Kids’ SUPs (Stand Up Paddleboards) are smaller than adult SUPs, but there are a few things (other than size) to think about if you’re planning to buy one. We’ve put together a Buyer’s Guide to help you choose which SUP and features will work best for your child, and some important information on safety. We’ve also put together a round-up of the 10 best paddle boards for kids with reviews covering sizes, weight, weight capacity, construction materials, and the pros and cons of each model. You can quickly see our scores for durability, safety, stability and build quality. This should help you decide which kids’ SUP best fits your child’s age and ability, and your budget.

1. THURSO SURF
Prodigy Junior Kids Inflatable SUP

OUR TOP PICK

THURSO SURF Prodigy Junior Kids Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddle Board 7'6 x 30'' x 4'' Two Layer Includes Adjustable Carbon Shaft Paddle/3 Fins/Leash/Duffle Bag/NO Pump Included (2019 Blue)

Overall Rating

4.9 /5

Build Quality

5.0

Stability

4.9

Safety

4.8

Durability

4.8

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

Thurso Surf is known for its world-class surf products and this stand up paddle board is no exception. The brand makes one of the best paddle boards for kids and the Thurso Surf Prodigy Junior Kids Inflatable SUP made it to the top of our list. This all-round inflatable paddleboard has a length of 7 feet and 6 inches, a width of 3 inches and is 4 inches thick. This size is ideal for children and teenagers and allows for easy maneuverability. The board is optimal up until a bodyweight of 165lbs (75 kg).

Although relatively small in size, the double layer construction and triple military-grade PVC coating on deck and sides enable the strongest iSUP structure on the market. The board comes with a carbon shaft paddle that floats, only weighs 2lbs and is incredibly strong compared to aluminum or fiberglass paddles. Furthermore, the board comes with three fins that are easy to add or remove from the board. This means that the fins can be adjusted to different environments. The deck of the board includes a handle for carrying. Additionally, the deck features a deck pad that ensures a good grip and comfort on the board, a bungee cord as well as a D ring at the tail.

Specifications

BRAND: THURSO SURF
WEIGHT: 28.9 lbs.
SIZE: 7’6 x 30” x 4”
MAX CAPACITY (kg): 165 lbs (75kg)
MATERIAL: Military grade PVC

PROS

  • Includes carrying bag, one paddle, three fins, a leash, and the board.
  • Two-year full warranty.
  • Available in blue and pink.
  • Great traction pad.
  • Stable through double-layer construction and triple military-grade PVC coating.
  • Very durable and stable.

CONS

  • It does not include a pump
  • Not exceptionally fast
  • The carrying bag is not aerated and thus only allows dry equipment to be carried within

2. Airhead
Popsicle

BEST VALUE
Build Quality

4.9

Stability

4.9

Safety

4.9

Durability

4.9

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

The Airhead Popsicle has the best value for the relatively low price. The kid’s stand up paddle board is made to have fun on! The engineers designed it in a way that it is stable but not too long, and is thus one of the best sup boards for kids. The board is 7 feet long, 30 inches wide and 6 inches thick, making it relatively wide and think for its length, which results in better stability.

The board comes with four fixed fins which add extra stability. The fins cannot be taken off the board, which in turn means that they cannot get lost. The board is pumped up quickly with the accompanying high-pressure air pump with pressure gauge. It further features one big trackpad that is made of EVA and ensures that one does not slip when standing on it. The board also includes a stainless steel D-ring for the leash, a tow ring to tow other boards and a repair kit. Through the mesh bag, one can store the board wet as well, plus it allows for easy carriage when not inflated. When inflated, the board features a handle in the middle which facilitates easy handling. Unfortunately, the package does not include a paddle, which has to be purchased separately.

According to a kids’ paddle board review, this board has an excellent score and seems very reliable, plus the kids love it. Because of its size, it is easily maneuverable even for smaller children. Overall, the beautiful colors, the features and the durable design of the board make it one of the best kids stand up paddle boards there are on the market right now.

Specifications

BRAND: Airhead popsicle
WEIGHT: 19 lbs
SIZE: 7′ x 30″ x 6″
MAX CAPACITY (kg): 120 lbs
MATERIAL: PVC

PROS

  • Great size and enhances stability through four fins
  • Tow ring
  • Extremely light
  • Great size for kid
  • Mesh backpack

CONS

  • No paddle included
  • No leash included

3. Bestway Hydro-force
Aqua journey inflatable stand up paddle board

Hydro-Force Aqua Journey Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board, 9' x 30" x 6

Overall Rating

4.8 /5

Build Quality

4.9

Stability

4.8

Safety

4.8

Durability

4.7

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

The Bestway Hydro-force Inflatable stand up paddle board is an affordable board for everyone. It is one of the best paddle boards for kids since it is light and small enough for children to use but can hold up to 220 lbs (100kg). The board has a length of 9 feet, a width of 30 inches and a thickness of 6 inches. The sup is made for lakes, rivers as well as small wave conditions. The board is not that fast but easily maneuverable and ideal for adventures. Through its stability and space for luggage, the board is a save companion for long adventures on the water.

