Top 10 Bamboo Paddle Board Reviews
In the water or at your local surf shop, most likely you’ve seen the popular and sleek design of bamboo paddle boards that are dominating the SUP market. The bamboo surface finish on these particular paddle boards is not only appealing and stylish, but can also be recognized as a throwback imitation to primitive paddling crafts many tropical tribes used for traveling, fishing, and hunting.
Bamboo has the highest strength to weight ratio of any natural fiber, is a light weight material, and remains extremely buoyant while under weight.
On top of its natural and primal appearance that triggers a rider’s water lust, there are multiple benefits that bamboo composite adds to the paddle experience. Many SUP manufacturers are transitioning to the bamboo design for multiple reasons. Bamboo has the highest strength to weight ratio of any natural fiber, is a light weight material, and remains extremely buoyant while under weight. These brands are our top ten list of the most popular and affordable Bamboo paddle boards.
1.) Long Island Boards The Montauk SUP, Super Lightweight Double Bamboo Epoxy Paddle Board
Hailing from one of the most popular beaches in the nation, Long Island brings greatness to stand up paddle boarding. One of Long Island Boards’ most versatile stand up is the Montauk. Great for beginners or the experienced rider, the Montauk is able to hold serious weight while offering sufficient stability.
The extra-large bottom graphic represents the true coastal culture of Long Island and the boldness of New York. This board performs well in the surf or as a strong yoga platform in calm water, maintaining a buoyancy of up to 380 Ibs.
The double sided bamboo veneer reduces the weight of the board making for a smooth and enjoyable ride. Being that these boards are handcrafted, you know the quality of the board won’t be that of the cookie cutter brands. Riders swear on this board’s performance and ease of maneuverability in the surf or backwater channels.
There aren’t too many cons about this board other than the black rails, if you are a rider seeking more of a colorful expression on the water. However, the bamboo color with black trim is an aggressive and tactical look on the water.
Dimensions: 11′ 6″ X 30″ x 5″ (also in 10’6″ and 12’2″)
Weight: 22 lbs.
Volume: 198 Liters
Max. weight capacity: 380 lbs.
2.) Skyline Water Sports Islander Black Camo 10′ Bamboo Stand Up Paddle Board Review
The Islander, made by Skyline Boards is bringing a classy look to the sport of paddle boarding. With white rails that surround the bamboo texture and a smooth double-layered epoxy finish, the oversized camouflage traction pad will easily turn heads. The skyline logo representing the Willis Tower on the front, and the silhouette of the Chicago skyline on the bottom, makes this SUP brand a unique contrast to city life and waterfront relaxation.
This is a sleek board for the lake or waterways outside of the manic lifestyle of city living. It gives the pristine appearance of a yacht cruiser with its fresh bamboo deck and white trim and remains a great board for the family or taking out the dog for a float. Created for all levels of experience, its superior stability makes it easy to maintain balance through choppy waters. This board is as great as the lake it is crafted on, however it is typically heavier than the average ten foot paddle board, weighing in at 35 Ibs.
Dimensions: 10′ x 30.5″. Also made in 11′.
Weight: 26 Ibs.
Max. weight capacity: 200 lbs.
3.) Surftech Bamboo Veneer Paddle Board Balboa 1200
Since 1989, Surftech has brought innovative shapes and craftsmanship to the sport of SUP. A brand that has conducted extensive research on the interior and exterior materials used to perfect the solid combination of buoyancy and durability. The Balboa promotes a tropical style for your paddle boarding experience.
With an all natural, double-sided bamboo veneer, this board is constructed for a smooth and effortless glide through calm water or chop. The color resembles the board’s weight, light and feather-like. And with rails that mimic the tones of a Bahamian coastline, this board is the full expression of tranquility. With a width of 34 inches, it has no problem keeping the rider stable through choppy conditions and the shape is known to provide a smooth and powerful ride down the face of a wave.
Dimensions: 12′ x 34″ x 5.2″
Weight: 25 Ibs.
Volume: 236 Liters
4.) Jimmy Styks Woodchuck Stand Up Paddle Board, Wood Grain, 11’6″
This is the perfect entry level board for beginners or intermediate paddle boarders. It’s not to short, and it’s not too big. It’s the perfect creation for anyone in search for a board that will outlast the competition. With its durable epoxy and vacuum bagged construction it also comes with a 1 year warranty.
What is different about the Woodchuck is that it has three separate grip pads, divided to create separate channels on the deck which allows for superior water release across the rider’s feet when digging through the chop.
Another noticeable factor on the Woodchuck is the nose rocker is elevated enough to glide easily over chop and reduce the chances of a nosedive when charging the waves. A popular brand for all experience levels and is more than capable of floating anything under 240 Ibs.
Dimensions: 11’6″ x 31″ x 4.375″
Volume: 195 Liters
Max. weight capacity: 240 lbs.
5.) Stand On Liquid Revere 12’6″ Bamboo Touring Paddle Board
If you want to out perform the pack you’re paddling with and stand out from the regular all-around shapes, then the Revere is exactly what you’re looking for. It is the ultimate bamboo touring board oriented toward fitness paddling and is accessible for all skill levels. The displacement hull allows the board to cut through chop with extreme ease while maintaining a solid direction along with comfortable balance.
The ultra-light weight board is crafted with a durable thermal composite wood construction, allowing for pleasant stability and endurance. The Revere is great for covering long distances across flat water, and both tail and nose ends of the board are equipped with with cargo bungees allowing the rider to strap down a cooler, dry bag, or both. This board is a stand out performer. However, it is not typically used for surfing the waves.
The Revere comes in a light shade of bamboo, as well as a dark mahogany. It looks just as fast as it is and is a step up in performance and fitness paddling.
Dimensions:12’6″ x 30″ x 6.7″
Weight: 26 lbs.
