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How to Train for Stand Up Paddle Boarding || REI

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Published on August 8th, 2019 | by Matt Dumoulin

Dr.Sam and REI show you eight exercises designed to increase strength, endurance, and balance in the legs, hips, abdominal area and back so you can SUP better, for longer. A few exercises also build endurance in shoulder and arm muscles that you’ll be moving continuously as you do paddle strokes.

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Outdoor gear sales have surged this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic. Along with bikes and water bottles, paddle gear has been in high demand. Namely, kayaks, paddle boards, and canoes. Heck, I've even bought and tried a foldable kayak to make the outdoor activity easier this summer. 

If you're looking for a way to enjoy the warm weather, sunshine, and nature while social distancing, these activities are fun, relaxing, and get your body moving. Although it is possible to rent these items in many areas, sales have surged as people have become wary of leasing them.

The good news: While inventory is slim, you can still order a kayak, paddle board, and canoe online. Top retailers known for selling outdoor gear like REI, Backcountry, and Walmart still have kayaks, paddle boards, and canoes in stock, but some of these high-quality models tend to be on the more expensive side. Plus, some of these stores will ship your new boat and paddles straight to your door, though keep in mind there may be an additional shipping fee. 

Below, you'll find a list of retailers you can still buy highly-rated kayaks, paddle boards, and canoes from, and we'll continue to update as items come in and out of stock. While most of the models still available can be pricey, you'll be confident to know they have rave reviews and will keep you floating for years to come. 

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REI Kayaks

Get on the lake, river or seacoast for views that can't be seen from the shore. 

Sit-on tops Kayaks are primarily recreational boats for lakes and easy flowing rivers. 

REI Kayaks

Inflatable Kayaks From Recreational Equipment Inc.

Inflatable Kayaks are a great option if you don't have a lot of storage space. 

Most weigh between 20 and 35 pounds and fit into a bag similar in size to a large suitcase. 

They are easily deployed and packed back up making them very mobile. Prices for Inflatable Kayaks are a bit cheaper then solid hulled kayaks. 

Inflatable Kayak Compared

Inflatable Kayak

Best Use


Aquaglide Deschutes110 Inflatable Kayak

Flatwater Kayaking

Aquaglide Deschutes130 Inflatable Kayak

Flatwater Kayaking

Advanced Elements Advanced Frame Convertible Tandem Inflatable Kayak

Flatwater Kayaking

Aquaglide Chinook 120 Inflatable Kayak

Fishing,  Flatwater Kayaking

Aquaglide Deschutes 110 Inflatable Kayak

Advanced Elements Advanced Frame Inflatable Kayak

Recreational Kayaks At REI

Recreational kayaks are affordable, stable, easy to get in and out of and simple to turn. 

For flatwater or meandering rivers, not for long trips, waves or rapids. 

They have a limited cargo space. 

Recreational Kayak

Best Use


Aquaglide Deschutes110 Recreational Kayak

Flatwater Kayaking

Aquaglide Deschutes130 Recreational Kayak

Flatwater Kayaking

Advanced Elements Advanced Frame Convertible Tandem Recreational Kayak

Flatwater Kayaking

Aquaglide Chinook 120 Recreational Kayak

Fishing,  Flatwater Kayaking

REI Day Touring Kayaks

Sleeker and more efficient to move than recreational kayaks. 

Track straight and give more control in rough water. 

Day Touring Kayaks from REI have a moderate amount of cargo space. 

Day Touring Kayak

Best Use


Eddyline Rio Kayak Day Touring Kayak

Flatwater Kayaking

Eddyline Skylark Kayak Day Touring Kayak

Flatwater Kayaking

Advanced Elements Advanced Frame Convertible Tandem Day Touring Kayak

Flatwater Kayaking

Advanced Elements Advanced Frame Day Touring Kayak

REI Touring Kayaks

REI touring kayaks are long, robust and super efficient over long distances. 

They track well with a ruckler or skag to deal with wind and currents. 

These kayaks have plenty of cargo space and are built for multiple day uses. 

