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The Best Paddle Boards For Dogs Of 2022 Tests & Reviews

best paddle boards for dogs

Stand up paddle boarding is a lot of fun and a great way to spend time on the water. If you’re a dog owner it is a perfect water sport to share with your furry friend. To have a good time with your SUP pup you should look for a board that will be fun for you and your dog. You need a board that is stable and large enough to hold you and your dog. If that sounds good then let’s take a look at the best paddle boards for dogs available today.

Below is a summary table of our picks. Keep reading below for reviews and dog paddle boarding guide.

iRocker All Around 11

NIXY Monterey G4

Chasing Blue Infinite

ISLE Explorer 2.0

BOTE Aero HD 11'6"

iRocker All Around 11 Ultra

THURSO SURF Max

Red Paddle Co 10'6" Ride MSL

Bluefin Cruise

ROC Explorer 10

Top Pick

Top Pick

Best Value

Rating

8.7/10

9.3/10

8.3/10

8.6/10

8.6/10

9.0/10

9.0/10

8.6/10

8.0/10

7.3/10

Price

Pros

  • Carbon paddle and triple action pump

  • Lots of room on deck for you and a dog

  • Lots of D-Rings for mounting accessories

  • Very stiff rigid lightweight construction

  • Big stable fast board that handles well on the water

  • Overall high quality feel to board and accessories

  • Stable, easy to paddle, and works with paddlers up to it’s 320 lb weight limit

  • 22 D-Rings and lots of handles for versatility and easy transport

  • Quality accessories such as roller backpack

  • Carbon shaft paddle and nice backpack

  • Paddle holders built into the board

  • Longer medium width board has good speed and tracking but still stable enough for new paddlers

  • Very big stable board that is easy to paddle and can carry a lot of weight

  • Tough heavy duty construction

  • Many available accessories to customize the board for any purpose

  • Overall compact package that fits in a small bag

  • Electric pump is included instead of a giant hand pump

  • Stiff, light and durable woven construction

  • Very large stable board that can still get up and go

  • Stiff, light and durable woven construction

  • High quality feel to board and accessories

  • Clean deck with flat bungees

  • Easy to paddle shape with decent tracking

  • Stiff lightweight board

  • Very complete package including a kayak seat and 2 blade paddle

  • Very stiff and durable board

  • Croco-diamond EVA deck pad with kick pad at the rear

  • Lightweight and easy to carry

  • Diamond grooved EVA deck pad

  • Stable, easy to paddle design good for beginners or experienced paddlers

Cons

  • Takes a little effort to get it back into the bag with the hand pump

  • The included hand pump can't deflate

  • Board is difficult to get back in the bag with the pump

  • Not as fast as a narrower touring board

  • Accessory and action camera mounts included but not installed on board

  • Like all wide boards, it needs a little more effort to paddle into chop and wind

  • The 2 small side fins are not removable

  • No built in action mounts

  • High cost

  • The big board can take some effort to paddle into waves and chop

  • Weight limit is lower than original iRocker All Around 11′

  • Double fin design needs 2-3 inches more water depth than traditional 3 fin designs

  • Not as fast as narrower boards

  • It takes some effort to get the board and pump back into the bag

  • Does not include a paddle and leash

  • High cost

  • The board is a bit heavy carrying around compared to similar sized boards

  • Backpack doesn't have wheels

  • The backpack tears easily and isn’t durable

  • The paddle will fill with water and sink if it’s in the water long enough

Summary

One of my all time favorite SUP boards.  It's a little longer at 11 feet but still very stable. It's got a lot of room for your dog to stand in front of you. It's got good glide and easy to turn. It's a true fun all around board that is good for doing almost anything. 

A big board that is perfect for larger paddlers and beginners. NIXY G4 boards have stiff woven construction and come with the best accessory package of any board maker. The Monterey is great for days you want to go exploring or take the dog out on the water.

Chasing Blue Infinite is a great value board that we have used right up to it's 320 lb weight limit.  It uses 2 layer woven construction for stiffness. It is a wide stable board great for beginner paddlers. It comes with a great roller backpack.

The ISLE Explorer 2.0 is a medium 32" wide longer board. It is good for heavier paddlers and will have more speed than the wider 34" boards. It handles chop and waves better than wider alterantives. It's not as stable either. It comes with a nice carbon paddle to round out the package.

The BOTE Aero HD 11'6" is a big stable board that comes loaded with accessories for adventuring. It has all the style and technology you would expect from a BOTE board. It is customizable with even more available accessories.

