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The Best Stand Up Paddle Boards For Big Guys Of 2023 Tests & Reviews

Best stand up paddle boards for big guys

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 pics. We considered price, options, on water performance, and customer reviews in our selections of the best paddle boards for large paddlers. Keep reading reviews, specifications, and stand up paddleboard guide.



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1 – Nixy Monterey G4 Expedition

☆ Top Pick
Monterey with large paddler
Monterey with an over 300 lb 6’5″ paddler
What we liked
  • Very stiff rigid lightweight construction
  • Dual air chambers for more stiffness and safety
  • Big stable fast board that handles well on the water
  • Lots of load carrying capacity
  • Very good for larger size paddlers
  • Overall high quality feel to board and accessories
  • The best roller travel bag and carbon paddle in any package
What we didn’t like
  • Board is difficult to get back in the bag with the pump
  • Not as fast as a narrower touring board
  • It takes some effort to paddle it into wind and chop due to it’s size

Summary

The Nixy Monterey G4 Expedition is the absolute best board available for 275-325 lb paddlers. It has a published weight capacity of 400 lbs. It is a large board at 11’6″ x 32″. It’s made from 2 layer woven PVC construction with dual air chambers making it very stiff. The second air chamber adds an extra measure of safety when paddling away from shore. The dual air chambers give this board extra stiffness where a heavier paddler stands. 300 lb paddlers won’t sink into this board.

On the water, the Monterey handles larger paddlers very well. It has decent speed thanks to its length and narrow nose and tail. Beginners love it because of its stability. It’s so easy to stand up on for any size paddler.

The board comes with high quality NIXY G4 accessories. The best combination we have seen from any inflatable SUP package. The carbon paddle looks and feels stiff and efficient. The double barrel pump is fast to inflate and can deflate too. The 3 wheeled backpack is sturdy and looks ready to take on an expedition.

Review

Read NIXY Monterey G4 Full Review

Specifications

  • Size – 11′6″ x 32″ x 6″
  • Weight Capacity – 400 lbs
  • Board Weight – 26 lbs
  • Construction – 2 Layer woven with carbon reinforced rails
  • D-Rings – 20
  • Paddle – 3 piece carbon fiber
  • Pump – Triple action double barrel
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2 – BOTE HD Aero 11′6″

☆ Top Pick
BOTE HD Aero on water
image courtesy of BOTE
What we liked
  • 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
  • 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.

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
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3 – THURSO SURF Max

☆ Best Value
Thurso Max on water
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 ruler printed on the deck pad for fishing. It’s got a GoPro mount built into the nose to capture all your adventures. It’s built with 2 layer woven construction with carbon fiber reinforcements in the rails. This board is designed to handle any adventure you want to go on.

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. 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.

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

4 – ISLE Sportsman

ISLE Sportsman on water
image courtesy of ISLE Surf & SUP
What we liked
  • Longer wide board is very stable
  • Lots of weight capacity for big paddlers and lots of gear
  • Carbon shaft paddle and nice roller backpack
  • Lots of stability for fishing, yoga or paddling with a large dog
  • Stiff 2 layer construction
  • Lots of D-Rings and webbing loops for attaching accessories
  • Has a couple Scotty mounts for fishing rod holders
What we didn’t like
  • Not as fast as a narrower board
  • Takes some effort to push through chop and waves

Summary

The ISLE Sportsman is designed to be the ultimate adventure board. It is 11’6″ x 36″ with a weight limit of 350 lbs. This makes it a really solid platform for larger paddlers or those wanting to fish. The ISLE is made for carrying a lot of load. It has a lot of accessory mounts including 11 D-Rings and 4 webbing loops for mounting seats. The Sportsman won’t be the fastest board out there. It can carry a lot more than a narrow touring 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 Sportsman glides okay on flat water thanks to its 11’6″ length but not as good as a narrower 32″ wide board. Its extra wide width means that it will take some work to push it through chop and waves. It will be a really stable platform for standing and moving around. If you want to fish or do yoga this is a great board. If you want something stable for a large dog this is also a great choice.

Specifications

  • Size – 11′6″ x 36″ x 6″
  • Weight Capacity – 350 lbs
  • Board Weight – 27.6 lbs
  • Construction – 2 Layer
  • D-Rings – 11 + 4 webbing loops
  • Paddle – 3 piece carbon
  • Pump – Double action hand pump
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5 – iRocker All Around 11 Ultra Inflatable SUP

AA11 Ultra paddling fast
What we liked
  • It’s a fun faster board to paddle
  • Has good glide
  • Can accommodate heavier paddlers at least up to 250 lbs
  • Board is stable enough for beginners on calm water
  • Bag is small and compact making it easy to store and travel with
  • Includes an electric pump instead of hand pump
  • Weighs less and is easier to carry than legacy All Around 11
  • Has plenty of D-Rings and action mounts of using a kayak seat and other accessories
  • Stiff and durable 2 layer woven construction
  • 5 piece carbon adjustable paddle that fits inside the small bag
What we didn’t like
  • Board is a little less stable than legacy All Around 11
  • Deeper fins are more prone to catch weeds
  • Paddle shaft has a joint where I hold it with my lower hand.
  • No action mounts on the rear of the deck pad
  • No wheels or option for wheels on the bag

Summary

The iRocker All Around 11 Ultra is a great all around board for larger paddlers. It has a weight capacity of 290 lbs. We have tried it with paddlers over 250 lbs and it handles the weight well. It uses woven 2 layer construction to make a stiff light board. It is a great mid range package that includes a carbon paddle and electric pump. The latest Ultra editions includes a compact half size bag and shaves a few pounds off the weight of the old version. On the water, it is a fun fast board that larger paddlers can really get the performance out of. It is best for paddlers 5’7″ or taller. As a larger guy, it is one of my favorite boards to paddle.

