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The Best Stand Up Paddle Boards For Big Guys Of 2022 Helpful Guide

best stand up paddle boards for big guys
The author on the Chasing Blue Paddleboard

Stand up paddleboards or SUP’s are great fun that can be enjoyed by anyone. You don’t have to be super fit or in shape to enjoy stand up paddleboarding. If you are a larger person like me, you need to find the right paddle board to make paddle boarding fun. If you weigh 300 lbs, there is no reason you can’t paddle board. If you have size 14 shoes, a size 10 shoe won’t fit. If you are 300 lbs you can’t use a paddle board meant for a 150 lb person. Let’s look at the best stand up paddle boards for big guys.

Below are our top choices if you’re in a hurry. If you want to know more about each one and detailed guide to the best paddle boards for big guys please see below.

☆ Top Pick

☆ Editor’s Choice

☆ Best Value

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Red Paddle Co Voyager 12’6″ x 32″

iRocker Cruiser

Chasing Blue Infinite

Great board with hi-tech MSL construcion, V-Hull, stiffening battens, and 330 lbs capacity

Big stable board that comes with a carbon paddle

Well made, wide, easy to paddle board that has 22 D-Rings for for accessories or a seat

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The Top 9 Best Stand Up Paddle Boards For Big Guys

We examined several of the most popular paddle boards for large paddlers available today.  Here are our reviews of the 9 best options available today.  We considered both price, options, and customer reviews in our selections of the best paddle boards for large paddlers.

1 – Red Paddle Co 12’6″ x 32″ Voyager

Top Pick
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  • EXCLUSIVE, LIGHTWEIGHT, DURABLE MSL MATERIAL – ultra durable, low weight board you can rely on. We don’t cut corners to ensure your board uses the best available material & delivers the best experience possible.
  • HIGH PRESSURE CONSTRUCTION – No compromise on construction means your board is built to take 18-25PSI. (10-12 PSI more pressure than standard inflatable SUP’s). Giving you the most rigid board & the best paddling experience available.
  • RSL Battens and V-Hull – Battens and V-Hull shape give this board superior stiffness efficiency through the water
  • 5 YEAR WARRANTY PROMISE – Your board comes with a 5 year promise, so you know that your board will stand up to anything you can throw at it.

Summary

The Red Paddle Co. 12’6″ x 32″ Voyager is one of the best, most innovative paddle boards available and has a weight capacity of 330 lbs. Red Paddle Co uses its innovative MSL construction processes to make one of the lightest and stiffest boards available.

The 12’6″ x 32″ Voyager has enough length to glide well while being 32 inch wide for stability. It is more stable than their larger 13′ x 30″ Voyager which makes it easier for larger paddlers to use it.

This board makes use of their RSS batten system to give extra stiffness to the board. No carbon fiber or 3L laminates are needed to get a very stiff board. It adds a little time to the inflation process to put the battens in. It is less than required to inflate a 2 chamber board.

The front of the Voyager board has a V-shaped hull that helps break friction with the water. This gives it both better glide and tracking. It makes the front deck concave. You have a nice dip in the deck for storing things. The rear of the board has 2 fins using US Fin boxes. You need to tighten a screw on each fin when assembling the board. It takes more effort than boards using tabs or snaps. It allows the use of higher performance fins.

It has flat bungees on the front for storage. The rearmost front bungee is fully adjustable and has a water bottle holder built into it as well. The rear of the board has 6 D-Rings that can be used for whatever storage system you like or left empty. There are 5 carrying handles making it easy to carry the board. The board only weighs 28 lbs so it’s much easier to carry than most other longer touring boards.

Accessories

The Red Paddle Co Voyager is sold with a Titan 2 Pump and ATB Transformer backpack and repair kit. Some vendors sell it as a package with an aluminum pump and leash as well for a little more money.

The ATB Transformer bag has heavy duty materials and adjustable padded backpack straps. It has wheels to work as a roller bag also. One neat feature of the transformer bag is that the backpack straps can come off and be attached to your SUP Board. You can carry the board with just the backpack straps to the water without the entire backpack. You can store the straps on the inflated board.

The package version includes an adjustable allow paddle and leash for $100 more. For $100 this is a good value. Some people will want to pay more to get a carbon paddle so it’s nice the option is there.

