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Selection of inflatable paddle boards: our 2024 comparison

Are you looking for an inflatable paddle board for the summer to sail at sea or in lakes?

The inflatable paddle board really has a lot of advantages and it really allows you to have fun with the minimum of bulk, with good performance and with excellent solidity and durability if and only if you choose the right paddle for you.

In this article, we will compare different inflatable paddle boards for beginners, for running, surfing or hiking. We will give you a review of each paddle and you can compare at a glance to make the right choice.

Take five minutes to study the best inflatable paddle board on the market and choose your next purchase.

Our comparison of inflatable paddle boards on the market

To start, we recommend stable paddles with a little less length to increase manoeuvrability. Stability is a function of the board width. A wide board will be more stable. A beginner’s paddle will be very oriented for the ride.

What will make the difference between the brands is the construction:

  • A paddle board that is more reinforced and therefore more durable over time will be a little heavier because it will have a few more layers of PVC.
  • A very light paddle board will be less solid. There is a difference of 1kg.

The more reinforced the paddle, the stiffer and more stable it will be. So it’s important to look at the number of layers that can help you differentiate the builds.

1. The Top 5 Cheap Paddle Boards

A cheap paddle board is an easy-to-use paddle board at a very reasonable price. It will allow you to discover the paddle activity and to make your first steps.

Generally, a cheap paddle board is a cheap paddle board. To make it more economical, we reduce the number of PVC layers, we simplify the design and construction in order to have a very attractive price. Depending on the brand, the strength and stability can be greatly different.

We have made a ranking that will allow you to better understand all the models and make your choice. Our main criteria were: the construction, the quality of the materials, the width of the board for maximum stability and the price.

Ocean walker gonflable en situation

Quelle marque choisir pour un paddle de qualité?

Notes

16/20

15/20

14,8/ 20

15,1/20

12/20

Modèle

Ocean Walker 10'4x32

Awesafe  10x31x6

Bestway Hydro-Force

ECD Germany paddle

Caroma paddle.

Prix pack et/ ou Unité

199 € 359€

499 €

311,50 €

499 €

199 €

Couleur

blanc et bleu

blanc vert

Bleu, blanc, 

bleu et blanc

blanc et vert jaune

Dimensions

10'4'x32x6

10x31x6

10x31x6

10,6x32x6

10 x 27 x 15

Poids

8

7,9

10

9,5

9,7

Type de matériaux

PVC renforcé (type bateau semi rigide)

PVC

PVC

PVC

PVC

Nombre de couche de PVC pont/carène

1 dessus / dessous 

1 dessus / dessous

1 dessus / dessous

1 dessus / dessous

1 dessus / dessous

Nombre de couche de PVC sur les rails

2

1

1

1

1

Epaisseur

15 cm

15 cm

15 cm

15 cm

15 cm

Groupe d'utilisateur

Adultes / enfant/  débrouillé.

Adultes /  enfant / débrouillé

Adultes /  enfant / débrouillé

Adultes /  enfant / débrouillé

Adultes légers /  enfant 

Adapté à

Lac - rivière - mer

Lac - rivière - mer

Lac - rivière - mer

Lac - rivière - mer

Lac - rivière

Particuliarités

 Solide - très stable - meilleur rapport qualité prix / bonne glisse



Très stable, bonne glisse glisse 

stable, et intéressant pour glisse apprendre à glisser.

un peu moins stable, mais avec une bonne glisse 

Largeur faible donc moins stable, peut convenir aux petits gabarits.

Où le trouver

2. The top 5 paddle boards to start with

To start, we recommend stable paddles with a little less length to increase manoeuvrability. Stability is a function of the board width. A wide board will be more stable. A paddle board for beginners will be very Oriented for family walks. What will make the difference between the different brands is the construction and quality of the pvc and glues used as well as the general shape of the inflatable paddle that will determine the glide. A more reinforced paddle and therefore more durable over time will be a little heavier because it will have a few more layers of PVC. A very light paddle board will be less solid. There is a difference of 1kg between the two options. The more reinforced the paddle, the stiffer and more stable it will be. So it’s important to look at the number of layers that can help you differentiate the builds. Finally, some shapes will allow you to glide better and others will be more stable. Choose according to your needs and abilities.

planche de paddle sroka company

Quelle marque choisir pour un paddle de qualité?

Notes

16/20

17,5/20

14,8/ 20

15,1/20

12/20

Modèle

Ocean Walker 10'4x32

Easy 10

Bestway Hydro-Force

ECD Germany paddle

Caroma paddle.

Prix pack et/ ou Unité

199 € 359€

240 € 410€

311,50 €

499 €

199 €

Couleur

blanc et bleu

blanc et vert

Bleu, blanc, 

bleu et blanc

blanc et vert jaune

Dimensions

10'4'x32x6

10x31x5

10x31x6

10,6x32x6

10 x 27 x 15

Poids

8

8,1

10

9,5

9,7

Type de matériaux

PVC renforcé (type bateau semi rigide)

PVC renforcé (type bateau semi rigide)

PVC

PVC

PVC

Nombre de couche de PVC pont/carène

1 dessus / dessous 

1,5 dessus / dessous

1 dessus / dessous

1 dessus / dessous

1 dessus / dessous

Nombre de couche de PVC sur les rails

2

2

1

1

1

Epaisseur

15 cm

12 cm

15 cm

15 cm

15 cm

Groupe d'utilisateur

Adultes / enfant/  débrouillé.

