Four Reasons to Buy the Best SUP Paddle You Can

It can be a bit daunting when you really get into stand-up paddleboarding. It can also get pretty expensive!

Aqua-Bound SUP paddle

First you buy your board and a leash, then a life jacket. As you’re about to leave the store you realize you still need a paddle!

It’s easy to fall into the trap of purchasing just any cheap paddle. By now you’re tired of spending money and you maybe even start to feel that buyer’s remorse. I get it!

You need to fight through it though.

The paddle—in my opinion—is the second most important piece of equipment you’ll buy. (The first is your life jacket!) And if you choose just any old paddle you’ll be sorry in the long run.

I would be happy to argue that the right paddle is just as important, if not more important than the paddleboard you buy. Yes, you heard right! Here’s why:

1. A Good Paddle Will Support the Type of Paddling You Do

Choosing the wrong paddle for your style of paddling could result in a less than optimal experience.

For example: You don’t want to buy a paddle with a fiberglass blade when you plan to let the neighbor kids use it. Most of the time they won’t understand the costs associated with a good paddle. Assume they might treat it like any old paddle—throwing it around or goofing around with it. A nice paddle with a fiberglass blade isn’t for the kids to play with. It’s for the adults to play with!

You don’t want a heavy paddle. Cheaper paddles are heavier, which means it’ll limit your time out on the water. You’ll get tired sooner. The best paddles are also the lightest, which means less fatigue over several hours.

Where will you paddle? Who will be using it? What’s the best type of paddle for that activity? Be sure you answer those questions before making your final choice. Which leads us to…

2. Higher-End Paddles are Backed by Great Customer Service

A higher-end paddle from a reputable company like Aqua-Bound means better customer service and, therefore, a better paddling experience. You’ll be able to ask questions like: “Which paddle is best for this type of SUP activity?” or “Which paddle is best for my whole family to use?”

When you buy a high-end paddle you’re more likely to take good care of it, and so are others. And if something happens to it, you’ll be able to call the manufacturer for a solution—not just toss it in the garbage.

3. Buying a Cheap Paddle Will Cost You More in the Long Run

If you want a paddle all the kids can beat up on, go ahead and buy a cheap one. But if you’re going to use it for workouts, long days on the water, or want to learn technical paddling—spend your money on a better-balanced, lightweight, stiffer paddle right away.

If you don’t, you’ll learn quickly you wasted your hard-earned cash on that cheap paddle, and now you need to go buy a better one anyway.

4. You’ll Enjoy Using a High-Quality Paddle More

The most important reason you should buy a SUP paddle that is best for you? Because YOU are buying it! TREAT YOURSELF!! Your paddle becomes a special part of your outdoor experience. Spend money on something that makes you excited to use it. On the flip side, if you don’t like your paddle you won’t enjoy SUP as much.

Aqua-Bound SUP paddle

Why I Love Aqua-Bound Paddles

There’s an almost infinite number of paddles to choose from. It can seem overwhelming. As you come to understand the style of paddling you want to do and the places you want to paddle, you’ll be able to narrow your choices down and the decision-making process will become easier.

I recommend choosing a brand you can stand behind. I’ve always loved the Aqua-Bound design—but it’s the people working in their Wisconsin headquarters that win the day. They’re paddling enthusiasts through and through, and their love for paddling shows through in their products.

So be sure to take some extra time to learn about the company you buy your paddle from. It’ll likely be the deciding factor!

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Do you need help picking out the right paddle for you? Contact our Wisconsin-based Customer Service Team. They’d love to help!

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