How’d you like to see our recommendation for the best all around paddle board that people all over the world use and are in love with?
Well consider yourself very lucky…
…because today we’re going to pull back the curtain and share our rankings with you.
Our team searched far and wide for the best all around paddle board on the market today. There are hundreds of different boards to choose from, but below you’ll find five of our top ten all around SUPs as tested and ranked by the SUPboardr team.
If you’re brand new to stand up paddle boarding (SUP) or need a quick refresher on the types of paddle boarding and paddle board components, check out our paddle board introduction first.
How Did We Pick the Best All Around Paddle Board?
The hallmarks of a solid allrounder board are that it can be used in ANY situation. That means it’s not the best at anything, but pretty good at a lot of things.
Kinda like my swimming abilities – not exactly pretty as I flop around like a fish out of water, but I do get from Point A to Point B and all without drowning. But back to the boards…
To be the best all around paddle board, a SUP needs to:
- accommodate the abilities of both the beginner and the experienced boarder,
- combine the perfect mix of glide (for straight line paddling) and maneuverability (for surf SUPing),
- be able to take a bit of a beating and keep on ticking, and
- provide good value for the price.
So we ranked all of the boards based on the following criteria:
- Stability (how good is the board at staying sunny side up, regardless of the passenger)
- Glide Performance (how well does the board travel in a straight line when you paddle, and how far does the board travel forward with each paddle stroke)
- Ease of Use (how easy is it to toss the board on top of your vehicle, how simple is it to walk the board to the waters edge, and is there a spot to attach your lunch to the board when you go for a little afternoon trip?)
- Agility (does the board behave more like a rabbit or an elephant at a full run? This is an important factor if you want to have some fun in the waves)
- Durability (how well does the board handle the little bumps and dings that are a part of every day life?)
- Price (we all like to get a good deal)
So cutting right to the chase since we know why you are here, here are the top five boards in our ranking for the best all around paddle board.
- Ease of Use:
- 11’2″ x 32″
- 10’8″ x 31″
- 10’6″ x 31.5″
- 10’5″ x 30″
- 10’6″ x 30″
Landing the title of our best all around paddle board is the Hobie ATR V3. Hobie is a company that started making surfboards, before turning their attention to mastering the sailboat business (who hasn’t heard of the Hobie Cat?), and is now turning out some fantastic paddle boards.
The Hobie ATR V3 covers all of the bases for what a solid all around paddle board should be.
This board is super stable, so if you’re allergic to getting your hair wet, you’ll want to hop on this board.
Beyond its amazing stability, this board blows away the competition with its glide and top speed. Its tough to find an all around paddle board that slices through the water likes this one. The single fin setup makes this board a slightly better flat water board than surf SUP.
While not the most bombproof board we found, the Hobie ATR V3 is constructed with Hobie’s “BCX-4” system – this is a type of sandwich construction that layers fibreglass with foam and bamboo veneer, and adds carbon fiber reinforcement in the areas most likely to see impact. End result is a solid board that will takes its share of dings without flinching.
What puts the icing on the cake and sets this board apart from the rest is how comfortable this board is for your feet. The deck pad feels like the finest, most luxurious shag carpet you can find (talk about an oxymoron). Your feet will thank you.
The price tag puts the Hobie ATR V3 in the upper range of what most allrounder SUPs go for, but it does deliver in all areas and in our opinion it clearly is the best all around paddle board on the market.
Just trailing the ATR in our reviews is the Rogue Allwater.
This is another allrounder SUP that has exceptional glide and speed for a planing hull. The Allwater is a little less stable than some of the other allrounders and so will be better suited to someone with a little bit of SUP experience. Note that it’s all relative – these boards are inherently more stable than most other types. But… if you are balance-challenged, maybe start with a less tippy board.
The Allwater is a really lively board – the tail and rails of the board feel pretty loose which makes it easy to edge and pivot the board around. The board has a slight rocker with a concave nose and twin channels in the tail which helps move the board through the water.
This board will perform really well in small wave surf, but you have to up your surf game to take this board in the bigger surf as the length of the board and slight rocker will challenge you to keep from nose-diving.
The Allwater is on the lighter end of scale as far as weight goes, and mid-range for price.
The construction of the base model is Rogue’s R6 sandwich construction which consists of a foam core with fibreglass, wood, and bamboo veneers resulting in a durable product.
All in all, you won’t go wrong with the Rogue Allwater, in our opinion the second best all around paddle board currently available on the market.
Of all the boards, we found the Ace-Tec to be the best value allrounder. Listed at $1,000, the Ace-Tec is priced in line with the cheaper allrounders, but performs head and shoulders above these peers.
Brought to you by the same company that made the first razor that you ever used, this board is one of the most popular boards around the world and you don’t have to worry about this company disappearing any time soon.
Earlier versions had manufacturing defects that left a sharp seam along the board’s rails and they also did not have any tie down points, but both of these issues have since been corrected.
The Ace-Tec is just a steady-eddy, dependable, solid board. Glides pretty well, can maneuver pretty well, and can handle little bumps and dings easily. Not a world beater in any category, but checks all the boxes for what an all around SUP should be.
This is a perfect board for a beginner and is a board that the whole family can use. The board is built with BIC’s Ace-Tec technology – a traditional EPS foam/epoxy layup construction coated with a thin plastic layer (thermoformed polyethylene for those of you in white lab coats) which provides a light, yet durable board.
The Drive is Starboard’s shortest offering in the all around board category and in our opinion this makes it their best allrounder as it has the perfect characteristics to combine both flat water paddling and surf SUPing.
This board paddles fast and straight in the flat and it surfs fast and loose in everything from ankle high waves to over head waves. If you want a multi-purpose board but will likely use the board more in choppy or surf conditions, then this board is right for you.
The responsive design and ease of maneuverability means that a beginner could find this board a little bit too unstable and this is probably a better board for the intermediate paddler.
The base model is built with Starboard’s Starshot construction: a traditional EPS foam/epoxy layup construction that gets some added protection with a wood veneer on the deck (top of the board) and added fibreglass reinforcement along the rails (edges of the board). Much more durable than your grandmother’s fine china.
Rounding out our top 5 of our best all around paddle board is the Naish Nalu GS.
This board is the most visually striking among our top 5 selections. Forget the bland blues and whites and look to stand out from the crowd with this bright yellow and green number.
Like our other top boards, the Nalu GS doesn’t disappoint and it has excellent handling and balance and performs just as well on the flat water as catching the waves. It is a hugely forgiving and versatile board.
The construction of this board is also EPS foam/epoxy layup construction and this board also has the added reinforcement with wood veneer where you stand and extra fibreglass reinforcement at the front and back of the board.
This board is the most expensive all around board that made our short list and will set you back a few extra bucks, BUT if you’re looking to stand out from the crowd then you’ll want to pick up one of these yellow bananas.
Please note the following:
- Many boards come in various versions and models (just like vehicles). We have reviewed the base models. Usually the main difference between the different versions is the type of board construction – so the base model may have traditional epoxy/glass layup construction while the top end model has the same shape and characteristics, but is a composite sandwich construction with wood veneers and carbon fibre reinforcement (and a higher price tag as a result).
- Many boards come in various lengths for different sizes of people. We reviewed boards that were in the same range and would be suitable for us. It is important that you pick the right length of board for you. We have rules of thumb for making sure the board has the correct volume for you in our SUP Buyers Guide.
- The absolute best way to find your perfect paddle board is to try it out. We give you as much information as we can to educate you, but there is no substitution for a demo.
We hope to see you on the water!