The Titan 2 Pump has foldable handles and removable bottom feet. It can fit into a SUP bag much easier. All the parts are replaceable so you don’t have to throw the pump away if something breaks on it. As a bonus, it’s a really efficient double action pump too.

On the water performance

The long 12’6″ length and 32″ width make this board very stable on the water. Red Paddle Co is known for being conservative with their weight ratings. A 330 lb person can use it with confidence. Heavy riders won’t notice the bouncy feeling they get standing on other inflatable boards. The battens really make the middle of the board feel stiff.

The 2 fin setup provides very good tracking. The front fin also helps in the tracking department. The board can be easily kick turned to spin it around in tight spaces. The embossed deck pad feels good to stand on. The diamond grid at the rear of the board makes kick turns easily without slipping.
This is a longer board at 12’6″ so it won’t turn as easily as a 10′-11′ board. The extra stability makes up for that for heavier paddlers.

Specifications

  • Size – 12′6″ x 32″ x 5.9″ thick
  • Weight – 28 lbs
  • Weight Capacity – 330 lbs
  • Material – 2 Layer MSL PVC laminate
  • Paddle – Optional alloy paddle available with a leash
  • D-Rings – 13 D-Rings, 5 handles, 2 action mounts
  • Accessories – Double Action Pump, Roller Backpack, Repair kit

Rating

Red Paddle Co Voyager

What we liked

  • Very stiff board with great on the water performance
  • V-Hull for faster glide and better tracking
  • Lots of D-Rings and flat bungees for storage

What we didn’t like

  • High price
  • RSL Batton system gives great performance but makes inflation more complicated

2 – Chasing Blue Infinite All Around Stand Up Paddle Board

Best Value
  • The 10’6″ Infinite iSUP board is the ultimate board of activities. Prepare yourself for the never-enough fun and water activities with the Infinite, the most stable and durable SUP available for everything from fishing to running rapids! If you’re looking for a SUP board to truly get pumped, look no further!
  • Chasing Blue applies the latest drop-stitch materials that bring in even lighter and more durable SUP boards with strong anti-deformation and wear resistance abilities. It is an ultimate blend of performance, quality, and weight.

Use the Coupon Code ERO15 for 15% off at OutdoorMaster.com

Review

See our full review of the Chasing Blue Infinite inflatable paddleboard to learn more.

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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. 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. It is a great beginner’s board and would be great for fishing or surfing too.

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 Chasing Blue Infinite isn’t the cheapest inflatable paddle board 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.

Specifications

  • Size – 10′ 6″ x 34″ x 6″ thick
  • Weight – 22.5 lbs
  • Weight Capacity – 320 lbs
  • Material – 2 Layer PVC laminate
  • Paddle – 3 piece alluminum alloy
  • D-Rings – 22
  • Accessories – Double action pump, roller backpack, ankle leash, paddle lease, phone case, repair kit

Rating

chasing blue infinite rating graphic

What we liked

  • 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 and 3 piece paddle

What we didn’t like

  • For the price, we would prefer a carbon paddle
  • Could use more pockets in the carry bag

3 – iRocker Cruiser Inflatable SUP

Editor’s Choice
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  • EXTREMELY STABLE – Wide throughout the entire board with an extra wide tail makes for extra stability while the shape of the board still allows for a smooth tracking experience
  • ADJUSTABLE CARBON PADDLE – Floating carbon paddle is less than half the weight of a standard aluminum paddle, designed to make you enjoy your paddle session.
  • DUAL CHAMBER, TRIPLE ACTION HAND PUMP – Easy to use 25” triple action dual chamber hand pump comes with an integrated pressure gauge and inflates your board up fast.
  • PREMIUM CARRY BAG – One of the most comfortable wheeled travel iSUP bags in the market. No need to worry about how you are going to carry your board from the car to the water to begin your SUP adventure

Summary

The iRocker Cruiser is a great beginner paddleboard. It is a big board with lots of stability and a high weight capacity. It is 33 inches wide giving it lots of stability for larger paddlers.

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 diamond grid deck pad. The deck pad is one piece and is the same pattern underfoot and in the tail area.

