Tips of Surfing if You Live Near the Beach

If you happen to live near the beach, there are many activities that you can participate in. In this article, we are going to look at surfing, where I’ll give you tips on surfing and then we will review some of the best iSUP’s that there are on the market. We will start with the surfing tips for beginners.

If you’ve never surfed, learn the etiquette, the rules that apply to surfers.

In a lineup (the area where a group of surfers ride waves), there are rules that everyone has to follow in order for them to be safe while having fun.  This is the first step that you should follow and it I also the most important one. Breaking the rules is similar to buying a car and then going ahead to break all the traffic rules.

Tips of Surfing if You Live Near the Beach

Learn how to paddle on flatwater first

It is not advisable to go surfing out in the ocean before you’re proficient at paddling, turning, and stopping. Make sure you’re comfortable with your paddle. Practice and gain endurance before you introduce waves, chop, etc.

Go out on a flat day

Wait until there’s a relatively flat day when surfing for the first time since then you’ll get the motion of the ocean without encountering mountain sized waves.

Wear a leash

For the sake of your safety, it is important for one to wear their leash. It could prevent a huge tragedy from occurring.

Find your own peak

When you’re ready to paddle out, look for a place on the beach that is not congested with other suffers or swimmers. This will give you ample space to practice.

Have an experienced surfer take you out

Get a professional to train you, whether is a friend or someone that you might have to pay. They’ll show you the way to get about things like waves and other surfing techniques. They’ll also help you become a productive, responsible member of the lineup.

Be prepared for the conditions

You should be well prepared for the weather and the change in temperatures by wearing wetsuits that are appropriate. If you’re not prepared, you could suffer from conditions like hypothermia. Also remember that falling off the SUP into the water is normal while learning to surf and you should also be prepared for it.

Be friendly, but not obnoxious

Saying, “hello” and a smile go a long way. When learning to control your SUP, you might fall down and attract weird looks from those around you. Think nothing of it and just smile back at them because it is the course of learning. Once you learn and respect the rules of the lineup, you’ll become more localized and more accepted.

Acknowledge mistakes and apologize. Move on

Everybody makes mistakes and it is only right to apologize and move on. Making mistakes is human and part of the learning process.

We will now go ahead and look at some reviews of the inflatable stand up paddle board. There are many iSUP’s and the ones that we’re reviewing are some of the best that can be found in the market.

Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer 2 10’4” Inflatable SUP

Performs Like a Hard Board

Riding a rigid inflatable SUP will make you feel like you’re on a hard board without compromising stability or performance. Many inflatable stand up paddle boards (SUPs) on the market are still only 4” thick and pretty difficult for an adult to comfortably ride because they bend too much. Our inflatable SUPs have been at least  6” thick since we first produced them years ago, making our boards 4x as rigid with 2x the weight capacity. The added benefits make Tower SUPs a great option for beginners and tandem riders alike.

Durable Enough to Run Over

That’s right–forget about dents and dings with inflatable boards. These no hassle boards can be used in white water rapids and paddled onto rocky shores. We’ve even thrown them off of buildings and run them over with a car and they’re no worse for the wear. The durability comes down to the top notch drop-stitch construction (for rigidity) and double layered military grade material (for exterior strength) of our boards. Be weary of newer boards made with the fused process. While they may be lighter, they lose rigidity and durability in the construction process and are much cheaper boards overall.

Store or Take It Anywhere

Storing a stand up paddle board has never been easier. A deflated inflatable SUP is about the size of a rolled up sleeping bag. This allows you to tuck it into the trunk of your car and easily store in a closet. Additionally, inflatables are pretty lightweight, so even petite riders can transport the board. There’s no need to rent a board when you’re on vacation–just check it on the plane with you. And in the off season you can simply store it in the garage or shed. Cold temperatures won’t hurt them at all.