The All Around 11 Ultra retains the same great shape and performance as the iRocker All Around.  It is a few pounds lighter and fits into a bag half the size. This makes it as perfect travel SUP or SUP for people without much storage space. As a bonus it comes with an electric pump instead of a large hand pump.

The Thurso Max is a big wide board that is stable with decent glide.  It's got everything you need for adventuring or taking the dog out with you. It's a very stable board with decent glide. It has lots of handles and action mounts making it a very versatile board for any activity.

The Red 10'6" Ride is one of the best selling paddleboards of all time. It is an all around shape with 2 fixed fins. It has a clean deck with flat bungees making it easy for dogs to walk and sit on. It uses Red Paddle Co MSL construction. The only downsides are the price and it does not include a paddle or leash.

Bluefin boards use some of the stiffest construction out there for a good performing board. The Cruise series make good boards for paddling and taking your dog along. They are heavier because of the higher density drop-stitch they use and the bags don't have wheels. 

The ROC Explorer 10 makes a good SUP board for a smaller paddler and smaller dog. It is a very cheap way to get into paddle boarding. It's size and more flexible construction mean it works best for smaller paddlers. If you want good bang for the buck. This is it.

Review

Warranty

3 years

2 years

2 years

2 year

2 years

3 years

2 year

5 years

5 year

1 year

Size

11'6" x 32" x 6"

11'6" x 34" x 6"

10'6" x 34" x 6"

11'6" x 32" x 6"

11'6" x 34" x 6"

11'6" x 32" x 6"

11'6" x 34" x 6"

10'6" x 32" x 4.7"

10'8" x 32" x 6"

10' x 32" x 6"

Weight

26 lbs

25 lbs

22.5 lbs

24 lbs

30 lbs

21.4 lbs

31 lbs

22 lbs

29 lbs

17.5 lbs

Capacity

435 lbs

400 lbs

320 lbs

300  lbs

300 lbs

290 lbs

300 lbs

249 lbs

287 lbs

300 lbs

Construction

3 Layer

2 Layer Woven w/Carbon Rails

2 Layer Woven

2 Layer

2 Layer

2 Layer Woven

2 Layer Woven w/Carbon Rails

MSL

2 Layer

1 Layer

Ratings

iRocker All Around 11

NIXY Monterey G4

Chasing Blue Infinite

ISLE Explorer 2.0

BOTE Aero HD 11'6"

iRocker All Around 11 Ultra

THURSO SURF Max

Red Paddle Co 10'6" Ride MSL

Bluefin Cruise

ROC Explorer 10

Stiffness

9/10

10/10

9/10

9/10

10/10

10/10

10/10

9/10

9/10

6/10

Stability

8/10

10/10

9/10

8/10

10/10

8/10

10/10

8/10

8/10

7/10

Speed

9/10

9/10

7/10

9/10

8/10

7/10

8/10

9/10

7/10

7/10

Tracking

9/10

8/10

8/10

9/10

9/10

8/10

9/10

8/10

8/10

7/10

Accessories

9/10

10/10

8/10

9/10

8/10

10/10

9/10

8/10

9/10

7/10

Setup

9/10

9/10

8/10

8/10

8/10

10/10

9/10

9/10

8/10

8/10

Portability

8/10

8/10

8/10

8/10

7/10

10/10

8/10

9/10

7/10

9/10

Overall Score

8.7/10

9.3/10

8.3/10

8.6/10

8.6/10

9.0/10

9.0/10

8.6/10

8.0/10

7.3/10

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The top 10 best paddle boards for dogs

Below are our top 10 picks for the best paddle boards for dogs on the market today. We considered features, performance, price, durability, and customer reviews in our recommendations.

1 – iRocker All Around 11

☆ Top Pick
Sitting on all around

Specifications

  • Size – 11′ x 32″ x 6″
  • Weight Capacity – 435 lbs
  • Board Weight – 26 lbs
  • Construction – 3 Layer
  • D-Rings – 20
  • Paddle – 3 piece carbon paddle
  • Pump – Triple action double barrel

Rating

8.7

Overall Rating

Stiffness

Stability

Speed

Tracking

Accessories

Setup

Portability

What we liked
  • Carbon paddle and triple action pump
  • Big long stable board
  • Plenty of room for a large dog
  • A fun board to paddle around
  • Sturdy stiff 3 layer construction
What we didn’t like
  • It takes a bit of effort to get back into the bag
  • The triple action hand pump can’t deflate

Summary

The iRocker All-Around 11 is a great paddleboard to share with your dog. It is a longer board with lots of stability and plenty of weight capacity. It is 32 inches wide giving it lots of forgiveness for giving your dog a ride.

