HOW TO CHOOSE A PADDLEBOARD RIGHT FOR YOU


This guide is designed to help new paddlers find a board that will be stable and fun to use. 


UNDERSTANDING TYPES OF BOARDS

Some board types are better for specific paddleboard activities. 

RIGID COMPOSITE

Best-in-class paddleboards made from fiberglass, carbon fiber, or other materials held together by a resin and hardened around a lightweight EPS foam core.

  • Maximum performance because you can shape the finest of details into the board
  • When you need a board lightweight for speed

RIGID THERMOFORMED

Thermoformed boards provide maximum durability using our proprietary ACE-TEC and TOUGH-TEC manufacturing process. 

  • Maximum durability
  • When you need a more specifically suited board for your end use (touring, yoga, fishing)
  • Increased stiffness provides better performance

INFLATABLE

Inflatable (Air-Glide) boards are compact, lightweight, and ready to go when you are. They roll up into a backpack carrier, complete with a pump, fin, leash, and repair kit.

  • Ease of Transport
  • Ease of storage
  • Lightest carrying weight possible

CONSIDER YOUR INTERESTS

Some board shapes and designs are better suited for specific end uses. Considering your interests first may help you choose a more all-around style board or you may require multiple boards depending on your activities. 

SUP FOIL

SIC foiling gear has been designed, tested, and validated by our team on Maui and Europe. Whether your paddling, using a wing, windsurfing rig, or dropping in surf style, we use the finest materials and the best construction processes to make SIC foiling equipment lightweight and durable with unbeatable performance.

SUP SURF

Whether you're dropping in for the first time, getting your best ride, or barrelled, surfing is exciting. Not only do we have a surf SUP for every skill level, but we have different construction and shapes to meet your every need.

ALL-ROUND SUP SURF

The original Stand Up Paddle Boards! The sport started when surfers in Hawaii began to stand on oversized surfboards and paddle them around when the waves were flat. Their surf-inspired shapes are now optimized for flat-water use, but still fine tuned for wave surfing performance. Chooose this style if you plan to surf ocean waves, or if you just want that surf style look and feel when paddling on the local lake! 

SUP WINDSURFING, FOR ENJOYING THE BEST OF BOTH

This is an optional extra you might find on some of the all-round “Surf” boards. They’ve got a mast-foot mounting, allowing you to fit a windsurf sail rig to the board. Some, like the 11’6 Performer, also have an integral, retractable dagger board, which improves their upwind performance.

ALL-ROUND  FLATWATER

Those boards are wider, thicker, and have a less pronounced rocker than their all-round surf cousins. This gives them added stability and capacity in flat-water conditions. These are the most versatile boards for the widest range of activities. From family fun to yoga and fishing, all-round flatwater boards are the perfect platform for good times on the water! 

SUP TOURING, FOR EXPLORATION ON CALM SEAS, RIVERS AND LAKES

These boards are designed for long distance exploration paddling on any flat water, and for downwind runs at sea. They’re generally quite wide (for stability) and long, giving more forward speed AND steering control. The nose is often quite pointed, with a “V” shaped hull underneath, helping with straight-line course-holding and avoiding hitting chop full-face. They are usually very stable and are well-suited to beginners.

SUP DOWNWIND

Downwind paddling is SIC's roots. It means to paddle in one direction with the wind at your back and conditions under your feet. Lots of downwind imagery is of paddlers riding larger open ocean swells; however, anyone can paddle downwind on harbors, lakes, and rivers. We've created performance downwind boards that can handle a variety of conditions from open swell to river chop that allow you to hone your skills and progress when you're ready.

SUP RACE

SIC is dedicated to making the fastest race boards in the world. Our boards have won Race Board of The Year - 2018-20. Our athletes, both amateur and elite, are winning local races and world-titles on SIC race boards. We take no shortcuts and strive to push the limits of speed and handling. We learn, refine, and innovate. These design features trickle down into our recreational boards to ensure that they, too, are infused with the best in paddling efficiency and handling.