Overall, the iRocker Cruiser is one of the overall 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 Cruiser is a 10’6″ x 33 wide board. It paddles as expected for a board of that width. It is nice and stable. It will glide better than a shorter 10′ board. It will take some effort to push the board through waves and chop. The tail has enough taper to be easy to turn and maneuver. The board would work well for small waves at the beach. With a 400 lb weight capacity it easily handled 300 to 350 lb paddlers without being too soft or bouncy.

Specifications

  • Size – 10′6″ x 33″ x 6″ thick
  • Weight – 26 lbs
  • Weight Capacity – 400 lbs
  • Material – 3 Layer PVC laminate
  • Paddle – 3 piece carbon paddle
  • D-Rings – 20
  • Accessories – triple action pump, backpack, small dry bag

Rating

iRocker Cruiser Rating

What we liked

  • Carbon paddle and triple action pump
  • Long and stable paddle board
  • Lots of D-Rings for mounting accessories

What we didn’t like

  • Riders over 350 lbs found the board too soft
  • We prefer grooved deck pad under foot

4 – FunWater Tiki Inflatable Paddle Board

Best Cheap Paddleboard

  • New ultra light construction – 35% lighter than comparable models. Inflated 10’6″ long 33″ wide 6″ thick, weight 17.6 lbs, maximum capacity is up to 330 lbs, stable and great for all skill levels and conditions.
  • Ultra durable – Constructed with additional PVC layer of board rails are highly strengthened the board durability.
  • Safety & Convenience – 33” board width and 3 removable fins construction achieved amazing balance ability.

Summary

The Funwater Tiki Paddle Board is the one of the best paddleboard values available. It is a decent board with good stability, a weight capacity of 330 lbs, and okay accessories at a very low price. You could buy 2 or 3 of these for the price of some other inflatable SUP boards.

The board is 10′ 6″ long by 33 inch wide giving it good width for stability. It’s shape follows current trends for easy to use recreational paddle boards.

It uses a mix of single and double layer PVC laminate construction. Double on the sides and single on the top and bottom. It has an EVA deck pad that is big enough to work for paddle boarding and other activities like SUP yoga. It has 3 removable fins on the bottom. You need to be careful with the fins and the attachment clips.

If you are looking for a cheap way to start paddle boarding, the Funwater Tiki is a great choice. It is one of the cheapest paddle board packages available with better than expected performance. This is our top pick for best value paddle board for big guy paddle boarders.

Accessories

The board comes as a complete packing including a pump, 3 piece aluminum paddle, double action pump, and backpack. The paddle and backpack are both decent quality and hold up okay. The double action pump is the weak point in the package. Many people have received pumps that leak air before the board gets to 15 psi. If you use the board often you will want to get a different pump, or even better, an electric pump.

On the water performance

The performance on the water is better than expected for such an inexpensive board. It has enough stability for a beginner paddler over 200 lbs or an experienced rider up to 300 lbs. It tracks reasonably well for it’s length. It is not as rigid as a higher end board and you will feel it flex and twist going through waves. It is stiffer than many other boards at this price point.

Specifications

  • Size – 10′ 6″ x 33″ x 6″ thick
  • Weight – 17.6 lbs
  • Weight Capacity – 330 lbs
  • Material – double layer PVC laminate on the sides. Single layer top and bottom
  • Paddle – 3 piece aluminum paddle
  • D-Rings – 7
  • Accessories – double action pump, repair kit, leash, backpack

Rating

Funwater Tiki rating

What we liked

  • Low price and high value package
  • Good stability
  • Lightweight and easy to carry

What we didn’t like

  • The pump could be better. It can leak before getting the board up to pressure
  • Fins can break if you are not careful

5 – Starboard Inflatable 12′ x 33″ iGO Deluxe

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  • LIGHT, AWESOME, AND FUN – Woven PVC combined with fusion construction and welded seams produces the lightest, stiffest boards available
  • Go fast and stable design – The 12’0” has the fastest glide and is ultra-stable, giving you the most stable platform to paddle on, without compromising speed or stability
  • Welded Rail Technology – The Welded Rail Technology creates a completely airtight, mechanically bonded seam without the risk of glue weakening over time. This makes Starboard inflatable paddle boards stronger and longer lasting

Summary

The Starboard 12′ x 33″ iGO Deluxe is a great performer on the water with advanced construction. The iGo deluxe boards feature welded seams and woven PVC construction. This means that the board will be stiffer, lighter, and more durable. The iGo 12′ x 33″ is longer giving it more stability making it easier for larger paddlers than smaller 10′ and 11′ boards.

