Here are some simple tips for buying a kids paddle board
#1 - Board Size
The number one rule for choosing a kids paddle board is to pick a board that is properly sized for them. A kid trying to use a full sized adult paddle board is no different than a kid trying to use an adult bicycle, it doesn't really work. If you want them to have a good time and enjoy the sport then be sure to choose a board that is specifically designed for kids.
#2 - Paddler Weight
Be sure the paddler who will be using the board is within the 'paddler weight' range of the board. If the paddler is under the weight range it will be difficult for them to carry the board, paddle, go straight and turn. If they are over the rider weight range the board will become more tipsy and difficult to paddle. Choose a board that has the correct paddler weight range so your kid will have the best experience possible.
#3 - Skill Level
Know the skill level of the paddler who will be using the board. If they are brand new to water sports or have never been paddle boarding before then maybe consider a soft top or inflatable board for the softest and safest material possible. If they have experience then consider a hardtop board with higher performance that is built the same as any adult board yet is properly sized for kids.
#4 - Application
Think about what kind of paddling will be done with the board most often. If you are mostly cruising around on the lake for fun then it would be a good idea to consider a 'all-around' style paddle board that is made for general recreational use. If the paddler is more advanced and is into racing or SUP surfing then you will want to choose a board that is specifically designed for the application. Also if space is an issue then an inflatable paddle board is a great solution.
We hope you enjoyed our 4 tips for buying a kids paddle board.
...One last tip, don't overthink it! The most important thing you can do is to just get out there with them and share these experiences together. See you on the water :)