Inflatable Paddle Board Vs Kayak

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In this article we will be doing something a little bit differently. We will be comparing the two most explosive sectors in the past few years. Inflatable paddle board vs kayak. 

To show just how much these two sectors have exploded below is a Google Trends graph comparing inflatable paddle boards, hard paddle boards, inflatable kayaks and hard kayaks. 

As you can see Inflatable paddle boards and kayaks get way more searches. So it only makes sense to compare the two biggest growing sectors in the watersports industry.

Now I know you may have looked at my domain and rolled your eyes. But the truth is I have another site in the inflatable kayak niche. So it really does not benefit me to blatantly favor one over the other, unlike other articles that are out there on this subject. 

Instead, I will be comparing the two based on my own honest experience as a passionate paddler who loves exploring the waterways of the great outdoors.

(Click the Below Links to Jump to Each Section)

ConditionPaddle BoardKayak
What is More AffordableTieTie
Which is Easier to Learn?Advantage
Which is More Stable?Advantage
What’s More Versatile?Advantage
What’s Better for Storage?Advantage
Which Gives You a Better Workout?Advantage
Which is Better for Passengers?Advantage
Which is Easier to Get Back On?Advantage
Which is Faster In the Water?Advantage
What’s Better for Challenging Conditions?Advantage
What’s Better for Calm Conditions?Advantage
What’s Better for Cold Weather?Advantage
What’s Better for Warm Weather?Advantage
What’s Better for Sight Seeing?TieTie
What is More Portable/Travel-Friendly?Advantage
What’s More Comfortable to Paddle?Advantage
What is Quicker to Set up?Advantage
What Is Better for Touring/ Long Distance Paddling?Advantage

Cosmetic Differences Between Kayaks vs Paddle Boards

Below we will dissect the anatomies of both inflatable kayaks and paddle boards below. It should also be noted that not all inflatable kayaks and paddle boards are made of the same designs and materials.

Paddle Board Anatomy

There is no doubt that inflatable paddle boards look simpler in their design. Many of them look like the same board with different designs. But this could not be further from the truth! 

While inflatable paddle boards do have the typical oval shape, bungee straps, and a deck pad there are small differences.

Typically as you pay more you get better quality materials and construction put into the board. You also get better designs that are hydrodynamic which means that the board will glide better in the water.  To learn more about Inflatable Paddle Board Materials Click here. 

The narrower the profile of the board the faster it will travel in the water, but this means that it will have less stability, especially at a standstill.

Beginners typically want to look for a 32” – 34” wide board with a range of a 10’6” – 11’6” length. Boards like the Atoll 11 and the Blackfin XL are great stable candidates for this. 

As you get into the $600 and up range you will see that the board will have more capabilities. The boards will have things such as action mounts and D-rings which allows you to mount kayak conversion kits, coolers, phone holders, rod holders, action camera holders etc. 

Check out our list for our Best Inflatable Paddle Board Picks here!

Inflatable Kayak Anatomy

Inflatable kayaks designs are more spread across the board. Their materials are more varied as well as you have 3 types of classifications that are coined by Jack Baikoff.

  • Category I Kayaks: Kayaks that are made of vinyl and are generally cheaper. These kayaks are made for light recreational use. Kayaks like Intex Explorer and Sea Eagle 330 can be found on Amazon. 
  • Category II Kayaks: Kayaks made of vinyl in fabric. These kayaks can take more of beating thanks to the fabric protection layer. Kayaks like these are used by Advanced Elements and Aquaglide. They are usually at the mid price range of $300 to $800.
  • Category III Kayaks: These are kayaks that are made of PVC and sometimes drop stitch materials for things like flooring. Examples of kayaks that use this are Sea Eagle Razorlite 393rl, Aquaglide Chelan series. These kayaks are on the more expensive side and are typically $800 and over. 

The type of inflatable kayak you get will depend on what kind of activities you want to do and how much paddling you think you will do. 

What If You Want to Do Both?

If you want a stand up paddle board but you don’t want to do so much of the standing up part then I have some good news for you! 

There is such a thing as paddle board kayak hybrids. These are stand up paddle boards that have the capability of transforming into a kayak. You do this by attaching a kayak blade to the paddle as well as placing a plush kayak seat on the board

This set-up is great for those who may have overcome leg related injuries but still want to enjoy a nice scenic paddle with the option of versatility. 