Easy Enough for Anyone to Learn

Paddleboarding is the fastest growing watersport because just about anyone any age and skill level can learn how to SUP. It’s a great way to get the family together or mix up your workout routine. And at the end of the day, it’s easy to just roll up and stow away or keep inflated all season long. Maintenance is simple, just rinse after use and use mild soap and water when it’s time for an extra cleanup. Inflatable paddle boards make owning a SUP a no brainer.

Features

  • Package deal: New design includes front bungee, carrying handles on the nose and tail plus a 3 piece fiberglass paddle, fin and pump
  • Portable – Easy to store and transport
  • Extremely RIGID – Weight limit of up to 350 lbs on the water. When fully inflated, it feels very similar to a hard board
  • 2-year warranty – 2-year manufacturers warranty which covers everything outside of normal wear & tear
  • Highly durable – Military-grade PVC material and drop-stitch construction. Never worry again about dings and board cracks

Isle 10ft. Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Package

Why Shop ISLE?

Born and Bred on the water in San Diego California Since 2004. The team is committed to bringing the best quality paddle boards designed and tested by people who surf and paddle every day.

30 Day Ride it and Love it Guarantee

Ride it and Love it or Return it! If you don’t love your board Isle will take it back! They stand behind every product they make 100%!

Who is this board for?

The perfect iSUP board to fit all skill levels! Our ISLE 10’ All Around Airtech Fusion-Lite Inflatable Paddle Board model is our bestselling SUP model – and for good reason. The trim, stylish design fits riders of all sizes looking for a versatile board shape for both flat water, small surf performance and everything in between.

Included Accessories

Includes 3 Piece Aluminum Adjustable Travel Paddle, Carry Bag, High Pressure Pump & Gauge (Inflates to 15 PSI), Removable Travel Fin and Repair Kit.

Why Airtech Fusion-Lite Construction?

The ISLE 10’ All Around Airtech Fusion-Lite Inflatable Paddle Board is now 30% lighter than comparable inflatable paddle boards without compromising quality. To obtain this they utilize a unique high end manufacturing process and machine coat the drop stitch with a special seal and bonding layer, and then add another machine-laminated, higher-density PVC layer. This effect is to remove any human factor or error in the bonding process. This creates a consistent, unique bond by a highly controlled machine process that’s just not achievable via the previous hand-gluing methods of our competitors. The end result is a lighter, stiffer, more durable iSUP board without any of the extra weight.

Features

  • Airtech construction – 10’ x 31” x 6” | board weight 17.5 lbs. | supports riders up to 240 lbs.
  • All around design – ultimate stability in flatwater and small waves | great for all skill levels
  • Ultra durable – constructed with military grade pvc | 6” thick – no more dings or damage
  • Includes isup accessory bundle – paddle, carry backpack, high pressure pump
  • 30 day guarantee + 1 year warranty on materials – risk free returns within 30 days

Solstice Bali Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

Coming at 10ft. 8in., the Bali paddle board from Solstice offers a fun way to enjoy the performance of a regular board with the convenience of an iSUP. It can be inflated to 12-15 PSI so that it offers riders a firmness that rivals that of regular boards. It is rigid and according to some reviewers, it can carry more than one person at a time.

The board is portable and convenient, deflating and rolling  up into a small size that can fit in any car comfortably and even store in the closet. It is also stable in waterand responds well in the water even under windy conditions.

Finally, the Bali comes with accessories such as a pump, a gauge, and a bag for carrying the deflated board. It also comes with four ties in order to allow riders to bring along any items they may need on their ride.

Tower Paddle Paddle Boards Adventurer 9’10” iSUP Package

It comes at 9ft. 10in. long, and comes with a simpler paddle and fewer design features. It is great for beginners and for riders in water with up to 4-foot waves. The board is rigid and durable, constructed of military-grade PVC arranged in a vertical pattern. It is also portable and can be stored in small spaces.