Sit On Top Kayaks Compared

REI sit on top kayaks are the heaviest of all the REI Kayaks. This is because none the sit-on-top kayaks are inflatables. 

If you are into fishing from a Kayak, these are probably the best choice as you have ample space and room to move around. 

The Old Town Sportsman Salty PDL 120 and the Pelican Premium Getaway 110 are ideal for fishing because they are also pedal kayaks which leaves your hands free to fish while you quietly troll for your prey. 

Sit On Top Kayak

Best Use


Old Town Sportsman Salty PDL 120 Sit On Top Pedal Kayak


Pelican Premium Getaway 110 HDII Sit On Top Pedal Kayak

Fishing, Flatwater Kayaking

Bote Deus Aero Sit On Top Inflatable Kayak

Flatwater Kayaking

Pelican Premium Catch 100 Sit On Top Kayak


Tahe Ouassou Sit On Top Kayak

REI Tandem Kayaks

The REI Tandem Kayaks are great for getting out on the water with a friend, loved one, or an enemy who can't swim. 

All three REI tandems are inflatable which really helps keep the weight down considering that you should have a second set of hands to help you. 

The Advanced Element tandem kayaks offer a good flatwater kayaking experience, whereas, the Aquaglide Chinook 120 can also be used for fishing and has room for up to 3 people. 

Just keep in mind that these Kayaks do have maximum weight capacities of 550 pounds. 

Tandem Kayak

Best Use


Advanced Elements Advanced Frame Convertible Inflatable Tandem Kayak

Flatwater Kayaking

Aquaglide Chinook 120 Inflatable Tandem Kayak

Fishing,  Flatwater Kayaking

Advanced Elements Advanced Frame Convertible Elite Inflatable Tandem Kayak

REI Paddle Boards (Stand Up)

Rei paddle boards for stand up use come in various styles and compositions. 

Keep in mind that a paddle boards hull shape determines how it will perform in the water. 

REI Paddle Boards

REI Paddle Boards with Planing Hull

Best For Maneuverability.

These paddle boards are flat and wide, similar to a surfboard. 

These boards are designed to ride on top of the water, which makes it easier to turn. 

They are versatile for recreational paddling, surfing, SUP yoga and fishing. 


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REI Paddle Boards with Displacement Hull

Best For Efficiency.

The REI Paddle Boards with displacement hulls slice through the water with less effort than planing hulls. 

They track straight but are a bit less maneuverable than planing hulls. 

A displacement hull paddle board from REI is great for SUP touring, fitness, racing, fishing, and general recreational use. 

Solid Boards Vs Inflatable Boards

REI Inflatable Paddle Boards

REI offer inflatable paddle boards that are very rigid when inflated due to PVC exteriors and drop stitch construction.

Obviously, the most attractive feature is that they pack down into a storage bag. 

REI inflatable paddle boards come with a pump for easy assembly. 

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The 9 Best Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboards of 2021

Final Verdict

For a board that strikes the perfect balance between stability and performance, go with the Adventurer 2 from Tower Paddle Boards (view at Amazon). It comes with essential equipment and features durable fins that resist bumps in the water and in transit. If you’re just starting out with paddleboarding, it’s hard to beat the price on the beginner-friendly Bestway HydroForce (view at Walmart) to get you used to paddling.

What to Look for in an Inflatable Stand-Up Paddle Board


When renting a paddleboard, the dimensions of one can tell you a lot about how it’ll perform and what its strengths and weaknesses are. If you’re a larger than the average person, you want a board that is at least 6 inches thick because you need that volume to stay afloat. Boards that are 4 inches thick such as the can sink too close to the water line under heavier loads, which leads to poor planning on the water. 


Boards wider in the waist are generally more stable, and when paired with a broad, rounded nose and tail tend to be a friendlier beginner board. Dart-shaped longer boards are better for touring and covering longer distances. Rocker, or a curving upwards of the board away from the water, is better for rougher waters than flats.


