Our guide to the best family friendly paddleboards

Our guide to the best family friendly paddleboards

July 14, 2022

HERE ARE THE BEST FAMILY-FRIENDLY PADDLEBOARDS FROM PAU HANA


Here at Pau Hana, we are all about getting the whole family outside and on the water. From young to old, it is the perfect activity that everyone can enjoy and is guaranteed fun!

That's why we have compiled a list of our top family-friendly paddleboards that everyone can use.

The Oahu Nui giant iSUP is awesome for getting everyone out on the water all at once! Standing in at 15' long and 4.5' wide, you'll have plenty of room to fit everyone on including the pup and the grandparents! The Oahu Nui is inflatable, which makes it possible to pack up and take away on a family vacation whether you are driving or flying. With two inflation valves and pumps, inflation takes the same time as a regular SUP and deflation is a breeze. The package rolls up into a handy carry bag, just the right size for squeezing in the trunk of a car.

Hot Tip: Why not try a floating picnic?

Using the Oahui Nui paddleboard as a family floating platform
a family paddling the Oahu Nui paddleboard

The Big EZ was built for stability, making it the perfect paddleboard to fit the little one on with you. The extra soft EVA deck pad offers comfort for young paddlers to sit down and enjoy the ride. A bungee cord on the front of the board provides a place to store extra water, sun hats, and clothing. And what's more, the Big EZ is available as an inflatable, hard-board, or in VFT depending on your needs!

Hot tip: Read our blog post on introducing your baby to SUP.

paddleing the big ez air paddleboard with a child

Taking the title of the most versatile adventure board is the 15'0 Bimini Skiff paddleboard. The Bimini can be used as a floating dock, or fishing platform, or rig it up with a 5hp motor to transform it into a powerful water vehicle capable of towing a foil or transporting the family quickly to an offshore destination. This inflatable iSUP rolls up small for easy transportation and fits nicely into the trunk of a car, perfect for those family vacations.

Hot tip: Use the Pau Hana Cinch Straps to secure a cooler to the Bimini for your cold drinks and to double up as a seat!

using the Bimini skiff paddleboard with a motor

The Malibu classic was developed as an entry-level paddleboard made from super durable VFT material, which is why it tops our list for the best family paddleboard on a budget. Any family member will feel right at home on this stable board, making it great for families looking to invest in only one paddleboard that everyone can use. The Vacuum Form Technology makes this board super resilient against knocks and dings, making it the perfect choice for those just starting out or those looking for a board to stand the test of time.

Lounging around with the Malibu Classic paddleboard in turquoise waters

Living on the road with a family can be challenging at best, but fortunately, the Solo SUP™ Backcountry makes owning a paddleboard in a small space achievable. The Solo SUP™ Backcountry package packs down to the size of a regular sleeping bag, including a pump and paddle, so now you can store your board in even the tightest of spaces. Whether you live on a boat, in a van, or just need a space-saving paddleboard for the RV, the Solo SUP™ Backcountry is the one for you. Even more impressive is how well the 10'10 inflatable board handles on the water, the dual fins keep the board tracking online and the streamlined nose makes paddling through choppy water even more efficient.

the solo sup backcountry paddleboard is compact enough for nomadic families

Keys features to look for when choosing a paddleboard for the family:

Stability

Choose a board that has more volume and width for maximum stability. Not everyone in the family will be the same level of paddleboard ability, so try and buy a board with the stability to accommodate each paddler. The added bonus of having more stability is you can load up the board with more gear, people or pets without it affecting the handling too much.

Storage & Transportation

Consider a board that is easy for each family member to use. Hard boards may require roof racks for transportation or help with carrying and require a larger area for storage, inflatables, on the other hand, maybe more suitable for storing and transporting.

Durability

kids and teens are going to want to push the board to its limits, therefore it's worth considering a paddleboard that's durable enough to withstand the occasional dings and knocks both on and off the water. Choosing an inflatable paddleboard or a VFT construction is the best bet for those who are a little rougher at handling them.

The Deck Pad

When learning to paddleboard the chances are you may take a tumble every once in a while, having a super soft EVA deck pad is key to avoiding bruised knees. A soft deck pad also acts as a nice comfy seat for the little ones to sit down on if they are too young to paddle alone.

 

Whatever board you choose for your family, make sure to head to the water frequently and make the most of Pau Hana time!

HERE ARE THE BEST FAMILY-FRIENDLY PADDLEBOARDS FROM PAU HANA


Here at Pau Hana, we are all about getting the whole family outside and on the water. From young to old, it is the perfect activity that everyone can enjoy and is guaranteed fun!