Review

Read iRocker All Around 11 Ultra Full Review

Specifications

  • Size – 11′ x 32″ x 6″
  • Weight Capacity – 290 lbs
  • Board Weight – 21.4 lbs
  • Construction – 2 Layer woven
  • D-Rings – 15
  • Paddle – 5 piece carbon
  • Pump – 2 stage electric pump
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6 – GILI MENO 10′6″

Man paddling GILI MENO on lake
image courtesy of GILI
What we liked
  • Very wide stable board with a huge weight capacity
  • Still construction with carbon reinforced rails
  • Lots of D-Rings and action mounts
  • Includes 3 center fins to tune performance for distance, river, or speed
  • Roller backpack with molle loops and pockets
  • Lightweight (23-24 lbs) for it’s size
  • Available in 2 sizes 10’6″ and 11’6″
What we didn’t like
  • Triple action pump can’t deflate
  • Very wide board is stable but not that fast

Summary

The GILI MENO is a very wide stable board with a huge weight 450 lb capacity and tons of accessory mounts. It is available in both a 10’6″ and 11’6″ XL version. It is ready to handle large paddlers and tons of gear. It is extra wide at 35 inches and is perfect for larger beginner paddlers or thoses who want extra stability for taking pets or passengers. It uses 2 layer construction with carbon reinforced rails. It comes with 3 center fins so you can tune the performance for your needs.

The MENO is not the fastest board. It’s one of the easiest to use and most versatile boards out there. GILI offers a wide range of accessories to help you make the most of the MENO. GILI donates a portion of every board sold to ocean charities.

Specifications

  • Size – 10′6″ x 35″ x 6″
  • Weight Capacity – 450 lbs
  • Board Weight – 30 lbs
  • Construction – 2 Layer with carbon rails
  • D-Rings – 18
  • Paddle – 3 piece carbon
  • Pump – triple action hand pump
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7 – Atoll 11′ Foot Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

Atoll board with big guy and dog
image courtesy of Atoll
What we liked
  • Lightweight stiff board. Only weighs 21 lbs
  • Fast performance for a 32 inch wide board
  • Stable enough for beginners
  • 315 lb weight capacity is enough for a large paddler and extra gear
  • Good customer service and quality
  • Lots of D-Rings for accessories
  • Front bungee for storing gear
  • US fin box for center fin
What we didn’t like
  • Side bite fins are not removable
  • No rear bungee
  • Backpack doesn’t have wheels
  • No front handle
  • Only a double action pump included

Summary

The Atoll 11 Inflatable SUP is a great choice for larger paddlers. It is a large board at 11′ x 32″ with a big 315 lb max rider weight. It has a narrow nose and tail giving it a bit more speed than other boards of this size. The width makes it stable enough for beginners and larger paddlers. Atoll has a very good reputation for making good paddleboards and excellent customer service.

The board tracks well with it’s 3 fin setup. A US Fin Box is used for the center fin so you can after market touring and river fins. The 2 small side bite fins are fixed so your stuck with the extra drag they make.

The board has a large deck pad extending to the rear of the board and plenty of room for gear and accessories. There is a front bungee to use for storage. No rear bungee is included although there are enough D-Rings to add one.

The accessories included are okay for the price. The carbon paddle is the highlight. The bag is well made but has no wheels. Only a double action hand pump is included. For the price it should be a triple action pump.

Specifications

  • Size – 11′ x 32″ x 6″
  • Weight Capacity – 315 lbs
  • Board Weight – 21 lbs
  • Construction – 2 Layer PVC
  • D-Rings – 15
  • Paddle – 3 piece carbon fiber
  • Pump – Double action hand pump
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8 – Red Paddle Co 12’6″ x 32″ Voyager

Red Voyager 12
image courtesy of Red Paddle Co
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
  • The best travel bag available
  • Fast inflation with the Titan 2 hand pump
What we didn’t like
  • High price
  • RSL Batton system gives great performance but makes inflation more complicated
  • No paddle or leash included

Summary

The Red Paddle Co. 12’6″ x 32″ Voyager is for those who want the very best. It is designed to carry a lot of weight and move efficiently through the water. As with all touring boards, it is not as stable as an all around board. It has a 330 lb max weight capacity and can probably handle a lot more. It has a unique V-Hull that helps it glide and move through chop. It uses the Red Paddle Co RSS Batten system for extra stiffness. It uses Red’s MSL construction for a light stiff board. It comes with a great padded roller bag and Titan 2 Pump. It doesn’t come with a paddle or SUP leash.

