How much do paddleboards weigh?

Par for the course, there’s no easy answer to the question “How much do paddleboards weigh?”  Most decent boards are in the 24-30lb range.  There are some excellent boards that come in less than that, and some equally excellent boards that are more than that. There are also junky boards that weigh less because they are not composed of enough quality materials, and there are heavier boards that are going to seriously compromise performance.

 

Most people have the idea that paddleboards are heavy because of their big size.  But that’s not really the case.  More often than not, it is much more difficult to get used to managing the size of the board than it is to handle the weight.

 

coming in at 22 lbs, the carbon Focus Smoothie 9’6

Several factors affect the weight of boards

 

-Construction

Plastic boards are heavy

Carbon boards are light

Epoxy boards are all over the place

 

-The density of the foam used to comprise the cores can make a difference in weight.

-The layup- number and weight of layers of fiberglass, wood, pvc, or carbon can make a difference

-Size certainly plays a factor in weight

-Materials used- there are a lot of new materials gaining traction in the industry for improved strength-to-weight ratio like Hexcel and Aerialite X.

 

a 9’8 plastic board weighing in over 40 lbs

 

If you are racing or surfing, weight can be an important consideration for improved performance.  Most of us aren’t that good that a little difference in weight is going to make a huge difference in our paddling.  But even a few pounds can definitely make a difference in how easily we can transport a board.  If you are a small person with a big car and you are trying to load a 35 lb board on top of it, you will clearly have more difficulty than if you are trying to load even a 30 lb board.  If you are concerned about ease of transportation then weight should be a top concern when choosing a board.

 

Naturally most people think lighter is better because who wants to hoof a board that is much heavier than necessary? Just make sure if you go for a lightweight board, that you understand the basics of construction and any durability issues that might exist.  For instance, carbon boards are very lightweight but they ding very easily and they are not as easy to repair as epoxy boards.  And plastic is very heavy…even the lightest plastic boards are heavy, but they can take a serious beating.  There are many options in between that will provide a balance of lightweight and durable, but consider how the board is going to be used and determine what the most important features are for your situation.

these 2 weight aroudn 28 lbs each- one is a yoga board and the other is a soft top rental board

We always recommend that you visit you local sup shop to discuss your options, and if possible, try before you buy. Make sure you try loading the board on your car if you have concerns about being able to transport it. If it’s not easy to use, you are less likely to use it.  So do yourself a favor and test it out before you commit.  But also keep in mind that there is a small learning curve with transporting paddleboards and managing an 11’ (plus or minus) board.  So take that into consideration if you have some trouble at first and don’t be discouraged or deterred.

 



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