You took a SUP Yoga class, you loved it, now you are ready to get your own board, but you’re not sure what to get…

When it comes to selecting the paddle board with the optimal hull shape, volume, and durability the experts at REI have already done a great job of outlining the basics of what to consider when choosing a board and you should definitely check out their post about it.

If it feels like their recommendations still don’t quite get you there here are a few other factors you might want to consider.

  1. You want to leave it on top of the car all summer long: Hard boards standup better to sitting in the sun for long periods of time although UV rays will wear on any board. A board sock or bag will keep your board newer for longer.
  2. You mostly want to do yoga on my board: inflatable SUPs are much more forgiving. Both types of boards are great for you, but I find it much more comfortable to do Yoga on a softer inflatable surface (think knees, spine, falling…)
  3. You want to put multiple people on your board: This is merely a volume/weight consideration but inflatable boards tend to have higher volume per foot of length than a hard board because they are thicker top to bottom.
  4. They are so expensive!: Inflatable boards tends to be a little cheaper than hard boards. You can also often find good end of season deals at rental places like Portland Paddle or at gear sellers like L.L. Bean and Eastern Mountain Sports in September. There are often tons of boards listed on craigslist so check out your local craigslist before you head out for a brand new board.