Specifications

  • Size – 12′6″ x 32″ x 5.9″
  • Weight Capacity – 330 lbs
  • Board Weight – 29 lbs
  • Construction – MSL with RSS battens
  • D-Rings – 13
  • Paddle – not included
  • Pump – Double action, double chamber
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9 – Blackfin Model XL

blackfin XL overhead
image courtesy of iRocker
What we liked
  • Extra stiff construction thanks to the carbon rails
  • Good glide and stability
  • Very high 485 lb weight capacity
  • Lots of action mounts and Scotty mounts for adding accessories
  • Includes a carbon paddle
What we didn’t like
  • High price
  • 34″ width boards can require extra effort to paddle into waves and chop

Summary

The Blackin Model XL is a large floaty premium inflatable board that has a weight capacity of an amazing 485 lbs. This is the highest paddle board weight limit I know of for a solo board. It uses triple layer PVC and carbon reinforced rails to produce stiff durable SUP board. It comes in a package with top notch accessories including a carbon fiber paddle, padded roller bag and triple action pump. The package doesn’t leave you wishing for anything better. On the water it is a very stable and easy to paddle stand up board. Heavy riders will love this board and how it feels.

Specifications

  • Size – 11′6″ x 34″ x 6″
  • Weight Capacity – 485 lbs
  • Board Weight – 29 lbs
  • Construction – 3 Layer with carbon reinforced rails
  • D-Rings – 23
  • Paddle – 3 piece carbon
  • Pump – triple action hand pump
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10 – Chasing Blue Infinite All Around

bigger guy on outdoormaster infinite sup
What we liked
  • Stable, easy to paddle, and works with paddlers up to it’s 320 lb weight limit
  • Stiff woven 2 layer construction
  • 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
  • Like all wide high capacity boards, it needs a little more effort to paddle into chop and wind
  • Could use more pockets in the carry bag
  • Action mounts are included but not attached to the board from the factory

Summary

The Chasing Blue Infinite All Around is a great all purpose standup paddle board that can carry a big load. It is 10’6″ long by 34″ wide and can carry up to 330 lbs. It uses double layer PVC construction for stiffness and durability. It comes with decent accessories including a padded roller bag. On the water it does almost any activity well. It is big and stable and easy enough for any beginner to paddle. It’s a great choice for someone who is heavier and looking for a fun all around paddleboard.

Review

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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 aluminum
  • Pump – Double action hand pump
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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.

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 Stiffness

After size, board stiffness is the next most important thing to consider for larger, heavier paddlers. A soft board will feel squishy and unstable when you are standing on it. You will feel it flex and bend over every little wave in the water. That is not an efficient way to get anywhere. A more rigid board will power it’s way through chop and you won’t feel like your standing on a half inflated air mattress.

We test board stiffness for every inflatable we review. We set the board on stands that are 8 feet apart. We set 120 lbs of weight on the board and measure how much it deflects downward. This does a pretty good job of pointing out the softer from the stiffer boards. You can see our results in the table below.

SUP Board

Construction

Deflection (inches)

Nice C -10'6" x 32" (15 psi)

1 Ply PVC

2.6

DAMA - 11' x 33" (15 psi)

1 Ply PVC

3.0

Coolwave - 10'6" x 32" (15 psi)

1 Ply PVC

3.3

iRocker Nautical - 10'6" x 32" (15 psi)

2 Ply PVC

2.8

Chasing Blue Orion -12'6" x 32" (14.5 psi)

2 Ply PVC

1.6

Chasing Blue Infinite - 10'6" x 34" (14.5 psi)

2 Ply PVC

1.4

Freein Overall 11 - 11'' x 33" (15 psi)

2 Ply PVC

1.4

iRocker All Around 11 - 11' x 32" (15 psi)

3 Ply PVC

1.3

iRocker All Around 11 - 11' x 32" (15 psi)

2 Ply Woven PVC

1.1

iRocker Cruiser Ultra - 10'6" x 33" (15 psi)

2 Ply Woven PVC

1.1

Blackfin Ultra CX - 10'6" x 32.5" (15 psi)

2 Ply Woven PVC

1.0

Blackfin Model V - 12'6" x 32" (15 psi)

3 Ply PVC

1.1

Nixy Newport G4 - 10'6" x 33" (15 psi)

2 Ply Woven PVC

1.1

Nixy Monterey G4 - 11'6" x 34" (15 psi)

2 Ply Woven PVC

1.0

Red 12'6" Sport - 12'6" x 30" with RSS (20 psi)

MSL with Battens

1.2

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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

Inflatable boards solve 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 rackbut loves to go SUP boarding.

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

The worst part of owning an inflatable paddleboard is inflating it. We use an electric pump to make that job much easier. We use the Outdoor Master Shark 2. See my review of the Outdoor Master Shark 2 to learn more.

Outdoor Master Shark 2 Electric Pump

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See our guide to the best electric paddle board pumps for other great options.

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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.