Adultes /  enfant / débrouillé / confirmé

Adultes /  enfant / débrouillé

Adultes /  enfant / débrouillé

Adultes légers /  enfant 

Adapté à

Lac - rivière - mer

Lac - rivière - mer

Lac - rivière - mer

Lac - rivière - mer

Lac - rivière

Particuliarités

 Solide - très stable - meilleur rapport qualité prix / bonne glisse



La plus rigide des 5 modèles. Plus stable car moins haut sur l'eau, bonne  glisse 

stable, et intéressant pour glisse apprendre à glisser.

un peu moins stable, mais avec une bonne glisse 

Largeur faible donc moins stable, peut convenir aux petits gabarits.

Où le trouver

3. The Top 4 Racing Paddles

A paddle boardis necessarily long and narrow. The longer and narrower it is, the more efficient it will be, with the trade-off of being less stable. So you have to master the paddle to fully use this type of stand up paddle.

A racing paddle board oscillates between 12’6 and 14 feet. The width will be less than 28′ wide. Again, one of the keys to performance is stiffness, which is why many competitors opt for rigid boards. But more and more competitors, for reasons of simplicity, are using inflatable paddles.

We deliberately didn’t give any scores, because the race race is very difficult to evaluate. There are so many factors that come into play that it’s hard to be objective. 80% of the performance is the competitor and the rower on the board. So cardio, physical strength, explosiveness are such important criteria that they can distort a test.

Quelle marque choisir pour un paddle de qualité?

Notes

-

-

-

-

Modèle

Alpha 14 x27 

Itiwit

Fun box race

 14' Elite 

Prix pack et/ ou Unité

625 €

650 €

569 €

1581 €

Couleur

Bleu et orange

Gris et blanc

Bleu gris, blanc, 

 Blanc

Dimensions

14 x27 x 6

14 x27 x 6

14 x27 x 6

14 x26 x 6 

Poids

9,6

11

9,7

9,96

Type de matériaux

PVC renforcé (type bateau semi rigide)

PVC

PVC

PVC

Nombre de couche de PVC pont/carène

2 dessus / dessous 

1,5 dessus / dessous

2 dessus / dessous

2 dessus / dessous

Nombre de couche de PVC sur les rails

3

2

2

2

Epaisseur

15 cm

15 cm

15 cm

15 cm

Groupe d'utilisateur

Adultes /  débrouillé à confirmé. Expert

Adultes /  débrouillé à confirmé. Expert

Adultes /  débrouillé à confirmé. Expert

Adultes /  confirmé à  Expert

Adapté à

Lac - rivière - mer - course

Lac - rivière - mer - course

Lac - rivière - mer - course

Lac - rivière - mer - course

Particuliarités

 Solide - très rigide avec une excellente glisse 



Bonne glisse mais un peu lourd  en raison du nez en plastique.

Bonne glisse

Bonne glisse mais un peu encombrant avec la barre en métal.

Où le trouver

itiwit

redwood paddle

Red paddle

4. The Top 4 Surf Paddles

To surf on an inflatable paddle, you have to choose your paddle carefully.

The shape is different as well as its thickness:

  • The outline of the board should be fairly round, with a narrowing at the front and back of the board to facilitate turns and prevent the nose from planking into the wave.
  • A thickness of 5′ or 12 cm is recommended in order to be able to press better on the rails and thus turn the board more easily.
  • Similarly, the position and angle of the fins will influence the maneuverability of the paddle.
  • Finally, stiffness is a fundamental criterion to hope to make real turns. If the board is made too lightly, it will bounce off the water with a significant loss of energy.

So take the time to compare constructions, it’s fundamental. It’s better to invest in a good paddle board to get into the waves.

At SROKA, we offer two models that could potentially meet the needs of paddle surfing.

  1. There is the Wave 9’5 which will be mainly oriented towards paddle surfing but you can still walk around with it.
  2. And the second is the Malibu 10, which will be oriented 70% for walking and 30% for waves.

Our main criteria to evaluate these 4 paddles were: the shape of the board (which determines the maneuverability of the board), the width, thickness, length of the board, as well as the construction of the paddles and the materials used.

Quelle marque choisir pour un paddle de qualité?

