GUIDE TO INFLATABLE STAND UP PADDLE BOARDS
Stand up paddle boarding in America was transformed by the invention of the inflatable paddle board. Before then the sport had mostly been the preserve of big wave riders who used hardboards as a means of propelling themselves on to waves. These hard boards were based on designs from other sports like surfing, windsurfing and kayaking and used a variety of constructions, mostly based around a foam core encased by laminates of fiber glass, carbon or even wood. These boards proved effective for use in the waves as well as for racing, but they were large and fragile which made them impractical and hard to transport or store. Whilst these hardboards still have a place in the elite/professional side of SUP boards, the performance margin has been virtually eliminated by innovations in materials and improved designs at the premium end of the inflatable paddle board market.
So, if you’re looking to paddleboard on Lake Michigan or catch a few waves in California an iSUP might just be the right choice for you!