Choosing the right paddleboard for YOU!


    Choosing the right paddleboard (SUP) is essential to ensure an enjoyable and comfortable experience on the water. We at High Society want you to have the best experience possible, not just the first time you go, but the last time too and everything in between! It can be a little daunting figuring out which board is the right one, but don’t worry- we are here to help! Below are some factors to consider when selecting the perfect paddleboard for you:

  1. Paddle Board Type:
    • All-around: Versatile and suitable for various water conditions, including flatwater, rivers, and small waves. Ideal for beginners and casual paddlers.
    • Touring: Designed for longer distances and stability in choppy water. Features a pointed nose for better tracking and speed.
    • Surf: Shorter and narrower boards specifically designed for riding waves. Suitable for experienced paddlers and those looking for a more challenging experience.
    • Inflatable vs. Solid: Inflatable paddleboards are convenient for storage and transport, while solid (hard) paddleboards offer better performance and durability.
  2. Board Size:
    • Width: A wider board provides more stability, making it easier for beginners to balance. Narrower boards offer better maneuverability and speed but require more balance.
    • Length: Longer boards track better and glide through the water more efficiently, ideal for touring and racing. Shorter boards are more maneuverable and suitable for surfing and casual paddling.
    • Thickness: Thicker boards offer more buoyancy and stability, while thinner boards provide better control and responsiveness.
  3. Weight Capacity:
    • Consider your weight and the weight of any gear or accessories you plan to bring on the paddleboard. Choose a board with a weight capacity that comfortably accommodates your needs.
  4. Construction Materials:
    • Inflatable boards are typically made from durable PVC material and are inflated with a pump. Solid boards are commonly constructed from materials like epoxy, fiberglass, or carbon fiber and tend to be much heavier.
    • Consider the durability, weight, and performance characteristics of different construction materials when choosing your paddleboard. Each H.S. iSUP goes through a multi point inspection process before it leaves the factory so we can offer you the best possible quality iSUP on the market.
  5. Deck Pad and Storage Features:
    • Look for a comfortable and non-slip deck pad that provides traction and stability while paddling.
    • Consider additional features such as bungee cords, D-rings, seat attachments and cargo areas for storing gear and accessories.
  6. Budget:
    • Determine your budget and find a paddleboard that offers the best value for your investment. Consider factors like construction quality,  and included accessories when comparing prices. High Society isn't the cheapest brand out there, but has a range of boards and pricing designed for all types of paddlers.

    1. Try Before You Buy:
      • Whenever possible, test different paddleboards to find the one that feels most comfortable and suits your paddling style.
      • Renting paddleboards or participating in demo days at local paddle shops can provide valuable insights before making a purchase. For a list of trusted demo, rental and proving grounds partners, hit us up! 
      • High Society offers a unique performance guarantee that let's your return the board for an exchange or full refund within the first 2 weeks of owning it, should you find yourself unhappy with your original selection. Check out our FAQ page for more info.
  • After the sale support: 
      • The day you buy the board shouldn't be the last time you are in touch with High Society. We believe in community and strive to offer top tier customer service to all our people, whether you need help with setup, tips on where to go, repairs, warranties or upgrades, we want to hear from you! 

    By considering these factors and doing thorough research, you can choose the right paddleboard that meets your needs, preferences, and budget, ensuring many enjoyable adventures on the water.