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?
Or perhaps they’ve seen you paddling and now insisting they want a board too! 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 than to power around with your kids on the water?
|Thurso Surf Prodigy||1.||Check Prices|
|NIXY Huntington Compact||2.||Check Prices|
|Red Paddle Co Snapper||3.||Check Prices|
|Airhead Popsicle||4.||Check Prices|
|TenToes Nano||5.||Check Prices|
Quick Answer: 5 Best SUPs for Kids
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.
Kids’ SUPs 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.
Below are five boards that are all excellent choices. They are not ranked in any particular order.
1. Thurso Surf Prodigy Junior
Don’t you, when considering a SUP for your children want to know the quality is of high standards? They are more likely to be bashing their boards around so you want something that is well made and durable but still affordable. The Prodigy is that balance.
The Prodigy is made using a double layer PVC and using drop-stitch technology, which for lightweight kids is enough materials for a stiff board.
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 all the accessories you’d need to get going included, but they are also durable and practical. That makes the value for money skyrocket.
They have choices of a blue and a pink board, generic yes but at least there’s a choice!
- Everything included
- Soft deck if children fall
- Easy to paddle for first-timers
- Performance is a little sluggish
2. NIXY Huntington Ultra Compact
While the NIXY Huntington is sold as an adult’s compact board, it’s the right size for a junior. It’s also super lightweight and has the smaller bag which makes it easy for kids to move their own board around, freeing you up to enjoy yourself!
NIXY makes outstanding boards with great features. The Huntington is their first compact board and at the time of this article the first-ever compact board in a mid-range price. They use a softer and more flexible PVC for it to be able to be folded but have reinforced the rails with carbon fiber but also, used fusion to bond the layers. Creating the most durable and stiffest junior boards on this list outside of the Red Paddle Co.
It came in behind the Thurso because it’s a bit squirrelly to ride and also not quite the same fit in shape for a juniors board like the Prodigy. The Huntington is better suited to teens that are looking to get right into SUP-ing.
- Fantastic manufacturing
- Compact designs for easier moving around by kids
- Lightweight design great for kids
- Get all accessories
- Not the most ideal shape for juniors
- Bit squirrely to ride
3. Red Paddle Co Snapper
Here is the creme de la creme of the juniors boards. While this is easily the most well made juniors board and can even double as a surf SUP for experienced riders, it’s also fairly more expensive. Hence why it’s down on the list at number 3, our research tells us that most parents don’t want to spend a huge amount of their kid’s SUPs.
Red Paddle Co is known for being the best in the inflatable game which is why they are worth what they are. I truly believe they are worth it but not everyone is after the best of the best. They are the only inflatable SUP company that has their own manufacturing warehouse so their quality control is impeccable.
The Snapper is a very responsive and zippy board but also quite stable. It’s perfect for juniors through to teens, especially for those who are looking to really get into paddleboarding. The best part is that this board could even be shared by an experienced adult as a surf SUP.
- Exceptional quality
- Can be used as a surf SUP by adults
- Well known industry best company
- Expensive juniors board
- Some juniors may find the pintail a bit unstable
4. 7’ Airhead Popsicle 730
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. The drawback on this eggy shape will be speed, your kiddy winkles will be struggling to keep up with you. Perhaps a tow rope?
Included are a bag for transport and the pump, you will need to buy an extra paddle! Airhead sells paddles for juniors separately here. This is a great board for small kids trying out paddleboarding for the first time.
- Extremely stable egg shape
- No included paddle
- Slow on the water
Ten Toes 8′ Nano Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Bundle
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.
Ten Toes is another company thats been around the inflatable SUP world for quite some time, their reputation is known. Their SUPs are quite basic and put together simply which can be a red flag for some but the plus side is that it keeps them extremely affordable.
- Color choice
- Stable, easy to paddle for beginners
- Included paddle
- The paddle and accessories aren’t great
- No bag for transport
How We Choose Our List of Best Kids SUPs
There are a few factors that come into effect when choosing a good kids SUP. We mentioned these features at the top of the article, however, in case you need reminding we’ll lay it out again quickly.
1. A kids board needs to be built well, as I’m sure you already know, kids tend to be quite rambunctious!
2. Affordable – like clothes, they will outgrow the board and it could be sooner than you care to spend more money.
3. Versatile – This touches on the above point ^^ if you can have a juniors SUP that small adults can use too, then you have something that can grow with your kids
4. The right size, around 8-9ft.
So keeping all of this in mind is how we chose these boards. The other part that comes into our choice is customer satisfaction. While not everyone in the team has kids at Supboardguide, we all have experience paddling with kids. We know what makes a kid excited to get out on the water.
It’s something that isn’t too daunting to try for the first time and some cool graphics or colors on the board to lure them in. That and of course, watching their parents have the best time ever! So you best be paddling alongside them too. If you are also looking for a board and don’t want to stretch the budget, check out our Cheap SUP list.
PFD and Paddle
If your kids want to paddleboard 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 an adjustable paddle by Bic Sport. You can find it here.
Let’s not kid around here…
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 of these SUPs.
Need The Decision Made For You?
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 on anything we may have missed. Perhaps you found a SUP your kid’s 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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