Normally THE most asked question when someone starts looking at buying a paddle board, should I get a hard board or an inflatable? …and it’s not always as simple as it seems.

Both Hard and Inflatable Paddleboards have both advantages and disadvantages. Which way you go will depend largely upon things like performance, stability, storage and where your adventures take you.

It’s pretty easy to get bogged down with all the research out there, so we’ve made a list of the key reasons you should go for one or the other.


Why get a Hard SUP


  • Performance is your priority 

    Hard boards offer the best performance on the water. They travel faster, smoother and with less effort than an inflatable. If paddling fast and far are your priorities or you are a SUP Surfer, a hard board is for you.
  • For a perfect fit

     Our Solid SUPs are available in a variety of sizes and have a more finely tuned shape than inflatable SUPs, so you’re more likely to find one that fits you just right.
  • Stability is important 

    A hard board is more rigid than an inflatable board, which can provide a more stable feel, especially when riding waves or bumps. Hard boards also tend to ride lower in the water, which can also create a more stable feel.
  • You have a place to store it 

    Hard SUPs can take up a lot of space. If you have ample room in your garage and a vehicle that can transport it, then a hard SUP is a fine choice. Check out our storage racks.


paddle boards on a rack in a garage



Why get an Inflatable SUP


  • You have limited storage space

     If you live in a small house, or apartment, you may not have room for a large solid board. Inflatable SUPs are compact when deflated and can easily be stowed in small spaces, like a closet or the trunk of a car.
  • You’re traveling 

    If you’re taking a road trip or hopping on a plane, you can bring along your inflatable SUP and do some paddling when you reach your destination. Packed away in its storage bag, an inflatable can be checked on an airplane, so chuck in your bikini or boardies, a towel and a toothbrush and you are ready to go. Air Moana carry bags have backpack straps for easy carrying. 
  • You’re hiking to a lake

    If you’re headed to an inland or alpine lake and want to paddle, you certainly cannot carry a hard board. An inflatable stowed in its storage bag is still heavy, but it’s pretty much your only option.
  • You’re paddling white water

    Like a raft or inflatable kayak, an inflatable SUP is better suited to handle bumps up against rocks and logs than a hard board.
  • You like SUP yoga

    You don’t have to get an inflatable for SUP yoga, but they tend to be a bit softer than solid boards, making them more comfortable for yoga poses.  Join us at our floating Studio to see how awesome (and easy) SUP Yoga can be!!





So now that you've mulled over the pros and cons of both you're good to go right?!

At the end of the day it really comes down to what type of paddling and where your paddling.

If you need anymore advice or would like to have a chat, feel free to get in touch, we would be happy to have a yarn


Team Moana. 


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