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Choose your paddle board

Inflatable SUP or hard SUP

Choose your paddle board

Inflatable SUP or hard SUP

We help you find the SUP board that suits your ambition

We have two types of SUP boards - inflatable and hard. A hard SUP board has beneficial properties that are difficult to construct into an inflatable SUP. This is because the two types of SUP boards are manufactured in different materials and it is possible to construct a clearer hull on a hard SUP board. With a hard SUP board, you can paddle in more demanding conditions than with an inflatable SUP, which is more affected by wind and waves.

If you want a SUP board for training with competition as a goal, it may be worth investing in a hard SUP board. But in our inflatable range of SUP boards, you find good alternatives of boards for training and touring paddling or if you are looking for a SUP board for leisure and all-round paddling.

To consider when choosing a SUP board

One. How are you gonna use your SUP board? Is it for fun and leisure paddling, for outdoor touring, for training or to participate in SUP races and competitions?

Two. Your body weight. It matters how much load capacity the SUP board can handle before the board's waterline is affected.

Three. Stability numbers.

We help you find the SUP board that suits your ambition

We have two types of SUP boards - inflatable and hard. A hard SUP board has beneficial properties that are difficult to construct into an inflatable SUP. This is because the two types of SUP boards are manufactured in different materials and it is possible to construct a clearer hull on a hard SUP board. With a hard SUP board, you can paddle in more demanding conditions than with an inflatable SUP, which is more affected by wind and waves.

If you want a SUP board for training with competition as a goal, it may be worth investing in a hard SUP board. But in our inflatable range of SUP boards, you find good alternatives of boards for training and touring paddling or if you are looking for a SUP board for leisure and all-round paddling.

To consider when choosing a SUP board

One. How are you gonna use your SUP board? Is it for fun and leisure paddling, for outdoor touring, for training or to participate in SUP races and competitions?

Two. Your body weight. It matters how much load capacity the SUP board can handle before the board's waterline is affected.

Three. Stability numbers.

What is it like to paddle a hard SUP board

A hard SUP board is deep in the water. It makes it steady. It glides easily and reacts quickly when paddling.

Kona's hard SUP boards are designed with a submerged standing surface so you get close to the water surface when you paddle. The low standing surface contributes to the stability of the board, therefore you can choose a narrower board that contributes to an efficient and more ergonomic paddle stroke.

With a narrower SUP board, it is also easier to keep the desired course. The low center of gravity makes it easier to maneuver the SUP board and handle it in various water conditions. Something that is hard to achieve with an inflatable SUP board.

Go to hard SUP boards

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What is it like to paddle a hard SUP board

A hard SUP board is deep in the water. It makes it steady. It glides easily and reacts quickly when paddling.

Kona's hard SUP boards are designed with a submerged standing surface so you get close to the water surface when you paddle. The low standing surface contributes to the stability of the board, therefore you can choose a narrower board that contributes to an efficient and more ergonomic paddle stroke.

With a narrower SUP board, it is also easier to keep the desired course. The low center of gravity makes it easier to maneuver the SUP board and handle it in various water conditions. Something that is hard to achieve with an inflatable SUP board.

Go to hard SUP boards

See sizes of inflatable SUP boards

What is it like to paddle an inflatable SUP board

On an inflatable SUP board, you stand above the water surface. Due to the thickness of the side, an inflatable SUP board is more affected by wind. 

Kona's inflatable SUP boards are designed to be straight in the water with a long waterline that makes the SUP board slide longer on each paddle stroke.

Go to inflatable SUP boards

What is it like to paddle an inflatable SUP board

On an inflatable SUP board, you stand above the water surface. Due to the thickness of the side, an inflatable SUP board is more affected by wind. 

Kona's inflatable SUP boards are designed to be straight in the water with a long waterline that makes the SUP board slide longer on each paddle stroke.

Go to inflatable SUP boards

Why are SUP boards available in different sizes

Kona's SUP boards are available in different sizes, partly to meet the needs in different areas of use but also because the size, together with the board's design, determines the load capacity of the SUP board, ie how much weight the SUP board can be loaded with.

Learn more about the construction and load-bearing capacity of the SUP board

Why are SUP boards available in different sizes

Kona's SUP boards are available in different sizes, partly to meet the needs in different areas of use but also because the size, together with the board's design, determines the load capacity of the SUP board, ie how much weight the SUP board can be loaded with.

Learn more about the construction and load capacity of the SUP board

The board size determines the properties of the SUP board

Simply explained, the properties of the SUP board depend on its width, length and the shape of the hull. A wide SUP board with a rounded front provides good stability, while a long and narrower SUP board glides more easily. The width of the board also affects how efficiently you can drive the board forward with the paddle.

Learn more about paddle technique here

The board size determines the properties of the SUP board

Simply explained, the properties of the SUP board depend on its width, length and the shape of the hull. A wide SUP board with a rounded front provides good stability, while a long and narrower SUP board glides more easily. The width of the board also affects how efficiently you can drive the board forward with the paddle.

Learn more about paddle technique here

What is the stability numbers about

The stability numbers are an assessment of how stable a board is to stand on with respect to balance, ie how easily the board swings sideways, and how quick the board is with regard to glide.

Compare stability numbers for inflatable SUP boards

What is the stability numbers about

The stability numbers are an assessment of how stable a board is to stand on with respect to balance, ie how easily the board swings sideways, and how quick the board is with regard to glide.

Compare stability numbers for inflatable SUP boards

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