.15 x 15.75 x 10.75 inches|
|Package Weight||12.2 Kilograms|
|Warranty Description||1 Year|
|Model Name||Kidstar K1|
|Included Components||SUP Board, Paddle, Hand Pump, Ankle Leash, Backpack, Fins, Waterproof Bag and Repair Kit|
|Size||245cm x 76cm x 12.7cm|
|Sport Type||SUP Paddling|
At the end of the day. No matter what boards you have, your kids should be able to paddle on them without a problem, it’s just that paddling on a smaller board would be easier and perhaps more comfortable for them.
If you can’t make sure they are going to use the board you buy them for very long, you should buy a board that’s usable for your kids as well as yourself and other family members so that it won’t go to waste if your kids lost interest in the sport.
If you’ve always wanted to try surfing, consider buying a surfing board. It should suit your kids well and you can also use it for surfing.
The only thing you shouldn’t do is to buy a board that’s so small, only your kids can use it because your kids will grow and you don’t want to see them use the board for a year or two and then set the board aside because they have outgrown the board.