WHO WILL USE THE BOARD

If this is a family board or you may have multiple paddlers that might use the board, you'll want to select a board that will work for the heaviest rider. Lighter riders can have fun on a larger board, but heavier riders will struggle with a too-small board. Maximum rider weight recommendations are listed in the specification of our paddleboard.   Be sure to account for the weight of any gear and/or passengers you plan to bring along when considering the right board for you.

 

WHERE WILL YOU USE THE BOARD

Most people want to enjoy time with family and friends on the lake, flatwater bay, or river. Other paddlers may want to paddle in rougher conditions, surf, downwind, or whitewater on rivers where rocks can be obstacles.

  • All around boards and touring boards are perfect flatwater paddling
  • Specific board shapes and design details will be better suited for surfing, downwinding and rough water.
  • Inflatable or more durable boards like our thermoformed boards are better suited for rocky or whitewater environments.

WHERE WILL THE BOARD BE STORED

Rigid composite boards require care with storage, and should be stored in a cool dry space. Thermoformed boards are more durable and can be stored outside on racks or boat decks.  Inflatable board are transportable and can be stored in small spaces.

  1. BULLET AIR 17'4"
    Inflatable Fusion Skin
    BULLET AIR 17'4"
    DownwindRaceTouring
    $1,599.00
    The Bullet Air is one of the market's stiffest and lightest downwind inflatable boards that does not skimp on performance.
  2. XRS 14'0" x 24.0''
    Rigid Super-Fly
    XRS 14'0" x 24.0''
    All-Round FlatwaterRaceTouring
    $5,499.00
    In a world full of cross-over boards, the XRS race board is a master of one thing - flat water racing. It’s a purebred board with a one-track mind: to beat the clock, to win!
  3. XRS 14'0" x 22.0''
    Rigid Super-Fly
    XRS 14'0" x 22.0''
    All-Round FlatwaterRaceTouring
    $5,499.00
    In a world full of cross-over boards, the XRS race board is a master of one thing - flat water racing. It’s a purebred board with a one-track mind: to beat the clock, to win!
  4. XRS 14'0" x 20.0''
    Rigid Super-Fly
    XRS 14'0" x 20.0''
    All-Round FlatwaterRaceTouring
    $5,499.00
    In a world full of cross-over boards, the XRS race board is a master of one thing - flat water racing. It’s a purebred board with a one-track mind: to beat the clock, to win!
  5. RS 14'0''
    Rigid Super-Fly
    RS 14'0''
    DownwindRaceTouring
    As low as $5,299.00
    The RS, SIC's premier race board, has been fine-tuned and made even faster in flat and all-water conditions and been made substantially more durable.
  6. BULLET AIR 14'0"
    Inflatable Fusion Skin
    BULLET AIR 14'0"
    DownwindRaceTouring
    $1,499.00
    The Bullet Air is one of the market's stiffest and lightest downwind inflatable boards that does not skimp on performance.
  7. OKEANOS AIR 11'0"
    Inflatable Fusion Skin
    OKEANOS AIR 11'0"
    All-Round FlatwaterTouring
    $1,299.00
    The Okeanos Air not only can carry a wide variety of paddlers sizes, but the rigging in the fore and aft deck can be loaded with gear. It takes its composite counterparts dimensions & follows its beautiful aesthetic styling.
  8. BULLET 14'0''
    Rigid Dragon-Fly
    BULLET 14'0''
    All-Round FlatwaterDownwindTouring
    As low as $3,499.00
    The Bullet 14'0" is not only a tremendous downwind board. It's designed to be a versatile touring board that can drop-in and surf swell as well as beach and point breaks
  9. OKEANOS AIR 12'6" x 31.0"
    Inflatable Fusion Skin
    OKEANOS AIR 12'6" x 31.0"
    All-Round FlatwaterTouring
    $1,399.00
    The Okeanos Air not only can carry a wide variety of paddlers sizes, but the rigging in the fore and aft deck can be loaded with gear. It takes its composite counterparts dimensions & follows its beautiful aesthetic styling.
  10. BULLET 12'6''
    Rigid Dragon-Fly
    BULLET 12'6''
    All-Round FlatwaterDownwindTouring
    As low as $3,199.00
    The Bullet 12'6" is not only a tremendous downwind board. It's designed to be a versatile touring board that can drop-in and surf swell as well as beach and point breaks