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Which inflatable paddle board to choose according to the practice?

Increasingly popular with water sports enthusiasts, the inflatable paddle board has many advantages. Lightweight, strong and easy to transport, it is made for those who want to enjoy the water without constraints. However, with the multitude of models available, it can sometimes be difficult to know which inflatable paddle board to choose according to your needs and practice. In this article we offer you a selection of inflatable paddles adapted to different types of practice, in order to help you make the right choice according to your expectations.

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Start by identifying your level

First of all, it is essential to determine your level of inflatable paddle boarding and your expectations. Indeed, depending on whether you simply want to go for a walk with your friends, go hiking or surfing, the choice of your paddle will be different. Your level also plays a role in your choice of paddle board. If you are a beginner, you will opt for a stable, versatile and less technical paddle. On the other hand, if you are an experienced paddler or want to improve your skills, you will have to choose an inflatable paddle board focused on performance.

The Different Shapes of Inflatable Paddle Boards

  • “All-round” or “versatile” boards : they are ideal for beginners or occasional riders because of their stability. They are suitable for any type of practice. However, these boards may be less interesting for surfing or hiking.
  • Touring or touring boards : these boards are thinner and longer than all-round boards. This way they are faster and more manoeuvrable. These boards are ideal for rides and hikes over longer distances. This is the case, for example, with the Alpha range , which offers exceptional glide. Unlike all-round boards, these will be less stable for beginners.
  • Inflatable “surf” paddle boards : surf-type boards, such as the Wave 9’5, have a shape that is closer to a rigid surfboard. The front of the board is slimmer and the tail narrower. Thanks to this shape, these inflatable paddles are more manoeuvrable and easier to maneuver.

Which inflatable paddle board to choose according to the different practices?

Versatile SUPs for cruising

  • Ocean Walker : Ideal for learning to paddle easily at the best price, this lightweight all-round board adapts to all bodies of water. Its rounded nose and square tail easily forgive errors of balance. As you can see, the Ocean Walker is the paddle to choose for beginners who want to walk around with ease and at a lower cost.

  • Easy : The Easy range offers the best compromise between accessibility, stability and glide. The Easy 10′ and 10’6 are perfect for fun and outings with family or friends. If you are looking for a better glide and want to do longer distances, the Easy 11’6 and 12’6 will make you happy. Indeed, their pointed noses will cut through the water more, which will allow you to make less effort for a better glide.

  • Malibu : Ultra versatile, Malibu inflatable paddle boards are perfect for cruising. These are the ideal boards for beginner or intermediate riders who want to progress quickly. The versatility of these boards allows you to switch from cruising to surfing or paddle yoga as you see fit. These top-of-the-range boards are very durable over time for optimal use for years.

  • Girly : The Girly are high-quality inflatable paddle boards with a refined design perfect for rides. The Girly 10′ offers excellent stability for beginners. If you’re looking for a faster board, the Girly 11’6 and Girly 12’6 models feature a thinner nose that allows you to gain glide and cover more distance with less effort.
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The ideal inflatable paddle board for hiking and speed hunting

To make the most of your inflatable paddle rides, opt for a model with a pointed nose. These paddles cut through the water more efficiently, allowing you to travel long distances with less energy. For the choice of your paddle, three options are available to you:

  • If you want to go for sporty walks and hikes at an affordable price, the Easy 12’6 is the one for you. It combines balance, glide and comfort. Its generous volume will delight those who want to go further or over long periods, while enjoying a pleasant glide.

  • If you’re looking for a top-of-the-range paddle board that’s more capable for touring, the Alpha range is the best option. Indeed, this range has been specially designed to offer a fast and effortless glide. You’ll get a great feeling of speed in just a few strokes of the paddle. The Alpha range is recommended for regular riders who want to achieve better performance.

  • For those who want a more refined design, without compromising on performance, the Girly 11’6 and 12’6 are ideal. These boards combine lightness and speed, while maintaining excellent maneuverability. With good stability, it is the ideal board to discover new horizons during a beautiful sporty ride.

Easy 12’6

Alpha Range

Girly Range

The Best Inflatable Paddle Board for Surfing

Surfing with an inflatable paddle board is possible! To do this, you need a rounder paddle than a classic paddle in order to have all the manoeuvrability you need to have fun on the wave.
At Sroka we have designed the Wave 9’5 especially for surf enthusiasts who are looking for a quality paddle board. The board is relatively short and the outline rather round to go down the wave with ease. Its reduced thickness gives it a better grip on the water as well as greater stability.
With the Wave 9’5 you will be able to go from surfing to cruising according to your desires, whatever your level. Indeed, the Wave 9’5 has been designed to be a 2-in-1 paddle. This way, there’s no need to have a second paddle for days when the waves aren’t there.

The Wave 9’5 paddle board is the perfect choice for riders looking for a high-quality, durable and versatile inflatable paddle board that can adapt to both surfing and cruising.

Inflatable paddle boarding for two

Which inflatable paddle board to choose for duo practice? To paddle with two people, you will need a board with enough volume to carry your two weights and allow you to glide easily. For optimal stability, choose a paddle board with a minimum width of 32 inches. At Sroka we have the perfect boards for tandem SUP practice.

Easy DUO 15’9 : The Easy DUO Stand-Up paddle board is ideal for sharing unforgettable moments with loved ones in complete safety. With a width of 34 inches and a length of 15’9 feet, it offers stability and optimal glide. It is equipped with two elastic bands, one at the front and one at the back, to allow you to carry your belongings in a convenient way. Thanks to its raised nose, getting through the chop will be child’s play. Last but not least, the Easy DUO is made of high-quality materials. Enough to support up to 220kg and ensure excellent durability.

U DUET : The DUO is designed to be lightweight and stiff to give you optimal stability while providing excellent glide. Although stable like the Easy DUO, the DUO is stiffer and therefore faster. Its design is specially designed to improve its performance. It is made with the best Dropstich and PVC on the market to offer you gliding sensations similar to those of a rigid board. With its 16 feet in length, 34 inches in width and its great rigidity, it can support up to 320kg.

Which inflatable paddle board to choose for paddle yoga?

Paddle yoga is a burgeoning practice that is both fun and relaxing. To get started in this new activity, we recommend that you choose a stable and comfortable inflatable paddle board. This will allow you to focus on your practice without being disturbed. The Malibu 10 and 10’6 paddles as well as the School 10’3 are very good choices for the practice of paddle yoga. These versatile SUPs are perfect for trying yoga on the water, both stable and extremely strong they will give you beautiful sensations. 

If you still have questions about this, or for any other request, please do not hesitate to contact us !

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