Shop a great selection of paddle boards at DICK’S! Choose SUPs from the best brands, including Connelly®, Lifetime®, Rave Sports® and more. DICK’S carries a wide variety of sizes and colors to ensure you get exactly what you need for the water. Plus, if you find a better price on a paddle board from another qualifying retailer, we’ll match it with our Best Price Guarantee.
Consider the following before purchasing your paddle board.
Hard vs. Inflatable Paddle Boards
The first thing to consider when choosing a stand-up paddle board is whether you want a solid or inflatable design. Learn more about the pros and cons of each.
Solid paddle boards tend to offer more speed and stability compared to inflatables, especially when riding waves. However, they require a decent amount of storage space, so make sure you have room available before making your purchase.
Inflatable paddle boards offer a key advantage: convenience. If you don’t have much extra space available at home, an inflatable SUP is a great solution — you can easily store most models in a closet or even in your vehicle. Most models include a carry bag for easy transport.
There are two main types of paddle board hulls: planing and displacement.
If the board has a planing hull, it will be rounded in the front. Planing boards typically feature a flatter, wider design for enhanced maneuverability.
Boards with a displacement hull come to a distinct point in the front. The pointed nose works to push water aside as the board glides along, promoting a smooth ride that requires less effort to paddle.
At DICK’S, you’ll find paddle boards up to 14’ in length. Generally, paddle board length can be broken down into three categories:
Under 10’: Paddle boards under 10’ in length are designed for optimum maneuverability, and they are the best choice for riding waves.
10’–12’: Boards in this category can perform in virtually any environment, and they provide added balance for activities like yoga and fishing.
Over 12’: Paddle boards over 12’ in length are built for speed and straight tracking — a great choice for long-distance touring. Longer paddle boards also tend to be more narrow — beginners may prefer a wide board for added stability.
Make sure to check the weight capacity before choosing a paddle board. The board should be able to support your full body weight plus the weight of any accessories you bring along. Choosing the correct weight capacity will allow you to paddle with maximum efficiency.
Considering the following features will help you choose the right stand-up paddle board for your needs.
Hull Type: The 'hull' refers to the body of the paddle board, and there are two basic types: displacement and planing. Displacement-style boards will have a pointed nose designed to push water aside as the board glides along, promoting a smooth ride that requires less effort to paddle. Boards with a planing feature a flatter, wider design for enhanced maneuverability.
Length: The paddle boards available at DICK'S Sporting Goods range from 7 feet to 14 feet in length. Longer boards typically allow for the fastest speeds and straightest tracking, while shorter boards offer greater maneuverability. Medium-size boards in the 10 ' 12-foot range tend to be the most versatile.
Width: Wider boards tend to provide added stability, which can be helpful for activities like yoga, and they are generally easier for beginners to use. Plus, they often offer more storage space, making them ideal for longer trips. Narrower stand-up paddle boards tend to be more agile, so go that route if you're looking for speed.
Weight Capacity: Make sure to check the board's weight limit; if you're too heavy for a particular board it will sit lower in the water and be difficult to control. Also, make sure to keep in mind the total amount of weight you'll be putting on the board, which includes yourself and any gear you plan to bring when you ride.
Look for features that help you make the most of your day at the water. A no-slip texturized deck helps provide sure-footed traction, while durable carry handles help you transport your board to the water.
Remember to stay safe on the water with our full collection of life vests at DICK'S Sporting Goods.
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