Features

  • Extremely rigid – Weight limit of up to 350 lbs on the water. When fully inflated, it feels very similar to a hard board (can be inflated up to 15 PSI -but is stiff and ready to ride at 10 PSI).
  • Highly durable – Military-grade PVC material and drop-stitch construction. Never worry again about dings and board cracks.
  • Portable – Easy to store and transport. It is 9’10
  • Package deal – Includes board, pump, and 3-piece adjustable fiberglass paddle.
  • 2-year warranty – 2-year manufacturer’s warranty which covers everything outside of normal wear & tear.

Isle 12ft. 6in. iSUP Package

This 12ft. 6in. iSUP from Isle offers riders the same qualities of excellent construction, durability, and rigidity as does the 10ft. version. The increased length makes the board more stable in water even in choppy water. It is rigid and durable, made of military grade material. This material uses drop stitch construction, which arranges the fibers vertically to achieve maximum rigidity. It also comes with a pump, a gauge, a fin that can be removed, a repair kit, and an aluminum paddle. These accessories join a bungee system for securing items to the board and carrying rings that allow you to tie the board up when desired. The result is a convenient, enjoyable, and reliable way to enjoy the paddle boarding experience.

Features

  • Airtech construction – 12’6” x 30” x 6”, board weight: 20.5 lbs. and supports riders up to 275 lbs.
  • Stability for fitness – Wide nose and tail outline offers a stable platform for SUP Yoga
  • Ultra-durable – Constructed with military grade PVC, 6” Thick – No more dings or damage
  • Includes iSUP accessory bundle – Paddle, carry backpack, high pressure pump
  • 30-day guarantee + 1 year warranty on materials – Risk Free Returns within 30 Days

Tower Xplorer 14′ Inflatable SUP

This board is designed to be used on long touring rides or in races, due to its speed and durability. It comes with a 14′ length, that make it faster, more responsive, and more stable in the water. It can hold up to 700 pounds, allowing for multiple and large riders to enjoy paddle boarding without sinking or getting wet. It is also rigid and durable, made of military-grade material for added strength, and a drop stitch construction (material is woven vertically) for maximum firmness. It is resistant to scratches and scrapes, it offers a high-quality product for a lower price than similar iSUP’s, and can become very compact when packed away.

Features

  • Package comes with a high-pressure pump and 3-pc adjustable paddle
  • Product specs: Weight capacity of up to 700 lbs, 10-11 PSI, 14′ length x 32″ width x 8″ thick
  • Portable: Rolls up like a sleeping bag. Easier to store, easier to transport.
  • Durable: Never worry again about dings or cracks. This board is made with military-grade material and is nearly indestructible.
  • Fast: This inflatable is designed for speed and distance. Great for racing or touring.

Blue Wave Sports Stingray iSUP

This board comes with extreme durability, versatility and strength (it has the ability to hold up to 220 pounds) due to Blue Wave’s practice of layering the board’s construction. The board has a layered drop stitch construction as well as a double layer on the outside of the shell making it stronger and more rigid. It resists damage when bumped or scratched and that takes on a minimum of water during the ride. It’s ideal for beginners, seasoned riders, in calm water, in choppy water, and almost everywhere else. It comes with an array of accessories that make it both easier to use and a rewarding value. These include a pump, a removable fabric seat, a carry bag, a fin that can be attached or detached for easier navigation, a foot rest, bungee cords for securing items to the board, and a paddle that can be adjusted for use in a variety of ways. The result is a high quality, versatile board at a great value.

