Swonder 11’6 is one of the best models to start with. Beginners like it because it is pretty cheap, yet offers great value. It is a larger board, but it is 6″ thick, which means that you will be able to gain stability on the water. However, if you still won’t feel „at home” with this piece, you can use the fin that comes with the set. Beginners like to use three, but it won’t be too necessary with this model.
The deck is non-slip and can carry a lot of weight. It’s a bit elastic which means that you can use it for water touring, water fitness and fishing. However, if you are used to hard boards, this model may not be the right one for you.
It is made from military-grade PVC with a drop-stitch system. This means that it will last a long time, but it also means that you can’t leave the board in the sun for very long periods of time since no one can guarantee you that PVC won’t be damaged a bit.
The drop-stitch technology is a great thing since it helps the air distribute and the deck is pretty stable for an inflatable one.
You won’t get the paddleboard only: you get a high-capacity backpack full of accessories too. An aluminum paddle, a hand pump, a safety leash and the previously mentioned fin are all in the package.
The whole set weighs only 30lbs (~16 kilos) and it’s a great choice for those who like to travel and use the board all around the globe.
The design is pretty eye-catching and the model is spacious enough to let you bring along a furry friend or do yoga. It all depends on what you are looking for.