The board has 3 removable fins. The fin use latches to stay in place so there is no plastic tab to worry about losing or breaking.

The board is made of a 3 layer PVC laminate for stiffness and durability. The deck has a embossed grooved deck pad. The deck pad is one piece and is the same diamond grid pattern underfoot and in the tail area. The board has 20 D-Rings with bungees and handles at the front and rear. There is plenty of room in front and behind you for a small to medium sized dog to stand without being on the bungees.

Overall, the iRocker All-Around 11 is one of the best beginner paddle board packages out there.

Accessories

The board comes as a complete package including a 3 piece carbon paddle and a triple action pump. This is one of the better spec’d packages out there without any parts that leave you wishing for an upgrade right away.

The backpack is nice with rollers. It has a pocket and bungee on the front for storing accessories. It has plenty of room for the board and accessories inside.

On the water performance

The All Around 11 is an 11′ x 32″ wide board. The length gives it good glide. The 32 inch width is a nice compromise between stability and being able to paddle through chop and waves. It will paddle through small chop without too much effort. The board tail is tapered enough to still be easy to turn. As it’s name implies, it is a good overall board that will serve you and your dog well.

The board has a stated weight capacity of 425 lbs. Heavier paddlers over 350 lbs have found the board to be a bit soft and difficult to use.

Review

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2 – Nixy Monterey G4 Expedition

☆ Top Pick
Nixy and Red paddling together

Specifications

  • Size – 11’6″ x 34″ x 6″
  • Weight Capacity – 400 lbs
  • Board Weight – 25 lbs
  • Construction – 2 Layer Woven PVC with Carbon Rails
  • D-Rings – 28
  • Paddle – Triple action double chamber hand pump
  • Pump – 3 piece carbon

Rating

9.3

Overall Rating

Stiffness

Stability

Speed

Tracking

Accessories

Setup

Portability

What we liked
  • Very stiff rigid lightweight construction
  • 2 air chambers for added safety
  • Big stable fast board that handles well on the water
  • Lots of load carrying capacity
  • Overall high quality feel to board and accessories
  • One of the best roller bags we have seen
  • Designed by paddleboarders who want to create a board that they would want to use
What we didn’t like
  • Not as fast as a narrower touring board
  • It takes some effort to paddle it into wind and chop due to its size

Summary

The Nixy Monterey G4 Expedition is a great paddleboard for spending time with your dog. It is a big stable board with plenty of deck space. The deck pads extend almost to the front and rear of the board. The bungee cords are easily removable making the board very dog friendly.

The board is made from woven PVC construction with carbon rail reinforcements. This makes it very stiff. The board is 11’6″ x 34″ wide making on the bigger side. It is very stable. It still moves okay thanks to the narrow nose and tail sections. The board has 3 fins. Performance can be tuned by leaving off the 2 side fins or substituting a larger center fin.

The board has a ton of action mounts around the board for mounting accessories. This is one of the most versatile boards out there that is good for anything from paddling with dogs, SUP camping or SUP fishing.

Accessories

The Nixy G4 boards come as a complete package with high end accessories. They include a carbon fiber paddle that is light and stiff. The roller backpack has 3 wheels and a ton of MOLLE style loops for attaching things. It is a backpack that is meant for adventure and not just holding a paddleboard.

A double barrel triple action hand pump is included. It is one of the faster and nicer pumps I’ve seen. It can deflate boards. It has removable handles and folding feet to make it more compact.

On the water performance

The Monterey is a very nice handling board on the water. It has been a favorite among beginners who we have let use it. It’s a verys table board thanks to it’s size and width. It moves decently thanks to it’s shape. The 3 fins provide very good tracking. You can take your dog out with confidence on this board that you won’t send them for an unwanted swim.

Review

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3 – Chasing Blue Infinite All Around

☆ Best Value
man paddling outdoormaster infinite sup

Specifications

  • Size – 10′ 6″ x 34″ x 6″
  • Weight Capacity – 320 lbs
  • Board Weight – 22.5 lbs
  • Construction – 2 Layer woven
  • D-Rings – 22
  • Paddle -3 piece alluminum
  • Pump – Double action hand pump

Rating

8.1

Overall Rating

Stiffness

Stability

Speed

Tracking

Accessories

Setup

Portability

What we liked
  • Stable, easy to paddle, and works with paddlers up to its 320 lb weight limit
  • Stiff woven 2 layer construction at a low price
  • 22 D-Rings and lots of handles for versatility and easy transport
  • Quality accessories such as roller backpack
What we didn’t like
  • It takes a little more effort to paddle into chop than narrower boards
  • Accessory and action camera mounts included but not installed on board

Summary

The Chasing Blue Infinite is a great all around board that can be used by beginners and experienced paddlers. It is 10’6″ long and 34″ wide. The weight capacity is rated at 320 lbs and we have tested with an over 300 lb paddler. This board will have plenty of weight capacity for most paddlers and any size dog. The tail is narrowed to make it easier to turn and suitable for small wave surfing. This makes the board very stable and easy to paddle so you won’t risk spilling your dog.