From this position you can sit down and paddle. To learn more information on paddle board kayak hybrids check out our guide! 

Inflatable Paddle Board vs Kayak Comparisons

Below we will be directly comparing the two to see which one is the preferable vessel of choice for each activity.

Which is More Affordable?

Oftentimes people go to inflatable paddleboards and kayaks for both portability and affordability reasons. Thus it makes sense that this is one of the first criteria we go through. 

Cheaper Inflatable Paddle boards can be found at the $200 price point. As you get more quality materials such as fusion laminate PVC and woven drop stitch then the board will start retailing in the $1000 mark, sometimes seven touching the $2000 mark. Brands that design their boards in house like Red Paddle and Starboard typically will be found within this price point.

For inflatable Kayaks, you can find cheaper makes like the Intex Challenger K1 for under $100. More expensive kayaks like the Sea Eagle Razorlite 473rl can go up to $2000 with their Pro Carbon Tandem Package.


Both Inflatable kayaks and paddle boards are marked at very similar price points. Although if you were to put a gun to my head (please don’t 🙁 ) I would say that Inflatable kayaks are slightly cheaper when you are in the budget category. 

I would trust a brand like Intex over a no-name inflatable paddle board manufacturer any day. 

Which is Easier to Learn?

If you were to compare the activity of stand-up paddling to sit-down kayaking… 

For beginners, Inflatable kayaks are supremely stable. They typically have 3 bladders (one on the floor and 2 on the sides). This makes them feel secure when sitting. Oftentimes they are actually more secure than their hardshell counterparts! 

Even from a psychological perspective being surrounded by 2 bladders on either side just feels more secure for a beginner paddler.

Learning to paddle an inflatable kayak is also a pretty straightforward task. There are a few paddle strokes that you may need to learn but you would be able to get used to the vessel within a half hour or so. 

Learning the “stand up paddle” method on a paddleboard takes some getting used to! Especially if you are like me and are “balance challenged”. 

However just because I failed the balance beam portion of my elementary school gym class doesn’t mean that you can’t stand up on a paddle board! All it requires is practice. Once your body is used to the obstacles like standing, balancing, and navigating waves you will be good to go!

It can take around 1 – 6 tries depending on the type of paddle board you’re on as well as the size and shape of the person.

If you are a bigger person check out our guide on paddle boards for big guys/ gals article to make sure you choose the right SUP for you. 

Advantage: Inflatable Kayak

Your learning curve for learning how to get in, paddle, and maneuver a kayak is not nearly as steep as a paddle board. If you don’t care much for standing and paddling an inflatable kayak would probably be the way to go for you! 

Now if you were wanting to try a paddle board just sitting down, the learning curve would be much easier. This is how many people like to learn first by sitting and paddling before standing on the SUP. 

Which is More Stable?

Stability in a sense can mean a lot of different things depending on what type of movement you are doing. 

If you were to compare sit-down kayaking to stand-up paddleboarding the kayak would win no contest

However, if you were to try standing up in an inflatable kayak vs standing up on an inflatable paddle board, a lot of the time the paddleboard would actually be more stable. But this ultimately depends on the type of kayak and paddle board you would be riding. 

Some inflatable fishing kayaks can be just as stable if not more so than many inflatable paddle boards.  More on this in the FAQ section. 

Advantage Inflatable Kayak

When sitting in the water with an inflatable kayak compared to sitting on the water with an inflatable paddle board the kayak does feel a bit more stable. This is because you are surrounded by 2 bladders that add that extra level of stability.  

When comparing standing on an inflatable paddle board compared to sitting on an inflatable kayak there is no comparison. The inflatable kayak will no doubt feel more stable as your center of gravity is lower.

What’s More Versatile?

Certain makes of inflatable kayak like the Sea Eagle 380x can go through a lot of different environments from flat water paddling to ocean paddling and white water river adventures.

Some inflatable kayaks like the Sea Eagle 385fta allow you to go fishing on them as well as do some recreational paddling.

Inflatable Paddle Boards can be used for a lot of different environments. In Fact, they were originally used for surfing! In today’s day in age inflatable paddle boards can be used in oceans for paddling trips and surfing, lakes for fishing, SUP Yoga, recreational paddling, and even multi-day paddling trips. They are also becoming increasingly popular in white water surfing as well. 