Welded seams mean that no glue is used to put the main structure of the board together. The seams are heated and pressed together creating a mechanical seam. Glue deteriorates over time. It is affected by UV rays and also chemicals in the water. I welded board will last much longer than a glued together board.

Woven fabric has less space between fibers making it stiffer and lighter. Because of this, the board needs fewer space threads than other boards to get the same stiffness. They use a fusion process to connect the 2 layers similar to the MSL technology that Red Paddle Co uses. A Starboard iGo with Deluxe construction will be stiff, light, and last a long time. For a little less cost you can get Zen construction. It is a step down in stiffness and performance which means it will feel more soft and bouncy for heavier paddlers.

The iGo board has a retracting shoulder strap making it easy to carry. The strap also works as a paddle holder. This feature is only found on the deluxe version of the board.

The board has a bungee on the front deck for storage. The front bungee only uses 4 D-Rings making it more compact than other boards. This means that you can’t use it for a kayak conversion without adding more D-Rings. You can’t store anything on the rear of the board without adding more D-Rings too.

The board has a single removable fin. The fin attaches with a US Fin Box that doesn’t need any tools.

Accessories

Starboard iGo boards do not come with paddles. Places like Green Water Sports can package one with the board.

The backpack that comes with Starboard boards is one of the best out there. It just feels much more durable and well put together. The fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles. Not only is the bag durable but it’s better for the environment.

The Starboard Tiki pump is also one of the better pumps coming with an SUP package. It has a removeable base to make it easier to store in the bag. The inflate hose attaches to the pump body instead of the handle. You don’t have a hose flapping around while pumping and it gives the pump more efficient air flow.

The board comes with a really nice lightweight leash as well and a small repair kit.

On the water performance

The 12′ x 33″ iGo has a nice stable all around shape. It has more volume in the front and rear of the board making it more stable. This also makes it easier to put your weight rearward and do kick turns. The deck pad has a raised pad where your foot needs to go. This makes kick turns a lot easier since you can easily tell where to put your rear foot.

The single fin design makes the board track very well. 1 deeper fin is more efficient than a 2 or 3 fin design. At 12′ long the board will glide well. The shape of the board is not a touring shape so it has more drag and doesn’t cut through wave and chop as well.

The board has a very stiff feeling. It doesn’t feel bouncy even with heavier riders. It will easily carry the weight of a larger adult paddler and some gear. The stated weight capacity is 265 lbs. Starboards tends to be conservative with weight ratings. Their board can carry the weight without a weight rating of 300-350 lbs. Many paddleboard makers are generous with what they say their board can float.

Specifications

  • Size – 12′ x 33″ x 6″ thick
  • Weight – 21.6 lbs
  • Weight Capacity – 265 lbs
  • Material – 2 Layer woven PVC fusion laminate with welded seams
  • Paddle – No paddle included
  • D-Rings – 8
  • Accessories – Double action pump, backpack, repair kit

Rating

Starboard igo rating

What we liked

  • Stiff lightweight durable board
  • Welded seams and woven construction
  • Excellent on water performance. Very stable and tracks well.

What we didn’t like

  • Does not include a paddle
  • High cost

6 – NRS Thrive 10’8″ Inflatable SUP Board

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  • Heavy-duty Construction – 3 Layer PVC drop-stitch construction and double sidewalls increase durability to handle the abrasion and abuse of an adventurous lifestyle.
  • Super Rigid Board – Inflates to 20 psi (1.379 bar) for super rigid performance and folds compactly for easy storage and transport.
  • Over Pressure Valve – Top-quality Leafield D7 inflation/deflation valve for unsurpassed reliability plus a pressure relief valve to prevent accidental over-inflation.
  • Proprietary Axis Technology – an acrylic stiffening agent integrated into the deck, improves stiffness and performance without adding weight or making the board harder to fold and store.

