You enjoy paddleboarding, and now you want to get your family into it? Or maybe your kid asked you for one? Whichever it is, one is clear for sure – you’re looking for a kids paddle board.
Paddleboarding is an entertaining activity not only for adults but also for kids. Plus at the same time, it will make them fitter and overall stronger.
And it will happen at the time they are having fun. Perfect, isn’t it? It’s a fantastic activity on the water for the whole family.
As everything happens in open waters, do remember about precautions!
A life vest and a sup leash would be obligatory unless the kid is an excellent swimmer. But even then we’d still insist on using this equipment.
Better to be safe than sorry. Adults should remember this point too, but they often choose to ignore it.
And while we speak about safety equipment, check out these recommendations. They are not that expensive but could save your life. You never know what could happen.
The first thing on the list would be a life vest or PFD (personal floating device).
Few things to remember about life vests:
- They do have sort of “expiration date” The material can become brittle, and inner foam of it can become soggy, thus loosing the required characteristics. So check the status of yours if you do own one and find a replacement if necessary.
- Look for US Coast guard approved inscriptions. It most likely will be mentioned on the package and on the vest itself.
- Best take one that is brightly colored so your kid can be easily seen.
Our recommended kid/youth life vests:
O'Neill Teen Reactor USCG Life Vest
O'Brien Youth Neoprene Jacket/Vest
And the second is sup leash.
If it’s not included in the package with the board, then have a look at these. You can, of course, go for a higher-priced one, but either of these two will work just fine.
BPS 'Storm' sup leash
SBS sup leash
Now that we’ve covered kids safety on water lets return back to the main topic:
Kids paddle board and what to look for.
Are they that different from adult paddle boards? Well, in some ways, yes. They will be shorter than a standard adult board. Otherwise, your kid would have some problems handling it.
Unless the kid is a teen, then an adult board would make more sense.
But regarding the board characteristics, they are quite similar. A shorter board will still have the same features and will behave like its bigger brother.
If you’re interested in a board for yourself or a teen, then check out our recommended best inflatable paddle boards for adults.
And if you’re looking for general information, then learn more about paddle boards in our inflatable sup guide.
Paddle board surface.
Consider a board with a soft surface.
Inflatable stand up paddle boards have already sort of softer feel compared to hard boards.
But do remember that falls are inevitable at some point. Especially at the learning process, and those can hurt you a bit.
So it’s best to search for a board that has an extra layer on top that gives a softer feel. That can also be found on numerous adult boards, and it makes falls more comfortable.
Kids paddle board price.
We recently added an article about paddle board cost. But these approximate price ranges were for adult boards.
So that you know – youth and kids inflatable sup price will be lower.
Although if you’re looking for a board for a teen, then the same adult board could be used. But it depends on his height and weight.
Cheaper board vs. higher priced
It’s a point you should strongly consider. If your kid is still young, it may not be the best choice to buy a top-end kids paddle board. The reason is that he’ll outgrow it soon enough.
So economically wiser it would be to choose a bit lower priced board.
But you can surely go for a higher-priced one and sell it later. Only it could be more challenging to find a buyer as a used product is used.
As a con, do remember that the cheaper board could lose in quality or additional accessories when compared to a more expensive product.
It’s another point you should look into. Most boards do come in a nice package – with a pump, backpack, leash, paddle, and a repair kit. That’s actually a full package. But you get the point.
If you buy them later on separately, the price will add up. So, it’s best to look at a board that comes with at least some of those mentioned accessories.
Best kids paddle board in our review.
Now that we’ve looked through the points that you should pay attention to when choosing sup for your kid, then here are our top picks.
Thurso Surf junior / kids paddle board
Pathfinder inflatable stand up paddle board
Thurso inflatable sup
This SUP is our top choice for the best kids paddle board. This board has excellent characteristics for children and young teens.
- Good maneuverability.
- For its dimensions: 7’6 feet length 30-inch width and 4-inch thickness, it is very stable.
- It’s not super fast, but children will not race with it.
- Reasonable weight limit that supports riders up to 165 lb/75 kg.
- It has additional accessories that include a high-quality paddle, leash, pump, and a carrying bag.
Also worth noting is that the board has a three fin design, thus allowing for varying with the setup for required conditions. And all of them are detachable.
That’s great for kids paddle board as children don’t always pay attention to parts and lose them. Or they are a bit more careless with the equipment.
So you can replace the missing or damaged parts when necessary.
All in all, this is an excellent board.
Pathfinder inflatable sup
And this one is our top pick for young teens. It’s a bit longer than Thurso sup but still a bit shorter than a usual adult board.
- This one also has excellent maneuverability.
- Stable, but due to its length of 9.9 feet and 5-inch thickness, it will be heavier.
- Outstanding durability, which is a plus as kids can abuse the board more than an adult would.
- Has additional accessories in the package, which are: adjustable aluminum paddle, pump, and a carry bag.
This board has a single fin design, so there are fewer adjustments possible, but the good thing is that it’s detachable. So, later on, it can be swapped if necessary.
The only thing missing from the package is a sup leash. Luckily it’s not the most expensive part. So you can grab one from our recommendations.
If you’re looking for sup for a young teen, then you can’t go wrong with this stand up paddle board.
Other notable kids paddle boards
While these were our top picks, here is a list of other paddle boards that we’d recommend for children.
|Airhead Popsicle 730|
|Freein sup board|
And that completed our list of the best kids paddle boards. While these didn’t match the Turso surf or Pathfinder SUPs, they still are excellent boards that you can go for.