Advantage Inflatable Paddle Board:

Finally paddle boards are on the board! Inflatable paddleboards are definitely more versatile due to their platform-like shape

This makes both your activities and waterways limitless in terms of possibilities. As stand up paddle boarding becomes more popular more paddle board brands have made specialty boards for specific purposes. Some prime examples are Sea Eagle and the FS126 Fish SUP or Hala and their White Water surfing boards like the Hala Atcha 86

What’s Better for Storage 

Inflatable paddle boards usually come with a backpack or carry bag that varies depending on the size of the board, the size of the bag, and the features added to the back. 

My personal favorite SUP bag is the one that comes with the Nixy Newport which measures 39” x 17” x 9”. The Nixy bag is on the bigger/ baggier end of the bag spectrum. But most SUP bags will fall within that range give or take a few inches from the length, width, and thicknesses. 

Inflatable Kayak bags are usually more in the style of a carry bag. Advanced Elements Convertible has a folded size of 35 x 21 x 12. While the thinner vinyl style kayak of the Sea Eagle 330 is 24” x 16” x 7”.

Advantage Inflatable Kayaks

Because some budget inflatable kayaks are made of thinner vinyl-like material they can be folded more compactly. While all inflatable paddle boards are made of at least one layer of thicker PVC surrounding a drop stitch core. This makes the paddleboard less compact most of the time. 

There are exceptions though. Like the Nixy Huntington Ultra Compact package that comes in a 26” x 20” x13” backpack (within the dimensions of most airlines for extra baggage allowance). 

What’s Better for On-Board Storage? 

Inflatable paddle boards often have one or two areas for deck bungees. Depending on the paddle board you have you may have extra D rings included. Like with the Atoll 11 you can bungee strap bigger gear in. 

Typically budget SUPs only have 1 bungee tie down area while mid-tier and up have 2 bungee tie down spots that range from 5-6 rows total of bungee deck storage. 

Because most inflatable kayaks have walls you can store gear either on the bow, stern, or both. If you have a sit-in kayak like the Advanced Frame Expedition then you have  bungee deck lacing on top of the kayak followed by a storage hatch in the stern. 

Advantage Inflatable Kayaks

Because inflatable kayaks are surrounded by side walls they are usually the better craft to stow gear. Most inflatable kayaks that have a 2 person capacity have the ability to stow at least 60 lbs of gear if you go solo. 

While you can strap gear down on a paddle board it gets more difficult when you have loads of gear to bring with you. And while everything may be strapped down there is still the risk of something coming loose and rolling into the water

Which is a Better Workout? 

Paddle Boarding works 11 main muscle groups that are located in your feet, legs, back, core, shoulders and arms. You can say its as close to a full body workout as you can get. Paddle Boarding also burns 330 to 460 calories per hour depending on how much effort you put into it

Kayaking uses your abdominals, lats, biceps. Basciallly anything in your shoulders and back. When casually paddling you can burn 50 or more calories but if you paddle hard you can burn up to 400 calories in an hour

Advantage Inflatable Paddle Boards

Because you are standing, and balancing while paddling forward you are using more muscle groups and building on muscles that are not used as much

The potential to burn more calories is higher even when doing a casual paddle compared to kayaking. Paddle Boarding also works 11 main muscle groups while kayaking does around 4 as stated above. 

What’s Better for Passengers? 

While both paddle boards and kayaks can be used to take on passengers. The type of passenger will depend on the type of board or kayak you use. Inflatable paddle boards are usually meant for 1 passenger but they can also have a dog or small person perched on the nose

To be able to seat 2 grown adults you either need to be seated in a higher capacity paddle board or you get a multi-person paddle board like the Gili Manta Ray which has a maximum capacity of 725 to 1150 pounds. 

Being seated helps inflatable kayaks be a more stable vessel for multiple adults. Cheaper inflatable kayaks like the Sea Eagle 370 has a 650-pound maximum capacity that will allow you to have up to 2 people in it easily. If you wanted to seat 3 people you can go with something like the Sea Eagle 420x that has an 855 lb maximum capacity that can comfortably fit 3 adults. 

Advantage Inflatable Kayak

Inflatable kayaks are just easier to have more passengers in thanks to their sidewalls that make their vessels more buoyant. And because everyone is sitting down it makes the vessel more stable compared to an inflatable paddle board.

Another thing to note is that traveling with an inflatable kayak is more efficient. This is because the boat is more streamlined and when you have 2 blades to paddle from you get more power. 