Besides its size and stability, this board is loaded up with features. It has 22 D-Rings for attaching bungees and accessories. It comes with a front and rear bungee. It also includes a variety of GoPro, Camera, and accessory mounts you can attach to the board.

It has 7 handles to make it easy to carry. It also has 2 safety handles at the front that you can grab on it while seated or kneeling while the board goes through waves. It has a very durable 2 layer laminate construction with taped reinforced rails that can take some abuse. At 22.5 lbs it is still easy for one person to carry.

The deck pad is really well thought out. The footpad is grooved for easy water drainage and foot comfort. The tail kick pad is a diamond grid pattern to give you a bit of extra traction for kick turns. The foot pad is large enough that it will fit most paddlers with room for an average sized dog.

The Chasing Blue Infinite is one of the best paddleboard values out there. It is one of the easiest to learn to paddle and versatile enough to grow and let you try out other SUP activities such as rivers, waves, and yoga.

Accessories

This board includes all the accessories you expect from an inflatable paddleboard package. It includes a double action pump, 3 piece aluminum paddle, ankle leash, paddle leash, repair kit, and waterproof cellphone case. It has a great roller backpack to make carrying easier. The bag is very well made. The only complaint is that the bag has no extra pockets for accessories or other items.

Sometimes the board is bundled with the OutdoorMaster Shark 2 electric pump making it an even better value. See our review of the Shark 2 pump to learn more.

On the water performance

On the water, the Chasing Blue Infinite is very stable due to its 34 inch width. It is one of the easiest boards available for a beginner to stand up on. It still glides reasonably well. Better than a 10′ or shorter board. Its 3 fin setup makes it track well. This board will grow with you and will be fine for trying out small wave surfing or yoga.

The board glides and paddles very easily on calm water. It takes a little more effort to paddle into chop and wind due to its wide width and 10’6″ length. It turns very easily thanks to its narrowed tail. This would make an excellent board to enjoy paddling with your dog.

Review

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4 – ISLE Explorer 2.0

ISLE Explorer 2 on water
image courtesy of ISLE Surf & SUP

Specifications

  • Size – 11′6″ x 32″ x 6″
  • Weight Capacity – 300 lbs
  • Board Weight – 24 lbs
  • Construction – 2 Layer
  • D-Rings – 13
  • Paddle – 3 piece carbon
  • Pump – Double action hand pump

Rating

8.6

Overall Rating

Stiffness

Stability

Speed

Tracking

Accessories

Setup

Portability

What we liked
  • Longer medium width board has good speed and tracking but is still stable enough for new paddlers
  • Paddle holders built into the board
  • Carbon shaft paddle and nice roller backpack
  • Plenty of deck pad space for for a dog
What we didn’t like
  • The 2 small side fins aren’t removable.
  • No built in action mounts

Summary

The ISLE Explorer 2.0 is a longer board with good speed and stability. ISLE is one of the most popular SUP brands. They make boards with excellent quality and durability. The Explorer 2.0 is a board for people who want a larger board that can carry weight but don’t want a slow wide board. The Explorer is more of a touring shape than a wide stable all around or fishing SUP. It has enough deck space for a large dog to sit in front of you. This is a good choice for larger paddlers or paddlers with larger dogs that need more room than a 10′ or 10’6″ all around board.

Accessories

The board comes with a carbon paddle, roller bag, ankle leash, repair kit, and double action hand pump. The package includes a double action hand pump. At this price, we would like to see a triple action pump. To make up for it they do include an electric pump. Everything else is high quality and looks like it belongs on this level of SUP package.

On the water performance

The Explorer 2.0 has very good tracking and glide thanks to its length. It is still stable enough for beginner paddlers. You won’t risk dumping your dog in the water due to an unstable board. It doesn’t turn as easily as a shorter board which is the only downside. It moves through chop and small waves easily due to its smaller width.