Summary

The NRS 10’8″ Thrive is a solid durable high quality all around paddleboard. NRS or Northwest River Supplies is an employee owned company that produces high quality paddling equipment. The NRS Thrive paddleboards use traditional 3 layer construction for stiffness and durability. They use a proprietary acrylic stiffner in their fabric they call Axis Technology. This gives the board added stiffness. The boards have a great easy to paddle stable shape perfect for larger paddlers.

The board is availble in several lengths that suit different size paddlers. The 10’3″ and 10’8″ are the 2 most common sizes. These cover a weight range from 110 to 250 lb paddlers. The 10’8″ is the most suitable for larger riders.

The boards use standard traditional 3 Layer construction. You won’t find fusion construction or welded seams here. The boards come out stiff and durable but they are heavier than the boards made by Red Paddle Co or Starboard. Weight isn’t always bad since it helps make the board more stable on the water in waves and chop. The rails have an extra reinforcement layer so it can stand up to bumping off docks and other boards.

There is an overpressure relief valve next to the inflation valve. Many boards have valves that will release pressure above a certain level. They are built into the inflation valve so they don’t stop you from overinflating the board. The NRS Thrive boards have a seperate valve so you can’t overinflate and damage the board.

The boards have an EVA deck pad with textured surface for a good grip. They have a center carrying handle as well as 2 handles in front of the carrying handle. These make the board easy to grip and hold when your sitting on it. If you lose your balance and need to grab something quick the extra handles are there for you. The board has 4 D-Rings in front with a bungee and 1 D-Rings at the rear of the board for attaching a leash.

The board has 3 removeable fins. It comes with 3 small fins and 1 touring fin. You can swap out the touring fin for a small fin for different uses. This is nice if you are paddling somewhere with very shallow water or rocks where the deep fin may hit bottom.

Accessories

The NRS Thrive boards do not come with a paddle or leash. You will need to pickup a paddle if you don’t have one already.

They include a backpack, double action pump and repair kit. The double action pump is a standard pump. It works and there isn’t much else to say about it.

The backpack has nice padded straps. Its got some cinching straps to keep the board secured inside the bag. The bag has no wheels which is a bit of a miss.

On the water performance

The NRS Thrive 10.8 has a nice all around shape. It is good for flat water as well as small waves. The 34 inch width makes it stable for larger paddlers. The extra width also means you will have to work a little harder pushing it through waves and chop. The glide and tracking are decent. It will track better with the deeper touring fin installed. It still does okay with 3 small fins.

The 10.8 length version is a little larger and suitable for paddlers from 200 to 250 lbs. The boards have enough stiffness to handle weight without feeling bouncy.

Specifications

  • Size – 10’3″ x 32″ x 5″ thick, 10’8″ x 34″ x 6″ thick
  • Weight – 10’3″ – 25 lbs, 10’8″ – 29 lbs
  • Weight Capacity – 10’3″ – 200 lbs, 10’8″ – 250 lbs
  • Material – 1 Layer PVC with 2 layers on the sides
  • Paddle – No paddle included
  • D-Rings – 5
  • Accessories – Double action pump, backpack, repair kit

Rating

NRS Thrive Rating

What we liked

  • Built in overpressure valve
  • High quality and durable 3 layer construction
  • Good tracking and handling on the water with different fin options

What we didn’t like

  • Does not include a paddle or leash
  • High price

7 – ISLE Pioneer Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

  • MOST POPULAR iSUP – The Pioneer is ISLE’s most versatile board for all-around, top-rated fun. The stylish design makes this a great beginner paddleboard for adults and riders of all sizes who are looking for a versatile board.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT, DURABLE DESIGN – Run it over with your vehicle, throw it off the roof or ram it into rocks or a pier; Constructed with military-grade PVC making this board rigid enough for all paddle board activities and durable enough to last.
  • WHY SHOP ISLE? – Born and bred on the water in San Diego, California since 2004. Our team is committed to bringing you the best quality paddle boards designed and tested by people who surf and paddle daily

Summary

The Isle Surf and SUP Pioneer is their widest most stable inflatable paddleboard. Isle Surf and SUP is known for making good boards with excellent customer service. The Pioneer lives up to their standard of high quality construction and performance. It has a weight capacity of 300 lbs making it good for a heavier rider.