Notes

18,5/20

17,5/20

15/ 20

16/20

Modèle

Wave 9'5

Malibu 10

Itiwit

Funbox 9'6 Pro Wide

Prix pack et/ ou Unité

468 €

480 €

450

499 €

Couleur

blanc et bleu

blanc et vert

Bleu, blanc, 

Blanc -vert

Dimensions

9'5'x31'5x5

10x31x5

10x31x3

9,6x35x5

Poids

8,5

8,7

9

8

Type de matériaux

PVC renforcé (type bateau semi rigide)

PVC renforcé (type bateau semi rigide)

PVC

PVC

Nombre de couche de PVC pont/carène

2 dessus / dessous 

2 dessus / dessous

1,5 dessus / dessous

2 dessus / dessous

Nombre de couche de PVC sur les rails

3

3

1

2

Epaisseur

12 cm

12 cm

10 cm

12 cm

Groupe d'utilisateur

Adultes /  enfant / débrouillé / confirmé

Adultes /  enfant / débrouillé / confirmé

Adultes /  enfant / débrouillé

Adultes /  enfant / débrouillé

Adapté à

surf - balade

Balade - surf

Balade - surf

Balade - surf- rivière 

Particuliarités

 Solide - très stable - parfait pour surfer. 70% surf et 30 % balade



Ultra stable idéal pour un mixte balade 70% et 30 % surf

stable, intéressant pour apprendre à glisser sur une vague. Manque de rigidité de part l'épaisseur et un peu long pour une planche spéficique

Très stable par la largeur, mais un peu moins manoeuvrant sur les vagues. initation sup surf.

Où le trouver

5. The top 5 touring paddle boards

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Going on a paddle hike is like going on an adventure with family or friends. Technically, all paddles allow you to do this but:

  • If you want to optimize the glide and your hike, we advise you to take boards with pointed noses to glide better.
  • If you’re looking for stability, opt for a paddle with a pointed nose and a wide enough back to maximize your stability.
  • If you’re looking to maximize glide, opt for a long, thin board with a thin tail. This will allow you to go faster. This type of board will provide excellent glide and allow you to cover more distance with less effort.

Our main criteria were the solidity, the general shape that will determine the glide and stability, the quality and quantity of the materials used, the price.

Quelle marque choisir pour un paddle de qualité?

Notes

19/20

17,2/20

16/ 20

18/20

13/20

Modèle

Alpha 12'6x31

Fanatic  Ray 12'6

Red paddle 12'6 MSL

Funbox pro 12'6x 31

Bluefin cruiser

Prix pack et/ ou Unité

485 €

938 €

1546 €

599 €

693 €

Couleur

Vert ou bleu

Vert

Bleu, blanc, rouge

bleu et blanc

Vert, Gris, blanc

Dimensions

12'6x31x6

12'6x32x6

12'6x30x6

12'6 x 31 x 6

12 x 32 x 6

Poids

9

9,2

9,6

9,5

10

Type de matériaux

PVC renforcé (type bateau semi rigide)

PVC

PVC

PVC

PVC

Nombre de couche de PVC pont/carène

2 dessus / dessous 

2 dessus / dessous

2 dessus / dessous

2 dessus / dessous

1 dessus / dessous

Nombre de couche de PVC sur les rails

3

2

2

2

2

Epaisseur

15 cm

15 cm

15 cm

15 cm

15

Groupe d'utilisateur

Adultes / adulte+enfant/  sportifs- profesionnelles

Adultes / adulte+enfant/  sportifs- profesionnelles

Adultes / adulte+enfant/  sportifs- profesionnelles

Adultes / adulte+enfant/  sportifs- profesionnelles

Adultes / adulte+enfant/  sportifs- profesionnelles

Adapté à

Lac - rivière - mer

Lac - rivière - mer

Lac - rivière - mer

Lac - rivière - mer

Lac - rivière - mer

Particuliarités

Ultra solide - très stable - excellent rapport qualité prix / excellent glisse



Solide / stable, excellente glisse mais cher.

stable, Solide excellente glisse mais trop cher.

bonne glisse, mais moins stable du fait d'un tail plus fin. Bonne glisse

Bonne stablilité mais la largeur pénalise la glisse

Où le trouver

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What is an inflatable paddle board?

Inflatable paddle boarding is a water sport that is practiced in the sea, lake or river. With the help of a paddle, the paddler standing on a board moves with the help of his paddle. Inflatable paddle boarding, stand up paddle boarding or SUP are all the same sport.

Paddle refers to the board accompanied by one or more fins, a pump, a leash and a carrying bag. Sometimes the paddles are sold separately (without paddle or leash) and sometimes it is sold with it. You can still find rigid boards but you can mostly find inflatable boards for reasons of simplicity, ease and solidity.

Who can practice stand up paddleboarding?

The inflatable paddle board is intended for a very wide and general public. From beginner to expert, you will be able to find what you are looking for. There are no age limits. This type of practice is particularly suitable for people who want to relax on the water and get away from the crowds for a bit.

There are different types of inflatable paddle boards. The shape, length, number of different fins to meet different needs. In the same way, construction is very important in the responsiveness, rigidity and stability of your paddle.

So before investing in a paddle board, analyze your desires and needs in order to choose the right model

Depending on your activity, the choice of paddle will be decisive to really adapt to what you want to do on the water. If you want to go hiking, running, paddle surfing or initiation, you will have to choose a different paddle. The paddle to do everything will be only a compromise and will do everything but nothing good. So think about where you are, your level, your desires, your size, the choice of paddle will be different.

We try to show you different products that can meet all your needs. Our main criteria were: the price of the paddle, the construction of the paddle, the width, the shape of the paddle, the accessories if there are any.

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

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