The board is made out of Fortech, a polyester mash fused with high gauge PVC. Additionally, the board is lined with a thinker material that helps resist punches, limits stretching and adds grip to the board. Using Dropstitch technology, Hydro-force made sure that the board will stay stable in all conditions. Tritech is supporting the core strength of the sup and is resistant against UV lights and petroleum products.

The inflatable SUP comes with a surf leash, a non-slip patch, an adjustable fiberglass paddle, a carry bag, and an inflating pump as well as a repair kit. For this price, the board is a great choice for a paddle board for kids.

Specifications

BRAND: Bestway Hydro-force
WEIGHT: 27.8 lbs.
SIZE: 9′ x 30″ x 6″
MAX CAPACITY (kg): 220 lbs
MATERIAL: polyerster mesh and high gauge PVC

PROS

  • Large size allows for long adventures
  • Great maneuverability
  • Strong materials make for an extremely hard inflated board
  • Good value for a small price
  • Package includes everything you need to go into the water

CONS

  • The carrying bag is not aerated and thus only allows dry equipment to be carried within
  • Not made for larger waves
  • Not very fast

4. North Gear
Inflatable SUP package

North Gear 8FT Inflatable SUP Stand up Paddle Board Package White/Lime Green

Overall Rating

4.8 /5

Build Quality

4.8

Stability

4.9

Safety

4.8

Durability

4.8

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

The North Gear inflatable stand up paddle board is one of the best paddle boards for kids. With a length of 8 feet, a width of 22 inches and a thickness of 4 inches, it is good maneuverable for children and can be used up to a weight of 165 pounds. The board is built relatively narrow which causes the board to be less stable when standing on it. However, it is shaped in a way that it floats well, so-called sculptured balance flow curved board design.

The board is made out of 100% PVC using double-wall drop stitch core material. It features a big EVA trackpad, a handle to facilitate easy carriage and a bungee cord with four stainless steel D-rings. Additionally, the package includes a high-pressure gauge pump with a pressure gauge for easy inflation of the board. The, in the package included paddleboard backpack, is partly made out of mesh and thus enables to transport the wet board in it as well. The package further includes an adjustable paddle, a repair kit and three fins that can be easily clipped on the board.

Specifications

BRAND: North Gear
WEIGHT: 31 lbs
SIZE: 8′ 22″ 4″
MAX CAPACITY (kg): 165 lbs
MATERIAL: 100`% PVC

PROS

  • Includes a backpack where the wet board can be stored in
  • Includes a high-pressure pump with a pressure gauge
  • Bungee cord and stainless D rings allow for luggage and longer adventures
  • Includes a repair kit

CONS

  • Relatively narrow
  • No leash included.
  • Not very fast
  • Not made for waves.

5. Aqua Marina
Vibrant inflatable stand up paddle board

Aqua Marina Vibrant Inflatable Stand-up Paddle Board

Overall Rating

4.8 /5

Build Quality

4.8

Stability

4.8

Safety

4.7

Durability

4.9

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

Aqua Marina is a well-known brand that proved itself to be reliable. The Aqua Marina Vibrant inflatable stand up paddle board is small in size and is thus a great paddle board for kids. The board is made to be used by children and can withstand all kinds of adventures. It has a length of 8 feet and 7 inches, a width of 26 inches and a thickness of 4 inches.

It is made of durable PVC material using Dropstich technology, making it especially long-lasting. The inflatable board comes with a pump and a fin, as well as a carry bag. The board features a handle to hold on to when carrying as well as small patches of the trackpad that allow for grip on the board. A bungee cord with stainless D-rings allows to strap food or luggage for an adventure onto the board. The board further features one stainless D-ring on the tail of the board, where a safety leash can be attached.

A kid’s paddle board review showed that the board may not be that suitable when children weigh over 120 pounds. Advertised are 154 pounds, however, it seems that when weighing 154 pounds, the board will be pushed underwater, and you will have your feet in the water as well. Nevertheless, for the price and the durability of the board, it belongs to the best paddle boards for kids.