The Pioneer is 10’6″ long and 34 inches wide making it a very stable wider board. It has grown a few inches wider over previous versions of the Pioneer. The extra width and length combine with generous tail width for a very stable board. This makes it a great choice for a bigger guy. It has one large removable fin and 2 small fixed fines underneath for tracking.

The board is made from dual layer military grade PVC. It has handles at the front, back and middle. It has bungee storage at the front and rear of the board. It has velcro paddle holders on both sides. These are handy for holding the paddle when you take a break. They also work for holding the paddle while your carrying the board.

The downside to the paddle holders is that the board has fewer D-Rings. It doesn’t have enough around the middle of the board to mount a kayak seat. You can easily add more so this isn’t a huge deal.

Overall the Isle Pioneer is a great paddle board for a heavy rider. It offers good stability, a carbon paddle and an overall well thought out design.

Accessories

The board comes with a 3 piece carbon paddle. The pump is only a dual action which makes it a little slower to inflate. For the price, we would have liked to see a triple action pump. The backpack is made from durable materials with enough padding on the straps to be comfortable for a decent hike to the water.

On the water performance

On the water, the Pioneer is very stable. It is easy for anyone up to about 240 lbs to stand on. Heavier paddleboarders with experience will have an easy time with it. Tracking and maneuverability are still pretty good for a wide board. The board is suitable for yoga and can be used as a surf SUP for small waves. It tracks as good as any recreational SUP board that isn’t a dedicated touring board.

Specifications

  • Size – 10′ 6″ x 34″ x 6″ thick
  • Weight – 24 lbs
  • Weight Capacity – 300 lbs
  • Material – Dual layer military grade PVC laminate
  • Paddle – 3 piece carbon paddle
  • D-Rings – 11
  • Accessories – Double action pump, repair kit, leash, backpack

Rating

Isle Pioneer rating

What we liked

  • Wide stable design
  • Carbon shaft paddle and nice backpack
  • Paddle holders built into the board

What we didn’t like

  • Only comes with a single chamber pump
  • Not as many D-Rings as other boards

8 – South Bay Board Co. Big Cruiser Paddle Board

Best Rigid Paddle Board For Heavy Guys

  • BEST BEGINNER PADDLE BOARDS – SBBC offers the best beginner stand up paddle boards for adults to SUP with. Our patented designs and beginner-friendly shapes make these the best
  • PADDLEBOARD DIMENSIONS & RECOMMENDED RIDER WEIGHT – The 10’4 Big Cruiser Foam Paddle Board is 124″ x 32” x 5”, with 195L of Volume, and easily supports up to 300lbs.
  • EASY & INCREDIBLY FUN SHAPES TO PADDLEBOARD – Wide, Rounded out Nose for extra float, nose rocker for better glide, Widened chest area for extra easy stability,

Summary

The South Bay Board Co. Big Cruiser Paddle Board has a stated capacity of 350 lbs. This is a hard board with an all around use shape. It can float a novice paddler up to 300 lbs but it is at its limit. A heavier experienced rider will have no problem with it.

This board is constructed of 6 oz fiberglass weave with a foam core. It has an IXPE foam deck pad. There are pre-installed D-rings that can be used for attaching a kayak seat. The board has 3 removable fins. The center fin is attached by a screw through the board requiring tools.

This board is from a South California based company with a US presence. Owners have gotten good customer service when they have had issues.

This is a solid performing board for anyone large from a paddle board company with a solid reputation. This makes it our top choice for best rigid stand up paddle board for big guys.

If you are concerned about transporting a large board, see our article on how to transport a paddle board without a roof rack for more information.

Accessories

The paddle board comes as a complete package including a board bag, paddle and leash. The board bag is a nice touch for keeping the board clean and protected when it’s on top of your car or truck.

On the water performance

The SUP board is easy to setup. A tool is needed to attach the center fin. It doesn’t snap in without tools like the other boards in this review.

Once you are on the water this is a very well behaved paddle board. The width makes it very stable. The 3 fins give it good tracking for a board of this length. This flat water board shape is best for flat water use although it can handle heading into the surf zone for some small waves.