Features

  • Measures 10-ft L x 30-in W x 4-in thick when properly inflated; weight capacity 220-lbs
  • Multi-layer drop stitched high pressure core construction is rigid and strong; Double layered outer skin for superior durability
  • Dual-action high pressure hand pump, high pressure screw valve and wrench; Multi-configuration blade/paddle with 3 uses – 50-in long 2-piece canoe paddle, 89.5-in long kayak paddle, or 71-in long SUP paddle
  • Convenient quick-grab carry handle with built-in stainless steel D rings and bungee cord for easy accessory storage; Large anti-slip deck pad featuring “Z Ray – Soft Grip Technology” for superior grip, control and comfort
  • Package includes: blade/paddle, adjustable removable fabric seat, foot rest, hand pump, detachable center tracking fin, rip-resistant polyethylene storage bag, and easy to use repair kit

Isle Airtech 10’4” Yoga Fitness iSUP

This is for women who want to practice yoga and it boasts a colorful pink and purple design. Its design ensures safety and comfort at a length of 10’4”. This length makes it faster and more maneuverable in the water with more room for your yoga. It is wider (36 in.) and thicker (6 in. instead of 4 in.) making it more stable in the water. The 6-in. thickness ensures that the board will not bend in the middle, even during the most complicated yoga poses. It comes with a paddle bungee system mounted to the paddle board’s rail so it is out of the way and the placement of a bungee system for drinks and gear just within reach. Its PVC material is heavy duty and designed to resist dings, drops, and crashes. The board also deflates into a compact 6in. X 36in. size for easy transport and storage.

Features

  • Airtech construction – 10’4” x 31” x 6”, board weight 18.2 lbs. Support riders up to 255 lbs.
  • Stability for fitness – Wide nose and tail outline offers a stable platform for SUP Yoga
  • Ultra-durable – Constructed with Military Grade PVC, 6” thick – No more dings or damage
  • Includes iSUP accessory bundle – Paddle, carry packpack, high pressure pump
  • 30-day guarantee + 1 year warranty on materials – Risk free returns within 30 days

Isle Airtech 15′ Megalodon Tandem Paddle Board

The Isle Megladon is a supersize paddle board made for supersize fun and is an incredible way to share paddling with a group of friends, family or anyone who wants to come aboard and experience the fun of paddling in a group.

  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty on all workmanship & materials
  • Board dimensions:15′ x 50″ x 8″
  • Included accessories: 4 aluminum adjustable travel paddle, high pressure pump, removable travel fins & a repair kit
  • Incredibly durable: We use only the highest quality military grade Korean Drop stich construction allowing our boards to get rock hard and remain durable
  • All around style shape: all around shape perfect for surf and flatwater use
  • Non-slip traction & carry handle: includes comfort diamond groove traction for grip and 13 carry handles for easy transport
  • Deck mounted bungee system: 4 stainless steel d rings and bungee for carrying items along for the ride
  • Stainless steel D-rings: Located on the bow. Perfect for towing or tying up to docks and boats
  • Designed & tested in San Diego California by Paddlers for Paddlers

Isle Airtech 7’6” Kids iSUP

This Isle Airtech® Inflatable Paddle Board (iSUP) is designed specifically to support smaller individuals from 30 – 125 lbs. The 7ft 6-inch length, generous width and flat rocker provide a stable versatile board for the little ones with a volume they can manage. Dimensions are 6 inches thick, 28 inches wide and can be safely pumped up to 15 PSI meaning you will get a board both rigid and easy to paddle.

  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty on all workmanship & materials
  • Included accessories: 3-piece aluminum adjustable travel paddle, high pressure pump (inflates to 15 psi), removable travel fins & a repair kit
  • Incredibly durable: We use only the highest quality military grade Korean drop stich construction allowing our boards to get rock hard and remain durable
  • Easy to store & transport: deflates into the size of a sleeping bag, inflates in under 5 minutes
  • Non-slip traction & carry handle: includes comfort diamond groove traction for grip and center carry handle for easy transport
  • Deck mounted bungee system: 4 stainless steel d rings and bungee for carrying items along for the ride
  • Stainless steel D-rings: Located on the stern and bow. Perfect for towing or tying up to docks and boats
  • Designed & tested in San Diego California by Paddlers for Paddlers

Conclusion

Well, there you have it. The next time that you go to your beach house and would like to try surfing, those are some of the best iSUP’s that can be found on the market.