Stand Up Paddle Board Size Chart: find the right SUP and paddle for your weight and height | Photo: Shutterstock

How to choose your stand-up paddleboard? Know how to make the right choice when buying a rigid or inflatable SUP.

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a very versatile water sport. Modern SUP boards are light, strong, and incorporate high-tech manufacturing materials and techniques.

They also come in many different sizes, shapes, and materials and can be used at sea, in lakes, rivers, dams, and almost any body of water.

The first thing you'll need to ask yourself is what you want to do on your SUP board and your experience level.

Are you an intermediate or advanced surfer or a newbie to the sport seeking a board that paddles easily?

Do you plan to catch waves, race, do yoga, go fishing, enter downwind challenges, participate in long-distance touring competitions, or want to cruise around calm, flat waters?

As a general rule of thumb, remember that the more volume the board has, the more it will float and the more stable it will be. But it will also be less responsive and maneuverable.

Take a look at a stand-up paddle board size chart for standard recreational models.

To convert kilograms (kg) to pounds (lb), note that 1 kilogram equals 2.2 pounds. To convert meters (m) to feet (ft), note that 1 meter equals 3.3 feet.

Rider's Weight (lb) Advanced SUP (feet/inches) Beginner SUP (feet/inches)
120-150

Length: 9' - 10'6''

Width: 26'' - 26.5''

Thickness: 3¾'' - 3⅞''

Length: 10'6'' - 11'

Width: 27'' - 27½''

Thickness: 3⅞'' - 4¼''

160-190

Length: 9'6'' - 10'6''

Width: 27'' - 28''

Thickness: 4'' - 4¼''

Length: 11'

Width: 28'' - 29''

Thickness: 4⅜'' - 4⅝''

200-230

Length: 10' - 11'

Width: 28'' - 28½''

Thickness: 4'' - 4¾''

Length: 11' - 11'6''

Width: 29½'' - 30½''

Thickness: 4¾''

240-270

Length: 11' - 11'6''

Width: 29½'' - 31½''

Thickness: 4⅞'' - 5''

Length: 11'6'' - 12'

Width: 32'' - 33''

Thickness: 4⅞'' - 5''

280 +

Length: 12'

Width: 32''

Thickness: 5''

Length: 12'

Width: 33''

Thickness: 5''

 

Types of Stand-Up Paddleboards

From a construction perspective, you'll find two types of SUPs - rigid and inflatable stand-up paddle boards.

An inflatable SUP can be quickly inflated and deflated, fits in a backpack, and transported in a car boot.

A rigid stand-up paddle board is necessarily stronger, but it will take up a lot of storage space and require a special car rack to transport it.

From a usage standpoint, you'll find six main types of stand-up paddle boards: surf SUPs, all-around SUPs, Yoga SUPs, race SUPs, downwind SUPs, and touring SUPs.

Beginner SUP enthusiasts should start with a wide, thick, and big, soft-top paddleboard. A high-volume model is a great option to help first-timers find balance on the stand-up paddleboard.

Surf SUP

Stand-up paddle surfboards were designed to provide stability, speed, and maneuverability.

They often feature pronounced rocker, thinned-out tails, a thruster setup, and channels and are relatively small - 7' to 10" - compared to other SUP boards.

All-Around SUP

All-around stand-up paddle boards were designed to perform in all conditions and bodies of water.

They are the most popular SUP model because they're stable, durable, and can survive a pounding in heavy surf.

It's the go-to SUP for the average SUP participant and will adapt well to cruising and wave-riding sessions in bayous and other inland waterways.

They range in size from 10'6'' to 12'6''.

Yoga SUP

Yoga stand-up paddle boards were designed to allow yoginis to enjoy their physical and mental activity outdoor and surrounded by water.

As a result, Yoga SUP boards are relatively big to provide enough room for stretching out during some poses.

They're also highly stable and feature a deck pad covering 75 percent of the board surface and a bungee system for placing a dry bag, a bottle of water, and other small objects.

The deck pad should be comfortable and provide a smooth grip to keep a towel in place.

They range in size from 10' to 11'.

Yoga SUP: a stable, comfortable and wide stand up paddle board | Photo: Shutterstock

Race SUP

Race stand-up paddleboards were designed to glide fast across the water. Therefore, they were built with one main goal in mind - speed.