What’s Included

  • Paddle board
  • Removable fin and side fins
  • Safety leash
  • Carrying bag
  • 2 piece paddle

Paddle Board Specifications Specifications

  • Paddle Board Dimensions (L x W x H): 10’4″ (ft.) x 32’’ x 5’’
  • Max Weight Capacity: 350 lbs
  • Paddle-Board Weight: 40 lbs
  • Construction: 6oz fiberglass with closed-cell EPS foam core with IXPE deck pad

Rating

South Bay Board Co Big Cruiser rating

What we liked

  • Southern California based company with great customer service
  • High quality fiberglass and foam core construction
  • Installed D-Rings and bungees for attaching accessories

What we didn’t like

  • Heavier and harder to transport than an inflatable SUP
  • Can be dinged easily

9 – ROC Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

  • Roc’s premium inflatable paddle board is made of the highest quality military grade material. We provide the most durable lightweight boards on the market using the same materials as boards costing twice as much.
  • Our extra wide design creates an incredible all-around board for riders of all skill levels. These kits can be used in the ocean, freshwater lakes, and rivers. Our board is an industry-leading weight of only 17.5 pounds
  • We stand by the quality of our board and are glad to provide a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty at no additional cost

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 clicks off all the boxes for what you want while paddling a SUP. It is a stable, easy to use, good performer on the water. It has a weight limit of 300 lbs.

The board has 3 fins. 2 fixed and one removable. The fin uses a plastic clip to attach which is easy to use and holds the fin securely in place.

The board uses a 3 layer PVC laminate which should make it hold up and not scratch or puncture easily. The deck uses a diamond grid EVA traction pad which is comfortable to stand on, provides a good grip, and drains water well. This board is one of the only boards under $400 that uses a 3 layer laminate.

Overall, the ROC inflatable board is a great easy to use high capacity paddleboard with good features. It is an excellent package and good overall value for well under $400.

Accesories

The board comes as a complete package including a 3 piece adjustable paddle, and backpack. The accessories are all the level you would expect for the price. It has a bungee cord at the front for storage. You won’t find a carbon paddle, but you will find a solid aluminum paddle and a reliable dual action pump. The downside to the paddle is that it can sink if you leave it in the water too long.

The backpack is not as durable as we would like. It’s functional and fits the board okay. The material may rip and wear through if you use the board a lot.

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 first time paddlers. It won’t be the fastest board on the water at that length. The round nose and tail make it stable and easy to turn. It works best in flat water. It is a lively enough surfboard to handle light surfing.

Specifications

  • Size – 10′ x 32″ x 6″ thick
  • Weight – 17.5 lbs
  • Weight Capacity – 300 lbs
  • Material – 3 Layer PVC laminate
  • Paddle – 3 piece aluminum paddle
  • D-Rings – 7
  • Accessories – dual action pump, backpack, small dry bag, leash

Rating

ROC Inflatable SUP rating

What we liked

  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Diamond grooved EVA deck pad
  • Stable, easy to paddle design good for beginners 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

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How To Choose The Best Paddle Board For Big Guys – Buying Guide

There is plenty of paddle boards available today suitable for large paddlers. Paddle boards are not one size fits all. We are here to help you find the best paddle board for you.

When it comes to Stand Up Paddle Boards and paddler weight, the biggest factor to consider is volume. The larger the volume of the board, the bigger the paddler it can float. Ideally you want a volume of at least 1 liter per pound of paddler. Most inflatable SUPs don’t publish their volume so we are left to depend on their rated capacity.

The below video gives a quick guide to selecting a stand up paddle board.

There are a few factors to consider when looking at a stand up paddle board.

1 – Volume

When it comes to making a paddle board float more weight, there is no substitute for more volume. More volume equals more float. In an ideal world we would like at least 1 liter of volume for every pound of rider weight. More is better. Once you get used to standing on a stand up paddle board you can use a lot less volume.

Standing on a surf board or paddle board is not that easy. Even with the floatiest of boards, it can still be difficult to stand up. It takes practice. Even if you buy the biggest most floaty board you will still fall in the water a bunch of times. Don’t be discouraged by falling in the water. Everyone falls off their paddle board no matter how big or small they are.

2 – Width

The wider a board is, the most stable it will be. You can have a 300 liter board that is the same length as it is wide and it will be very stable. If you make a similar volume board that is 20 feet long but 2 inches wide it will be extremely unstable.