Bigger and wider inflatable paddle boards will be a bit more clumsy to get around in because of their extra width which prevents it to glide efficiently. 

Whats Easier to Get Back on?

Both inflatable kayaks and paddle boards are unique in that they are pretty easy to get back into. You simply locate them, and if need be flip them over, and haul yourself back in/on. 

This is a stark contrast to sea kayaks where you need to learn rescue techniques

So Which is easier to get back onto?

Advantage Inflatable Paddle Board 

While getting back into an inflatable kayak is easy enough, there are sidewalls that you still have to get over. This can be tricky for some people.

While if you flip an inflatable paddle board you simply have to grab the middle handle, put your other hand on the opposite end of the board and kick to help haul yourself back on board. 

Which is Faster in the Water? 

A lot of this is down to the type of inflatable kayak or paddle board you are using. The thinner the hull the more hydrodynamic it will be which means the faster it will go! 

Jack Baikoff did a great little video testing the speeds of different inflatable kayaks. In his test, he also tested out 2 inflatable paddle boards. 

When kneeling the speed of the Gili Meno was significantly faster at kneeling speed at 3.88 mph then when standing which was 3.53. 

Advantage Inflatable Kayak

As you can see in the video The Gili Meno 10’6″ standing had a similar performance compared to inflatable kayaks like the Intex Challenger and Intex Excursion K2.

However when kneeling the Gili Meno was a tad bit faster than the Aquaglide Chelan but slower than the fastest inflatable kayak, the Sea Eagle Razorlite 393RL

What’s Better in Challenging Conditions?

To be honest, You should not be using either or in challenging conditions unless

  1. You are an experienced paddler who has dealt with them before
  2. You Have a craft that is capable of handling these conditions.

So what are “challenging conditions?” Challenging conditions can range from anything like Ocean currents, high surf from the oceans, white water, or very windy days


While you can use a proper inflatable kayak in white water, anything that is inflatable will act as a sail in heavy winds. Which makes paddling extremely difficult. So in this case you should use neither, especially if you do not have the proper training to handle these conditions

What’s Better for Calm Conditions

Calm conditions are where both inflatable paddle boards and inflatable kayaks truly excel! For both paddle boards and kayaks, the calmer the water the more accessible it will be which in turn you can practice your skills with little interruption from outside forces like wind and waves. 

Advantage Inflatable Paddle Boards

While calm conditions are great for both, to learn in we give the edge to inflatable paddle boards. This is because it is much harder to learn the stand-up portion of paddle boarding in conditions that have slightly higher winds and some chop. 

While with inflatable kayaks you are better equipped to face these conditions because you are seated which means a lower center of gravity. You Are also surrounded by 2 air bladders to you feel more stable in the boat as well. All you really have to do is paddle forward without having to worry about balance too much. 

What’s Better for Cold Weather

Cold water paddling should be reserved for people who have plenty of paddling experience

However that’s not to say that you can’t use inflatables in them. Because you definitely can! Infact my first paddle with the Atoll 11 paddle board was in the middle of March in a small cold lake at Salt Spring Island!

When paddling in cold water I would not use inflatable products that are made of vinyl. At the very least they should have a fabric cover like the Advanced Elements Convertible does. Kayaks and paddle boards made of PVC are ideal because of the thickness of the material. Just be wary that the PSI will drop due to colder temperatures. 

Advantage Inflatable Kayaks

Well first off you need the proper gear with you regardless of what vessel you use. Figure out if you need a drysuit vs a wetsuit before heading out. Once dressed with the proper gear I would say the probabilities of you falling into the water are much smaller with an inflatable kayak

Because you are sitting your center of gravity is lower and you have 2 bladders that surround you. While paddle boarding you have to balance while paddling. Both should be performed in calm conditions with someone who is experienced in winter paddling conditions regardless. 

What’s Better for Warm Weather?

Warm weather is where the majority of folks bust out the paddle boards and kayaks. In Fact, if you look at our Google trends graph you see a drastic increase in both paddleboard and kayak interest starting from May all the way until September

Both are ideal for summer/ warmer climates but..

Nixy Venice

Advantage Inflatable Paddle Boards

Having done both a lot during the summer months here in Canada I have to say that I personally prefer paddle boarding for one main reason. It allows you to be more mobile. After a while sitting in the same position for a number of hours can start to numb your butt. 