Specifications

BRAND: Aqua marina
WEIGHT: 21.6 lbs.
SIZE: 8’7″ x 26″ x 4″
MAX CAPACITY (kg): 154 lbs
MATERIAL: PVC

PROS

  • Easy to inflate and transport
  • Very durable material
  • Stable when fully inflated
  • Unique design with bright colors

CONS

  • It does not include a leash.
  • It does not include a paddle.
  • It does not include a repair kit.

6. Wavestorm
Junior stand up paddle board

Wavestorm 8ft Stand Up Paddleboard // Foam Wax Free Soft Top SUP for Adults and Kids of all levels of Paddling

Overall Rating

4.7 /5

Build Quality

4.7

Stability

4.6

Safety

4.9

Durability

4.7

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

Wavestorm made a great board with this stand up paddle board for kids. The board is not inflatable and made out of a foam-layered construction that is very durable. Plus, it creates a rather forgiving substance, making it safer to use. It has a length of 8 feet, a width of 26 inches and a thickness of 4 inches.

The board has a strong Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) core and the surface has a grip on it so that there is no need for an additional trackpad or surf wax. The bottom part of the board is made of high-density polyethylene slick bottom which ensures that the board is very durable and keeps its shape under any condition. A strap in the front allows for the transportation of a cooler, or anything else you would want to bring on your adventure. The board can be used for rivers, lakes as well as the ocean. It features a leash plug and is designed in a way that it is easy to catch smaller waves. The board comes with a leash, one fin, and a paddle. The graphics on the board are very colorful. A handle to carry the board is incorporated into the top deck. Although the board should be great for anyone weighing under 150 pounds, a kid’s paddle board review suggests that the board will be better for children weighing 100 pounds or under.

Specifications

BRAND: Wavestorm
WEIGHT: 25 lbs.
SIZE: 8′ x 26″ x 4″
MAX CAPACITY (kg): 150 lbs
MATERIAL: EPS core

PROS

  • Very durable
  • Made for the ocean, rivers, and lakes
  • Everything needed is included in the package

CONS

  • Only one fin reduces stability
  • Will float great only for children under 100 pounds

7. NIXY
Huntington compact travel inflatable SUP

NIXY Huntington Paddle Board Compact Travel Inflatable SUP 9'6" x 32” x 6” Ultra-Light Stand Up Paddleboard Built with Dual Layer Dropstitch Includes Paddle, Leash, Pump, Shoulder Strap, Carry Bag

Overall Rating

5.0 /5

Build Quality

5.0

Stability

5.0

Safety

5.0

Durability

5.0

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

NIXY makes very durable boards that are thought through. The length of this board is 9 feet and 6 inches, it is 32 inches wide and 6 inches thick. The board is made out of a softer PVC that enables easier folding. However, the rails are supported by carbon fiber and to bond all the layers, NIXY uses fusion laminated Dropstitch technology. Once inflated, the board is extremely stiff and great for lakes, rivers as well as the ocean.

This board has a great size for a paddle board for kids and is one of the best SUP boards for kids. Once inflated, your child will be able to carry the lightweight board on his own with the help of a shoulder strap. The board features a non-slip soft NIXY logo stamped traction pad, 14 D-rings, three grab handles and two bungee cords to secure any luggage on an adventure. The board has two removable fins. With the accompanying pump and pressure gauge, the board is inflated in no time. The package also includes a leash, a fiberglass paddle and a backpack as storage. Once deflated and folded, the board comes to a size of 26 inches in length, 20 inches in width and 13-inch thickness.

Specifications

BRAND: NIXY
WEIGHT: 17 lbs
SIZE: 9’6″ x 32″ x 6″
MAX CAPACITY (kg): 250 lbs
MATERIAL: PVC fusion laminated dropstich, carbon fiber

PROS

  • Excellent quality and very thought through
  • Lightweight
  • Extremely stiff when inflated
  • Includes everything you need in high quality

CONS

  • Not that stable due to its shape and the two fins.
  • The shape may be a bit difficult to maneuver for young children.

8. Retrospec
Weekender-Nano

Retrospec Weekender-Nano 8ft. Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard Triple Layer Military Grade PVC iSUP Bundle w/Paddle Board Carrying case, Aluminum Paddle, Removable Nylon fins, Pump & Cell Phone case

Overall Rating

4.9 /5

Build Quality

4.9

Stability

4.9

Safety

4.9

Durability

4.9

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

An all-round sup for kids is the Retrospec Weekender Nano. The inflatable stand up paddle board is extremely durable and therefore made for any adventure. The Nano board has the optimal size for kids with a length of 8 feet, a width of 30 inches and a thickness of 4 inches. Made for any condition, this Retrospec sup is one of the best paddle boards for kids.