5 – BOTE HD Aero 11′6″

BOTE HD Aero on water
image courtesy of BOTE

Specifications

  • Size – 11′6″ x 34″ x 6″
  • Weight Capacity – 300 lbs
  • Board Weight – 30 lbs
  • Construction – 2 Layer
  • D-Rings – 16
  • Paddle – 3 piece composite
  • Pump – double action hand pump

Rating

8.6

Overall Rating

Stiffness

Stability

Speed

Tracking

Accessories

Setup

Portability

What we liked
  • Very big stable board that is easy to paddle and can carry a lot of weight
  • Plenty of deck space for a dog
  • Tough heavy duty construction
  • Many available accessories to customize the board for any purpose
  • Stylish woodgrain deck appearance
What we didn’t like
  • High cost
  • The big board can take some effort to paddle into waves and chop
  • No wheels on the travel bag

Summary

The BOTE HD Aero is a big versatile board. It can carry large amounts of weight and has one of the widest selections of available accessories. You can customize the board to make it perfect for almost any activity from fishing to river expeditions. The HD Aero is a larger wider board at 11′ x 34″ giving it good glide and stability on flat water and chop. It is a perfect beginner board for heavier paddlers. BOTE boards use 2 layer PVC construction and come with composite paddles. If you want to do so something special with your board, check out the full range of optional accessories.

Accessories

Accessorizing is one of the things that makes the BOTE brand special. The HD Aero includes some nice extras such as a paddle holder you can mount on the front of the board. They include the best double action single chamber hand pump we’ve seen. The paddle has a composite shaft and feels stiff and light on the water. The only downside is the travel bag. It doesn’t have wheels which is a miss for a board that weighs 30 lbs. The rubberized material that BOTE uses sticks to the board and can make loading the bag more challenging than it needs to be.

On the water

The HD Aero feels like a larger all around board on the water. It tracks well due to its length and 3 fin setup. It’s very stable so your dog can move around without sending you both into the water. It’s a wider board at 34 inches so you will have to do some work to push it into wind and chop. On flat wider it will glide beautifully.

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6 – iRocker All Around 11 Ultra

iRocker All Around Ultra on water

Specifications

  • Size – 11′ x 32″ x 6″
  • Weight Capacity – 290 lbs
  • Board Weight – 21.4 lbs
  • Construction – 2 Layer Woven
  • D-Rings – 16
  • Paddle – 5 piece carbon
  • Pump – 2 stage electric pump

Rating

9.0

Overall Rating

Stiffness

Stability

Speed

Tracking

Accessories

Setup

Portability

What we liked
  • Overall compact package that fits in a small bag
  • Great performance on the water. Good stability and glide without feeling like you are on an extra large board
  • Electric pump is included instead of a giant hand pump
  • Stiff, light and durable woven construction
  • High quality compact 5 piece carbon paddle
What we didn’t like
  • Weight limit is lower than original iRocker All Around 11
  • Double fin design needs 2-3 inches more water depth than traditional 3 fin designs

Summary

The iRocker All Around 11 Ultra is the ultra compact paddleboard from iRocker. The Ultra makes it easier to fit your board in your car with your dog and all the The iRocker All Around 11′ is one of my favorite boards I’ve had the joy of trying out this year. It’s a bit of a beast to carry around and load into it’s bag. I’m super excited for this new version of the All Around that takes a great board design and makes it much easier to transport and store.

Past iRocker boards used a 3 Layer PVC construction. The new Ultra series of boards use a more advanced 2 Layer Woven construction. This is similar to what Starboard uses with their Deluxe series boards. It’s stiff and light.

The All Around 11′ Ultra is a 11′ x 32″ board that has a good all purpose shape. To make it fold into a half size bag they split the deck pad down the middle and changed it from 3 fins to 2 fins. They include a 5 piece paddle and their great electric pump instead of a giant double barrel hand pump.

Quality and durability are what you expect to find in an iRocker board. As always there are lots of D-Rings and accessory mounts to customize the board for any adventure.

Accessories

The iRocker All Around 11′ Ultra goes a new direction with accessories. They heart of this package is the new compact bag. It is about half the size of a normal paddleboard bag. It will fit places a normal bag won’t like the front seat of your car or your apartment closet.

They no longer include a hand pump. They give you the excellent iRocker electric pump. This is one of the best and fastest electric pumps available. I don’t miss a large double chamber hand pump at all.

A 5 piece carbon paddle is included that can fit into the compact bag. It is stiff and performs well. My bottom hand falls right on a joint while paddling. I can feel it and there is a little wobble. I’ll gladly take that for a board I can travel with much easier.

