Best All-Around Inflatable SUP’s For 2019

Best all around inflatable stand up paddle boards

An all-around board is often the best option for a beginner paddler or for anyone who wants a versatile board that can handle any type of water.

Whereas touring boards will slice through the water, cutting through chop creating a faster momentum, an all-around board will ride on top of the water, tackle waves and surf and often be easier to turn and maneuver.

With the rounder nose, many all-around paddle boards provide more stability and more space up front for precious cargo, be it extra gear, kids or dogs.

For this reason they are also better suited for SUP Yoga and all-around fun on lakes, rivers and ocean bays.

All-around boards are also popular with beginners as they are often more stable and easier to paddle.  Their versatility makes them ideal for families, sharing with a partner or friend and summer fun.

Below is our top 5 list for all-around versatile boards. The list contains ISUP’s in a variety of price ranges and sizes so you can find a great board to suit your needs.

We have spent a lot of time on all 5 of these SUP’s and love each and every one of them.

Our Fave All-Around Inflatable Paddle Boards

Check out our full reviews by clicking on the board name.

Hero SUP Crusader – 11’2”x31”x6”

Hero SUP Crusader inflatable paddle board
All-around versatile design with good glide.  Great for paddling with dogs, kids or extra gear.

The Hero SUP Crusader is a board that anyone could love.  It has a really nice length to width ratio (11’2″L x 31″W) that provides decent stability without compromising the glide or performance.

We have had a lot of fun with this board and find it ideal for traveling and so many different types of situations.  It is very versatile so it handles well on flat water and when dealing with wake or chop from boats and wind.

It is the perfect board for paddling with your dog(s) as there is decent room up front for the dog to sit and good stability.

Sometimes adding extra weight on your board (such as with a dog, kid or extra gear) can really make it feel slow and hard to paddle.

However the Crusader has a really nice glide for an all-around design and we have found it to power through some pretty tough conditions really well.

Taking into account the all-around great performance and functionality of this SUP, as well as the top notch Air Fusion construction, high-end accessories included in the package and a great 2-year warranty… Well we feel it’s a winner and confident that it will not disappoint!

Read our full review on the Crusader ISUP for more details.

Check out the Crusader in action below 👇


Sea Eagle Longboard – 11’ or 12’x30”x6”

Sea Eagle Longboard stand up paddle board
Leaner all-around board that moves swiftly and turns quickly. Slightly less stable with the leaner 30” width.

There are several things we love about the Sea Eagle Longboard. It can handle well on most types of water and is quick to maneuver in surf – particularly the 11’ model.

This board is fun to ride and very responsive however you will notice a little less stability than the wider all-around boards so we recommend this one for those who are physically fit and feel confident in their balance. The longer 12’ board will feel more stable than the 11’ model.

We have used the 12’ Longboard often when out paddling with our dogs but mainly on calm water lakes and rivers.

The Longboard has been around for a long time and Sea Eagle has a great rep. They offer an industry leading 3-year warranty on all of their products.

For more details on the Longboard read our full review.

See me paddling the Longboard below 👇


Thurso Surf Waterwalker – 10’6″x31″x6″ OR 11″x32″x6″ 

Thurso Surf Waterwalker
Stable and secure, budget friendly, versatile design.

The Waterwalker can go anywhere and be paddled by just about anyone of any skill level. This is a well priced board for what you get that is easy for beginners to ride.

It comes in two size options and two different color choices.  The smaller 10’5″ long board takes less effort to paddle, carry and maneuver.  However the larger 11′ long board is a little wider, more stable and can hold more weight.

Both feel great to paddle on all types of water be it calm lakes, rivers or tackling some ocean wake. These boards are built strong but are a little heavier than many other inflatable SUP’s on the market.  If you don’t mind the added weight they won’t disappoint.

They come with a great package to get you on the water right away that includes the board, 3-piece carbon paddle, backpack with wheels, board leash, dual action hand pump and 3 easy clip-in fins.

Read our in-depth review of the Thurso Surf Waterwalker.

Quick video below of the Waterwalker boards in action 👇


Hero SUP Spark – 10’5”x30”x6”

Hero SUP Spark inflatable stand up paddle board
Super fun lightweight board ideal for traveling, cruising and light surf. Perfect for those who weight less than 200 lbs.

If you want a compact, easy to carry, fun to paddle board the Spark is an excellent choice.

Although smaller in frame it is surprisingly smooth to paddle and you will find you can pick up some decent speed with a little effort.

The round nose plows through chop well and although it is not as stable as a larger board we have had several beginners on the Spark and they have done really well.

We find it is best suited for people who weigh less than 200 lbs. although it is capable of holding a lot of weight.

This is a high quality board that is priced extremely well for what you get. We’ve used the Spark on lakes, rivers and around ocean bays and it has excelled in each situation.

Durable, lightweight and strong, the Spark is simply a lot of fun!

Get more details on the Hero SUP Spark in our full review.

See the Spark in action below 👇


Earth River Skylake – 3 sizes see below

Earth River Skylake
Responsive, versatile, stable, easy to maneuver, handles most types of water well.

We’ve been loving the Earth River Skylake boards for a while. Although a little higher priced, they are well made, easy to paddle and very responsive in different conditions.

This model has three size options to choose from:

  • 9’6”x 31”x5” – Super fun and responsive – Better suited for a smaller rider.
  • 10’7”x32”x5” – More stable , easy to paddle, most versatile size.
  • 11’x34”x5” – Wide and stable, bit of a beast, much slower to paddle but feels secure.

We’ve spent the most time on the smaller 9’6” model. This board is ideal for those who want to tackle some surf or even a little whitewater river action yet have a smaller responsive board that will glide well when cruising around on bays and lakes.

It can handle a lot and it is extremely portable for taking literally anywhere.

Check out our full review of the Skylake ISUP.

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