Not all boards come with the necessary equipment. Despite being inflatable, many don’t even come with a pump. If you don’t already have the essential equipment, read product descriptions carefully to see what’s included. Things to look for that you may want: a leash, paddle, pump, carrying bag, fin, or removable seat.

Fin Setup

Many boards, especially those intended for use on flat water, feature a single, removable and adjustable fin that minimizes drag. Most multi-fin setups such as the three-fin “thruster” setup are used on intermediate and advanced paddleboards and serve to improve tracking or control in surfing or rougher waters. Longer fins are better for tracking (keeping you on course) while shorter fins permit more agile maneuvering. 

Carrying Case

Not all inflatable SUPs come with a case, but it’s a nice-to-have item that keeps your board, paddle, pump, and any extras together in one place. Additionally, if you intend to hike or cover any significant distance, look for a carrying pack in a backpack style, ideally with both chest and waist straps to help keep the load secure on your back. The best carrying packs have cinch straps to compress the bag around its contents to prevent shifting contents that will wear on your back over the long haul.


How do you store an inflatable paddle board?

When storing a deflated paddleboard, it’s important to rinse and fully dry it before deflating and rolling it up. The important thing is to try to keep it somewhere dry, out of sunlight, and free from extreme temperatures.

It's also possible to leave the board inflated for convenience if it doesn't need to be transported or if it's used frequently. If used seasonally, it’s fine to deflate for those times of year when it's not used often, but it’s technically better to not leave it tightly rolled up as that may cause hard creases that can create weak points over time.

How long does it take to inflate a paddle board?

When pumped steadily, it should only take about five to ten minutes to inflate by hand with the included pumps, though if the board needs to be deflated and inflated the board frequently, it's good to consider buying an electric pump to speed up the process. 

Is a leash necessary?

A leash is important if using in ocean surf to prevent the rider from being separated from their board, but for most flat water situations, a leash isn’t essential. Some boards come with a leash, others do not. Those who may want a leash sure ensure the board they're buying comes with one or purchase one separately.

What is a double-action pump?

A double-action pump pushes air into the board both when pushing down and when pulling the handle up on a hand pump. A single-action pump only pushes air in on the press down. While it increases the effort required to pull up, it means faster pumping on-balance. Most double-action pumps have a switch that allows it to be used as a single-action pump, which is easier for pumping the last few PSI into your board.

Can dogs ride on an inflatable SUPs?

The larger platforms of a SUP have plenty of room to bring a furry friend, but a fair question is if dogs’ claws are a danger to an air-filled SUP. Most inflatables are built with multiple layers of thick and often reinforced PVC to withstand bumps and run-ins with rocks and sticks, so claws shouldn't be a serious threat. 

Why Trust Tripsavvy

Justin Park lives in Summit County, Colorado and spends his short summers paddleboarding the high alpine lakes around his home. He personally owns both the Atoll and the Tower Adventurer 2 boards and has been known to occasionally catch trout from them.

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Seattle Stand Up Paddleboard Rentals

REI boathouse rentals are closed and will resume on May 1st, 2022. In the meantime, explore other outdoor classes and tours scheduled near Seattle all winter.

Cool off in the water and see the world from a new perspective with a stand-up paddleboard rental. Stand up paddleboards or “SUPs” are like a large surfboard designed for moving through flat water. Navigating through open water on a SUP requires core strength and balance and offers a great workout in addition to being a lot of fun. While paddleboarding, most people stand or kneel on their boards, affording different views of the surrounding landscape than if you’re sitting close to the water in a kayak.

REI offers paddleboard rentals at two boathouses situated on the shore on Lake Washington in Bellevue, just east of Seattle.

Stand Up Paddle Board Classes

Curious to try stand up paddling for the first time? REI’s intro to stand up paddleboarding classes are the perfect way to get out on the water and learn a new skill.

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Summers in Phoenix are hot! Cool down with Stand Up Paddle Board classes from REI. Give it a chance, it’s a fun way to get some exercise, have some fun, and learn something new. During these hot summers we have to find ways to cool down! Paddle boarding classes with REI cover all the bases!

