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Paddleboards are more expensive than kayaks, because more expensive materials are used to manufacture paddleboards.

Many people are surprised when hearing how much a paddleboard costs. From the point of an outsider, a paddleboard and a kayak look almost the same in terms of complexity.

But most epoxy paddleboards and even high-quality inflatable paddleboards are more expensive than kayaks.

However, there are some great affordable paddleboards as well.

How Much Does a Kayak Cost?

A typical recreational kayak costs around £350. Very affordable kayaks start at £250, and the most expensive ones around £800.

When it comes to specialized kayaks like fishing, whitewater or touring kayaks, you can easily end up spending £1,000 and more.

How Much Does a Paddleboard Cost?

There is a difference between epoxy paddleboards and inflatable paddleboards.

Epoxy Paddleboard

An average epoxy paddleboard costs around £600, but there are also more expensive models that cost up to £2,000.

The price range varies depending on the thickness of the board, materials used and other factors.

Inflatable Paddleboard

A high-quality inflatable paddleboard costs around £500, but there are also many more affordable options that cost less than £200.

However, we recommend spending more money on an inflatable paddleboard, because these are much more durable than the cheapest ones.

4 Reasons Why Paddleboards Are So Expensive

There are some reasons why paddleboards are so surprisingly expensive.

  1. Manufacturing and shipping costs: Some people compare inflatable paddleboards with a swimming pool mattress. However, this does not make sense at all. The manufacturing process for a good paddleboard is much more complex than let’s say the manufacturing process for a swimming pool mattress. Also, shipping inflatable paddleboards is way more expensive than most people assume. Shipping a 33.5 inches x 14 inches x 14 inches (85 cm x 35 cm x 35 cm) weighing up to 20 kilograms (including the gear) from the place of manufacturing (often China) into the country and then to the buyer is very expensive.
  2. High distribution costs for high-ticket boards of popular brands: The traditional model includes four parties involved in selling a paddleboard: the manufacturer, the brand, the distributor and the individual shop or online store. This means that everyone takes their percentage of what is charged – so prices for boards are getting jacked up. We prefer the ‘direct to consumer’ model as it cuts out the middleman and lowers the prices.
  3. Paddleboards are large: Many people make the comparison of paddleboards with surfboards. However, paddleboards are much larger than surfboards. With a length of 5 to 9 feet, surfboards are much shorter, also slimmer and built more narrow. This means that much more labor and material is needed to manufacture a paddleboard, making the production process time-consuming and expensive, too.
  4. Paddleboards come with lots of gear: Most beginner paddleboards come with many accessory products. Starter sets usually include an ankle leash, a paddle, a universal backpack and possibly additional equipment like waterproof phone cases or kayak seats. Buying those one-by-one at the beginning is very expensive. Buying an all-inclusive package saves money in the long run.

Final Verdict

A paddleboard is not a cheap item. However, buying for first board is an investment for the future. A good paddleboard can last for many years if properly maintained.

Some paddleboards are more expensive than others, but there is always a lower-priced option available. You do not have to pay 1,000 pounds for a good board, but make sure you buy a decent one to start with.

For our blog, we’ve reviewed 50+ paddleboards, and many of those are very affordable.

You can find our compiled results by clicking here and checking out this article about the best affordable paddleboards on the market.

Hi, my name is Max. In 2016, on my first SUP trip, I was still a bit shaky on the SUP board. But quickly the ambition grabbed me and my passion for SUP was ignited. That’s why I founded stand-up-paddling.org the same year. Our mission is to help beginners discover this sport and bring more transparency into the market with our in-depth product reviews.

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