On the water performance

This new version of the All Around has everything we’ve come to love about the old All Around 11′. It glides well. It is stable enough for beginner paddlers without being extra wide and slow. The main difference that effects paddling performance is a twin fin setup instead of 3 fins. This was needed so the board can fold in half. The 2 fins have very good tracking and don’t add any more drag. The only downside is you need a couple more inches of water depth.

The main downside to the new All Around Ultra vs the old All Around Ultra is the weight capacity. The regular iRocker All Around 11′ has a weight capacity of 435. The All Around 11′ Ultra has a weight limit of only 290 lbs. I think iRocker is being very conservative with this number. Woven construction boards have proven to be very stiff. I would feel comfortable recommending this to a large person with a large dog.

iRocker All Around 11 Ultra Product Image

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7 – THURSO SURF Max

Thurso Max on water

Specifications

  • Size – 11′ 6″ x 34″ x 6″
  • Weight Capacity – 300 lbs
  • Board Weight – 31 lbs
  • Construction – 2 Layer Woven with Carbon Rails
  • D-Rings – 17
  • Paddle – 3 piece carbon
  • Pump – Triple action, double chamber

Rating

9.0

Overall Rating

Stiffness

Stability

Speed

Tracking

Accessories

Setup

Portability

What we liked
  • Very large stable board that can still get up and go
  • Stiff, light and durable woven construction
  • High quality feel to board and accessories
  • Extra handles in front and behind standing position
  • US Fin box for center fin making it easy to swap fins
  • Fishing ruler printed on the deck pad
What we didn’t like
  • Not as fast as narrower boards
  • It takes some effort to get the board and pump back into the bag

Summary

The THURSO SURF Max is the SUV of paddleboards. It’s big and can hold a lot of weight. It has a lot of features like handles, action mounts, and paddle holders. It has a deck pad that extends the full length of the board that is perfect for your dog to sit on. It has a ruler printed on the deck pad for fishing. It’s got a GoPro mount built into the nose to capture all your adventures with your dog. It’s built with 2 layer woven construction with carbon fiber reinforcements in the rails. This board is designed to handle any adventure and any size dog.

Accessories

Thurso packaged the Max with a triple action, double chamber hand pump, carbon paddle, leash, repair kit, and roller backpack. The paddle is one of the better carbon fiber SUP package paddles. It’s stiff and feels good on the water. The double barrel pump makes inflating it by hand easier. The roller backpack has enough handles and pockets to handle your accessory gear.

On the water

The Max is a long wider board. It is very stable. You can concentrate on your dog and sightseeing and not focus on staying upright. It would work well for larger beginner paddlers. It’s long enough to have good glide and tracking on flat water. It will handle waves and chop well thanks to its stability. It will take some effort to push through the chop.


8 – Red Paddle Co 10’6″ RIDE MSL

red ride 10 06 on water

Specifications

  • Size – 10’6″ x 32″ x 4.7″
  • Weight Capacity – 240 lbs
  • Board Weight – 22 lbs
  • Construction – 2 Layer MSL
  • D-Rings – 8
  • Paddle – Not included
  • Pump – Double action double chamber hand pump

Rating

8.6

Overall Rating

Stiffness

Stability

Speed

Tracking

Accessories

Setup

Portability

What we liked
  • Stiff lightweight board
  • Clean deck with flat bungees
  • Easy to paddle shape with decent tracking
  • The best roller backpack available
  • Comes with the Titan 2 hand pump that is big and fast
  • 5 year warranty
What we didn’t like
  • Does not include a paddle and leash making it more expensive than the already high cost
  • High cost

Summary

The Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride is a great all around and beginner board. Its clean deck design works especially well for dogs. It is available in 3 lengths with the 10’6″ being the most common version of it.

Red Paddle Co is one of the most popular paddleboard brands around the world. They make high end innovative boards that are both very stiff and very light. Their patented MSL process produces a lighter and stiffer board. It allows the board to be inflated to over 20psi.

The deck has an embossed pattern covering most of the deck. It is smooth enough to be comfortable. It has a diamond pattern at the rear that gives you extra grip for pivot turns. The front of the deck has 3 flat bungee straps for storing gear. The flat bungees are low profile and are easier for dogs to walk across than traditional round bungees. There are no bungees or D-Rings in the rear of the board.

The Ride has 2 fixed fins. Rather than use a 3 fin setup or a large removable fin they opted for 2 larger fixed fins. This arrangement gives great tracking and stability without having a fin to take on and off every time you use the board.

Accessories

The Red Paddle Co Ride comes in a package that includes the board, a pump, and roller backpack. It also includes a repair kit. Depending on where you buy it, it may or may not come with a paddle. I recommend going to Green Water Sports where it comes with an aluminum paddle and leash.

