As paddle boarding has gained popularity, it’s no surprise that it’s drawing the attention of surfers. We’ve been asked if an inflatable stand up paddle board can be used for surfing. The answer is Yes! In fact, you can use just about any inflatable SUP for surfing but some SUPs are designed specifically for surfing so you get the best experience.

Are you ready to take your paddle boarding experience to the surfing level?

SUP surfing is like no other SUP experience and an inflatable stand up paddle board is a perfect alternative to traditional surfing. If you’re in the market for an inflatable SUP, here are a few questions to consider, so that you make the right choice.

What’s your surfing skill level?

Is this your first time surfing? The type of board you select should have a lot to do with your surfing skill level. Most surfing SUPs will be between 7′ and 12′ long. A longer board offers more stability and balance. It’s also ideal for a larger person who wants more stability.

For novice smaller surfers, a shorter board is fast, maneuverable and can make use of the pocket and critical zone of the wave. It is ideal for strong wave conditions. A larger person who wants the feel and maneuverability of a small board could choose one around 9 to 10′.

What’s your surfing style?

Shark Inflatable Surf SUPFor traditional surfing, many surfers enjoy a longboard style. They can be fun for nose-riding, and speed and they can also be a great dual purpose board for cruising still waters. A shorter board weighs less and will be more responsive. Surfing SUPs are designed specifically for surfing. The rails, rocker (bottom curve of the board from the nose to the tail) nose,

Surfing SUPs are designed specifically for surfing. The rails, rocker (bottom curve of the board from the nose to the tail) nose, tail and fins all work together. The deck pad is shorter which will help you save weight – remember lighter is faster.

Additionally, SUPs are built with carrying handles and a surf SUP will have the handles positioned so they don’t interfere with where you are standing on the board.

Ready to get started with surfing on an inflatable stand up paddle board? Visit the SHARK Shop today!