The 5 Best SUPs for Kids Here are five paddle boards your kids will love

A boy and a girl paddling
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Updated (01/18/18)

You are a parent. You are strapped for time. You’ve decided your kids should own a Stand Up Paddle Board. Or perhaps your kids are consistent in asking for one. You don’t want to spend hours comparing them.

Does that sound about right?

No matter what size, age or skill level your kids are, the list below will contain the right kid’s SUP for your children.

Why are we so sure?

Because we know SUPs and we know kids. Most importantly we know what kind of SUP will keep your kids happy and most importantly, wanting to get out more.

This decision about buying a SUP for your kids is important. Not just so that they have fun, but if they want to keep getting out there, that means you can too! What better way to let off some steam then to power around with your kids on the water?

Picture NameRank Check Prices
Thurso Surf Kids SUP Thurso Surf Prodigy1.Check Prices
 Waterkids 8' Paddle BoardWaterKids All Around2.Check Prices
 Ten Toes Kids BoardTenToes Nano 3.Check Prices
 Airhead Kids iSUPAirhead Popsicle 4.Check Prices
 Milkshake SUP BoardXterra Milkshake 5.Check Prices

Quick Answer: 5 Best SUPs for Kids

  1. Thurso Surf Prodigy
  2. Waterkids All-Around
  3. Ten Toes Nano
  4. Airhead Popsicle
  5. Xterra Milkshake

What Makes a Good Kids SUP Board?

A SUP that is designed for kids should possess certain characteristics. For one, it should be reasonably priced. These boards should be light, durable (a very important aspect) and safe, but there’s no need to pay $2,000 for a high-performance SUP board at this stage.

A kids’ SUP should also be the right size, typically in the 8-9 ft range. This way the board will be easy enough to transport in a car and small enough so your child can lug it to-and-from the shore.

However, although these boards are smaller, there should be no sacrifice for ample stability. Learning to paddleboard is relatively easy, but you still need the right amount of stability to get your bearings. A younger SUPer will appreciate a stable board, and it’s also a way to give their friends a ride.

Our Picks

Below are five boards that are all excellent choices. They are not ranked in any particular order.

1. Thurso Surf Prodigy Junior

Thurso Surf Kids SUPDon’t you, when considering a SUP for your children, want to know the quality is of high standards, mainly for safety reasons??

Thursosurf entire range is made with drop-stitch technology making their boards robust and safe.

This Prodigy model for kids and teenagers is a perfect size, holding up to 165 lbs (74 kgs). It comes with everything you’ll need to get your kids started out too. Not only are the accessories included, making the value for money skyrocket but they are also durable and practical.

Not to mention the incredibly stylish wooden deck design that will make your kids feel like the coolest ones on the water!

Pros

  • Everything included
  • Affordable
  • Soft deck if children fall
  • Easy to paddle for first timers

Cons

  • Performance is a little sluggish

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2. WaterKids All-Around 8ft

Waterkids 8' Paddle Board
Check Waterkids.com for different color choices

Waterkids company exclusively makes kids SUPs. You can’t go past a company that dedicates itself to a niche. We’ve chosen to include the 8ft because it’s the perfect average. They also have smaller and bigger boards depending on your kid’s size.

This all-rounder is also available in 2 color options. Both color schemes are gender neutral. It allows your kids to have options without feeling like they have to choose the “boy” or “girl’ one!

Some new SUP kids may find the boards a little wobbly at first. Only speculate on this because where many other SUP’s are around 30” width and 6” thick this is 28” wide and 4”. The plus side is that you could totally surf this SUP like a mal in small waves. You get a surfboard and your kids get a SUP!

Pros

  • Extensive line – lots of choice for size
  • Choice of color schemes
  • Affordable

Cons

  • No accessories included
  • Could be wider/thicker

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3. Ten Toes 8′ Nano Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Bundle

Ten Toes Kids BoardPretty in pink for girls and groovy green for the young lads. The Ten Toes 8’ Nano holds up to 140 lbs (63kg) and comes with a paddle, pump and repair kit.

While the accessories aren’t red hot, this board performs extremely well for the smaller riders. It’s got a three fin setup that makes it a versatile board for all conditions and the color choice will turn your little ones into happy chappies.

Pros

  • Color choice
  • Stable, easy to paddle for beginners
  • Included paddle

Cons

  • The paddle and accessories aren’t great
  • No bag for transport

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4. 7’ Airhead Popsicle 730

Airhead Kids iSUPWanting to find a SUP for your kids that is light enough they can carry it to the water’s edge?

Well the Airhead may be your solution, the drawback being the weight limit is a little lower than other mentioned SUP’s here, but that shouldn’t be a worry until your children become small adults!

The 7’ Airhead holds 30-120 lbs (14-55kg) and is as stable as it is fun to ride. The egg-like shape makes this board extremely stable as well as it’s 4 fin setup. Again the drawback will be speed, your kiddy winkles will be struggling to keep up with you. Perhaps a tow rope?

Included is a bag for transport and the pump, you will need to buy an extra paddle! Airhead sells paddles for juniors separately here.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Extremely stable egg shape

Cons

  • No included paddle
  • Slow on the water

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5. XTERRA Milkshake 8’

Milkshake SUP BoardThis kid’s SUP is the perfect companion for the little adventurer.

There’s all the accessories needed to start; pump, bag, leash, paddle. Then there’s also the cool features like bungee cords for gear and a GoPro mount.

Vibrant colors will keep your children safe by being easy to spot and kids also love it! Anything colorful and shiny they say.

