Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has become increasingly popular in recent years, and many paddleboarders are wondering if it’s possible to catch waves on an inflatable SUP. The answer is a resounding yes – you can definitely catch waves on an inflatable board!
Inflatable boards have come a long way in terms of construction materials and design in recent years, meaning they are now just as capable as solid boards when it comes to riding waves. Today’s inflatables have been designed with drop-stitch technology that provides plenty of rigidity to the board which will help you get up and over the face of the wave with ease. The lightweight construction also makes them easier to manoeuver in choppy waters, while their portability allows you to take your board further afield with ease.
Of course there are certain factors you should consider when choosing an inflatable SUP for wave riding – performance is ultimately determined by the quality of materials used in its construction, so be sure to invest in a higher end model for maximum enjoyment on the water. You’ll also want a slightly bigger size than usual if you plan on catching waves, as this will provide more stability when paddling out into deeper waters and extra buoyancy for catching smaller swell.
Overall there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to enjoy your time riding waves on an inflatable SUP, provided you choose one made with high quality materials and appropriate size requirements suited to the type of surfing conditions you plan on tackling. Buying a good quality board from a trusted brand will ensure that your inflatable SUP lasts longer and can handle any conditions thrown at it – so don’t be afraid to join the rest of the Aboarders catching waves out on their paddleboards.