The board is made out of military-grade PVC and a Dropstitch technology is used to ensure lasting durability. The Dropstitch technology uses thousands of strong and think plastic threads, of which about 100 are inserted for every square inch. This makes the board incredibly stable and durable for a long time. The inflatable stand up paddle board further features an EVA textured foam deck pad, three removable tracking fins, as well as a bungee cord and a total of four stainless steel D rings with bungee connections to secure all belongings during an excursion. The durable EVA foam deck pad is stable and provides a great grip not only for your child but, for example also for your dog. Apart from the inflatable board, a three-piece aluminum paddle, three fins, and a storage backpack, the package further includes a high-pressure pump, a repair kit, and a waterproof phone case. The board is easily deflate-able and when rolled it only takes about 11 inches by 30 inches of space. The board bag is designed in a way that even the wet board can be stored in it.

Specifications

BRAND: Retrospec
WEIGHT: 36 lbs.
SIZE: 8′ x 30″ x4″
MAX CAPACITY (kg): 140 lbs
MATERIAL: Military grade PVC

PROS

  • Dog-friendly
  • Color choice
  • Waterproof phone case
  • 4 stainless steel D rings with bungee connections
  • 27lbs when inflated, easy transport

CONS

  • The pump is not of high quality
  • Size may be large for a young child
  • No leash

9. Burke
Stand up paddle board

Scott Burke Quest Series 8ft Inflatable Paddle Board Package

Overall Rating

4.8 /5

Build Quality

4.8

Stability

4.7

Safety

4.9

Durability

4.8

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

Scott Burke SUP and Surf, also called Burke, is a sister company of the California Board Company. Burkes boards are known for high quality and have different shapes for different skill levels and water conditions. The materials used are tested for durability. With a length of 8 feet, a width of 28 inches and a thickness of 4,8 inches, this is a great children’s stand up paddle board.

The board is nice colorful with green and white colors. It features a Quest traction pad for a great grip on the board. Furthermore, the board features a bungee cord with four D-rings to store any outdoor equipment, luggage or other things you want to bring on your adventure. There is also a D-ring on the back end of the board for the leash. Another D-ring can be found on the front end of the board, which comes in handy if you want to get towed by someone else. The board has one fin that can be removed when storing it in the Scott Burke storage bag. The package further includes a paddle as well as a SUP leash. This board is made for everyone, but due to its size, it is most suitable as a stand up paddle board for kids or as a youth stand up paddle board. It is recommended for novice and intermediate paddlers.

Specifications

BRAND: Burke
WEIGHT: 29 lbs
SIZE: 8′ x 28″ x 4.8″
MAX CAPACITY (kg): 220 lbs
MATERIAL: PVC and fabric

PROS

  • Includes everything in the package
  • Colorful design
  • D-rings and bungee cord to store things you want to take on your adventure
  • Mesh storage bag to store your wet SUP as well

CONS

  • Not suitable for waves.
  • Not that fast.

10. Three brothers
Woodrow

Three Brothers Boards Wood Paddle Board, Woodrow, 8'

Overall Rating

5.0 /5

Build Quality

5.0

Stability

5.0

Safety

5.0

Durability

4.8

PRICE ON AMAZON

General Impression

Three Brothers have a reputation for setting the bar high when it comes to surfboards. Their Wood Paddle board is no exception. This is a non-inflatable paddle board for kids. This SUP is made for kids or the youth, or in case you want to get your stand up paddle boarding to the next level. The board has a length of 8 feet, a width of 27 inches and a thickness of 4,2 inches. The shape with a fishtail allows for great maneuverability in the water. The board is featuring a full nose and a rocker shape, which allows catching waves easier.

The board has one main fin and two fins can be added to the side for more stability. Certain stability can only be achieved by boards that are not inflatable. This board is very stable due to its wooden core. It features reinforced rails, which add extra strength and durability to the board. It can hold up to 250 pounds. There is a handle that is tucked under to allow easy carriage of the board. The board comes with a trackpad to reduce sliding off. The board is sold separately, and one has to buy the paddle and leash.