For a novice big guy paddle boarder, you want to find a good compromise between length and width. Look for boards that are over 30 inches in width. 32 or 33 inches wide would be even better.

3 – Length

The longer a board is, the better it will track. A longboard will be faster than a shortboard. A boat or boards gliding speed is proportional to its length. A 14 foot touring SUP board will coast much better than a 10 foot long board. The downside is a longer board will be less maneuverable. Longer equals harder to turn.

4 – Board Type

Flat Water or All Around boards

Boards designed for use on flat water or light surf. These boards are a good compromise of length and width so they track okay and they are easy to turn. They usually have a rounded nose and padded decks. These are the best boards for beginner SUP paddlers.

Touring boards

Touring SUP boards are longer and made for speed and gliding efficiency. If you want to get somewhere with your paddling, this is the board type for you. They are usually longer than 12 feet. They are stable and an okay choice for beginner paddlers. They can be a little narrower than flatwater boards but longer than SUP surf boards. They have a pointed nose for cutting through waves and chop.

Yoga boards

Yoga paddle boards are designed to be stable on flat water. They are wider than all around or flat water boards. They have deck padding covering the entire deck. They make a very good choice for a beginner paddle board for large people due to their stability.

Surf boards

Surfing SUP boards are for more advanced paddlers. They are narrower and shorter so that they are more maneuverable. They will have a planing hull shape. They have less volume than flat water boards. They made for riding waves in surf and not paddling long distances on flat water.

5 – Inflatable vs Rigid

There are 2 main types of paddle board construction. rigid and inflatable. Rigid is the traditional SUP board that you see most of the time made of some form of plastic, wood or fiberglass. Inflatable stand up paddle boards are what they sound like. They are constructed of PVC drop stitch and roll up for storage.

Rigid Stand Up Paddle Board

A rigid board is made from plastic, wood or fiberglass. The advantages of a rigid paddle board are that it is ready to go when you want to use it. You don’t need to spend time inflating it. Drop it in the water and go. Rigid boards tend to track and glider better because they don’t flex in waves.

Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Boards

An inflatable paddle board solves the transportation problem. You can carry throw it in the trunk of your car and keep it at home in your closet, basement or garage. This makes them a lot more convenient than a traditional rigid paddle board.

Inflatable SUPs are an ideal solution for anyone living somewhere without a garage. They are great for anyone who doesn’t have access to a car or truck with a roof rack.

See our article about the advantages of inflatable paddle boards to learn more.

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Paddle Boards For Large Adults FAQ

Q: How Much do SUPs Cost?

An SUP package for a large volume board (board, pump and paddle) can run anywhere from $350 to well above $1500. Many good options are available in the $350 to $600 price range. Don’t feel you need to buy a $1000 SUP to enjoy the sport. Many people have a lot of fun on low cost boards. Some features that come on high end boards include carbon paddles and lightweight materials. Sure a carbon paddle is nice but it definitely is not at all essential. Focus on finding an affordable board with enough volume for the weight you need it to carry.

See our guide to the best under $500 paddle boards for more information.

Q: How heavy a person can use a stand up paddle board?

There are oversized, tandem and multi person stand up paddle boards that are rated over 800 lbs. If you are able to sit or stand and paddle, there is a paddle board out there that can hold you. See our guide to how much weight a paddle board can hold for more information.

Q: Do I need To Wear A PFD While Using An SUP?

That one is up to you and what you are comfortable with. I personally almost always wear one. According to the US Coast Guard SUPs are classified as “Vessels” meaning that t here should be a USCG-approved life jacket also known as Personal Floatation Device (PFD, Type III) for each person, a sound signaling device (whistle), visual distress signal and navigation light (flashlight). For more information click here .

See our guide to the best paddle board PFDs for more information.

Q: Is a bigger paddle board better?

It depends how you want to use your SUP. A longer paddle board will glide faster and track better. A wider paddle board will be more stable. A wider board has more drag making it slower. If you want a stable easy to paddle SUP you want a 10 foot to 11 foot long board that is 30 to 33 inches wide. If you want a higher performance touring board you will want something longer. If you want something that turns easily for surfing you will want to look at shorter, narrower boards.

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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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