A standing up paddle board (SUP) is a great way to experience the outdoors, and get your children and/or teenagers acclimated to the water. SUPs are typically 8 to 9 ft in length, and yet they are light and easy to use.
Standing up paddle boarding is fun for the entire family, but rather than pay a crazy $2,000 for a regular adult paddle board, here are some suggestions for the absolute best SUPs for kids and teenagers.
1. Lifetime Youth Hooligan Stand Up Paddle Board
The Lifetime Youth Hooligan standing up paddle board is perfect for children over the age of five years old, and works best in surf or on flat surfaces. The board includes a paddle that adjusts from 64 to 72 inches, making it accessible for children of all ages. The Lifetime Youth Hooligan is compact, lightweight, and designed to provide optimal stability for its operator.
The fin on the bottom of the board (used on SUPs to help navigate), easily folds to the bottom of the board for simple storage. The Lifetime Youth Hooligan SUP Board is UV protected, so it won’t fade or crack from the sun’s rays. There is a maximum 130 lbs limit for the board, so it might not be the best choice for older teens. The Lifetime Youth Hooligan board comes with a five-year warranty. There’s no risk in checking this one out. You can find this on the Internet for as low as $300, and like its namesake, this board is good for a lifetime.
- Dimensions: 96L x 30W in.
- Number of passengers: 1
- High-density polyethylene construction
2. BIC Dura-Tec Sup – Kid’s Version
The BIC Dura-Tec SUP for kids is a compact 8’4—small for paddle boards, which means it is a great choice for kids! The BIC Dura-Tec is one of the most popular SUP boards on the market. Chances are if you’ve ever taken paddle board lessons, this is the one you’ve used. It is considered an entry-level board. The BIC Dura-Tec is known for rugged performance and durability. Though, only take this one out on calm waters and small waves.
The crocodile skin pad makes for a comfortable traction support, and the ergo-grip handle is good for lugging the BIC Dura-Tec SUP to and from the car. This board works best for kids up to 80 lbs.
- Stable, user-friendly shapes, based on BIC's ACE-TEC range
- Rugged polyethylene shell and polyurethane foam core for true boardsport feel and performance
- 8'4 for Kids <80lbs, 9'4 for novice riders <135lbs, 9'10 for novice riders <200lbs, 10'4 for novice riders < 185lbs, 11'4 for novice riders <220lbs
3. Chill Nalu 8’ Stand Up Paddle Board
The Chill Nalu runs cheap for paddle boards, and it shows. You can find this one on Walmart.com for around $200. It comes with three fins, a traction pad, aluminum paddle, and a camera mount for taking selfies! It runs a total length of about eight inches.
The Chill Nalu is easy to carry, and it is almost certainly for kids under 5’4. Because of this SUP board’s overall lack of durability for lighter weights, it is best for very small children.
4. Aquaglide Impulse 9’6 SUP
The Aquaglide Impulse is quite long for a children’s standing up paddle board, but it is still a very good length for younger people just starting out. The clear benefit of this board is that kids and teens will be able to use this well into adulthood.
The hull of the Aquaglide Impulse is very wide a sturdy (about 30 inches across), and the single dorsal fin makes navigation a breeze in both choppy waters and on calm wake. The deck pad of the Aquaglide Impulse is durable and great for traction, so you won’t be slipping off of this board. It’s high quality and comfortable. The board finishes strong in categories ranging both kids to adults, and is definitely worth a try.
- All-around use excels on day trips over flatwater or on playful outings in small surf and light chop
- Fiberglass composite over a foam core offers high stiffness and side-to-side response
- Soft deck pad offers comfortable traction, and the EVA tail, rail, and nose guards enhance durability
5. Lakeshore Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride Inflatable SUP
Lakeshore Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride Inflatable SUP board—other than being quite a mouthful—is most definitely a SUP board for kids. With a maximum weight limit of 125 lbs, it’s great for younger paddle boarders.
The Lakeshore Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is inflatable too, a rarity for SUP boards, so it can be easily folded up and stored in a backpack. The Lakeshore has a soft deck pad, ties to keep everything in place, and a pressure capacity to make the board itself stiff and durable enough for choppy waters. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is typically priced around $550—a decent price tag for a kid’s paddle board.
6. Sun Dolphin Seaquest 10’ SUP Board
The Sun Dolphin Seaquest paddle board is a very easy and stable ride. The nonslip foot pads make navigation a breeze for the Sun Dolphin Seaquest SUP board. The Sun Dolphin Seaquest is also easy to carry and great for storage as well.
There is a recessed cooler area in the back so you can keep drinks cool and fresh on board this thing. It is perfect for a chill and smooth ride on calmer tides.
- Lightweight, easy to carry with five carrying handle locations
- Tracks and paddles with ease while offering maximum stability
- Non-slip foot pads & recessed cooler area with strap
7. Epic International Crush Youth SUP Board
The Epic International Crush Youth SUP is perfect for kids five years and older, with a weight limit up to about 130 lbs. The width of this SUP allows for stable navigation on both calm waters and choppy surf.
The dorsal fin can be easy folded onto the board for safe storage. The decals on the board are UV protected for fade resistance. And the compact make of the board makes the Epic International 90524 Crush Youth SUP excellent for transportation.
Those are a couple standing up paddle boards that are worth checking out for your kids and/or teens. For more on the best SUPs for kids and teenagers, check out more of our resources online. There are plenty of guides out there to ensure you will find the paddle board that is best for you and your child. Paddle boarding can be fun and exciting for the whole family. The experience is definitely one that you will cherish for your lifetime—and it’s easy and enjoyable for all ages!