But on a paddle board you have the option to stand, sit, kneel or even lie down. This versatility in body positions allows your body to work different muscle groups and stretch out. Especially during longer paddling trips. 

What’s Better for Sightseeing?

This one is a bit more tricky to answer as it depends on the conditions. 

Paddle boards give you a unique view in that you can see more of your aquatic environment. 

I personally love paddle boarding near East beach of White Rock and looking down at all the little flat fish and crustaceans as I glide gently past.

– Editors Note

Inflatable Kayaks would be my sightseeing choice in slightly more choppy conditions. Especially if I’m ocean paddling in calm coastal conditions in a new area. When waves hit the kayak you don’t have to be as concerned as to when you are on a paddle board.


I give this one a tie! I give the edge for paddle boards in calm conditions where the water is clear. While in slightly choppy conditions I go for inflatable kayaks. 

You can definitely paddle board in slightly choppy conditions but I find that sometimes when you are looking at something and a wave hits you, it can kilter you off balance a little bit. While in an inflatable kayak you have much more time to enjoy the scenery. 

So… Inflatable Paddle Boards for calm and clear conditions, inflatable paddle boards for slightly choppier conditions!

Which is More Portable/ Travel Friendly

Sometimes instead of scouting for a rental place it’s just better to bring your own! To be clear you can do this for both inflatable paddle boards and kayaks. But first it’s probably best if you go with someone who knows the area first before trying to tackle it on your own! 

Okay now that I got that warning out of the way, which is best?

Advantage Inflatable Paddle Board

Paddle boards are the more simple vessel to travel with. There are less parts involved in it and the set-up is a bit more simple. SUPs are also typically lighter which makes them more travel friendly with the airline folks

Travel-friendly SUPs like Nixy Huntington Ultra Compact and the iRocker All Around 11 Ultra are great SUPs to take on airlines or most modes of transportation. 

What’s More Comfortable to Paddle?

With inflatable kayaks comfort is directly correlated with how much you spend. When you go to the budget side of things you get a cheaper inflatable seat, which is fine for like a half hour or hour but after a while, it can get really uncomfortable. 

More expensive inflatable kayak packages like the Sea Eagle 385ft FastTrack give you a kayaks seat that contours your back giving you more stability and security as you paddle. 

Inflatable Paddle Boards do not have the same concerns per se. There may be some slight differences in terms of what you get with the package. 

Comfort with a paddle board is usually all in the deck padding. Although it must be said the differences between the higher prices SUPs and budget SUPs are somewhat minimal until you are out there paddling for hours on end. 

me paddling Atoll

Advantage Inflatable Paddle Board

This answer may surprise you but the truth is Inflatable stand up paddle boards are actually more comfortable to paddle and here’s why

  • You do not have to be in one position for hours on end
  • You can stand, kneel, lie down or sit
  • You can add kayak seats on paddle boards to transform them into a kayak hybrid.

While you may think inflatable kayaks would be more comfortable because you are in a seated position. It actually starts getting more uncomfortable as time passes because you are cramped in one position. Oftentimes you have to take paddling breaks to stretch it out.

While on a paddle board you can swap positions on the fly. A good paddle board hybrid to do this on is the Bluefin Cruise series. Their packages actually comes with a kayak seat!

What’s Quicker to Set-up/ Take Down? 

This is a more complicated answer so a simple “it depends” will have to suffice. A lot of this is down to what kind of materials the inflatable kayak is made of

For set-up, the time will be roughly similar. It can take around 20 minutes to set-up the first few times to 10 minutes once you get the hang of everything. To make life easier I personally like to use an electric pump like the Outdoor Master Shark II. It’s not necessarily faster but it saves you a lot of pumping time and it has settings and fittings for all makes of inflatable kayaks and paddle boards. 

Advantage Inflatable Paddle Boards

While I did say set-up time is similar the take down time will on a whole, be quicker with an inflatable paddle board. For starters you have one main surface area to clean which is the front back and sides of the board. Most of the time you can rinse it off or use a bit of dish soap to get out more stubborn stains. 

You also only have one main bladder to release air from. After which you just fold along the manufacturer’s lines. 

With inflatable kayaks you have to clean along the creases as well as deflate at least 3 valves, sometimes even more. The cleaning part will be the trickiest, especially if you have a Category II kayak that has a bladder inside a vinyl cover. If that is not properly cleaned it feels like you are paddling a musky algae-infested kayak. 