That's why we have compiled a list of our top family-friendly paddleboards that everyone can use.

The Oahu Nui giant iSUP is awesome for getting everyone out on the water all at once! Standing in at 15' long and 4.5' wide, you'll have plenty of room to fit everyone on including the pup and the grandparents! The Oahu Nui is inflatable, which makes it possible to pack up and take away on a family vacation whether you are driving or flying. With two inflation valves and pumps, inflation takes the same time as a regular SUP and deflation is a breeze. The package rolls up into a handy carry bag, just the right size for squeezing in the trunk of a car.

Hot Tip: Why not try a floating picnic?

Using the Oahui Nui paddleboard as a family floating platform
a family paddling the Oahu Nui paddleboard

The Big EZ was built for stability, making it the perfect paddleboard to fit the little one on with you. The extra soft EVA deck pad offers comfort for young paddlers to sit down and enjoy the ride. A bungee cord on the front of the board provides a place to store extra water, sun hats, and clothing. And what's more, the Big EZ is available as an inflatable, hard-board, or in VFT depending on your needs!

Hot tip: Read our blog post on introducing your baby to SUP.

paddleing the big ez air paddleboard with a child

Taking the title of the most versatile adventure board is the 15'0 Bimini Skiff paddleboard. The Bimini can be used as a floating dock, or fishing platform, or rig it up with a 5hp motor to transform it into a powerful water vehicle capable of towing a foil or transporting the family quickly to an offshore destination. This inflatable iSUP rolls up small for easy transportation and fits nicely into the trunk of a car, perfect for those family vacations.

Hot tip: Use the Pau Hana Cinch Straps to secure a cooler to the Bimini for your cold drinks and to double up as a seat!

using the Bimini skiff paddleboard with a motor

The Malibu classic was developed as an entry-level paddleboard made from super durable VFT material, which is why it tops our list for the best family paddleboard on a budget. Any family member will feel right at home on this stable board, making it great for families looking to invest in only one paddleboard that everyone can use. The Vacuum Form Technology makes this board super resilient against knocks and dings, making it the perfect choice for those just starting out or those looking for a board to stand the test of time.

Lounging around with the Malibu Classic paddleboard in turquoise waters

Living on the road with a family can be challenging at best, but fortunately, the Solo SUP™ Backcountry makes owning a paddleboard in a small space achievable. The Solo SUP™ Backcountry package packs down to the size of a regular sleeping bag, including a pump and paddle, so now you can store your board in even the tightest of spaces. Whether you live on a boat, in a van, or just need a space-saving paddleboard for the RV, the Solo SUP™ Backcountry is the one for you. Even more impressive is how well the 10'10 inflatable board handles on the water, the dual fins keep the board tracking online and the streamlined nose makes paddling through choppy water even more efficient.

the solo sup backcountry paddleboard is compact enough for nomadic families

Keys features to look for when choosing a paddleboard for the family:

Stability

Choose a board that has more volume and width for maximum stability. Not everyone in the family will be the same level of paddleboard ability, so try and buy a board with the stability to accommodate each paddler. The added bonus of having more stability is you can load up the board with more gear, people or pets without it affecting the handling too much.

Storage & Transportation

Consider a board that is easy for each family member to use. Hard boards may require roof racks for transportation or help with carrying and require a larger area for storage, inflatables, on the other hand, maybe more suitable for storing and transporting.

Durability

kids and teens are going to want to push the board to its limits, therefore it's worth considering a paddleboard that's durable enough to withstand the occasional dings and knocks both on and off the water. Choosing an inflatable paddleboard or a VFT construction is the best bet for those who are a little rougher at handling them.

The Deck Pad

When learning to paddleboard the chances are you may take a tumble every once in a while, having a super soft EVA deck pad is key to avoiding bruised knees. A soft deck pad also acts as a nice comfy seat for the little ones to sit down on if they are too young to paddle alone.

 

Whatever board you choose for your family, make sure to head to the water frequently and make the most of Pau Hana time!

HERE ARE THE BEST FAMILY-FRIENDLY PADDLEBOARDS FROM PAU HANA


Here at Pau Hana, we are all about getting the whole family outside and on the water. From young to old, it is the perfect activity that everyone can enjoy and is guaranteed fun!

That's why we have compiled a list of our top family-friendly paddleboards that everyone can use.