The Titan 2 Pump is a nice upgrade from the hand pump included with any other brand. It has a removable handle, folding legs, and a switch to toggle between high and low pressure modes. All the parts of the pump are replaceable. I still prefer to use an electric pump. If I have to hand pump, I appreciate a high quality pump like the Titan 2.

The roller backpack is nicely padded and made of solid heavy duty materials. It is comfortable to carry as a backpack.

No paddle is included with any of the Red Paddle Co boards. You will have to add another $100-$200 for paddle onto the cost.

On the water performance

The 4.7 inch thickness makes you feel a little closer to the water than a 6 inch paddleboard. It gives the board a stiffer feel than a 4 inch thick board. When pumped up to 20 psi this is a very stiff board compared to most inflatable paddleboards.

The extra stiffness and thinner board make it feel very stable. The 32 inch width also helps with stability. The board is light at 22 lbs but not so light that it feels like it is getting thrown around by the breeze and waves.

The board moves through waves easier than a 33-34inch board. It is a good all around shape that is easy to turn. It is stable enough you won’t have to worry about giving your dog an unintended swim if they don’t want one.

The 2 fin setup works very well for tracking. It feels as good as a 3 fin setup without having to fuss with a removable fin. It doesn’t give you the flexibility of a larger fin or smaller fin.

The board has a stated weight capacity of 240 lbs. It should have no trouble at all handling that weight or a bit more. It will work with any adult and a decent sized dog.

Red Ride 10'6" MSL Product Image

9 – Bluefin Cruise SUP

Bluefin Cruise Walking towards water

Specifications

  • Size – 10′ 8″ x 32″ x 6″
  • Weight Capacity – 287 lbs
  • Board Weight – 29 lbs
  • Construction – 2 Layer
  • D-Rings – 9
  • Paddle – 3 piece fiberglass convertible
  • Pump – Double action hand pump

Rating

8.0

Overall Rating

Stiffness

Stability

Speed

Tracking

Accessories

Setup

Portability

What we liked
  • Very complete package including a kayak seat and 2 blade paddle
  • Croco-diamond EVA deck pad with kick pad at the rear
  • Very stiff and durable board
What we didn’t like
  • The board is a bit heavy carrying around compared to similar sized boards
  • Backpack doesn’t have wheels

Summary

The Bluefin Cruise 10’8″ Paddleboard is a very stiff sturdy board that comes in a very complete package. It includes everything you need to paddleboard and also a kayak seat and paddle that can be set up with 1 or 2 blades. It’s design is very stiff and stable making it perfect for paddle boarding with your doggy.

This board is one of the stiffest inflatable boards available adding to it’s stability. Bluefin claims they use the highest thread density in their drop stitch available from any board maker. They use a very thick 2 layer laminate construction. The board feels noticeably thicker and heavier when you roll it out to inflate it. The extra thick material will make it stand up to scratches from your dog’s claws. This board weighs in at 29 lbs making it one of the heavier inflatable SUP boards.

Like most inflatable boards, it has a short deck pad that doesn’t extend to the front. Consider adding more EVA traction pad to the front for your dog to sit on.

Overall this is a great package for a paddle boarder and dog owner. The kayak seat makes it good for people who want to sit with their dog. The only downside is the very high price for an inflatable paddle board.

Accessories

The board has 9 D-ring attachments and a GoPro mount built into it. It has a carry straps at the middle, front and back. Because the board is on the heavy side, the extra handles really make it easy for someone to help you carry it. It includes a kayak seat that can attach to the center set of d-rings. The paddle has a 2-3 piece fiberglass shaft and can be assembled as a single blade or 2 blade paddle.

This board has one of the better backpacks available at this price range. It doesn’t have wheels but it has heavy-duty construction with thick comfortable straps. The included paddle has a 3 piece fiberglass shaft. For the price, we would have really liked to see a carbon shaft paddle instead.

On the water performance

The board is 10′ 8″ by 32 inch wide. This gives enough width to be stable and a little better tracking than a 10′ board. It is still easy to maneuver and suitable for taking your dog along as a passenger.