What is Better for Touring/ Long Distance Paddling? 

This is a bit more of a complicated one to break down. 

On one hand inflatable paddle boards are favorable because you don’t have to be stuck in one position for a long period of time. But the chances of getting thrown in the drink are greater.

 Both are also not ideal crafts to paddle when the weather takes a turn so this also limits you to be weather watching/ only paddle in calmer conditions.

Advantage Inflatable Kayak

I will take the stability that the inflatable kayak offers for safety reasons over long distances although there could be an argument had for both. 

When looking at crafts that are meant for long-distance paddling you want a vessel with a pointier nose and narrower sides that allow it to glide in the water. 

Inflatable kayak examples of this would be the Speedy Sea Eagle Razorlite 393RL or for more gear, the Sea Eagle Fasttrack series would be another good pick. For inflatable paddle boards, picks such as the Red Paddle Voyager or the Gili Meno Touring SUP that have displacement hulls will allow you to travel faster with less paddling effort involved.


Below are some common FAQs we get on both of our sites about inflatable paddle board and inflatable kayak differences. 

Can You Stand Up and Paddle Kayaks?

While this may not be an option for some inflatable kayaks you can do this with Inflatable fishing kayaks. Brands such as the BOTE Deus Aero is a kayak-paddle board hybrid/ monster that allows you to both sit-down and stand up and paddle with relative ease. 

Can You Sit-Down and Paddle SUPs

Yes, in fact it is far more common to be able to sit down and paddle a SUP like a kayak as opposed to stand up and paddle on a kayak. Most SUPs have D rings on the side that allows you to put a kayak conversion seat on. Many brands such as Atoll also sell kayak conversion packages that allows you to turn your SUP into a kayak in seconds. 

What are Some Pros and Cons of Using an Inflatable Kayak?

The first and most obvious one is portability. So let’s get that one out of the way now. Other include:


  • Are generally cheaper than hardshell kayaks
  • They are easy to transport
  • As the sector grows more and more sophisticated technology gets put into them
  • Many of them can last for years and years
  • Great for apartment dwellers or people with not a lot of space
  • PVC kayaks are very hard to puncture


  • Easily Bullied by the wind
  • Most of these crafts are not good for rougher conditions
  • Cheaper inflatable kayaks can get caught in the tide
  • Always the risk of getting a puncture, especially with cheaper vinyl kayaks

What Are Some Pros and Cons of Using Inflatable Paddle Boards?

Similar to above we are going to just assume that you realize that inflatable paddle boards are more portable, at this point, it’s a given. Others include…


  • Relatively straightforward to set-up
  • Are getting to the point where they are almost as quick as hardshell SUPs
  • Do not require too much maintenance other than some rinsing and cleaning
  • Great for apartment dwellers 
  • Great full-body workout (you will get a bit sore after 2 and a half hours out there) 
  • Great to paddle in most bodies of water (minus extreme conditions of course)


  • Wind bullies them 
  • Harder learning Curve
  • Vast majority of them you cannot surf too well with
  • Can get more expensive as you look for better quality materials

Paddle Board vs Kayak Which is the Better Pick?

Sorry to burst your bubble but I cannot tell you which is better outright for you. But what I can do is show what instances favor one over the other. As seen in the table below. 

ConditionPaddle BoardKayak
What is More AffordableTieTie
Which is Easier to Learn?Advantage
Which is More StableAdvantage
What’s More Versatile?Advantage
What’s Better for Storage?Advantage (Most Cases)
Which Gives You a Better Workout?Advantage
Which is Better for Passengers?Advantage
Which is Easier to Get Back On?Advantage
Which is Faster In the Water?Advantage
What’s Better for Challenging Conditions?Advantage
What’s Better for Calm Conditions?Advantage
What’s Better for Cold WeatherAdvantage
What’s Better for Warm WeatherAdvantage
What’s Better for Sight Seeing?TieTie
What is More Portable/ Travel FriendlyAdvantage
What’s More Comfortable to PaddleAdvantage
What is Quicker to set-up?Advantage
What Is Better for Touring/ Long Distance Paddling?Advantage

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Hey, My name is Derek Lenze and I'm the owner of Inflatable SUP Authority. I've had over 20 years experience with watersports and over 10 years of various paddle boarding experience. My new-found passion is bringing my stand up paddle boaring knowledge in an explainable and actionable way all the while giving you my unbiased takes.

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