The Oahu Nui giant iSUP is awesome for getting everyone out on the water all at once! Standing in at 15' long and 4.5' wide, you'll have plenty of room to fit everyone on including the pup and the grandparents! The Oahu Nui is inflatable, which makes it possible to pack up and take away on a family vacation whether you are driving or flying. With two inflation valves and pumps, inflation takes the same time as a regular SUP and deflation is a breeze. The package rolls up into a handy carry bag, just the right size for squeezing in the trunk of a car.

Hot Tip: Why not try a floating picnic?

Using the Oahui Nui paddleboard as a family floating platform
a family paddling the Oahu Nui paddleboard

The Big EZ was built for stability, making it the perfect paddleboard to fit the little one on with you. The extra soft EVA deck pad offers comfort for young paddlers to sit down and enjoy the ride. A bungee cord on the front of the board provides a place to store extra water, sun hats, and clothing. And what's more, the Big EZ is available as an inflatable, hard-board, or in VFT depending on your needs!

Hot tip: Read our blog post on introducing your baby to SUP.

paddleing the big ez air paddleboard with a child

Taking the title of the most versatile adventure board is the 15'0 Bimini Skiff paddleboard. The Bimini can be used as a floating dock, or fishing platform, or rig it up with a 5hp motor to transform it into a powerful water vehicle capable of towing a foil or transporting the family quickly to an offshore destination. This inflatable iSUP rolls up small for easy transportation and fits nicely into the trunk of a car, perfect for those family vacations.

Hot tip: Use the Pau Hana Cinch Straps to secure a cooler to the Bimini for your cold drinks and to double up as a seat!

using the Bimini skiff paddleboard with a motor

The Malibu classic was developed as an entry-level paddleboard made from super durable VFT material, which is why it tops our list for the best family paddleboard on a budget. Any family member will feel right at home on this stable board, making it great for families looking to invest in only one paddleboard that everyone can use. The Vacuum Form Technology makes this board super resilient against knocks and dings, making it the perfect choice for those just starting out or those looking for a board to stand the test of time.

Lounging around with the Malibu Classic paddleboard in turquoise waters

Living on the road with a family can be challenging at best, but fortunately, the Solo SUP™ Backcountry makes owning a paddleboard in a small space achievable. The Solo SUP™ Backcountry package packs down to the size of a regular sleeping bag, including a pump and paddle, so now you can store your board in even the tightest of spaces. Whether you live on a boat, in a van, or just need a space-saving paddleboard for the RV, the Solo SUP™ Backcountry is the one for you. Even more impressive is how well the 10'10 inflatable board handles on the water, the dual fins keep the board tracking online and the streamlined nose makes paddling through choppy water even more efficient.

the solo sup backcountry paddleboard is compact enough for nomadic families

Keys features to look for when choosing a paddleboard for the family:

Stability

Choose a board that has more volume and width for maximum stability. Not everyone in the family will be the same level of paddleboard ability, so try and buy a board with the stability to accommodate each paddler. The added bonus of having more stability is you can load up the board with more gear, people or pets without it affecting the handling too much.

Storage & Transportation

Consider a board that is easy for each family member to use. Hard boards may require roof racks for transportation or help with carrying and require a larger area for storage, inflatables, on the other hand, maybe more suitable for storing and transporting.

Durability

kids and teens are going to want to push the board to its limits, therefore it's worth considering a paddleboard that's durable enough to withstand the occasional dings and knocks both on and off the water. Choosing an inflatable paddleboard or a VFT construction is the best bet for those who are a little rougher at handling them.

The Deck Pad

When learning to paddleboard the chances are you may take a tumble every once in a while, having a super soft EVA deck pad is key to avoiding bruised knees. A soft deck pad also acts as a nice comfy seat for the little ones to sit down on if they are too young to paddle alone.

 

Whatever board you choose for your family, make sure to head to the water frequently and make the most of Pau Hana time!


AUTHOR BIO

JEN CHRIMES

Jen Chrimes is a marketing and design professional that has worked with the outdoor industry for over 9 years. She is also a professional kayaker and avid outdoor enthusiast who loves sharing her knowledge and passion through her work. You can find more about Jen and her work at jenchrimesdesign.com.

Jen Chrimes Professional White Water kayaker

AUTHOR BIO

JEN CHRIMES

Jen Chrimes is a marketing and design professional that has worked with the outdoor industry for over 9 years. She is also a professional kayaker and avid outdoor enthusiast who loves sharing her knowledge and passion through her work. You can find more about Jen and her work at jenchrimesdesign.com.



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