Should I choose an Inflatable Paddle Board or a rigid paddle?
The type of pulp board that is suitable depends on your needs and lifestyle. When deciding between inflatable and rigid paddle boards, it's important to consider how much storage space your home has.
If you live in an apartment or house with little storage space, an inflatable surfboard is a way to go. Inflatable paddle boards are the easiest type to transport. The inflatable board can be rolled to the size of a sleeping bag. Great for travel as you can put it in a travel bag and check it on the plane.
When it comes to paddle performance, rigid paddles offer the best performance compared to inflatable paddles. In other words, if you want to use it for SUP surfing, SUP racing, and long-distance adventures, the Paddle Board is the best choice. Stiff paddles are measured to be 5% faster than inflatable paddles. You have to be more flexible to using a non-inflatable paddle. They allow you to glide better while surfing and catch lighter waves. If you want a hassle-free paddleboard, an aerated paddleboard is your best bet.
Aerated boards are durable and ideal for paddling in white water or rocky rivers. If your rigid paddle is dropped, there is a chance that it will be damaged and will need to be repaired. Inflatables are much more durable than rigid paddles.
Advantages of air-filled pulp boards:
popular with beginners
Generally lower prices
Easier to store, but requires a pump to inflate
Robust and easy to operate
The advantages of hard pulp board:
More functions, depending on usage
Better Glide Quality, Better Control
More options for replacing fins