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10 – ROC Explorer 10

ROC Explorer paddling together

Specifications

  • Size – 10′ x 32″ x 6″
  • Weight Capacity – 300 lbs
  • Board Weight – 17.5 lbs
  • Construction – 1 Layer
  • D-Rings – 7
  • Paddle – 3 piece aluminum
  • Pump – double action hand pump

Rating

7.3

Overall Rating

Stiffness

Stability

Speed

Tracking

Accessories

Setup

Portability

What we liked
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Diamond grooved EVA deck pad
  • Stable, easy to paddle design good for lightweight beginner or experienced paddlers
What we didn’t like
  • The backpack tears easily and isn’t durable
  • The paddle will fill with water and sink if it’s in the water long enough

Summary

The ROC Inflatable Paddle Board is a durable solid performer. It is one of the most popular SUP boards available for good reason. It checks off all the boxes for what a stable, easy to use, paddle board should have. It is a stable, easy to use, good performer on the water.

The board uses a 1 layer PVC laminate on the bottom and 2 layers on the deck which should make it hold up and not scratch or puncture easily from a dog’s nails. The deck uses a diamond grid EVA pad which is comfortable to stand on, provides a good grip, and drains water well. It has the typical eva deck pad that doesn’t go to the front of the board. You might want to add more pad for your dog at the front.

Overall, the ROC inflatable SUP board is a great easy to use inflatable paddleboard with good features for taking out with your furry friend. It is an excellent package and good overall value for well under $400.

Accessories

The board comes as a complete package including a 3 piece adjustable paddle, and backpack. The one miss is the paddle can sink if you leave it in the water too long. Remember that if you set the paddle in the water while you take care of your dog.

On the water performance

The ROC board is 10 feet long by 32 inches wide. This makes it long enough to paddle easily and track well while being easy to maneuver. The width makes it stable for paddling with your dog. The round nose and tail make it stable and easy to turn. It works best in flat water. It is lively enough to handle light surfing if your pooch is up for a little more adventure.


paddle boarder with a small dog

SUP boarding with A dog Guide

Here are a few things to consider when you want to take your dog paddleboarding with you. It is important to get the right board. It is important to spend time with your dog getting them used to your board and the water. Make sure you bring along the essentials such as life jackets and dog treats.

Get the right board for you and your dog

Find the right SUP board for you and your pooch. If your a beginner get something wide and stable. If your an experienced paddle boarder you can choose something more advanced. Make sure the board has enough weight capacity for you, your dog, and your gear. A larger deck pad or full deck pads can make it easier for your dog to stand on the paddle board.

Some dogs trip on and do not like the bungee cords most boards come with. You might find they are more comfortable on the board if you remove the bungees.

Get used to your board before taking your dog out on it

Get used to your board before taking the dog out on it. If your a new paddle boarder, spend some time getting used to paddling your board around. Get used to balancing on your board. Your dog may not like getting dumped into the water unexpectedly. If you are not comfortable on your board, your dog will know and won’t be comfortable either.

Trim your dog’s claws

If your dog has large or sharp claws it can scratch or puncture your SUP board. Trim them before letting your dog walk around on your board.

Get your dog comfortable with your board

Spend some time on land getting your dog used to your board. Let it sniff and get used to your board and walk around on it. You can set your board down on the beach and let your dog explore it. You can set it in shallow water and let your dog walk on it before you take off somewhere.

Get your dog comfortable with water

You should know whether your dog likes water or not before taking them out on a SUP board. If your furry friend loves the water this will be no problem. If they don’t care for the water that much they can still join you. You’ll want to be extra careful not to dump them in the water out in the middle of the lake. They may be a bit nervous being away from shore.

Life jackets for you and your dog

The US Coast Guard considers paddleboards vessels and you’ll be legally required to bring one along for you. See this article by the World Paddle Association to learn more about life jackets and SUP boarding.

A life jacket is a good idea for both you and your dog. You never know when you’ll get splashed by big waves or your dog will decide to jump in and spill you both. Wearing a life vest gives you and your dog a little more safety if your dog decides to swim too far away.

See our guide to the best kayak PFDs for more information.

Don’t forget the dog treats

A few treats can help encourage your dog to get on the paddleboard with you. They can be used to encourage good behavior on the paddleboard. Bring some treats along in a waterproof bag to keep your pooch happy.

Watch out for your dog when paddling

As a paddler, it’s very easy to hit your dog with the paddle if you’re not careful. They walk around the board. Some dogs like sitting right at your feet. You might need to adjust your paddle length shorter.

See our article on Paddle Boarding with your dog for more helpful tips.

ALSO READ: See our Guide To The Best Inflatable Paddle Boards for other good options of all paddleboard types.

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About the author

My name is Doug Ryan. I am an outdoors enthusiast always looking forward to my next adventure. I spend as much time skiing, biking, and paddleboarding as I can. I decided to start Endless Rush Outdoors as a way to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for all things outdoor adventures and to help other people have as much fun as me.

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