These boards can handle shop waters and accelerate in open ocean waters.

They feature a narrow outline, straight and raised rails, a thick profile, a thick slicing nose, and straight and flat tail angles.

The most common size is 14'.

Downwind SUP

Downwind stand-up paddleboards were designed for paddling with the wind, catching swells, dodging choppy waters, and going fast.

They feature a sleek and narrow outline and are similar in shape to race SUPs.

The most common size is 14'.

Touring SUP

Touring stand-up paddleboards were designed to provide a stable platform for long-distance paddling.

They're the weapon of choice for both entry-level racers and outdoor adventurers seeking comfortable glides and high flotation levels.

They feature added rail volume, extra space for carrying supplies and gear, a wide nose and tail, and a shoulder carry strap.

They range in size from 11'6'' to 14'.

SUP Paddles: they can be made of aluminum, fiberglass, wood or carbon fiber | Photo: Fanatic

SUP Paddle Size Chart

Stand-up paddles have evolved a lot throughout the 21st century.

Today, you'll find paddles made from combination materials - aluminum, fiberglass, wood, and carbon fiber - with different lengths, weights, shafts, and blade shapes.

The market offers straight and elbowed shafts and adjustable and fixed-length models.

Picking the right paddle can be confusing. A specific paddle could be perfect for a SUP surfing addict and a disastrous choice for a SUP racer.

Generally speaking, a carbon fiber paddle will be the best pick because it is light and durable. But you should master the paddling technique beforehand.

A sizing rule for SUP paddles is they should be six-to-ten inches taller than the paddleboarder.

All you need to do is stand with your arm straight up. Your arm should just reach the top of the handle and curl over the grip.

SUP surfers prefer paddles with smaller blades; long-distance cruisers and racers will opt for paddles with wide blades, as they provide maximum power and distance per stroke.

Use the following stand-up paddle size guide as a general reference.

Rider's Height (feet/cm) SUP Surf Paddle (inches/cm) SUP Race Paddle (inches/cm) SUP Touring Paddle (inches/cm) Shaft Shape (mm) Shaft Stiffness
4' - 122 52'' - 132 53'' - 135 54'' - 137 26 Skinny Soft
4'2'' - 127 54'' - 137 55'' - 140 57'' - 145 26 Skinny Soft
4'4'' - 132 56'' - 142 57'' - 145 59'' - 150 26 Skinny Soft
4'6'' - 137 58'' - 147 59'' - 150 61'' - 155 26 Skinny Soft
4'8'' - 142 60'' - 152 62'' - 157 63'' - 160 26 Skinny / 27.5 Round Soft
4'10'' - 147 63'' - 160 64'' - 163 66'' - 168 27.5 Round Soft
5' - 152 65'' - 165 66'' - 168 68'' - 173 29 Round Medium
5'2'' - 157 67'' - 170 68'' - 173 70'' - 178 29 x 34 Oval Medium
5'4'' - 163 69'' - 175 70'' - 178 72'' - 183 29 x 34 Oval Medium
5'6'' - 168 71'' - 180 73'' - 185 75'' - 191 29 Round Soft
5'8'' - 173 73'' - 185 75'' - 191 77'' - 196 29 Round / 29 x 34 Oval Soft / Medium
5'10'' - 178 76'' - 193 77'' - 196 79'' - 201 29 x 34 Oval Medium
6' - 183 78'' - 198 79'' - 201 81'' - 206 29 Round Medium
6'2'' - 188 80'' - 203 81'' - 206 84'' - 213 29 Round / 29 x 34 Oval Medium / Stiff
6'4'' - 193 82'' - 208 84'' - 213 86'' - 218 29 x 34 Oval Stiff
6'6'' - 198 84'' - 213 86'' - 218 88'' - 224 29 Round Stiff
6'8'' - 203 86'' - 218 88'' - 224 90'' - 229 29 Round Stiff
6'10'' - 208 89'' - 226 90'' - 229 83'' - 236 29 x 34 Oval Stiff
7' - 213 91'' - 231 92'' - 234 95'' - 241 29 x 34 Oval Stiff