A common question when getting started is, “What size paddle board do I need?”
The most important thing is getting the right size board. Many people have a poor experience because they jump on a board way too small or way too advance for them.
The best beginner stand up paddle board to start learning is called an All Arounder. It’s the best paddle board for a beginner because All Arounders are design to go anywhere and have a lot of extra stability.
The minimum length of the board is reflected a lot on your weight.
If you are under 170 lbs (77.1 kg) = minimum length is 10ft ( 3 m)
If you are over 170 lbs (77.1 kg) = minimum length is 11ft (3.35 m)
Companies will share with you Maximum weight, however you don’t want to reach close to that as it greatly reduces stability and comfort.
24”-26” = Advance Paddlers who paddle regularly and prefer speed over stability
27-30” = Intermediate Paddlers who have experience and paddle as a hobby
31”-34” = Beginner Paddlers who are getting started or those who prefer the highest stability and paddle very casually.
I always recommend a minimum of 32” wide for people who are just getting started. This is a nice stable width to begin learning. You won’t get frustrated or have to focus too much attention on balance.