Volume: 282 Liters
6.) Pau Hana Big EZ 11′ Stand Up Paddle Board Bamboo
For the past eleven years Pau Hana Surf Supply has been bringing the Ohana lifestyle of the Pacific islands to the sport of paddle boarding. The Big EZ shape stands out as one of the most versatile SUP boards to ever hit the water. With it’s tropical bamboo stringer and ivory white design, the Big EZ is the perfect board for all ages of the family.
It includes a six piece diamond cut EVA traction pad as well as a six point, seamount tie down system for holstering life jackets and other supplies. The 2+1 fin system is great for surfing small to medium sized waves and there are also two pressure relief plugs installed in the tail.
This bamboo paddle board was created for intense fun on the water for all skill levels. Whether your relaxing with the family off of the shoreline, surfing, fishing, or taking the dog for a swim, the big EZ offers huge fun and the spirit of aloha for its riders.
Dimensions:11′ x 32″ x 5″
Volume: 225 Liters
7.) Surftech Bamboo Paddleboard Generator
The Surftech Generator is the ultimate shape for intermediate surf or backwater riders. Its solid foundation and simplistic bamboo deck offers a stable and symmetrical ride, and with a bamboo fused-cell core stringer down the middle, the strength of this board is above the typical plastic or foam made stringers. Right above the divided traction pad are anchored bungee connections for tightly securing your belongings.
The pintail makes it easier to propel through the water and easily access multiple turning and cutback maneuvers in the surf. However, the tail may slightly limit the stability for beginning riders. None the less, the board is easily adaptable to all levels of experience. This board comes at an affordable price for riders who want an upgrade from the beginner board they learned on. It’s slightly on the heavier side, but remains a durable and versatile paddle board.
Dimensions: 10 ft 6 in, 11 ft 6 in
Weight: 40 Ibs
Volume: 188.6 Liters
8.) Wappa Nova, Eco Friendly Bamboo SUP Paddle Board
Wappa Paddle Boards are known to the paddle board community for being environmentally conscious. They use imported bamboo from China and an eco friendly epoxy resin that keeps the outer layer of their boards strong and toxic free. Their line of bamboo models have an all natural look with wild-style graphics and a unique cross-hatched traction pad.
The squash tail makes for great stabilization for beginners and surprisingly for how thin the rails are, at 4.5 inches, it can easily float anything less than 215 Ibs. The thin rails also provide a quicker glide through the water. The stub nose is quite an unusual look for the common paddle board shape, but the board does come equipped with a Go Pro mount on the top rocker, and has two Gore-tex air vents on the tail.
This technology reduces the possibility of any internal water damage and unwanted dents or dings. The Wappa Nova also has a three fin system, which is great for paddle surfers who want more stability when riding the waves. Wappa is a great beginner and intermediate board for beach goers, river chasers, and backwater paddlers.
Dimensions: 11’4 x 32”x 4.5”
Weight: 25.4 Ibs.
Volume: 215 Liters
9.) Laird StandUp EPS Composite LXT Touring Paddle Board
If you know who Laird Hamilton is, you are well aware of the extremes the dedicated waterman has brought to the sport of paddle boarding and surfing. If you’ve never heard of the name, the LXT Touring paddle board says everything about Hamilton’s style and aggressiveness toward accomplishing amazing feats. The LXT was designed by Laird team rider, Chuck Glynn, and was built for the ultimate athlete who enjoys long distance paddling, racing, and pushing the limits of human endurance.
This sleek touring board resembles a torpedo and cuts through water like one would. With a wide tail for stability and a pointed nose for fluid-dynamics, the displacement hull is 6.3 inches thick and for the length of 12 feet and 6 inches, this board only weighs 29 pounds. This board is predominantly built for speed and enduring the long haul through choppy waters. It is also an investment for your body if you are looking to get into shape, and plan for a strong core workout on the water.
There are hardly any downfalls about the LXT, however it is mainly a board for intermediate and experienced level paddle boarders. That isn’t to say a beginner cannot ride this board, but it is priced for its performance.
Dimensions:12’6 x 28.5’ x 6.3”
Weight: 29 Ibs.
Volume: 270 Liters
10.) Kanghua All Around Performance Stand Up Paddle Board Bamboo
The Kanghua boat company has more than twenty plus years of experience from all aspects of watercraft technology. With multiple designers behind their brand, Kanghua not only makes SUP boards, they are also involved in the sport of rowing. The watercraft company is well aware of the ins and outs of creating a stylistic and durable paddle board for the common and advanced rider.
This board is built to satisfy all skill levels and the double bamboo vacuum construction and high density foam makes it light in weight, and comes in two types of trim: White rails with white foam traction, and the true roots Rasta pattern of red, green, and yellow, with a white foam traction pad. It is also equipped with a two way breather valve to prevent delamination.
The Kanghua All Around Performance Bamboo SUP is the perfect board for all riders, conditions, and aquatic environments.
Dimensions:11’ x 32.5” x 4.7”
Weight: 26 Ibs.
Bamboo? Or not to?
So, if you are new to the sport of paddle boarding, or you’re a salty paddle boarding warrior looking to upgrade and purchase something new, an eco friendly and durable bamboo crafted paddle board will do the soul, and the environment good. It will withstand the elements of surf, sand, and sun, and most likely outlast the typical inflatable or plastic style paddle boards.
Not only does the woody bamboo style catch the looks of other paddle boarders and beachgoers, it adds a retro-surf feel to your home or garage. The bamboo material makes for a durable and fluid ride and is extremely eco-friendly since bamboo grows strong as well as rapidly over a short amount of time. Paddle boards will continue to evolve over the years, however the different combinations of bamboo crafted models will always thrive in performance for the casual, and expert paddle boarders.