Specifications

BRAND: Three brothers
WEIGHT: 45 lbs.
SIZE: 8′ x 27″ x 4.2″
MAX CAPACITY (kg): 250 lbs
MATERIAL: Wood

PROS

  • Great maneuverability through fishtail shape
  • Extremely durable since it is out of wood
  • Through its size, great board for children and the youth
  • Board can also be ridden on big waves

CONS

  • It does not come with a paddle
  • No leash included

BEST PADDLE BOARDS FOR KIDS
Buyer's Guide

Stand up Paddle Boarding is a watersport where one uses a relatively large board that is stable to stand on. With the help of a paddle, you can enjoy rivers, lakes and the ocean while standing on the board. There are different shapes for different water conditions, as well as different uses. For children and beginners, it is recommendable to start with an all-around stand up paddle board. All-around stand up paddle boards are recommended for beginners and intermediates. These multipurpose boards great for flatwater, rivers and open ocean, given the waves are not very big. All-around Stand up Paddle Boards are generally rounder in shape and wider than other stand up paddle boards.

Kids stand up paddle boards are generally a bit smaller in size compared to adult stand up paddle boards. Larger boards are more difficult to maneuver and thus children stand up paddle boards are generally a bit shorter. The more volume the board has, the longer, thicker and wider it is, the easier it is to balance on it. Additionally, fins add stability. A board with more than two fins will be remarkedly more stable compared to one with only one fin.

Whether to choose an inflatable stand up paddle board or a solid one depends on what you would like to do with it. If you are planning on traveling a lot, it is advisable to use an inflatable SUP. The advantage of an inflatable SUP board is that it is very lightweight and can be packed very compact. On the other hand, solid boards are stiffer and will not lose their form. They are stronger and will not break easily.

When on the water with a SUP, whether on a lake, on the river on in the ocean, make sure that you are always close by and that your child wears a leash that is attached to the SUP. Additionally, a safety jacket may be recommendable when children enter the water. One could also wear a snorkel vest, which allows for more space to move around, plus the colors will help you find your child in the water more easily. Another alternative would be a floatation belt perfect for ensuring safety while taking part in any watersport activity such as SUP’ing, swimming or snorkeling.

Most Stand up Paddle Boards come equipped with a bungee cord that the paddler can attach to his/her ankle to ensure the board is in reach in case they fall off. Another essential tip would be making sure to pack all of your belongings in a secure waterproof backpack when heading out on your next adventure.

BEST PADDLE BOARDS FOR KIDS
FAQs

1. What are the differences between Kids and Adult SUPs?

The best SUP boards for kids are smaller in size compared to adult SUP boards. Larger boards are more difficult to maneuver and require more strength to do so. These larger boards provide improved stability, perfect for activities such as SUP Yoga, whereas smaller boards are easier to control. Adult SUPs are generally larger, because of the weight of an adult. With more weight, the board needs more volume to float. The extra length and thickness make it easier to keep the balance. Since children generally weigh less than adults, a shorter board is sufficient and will be much easier to control.

2. Should I buy a solid or an inflatable SUP?

This depends on what you want to do with the SUP. If you want to travel with it, it may be better to use an inflatable SUP. These are much easier to transport, especially in airplanes. Inflatable SUPs are great because you can transport them easier, plus their surface may be more forgiving in case the board you or your child falls on it. Solid boards, on the other hand, are more durable. They will not lose their shape and will continue floating although they may have a hole somewhere. They are thus a more reliable solution, however generally more expensive and difficult to transport.

3. How can I ensure my child’s safety on a SUP?

Generally, it is recommendable that your child knows how to swim before going on a paddle board. Furthermore, you should at least spend the first time with your child in the water helping and making sure that your kid feels comfortable and can get on the board by itself. Please make sure your child wears the leash that is attached to the board. Additionally, a safety vest is recommended, especially in rivers or the ocean. In any case, make sure that you are close by and that you watch your child while it is on the water. If your child is in the ocean, please inform yourself first about the currents in the region. The best is to talk to a lifeguard or a local surf instructor.

best sup boards for kids

REACH OUT

As always, we create our content with you, fellow adventurers, in mind. So, how’d we do? Did you find this informative? Did it help you make a decision? Did we miss anything? We’d love to hear from you below. Thanks for reading and we hope your next adventure is a great one!

Sophie Bader

Sophie is a product expert, degreed wildlife manager, and biologist, with a specialization in Marine Biology as well as Ecology and Evolution. Sophie has a huge passion for traveling and is originally from southern Germany. She has obtained her PADI - Open Water diving license at the age of 13. Throughout her studies, Sophie has been conducting marine conservation research on four different continents and whilst traveling, has been diving in over 10 different countries worldwide. Her key interests include marine life and its conservation, local culture, diving, writing, and teaching English to local communities.

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