Summers in Phoenix are hot! Cool down with Stand Up Paddle Board classes from REI. Give it a chance, it's a fun way to get some exercise, have some fun, and learn something new. During these hot summers we have to find ways to cool down! Paddle boarding classes with REI cover all the bases! 

Paddle Boarding Classes With REI | Phoenix Events

Paddle boarding classes with REI are a great opportunity to try something new. If you’ve never been paddle boarding you don’t have to feel shy, they can help anyone from beginners to pros have some fun on the water and beat the heat.

All of the classes can be handled by beginners. They’re an easy active level 2 class which means that you can total handle the activity level required to make it all work!

Each class has a designated number of spots so make sure you click above and sign up now! All the classes have spots left as of right now!

When are the Stand Up Paddle Boarding Classes with REI?

The first class is coming up fast. Then there are some in August, September, and October. Here’s a rundown of the classes, dates, and times.


  • 20th | 11 am – 1 pm


  • 3rd | 9:30 am – 11:30 am
  • 10th | 9:30 am – 11:30 am
  • 17th | 1 pm – 3 pm
  • 31st  | 10 am – 12 pm


  • 8th | 10 am – 12 pm
  • 21st | 10 am – 12 pm


  • 26th | 11 am – 1 pm

Where are the classes being held?

Each class takes place in the same location so you won’t have to be traveling all around or getting confused. Before each class you’ll meet at the 4 Lane Boat Ramp/Fireman’s Cove at Lake Pleasant Regional Park. The address is Lake Pleasant Regional Park, Castle Creek Dr, Morristown, AZ 85342. For those of you familiar with our MCLife Communities in Phoenix The Place at Sonoran Trails is local! It’s a great option for pet friendly apartments in Phoenix and as you can see it’s nearby to some great activities and adventure!

What do I need to bring to class?

According to the gear list on the website this is what you’ll need:

Bring to class:


  • 2 Liters of Water – At least two one-liter water bottles, such as a Nalgene bottle, or a large hydration bladder.
  • Energy Snacks
  • Sun Protection – Lip balm, sunscreen, wide-brim hats, etc.
  • Synthetic Quick Dry Clothing
  • Water Shoes/Sandals – Foot attire that will protect your feet and is okay to get wet. (e.g. Teva, Chaco, Keen (not flip-flops)


  • Change of clothes
  • Personal Camera
  • Swimwear – Be prepared to get wet!

Provided by REI:

  • Dry Bag
  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Lifejacket
  • Paddle
  • SUP – Stand Up Paddle Board

What will I learn in these classes?

Here’s what you can expect to learn from your stand up paddle boarding classes with REI instructors. All info below provided from the class info site linked above and right here. When it comes to Phoenix events you won’t want to miss out on such a fun way to beat the heat.

  • Basic on-the-water instruction
  • Further understanding of Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • Experience paddling at an exclusive location
  • Learn about Lake Pleasant and other paddling destinations

What is the cost of the classes?

Classes cost $59 each but members get a discount so make sure you look into that if you plan on taking more than one class it could be well worth your time and money to become a member!

Summers in Phoenix are hot! Cool down with Stand Up Paddle Board classes from REI. Give it a chance, it's a fun way to get some exercise, have some fun, and learn something new. During these hot summers we have to find ways to cool down! Paddle boarding classes with REI cover all the bases! 

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Goose Island REI to offer kayak, paddle board rentals along Chicago River

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CHICAGO — An REI store planned for Goose Island will offer kayak and paddle board rentals along the Chicago River.

The two-story store at 905 W. Eastman St. is slated to open early next year. The sporting goods co-op and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the plans Wednesday.

The new 40,000-square-foot REI will feature a bike, ski and snowboard shop; an outdoor patio with seating; and dedicated parking. The store will replace an existing REI a few blocks away at 1446 N. Halsted St.

According to the mayor’s office, the new REI will exist near a planned “wild mile” along the North Branch Canal that is slated to offer pedestrian walkways, fishing stations, canoe launches and vegetative islands.

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