Not only do kids love the design, they love being able to take full control of their adventure (and so will you). The inflation/deflation is simple enough that XTERRA boasts kids are extremely able to do all the hard work themselves. Most kids get a bit kick out of doing it all themselves, even it does take them a little longer, means you’ve got more time to sit back and relax!

At 8’ long, 30’ wide and 150 lbs capacity weight, most children to teens will enjoy this SUP. The shape of the board means plenty of speed but without sacrificing too much stability either.

Pros

  • All accessories plus adventure features – bungee and GoPro mount
  • Fun design / easy to spot in the water
  • Durable double layer materials
  • Speed
  • Easy inflation – kids can do it themselves

Cons

  • Paddle is low quality

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PFD and Paddle

Kids PFD Life WestIf your kids want to paddle board and get out on the water a PFD is an absolute must. There really is no way around it and it’s a safety essential. Luckily, they are fairly cheap. The Stohlquist Youth Escape PFD sold on Amazon is a good option. You can find it here.

Some of our recommended boards also don’t include a paddle. Picking a paddle for adults is complicated. For kids is not. There is no need to spend a lot of money on an expensive carbon paddle. Just make sure the length is correct and that it floats. An adjustable paddle makes a ton of sense. You don’t want to buy a new paddle every season. A good option is the 2-piece paddle by Super Paddles. You can find it here.

Let’s not kid around here…

If you have kids, you are probably strapped for time.

If you are strapped for time your hobbies are probably non-existent.

So why not include your kids into your hobbies?

Getting your kids a SUP can be as much for them as it is for you.

Now getting them a SUP that they will love and enjoy riding is important. It’s important for the longevity of them being interested in your hobbies. You can’t go wrong with any one of these SUPs.

If you love them all and completely stumped you really can’t beat the Thurso Surf Prodigy. It’s affordable, has everything to get started, super cool design (kids love that), easy for them to learn and versatile in different conditions.

Please feel free to comment any others we may have missed. Perhaps you found a SUP your kids love? We love seeing the whole family out there too so don’t forget to show us your family SUP pics!

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13 thoughts on “The 5 Best SUPs for Kids

  1. A lot of these boards seem expensive for kids and big too. Maybe they are meant for teens but little kids, like 8 and 9 years old, would need even shorter boards.

    • The 8′ boards are already pretty small. I can only think of one or two boards that are 7′ but I will include them in my next update. Thanks for pointing it out.

  2. I’ve got a Lakeshore Inflatable SUP for my kid, what I get for a $500 plus board is a convenient and durable SUP board for my boy. He’s 8 years old and he’s enjoying SUP as much as I do.

  3. Can you please include our company in your comparison for ‘5 best sup’s for kids’ as we manufacture 7 different models of paddleboards specifically for kids…and they are all top of the line construction, the same as any adults. WATERKIDS.com

  4. I discovered paddle boarding last summer and absolutely love the sport! I am an avid yogi and was easily able to move right into the sport and felt like a natural. Last year, I rented and this year I am ready to buy my own board. I am concerned about carrying the board since I am a smaller adult. 5’1″ about 150 lbs and would like to purchase the smallest board possible to be able to take it with me for travel but don’t with concern of length and weight of the board. What would the drawbacks be if I purchased a child size board? I haven’t used one but read that they are good for kids right at my height and weight but I don’t want to feel like I am riding a tricycle. Any information you can give me would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • Hey Mary,

      good question. There are a few reasons why you don’t want to buy a kids SUP. First of all, most kids boards won’t hold your weight. At 150lbs you’d be exceeding all of the weight limits except that of the Thurso Prodigy. Even there, you’d be cutting it fairly close. The max weight in most cases is also not really intended to be maxed out by one person of 160lbs (Thurso weight capacity) but more by two kids sharing a SUP or playing on it together. For one 150lbs person it wouldn’t be stable enough. That’s because the dimensions are designed for younger kids. They are all between 7′ and 8′. You’d definitely want to look for a SUP that’s 10’+ long and as wide as possible since you need the stability for Yoga. Kids boards are all around 30″ wide, which given the length is pretty wide and stable. For a 10’+ boards on the other hand it’s not really.

      The same applies to the accessories. You definitely won’t enjoy paddling with a kids paddle. It’s just not stiff enough.

      Check out the Nixy Newport. It’s super light-weight (19lbs) so you won’t have any issues carrying it. It’s an inflatable so it rolls up and fits into the backpack that comes with it and the paddle blade is fairly small so you won’t be breaking any speed records but it will be easy to paddle. It’s also 33″ wide and super stable so ideal for Yoga.

    • Red Paddle do some great inflatables you may be interested in for the lighter adult. There’s a 9’8 version of their RIDE (All rounder/somewhat surf oriented), good to 200lbs (so you + plenty of kit in the tie downs…), and a Max Race 10.6 which are marketed for younger people, but they do a 28″ wide one good for 75Kgs rider (that’s about 165lbs so still a little close but worth a test?).

      If you’re more into touring / distance, their 11′ Sport good too. Less good for surf, but great tracking and not turning with every stroke.

      I am not connected to Red Paddle, other than being a very satisfied customer of one of their “Explorer” range (called “Voyager” this year).

  5. Any Kids one’s with more of a flat-water emphasis (the above tested ones all look surf-oriented in shape and fins…). We’re inland, so more on lakes and rivers and wanting to do some distances…

    • The ones above are all-around boards but some do have a fairly narrow tail making it easy for kids to turn. If you really want to cover some distance check out Waterkids. They have a 9ft Lake/Tour board.

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