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There are many SUPs on the market, but choosing the right KonaBoards Stand Up Paddle Board for you is not hard. Just select from below how you think you like to use the board. All KonaBoards SUPs have a broad range of use so you can’t go wrong. If you want any advice please call me on 0408 443 707 // Svante

What our Customers are saying

  • My wife, 3 kids and I recently bought 2 inflatable boards (Namaste & Moloka’i) from Kona Boards Australia.  We are first time SUP users, but found the boards very easy to use and even the kids “mastered” them on their first outing.  We look forward to family adventures and exercise in weeks and months to come.  Svante was extremely helpful in our board selection process.  The boards come with backpacks making them easy to check in on airplanes with your other luggage just as we did on our return flight back to Singapore.

    — Courtland Sholes - Singapore —
  • Our board is so stable, I could stand immediately, much to my surprise and delight. It is going to be great for maintains our balance as we age, and giving us a lot of pleasure along the way. A very satisfied customer!

    — Maureen O'Sullivan - Camp Hill, QLD —
  • Great customer service!  I called Svante before buying my board and he helped guide me to the right model.  He arranged the delivery for me to Metung before Christmas and I used it every day of our 2 week family holiday!   Really happy with my board – thanks Kona Boards Australia!

    — Belinda Gault - Metung, VIC —
  • Board got here as we were packing the last thing into the car. Perfect! Thanks for chasing it. Had heaps of fun and used it a lot that weekend. Seems to work well. Lots of other people tried it out as well.

    — Maria Bergstrom - Wilyabrup, WA —
  • Hey! The board is fantastic – super sturdy and grippy enough for yoga even when the top is wet.

    — Tessa Miller - Golden Beach, QLD —
  • Feedback on ordering and delivery. It was really good. Came quickly, and your communication throughout was excellent. No hesitation to recommend Kona Boards Australia.

    — Jonathan Armstrong - Rose Park, SA —

Kona Boards Australia – Proud partner of global Kona

Kona was founded in Sweden 2006 as a windsurfing company. From it’s origin, Kona’s boards were also popularly used for stand up paddling. Our early years and experiences have guided us in the development of new Kona products; inflatable as well as hard boards. Today, our stand-up paddleboard and windsurfing products are sold across all continents globally. We are proud of this achievement and it encourages us to work even harder for our customers.  We work to ensure you get a quality board: one you can rely on, a choice of good-looking designs, and absolutely no compromise to performance.

Kona – 2016 Brand of the Year Winner, Surf Expo USA

Stand up paddle board Blog

Stand up Paddle-boarding

There are many ways of practice SUP, the fastest growing water sport. From extreme surfing in monster waves to families with kids playing on inflatable stand up paddle boards in calm shallow waters, the options are many.

This is by no means meant to be an encyclopedia about the different ways a standup paddleboard can be used, but I’ll try to cover the major niches and hopefully inspire someone to try something new and experience why so many people has taken on this relatively new activity.

Exercising

To use paddle boarding as an alternative or complement to your usual cardio training is fantastic.

You’ll not only get a great cardio workout but also the best possible core exercise, strengthening the very important stomach and back muscles helping to prevent getting back problems in the future.

I’ve been running to stay fit for as long as I can remember. Now my knees are not so happy when I’m running over 5km, so SUPing for longer stints of cardio training is perfect for me. Besides the great non-impact exercise, the feeling when you stand on the water, hear the bow of the board hitting the small waves and feel the sun and wind on your face, definitely beats running every time!

At Kona Boards Australia we have a perfect inflatable SUP to use when you want to go out to get that much needed Cardio exercise: Cruiser 12’6! The Cruiser is long, slim and 6” thick making it a board with excellent glide and course stability. Being an inflatable board with the maximum thickness all the way out to the edges, it is also very stable making it easy to balance on and also suitable for all kinds of SUP activity. I’ve even seen people doing head stands on this board!

inflatable SUP Exercising SUP

When using the board primarily for exercising we recommend using a carbon fibre paddle. Our inflatable SUPs fit into a backpack and our carbon paddles can be split into 3 pieces to fit into the same backpack.

Carbon SUP Paddle

Family Play

Maybe the most rewarding way to use the paddle boards! This is what SUP is all about – fun together out on the water. Doesn’t matter if you’re 3 or 83 years old, with the inflatable SUPs from Kona Boards Australia everyone can join.

Paddle, play, let the kids use the boards as platforms to dive and jump from, Make short excursions together. It doesn’t really matter how you use the boards or if you are one or more on a board as long as you enjoy it.

All Kona Board Australia’s All-Round SUPs comes with a sail attachment, so when you are ready for your next challenge, it’s possible to attach a sail.

All of Kona Board Australia’s boards can be used to play together and the All-Round inflatable SUPs are made for it.

Active 10’8 – Full size all-round stand up paddle board

All round inflatable SUP Active 10'8

Namaste 11’0 – Full size all-round inflatable SUP with the beautiful Namaste deck pad

All Round Yoga inflatable SUP Namaste 11'0

Moloka’i 9’6 – Mid size all round inflatable SUP for small-framed adults and kids

All round mid size kids inflatable SUP Moloka'i 9'6

The fibreglass paddle with plastic blade is the best paddle choice for SUP family play. It’s extremely durable and the blade has a softer edge to protect the blade itself as well as boards and people.

Yoga

The first time I heard about SUP Yoga I was thinking, yes, but why? I can tell you that this question was easily answered when I first was out on the water together with a group under the instructions from Sarnia with Pure Aloha Yoga at Tallebudgera Creek on the Gold Coast.

I’ve been practicing Yoga for more than 10 years and see it as a perfect way to keep and increase flexibility, stretch and improve core strength. When practicing yoga on a SUP and doing the same poses as on land, a completely new dimension is added, the water and board beneath you moves! It’s a fun, new challenge to engage your core muscles to find your balance on water and the work out is super rewarding. With the sound of tiny waves lapping at your board together with an ocean breeze, it’s easy to enjoy the moment close to the water and get hooked. Best part of all, if you push yourself over the edge trying a new pose and fall, the only thing that happens is that you get wet. Perfect!

Kona Boards Australia has the ultimate stand up paddle board for SUP Yoga: Namaste 10’3, 35” (89cm) wide and 5” (12.5cm) thick makes it a perfect platform for yoga out on the blue. The smooth EVA deck pad is designed in a beautiful aqua green with a yellow sun in the centre. Covering the full length of the board gives maximum area to move around the SUP with excellent grip even when wet.

Yoga inflatable SUP Namaste 10'3

We recommend the equally beautiful Namaste Paddle with fiberglass shaft and carbon blade to pair with the Namaste SUP.

Hybrid SUP Paddle Namaste

Excursion

Pack your board with water, sun-cream, camera, towels and whatever else you want to bring on your excursion. Get out on the water alone or together with friends and explore the fantastic nature Australia, SE Asia or any other SUP travel destination has to offer on the water.

I’ve made amazing trips together with friends and family as well as paddling solo on the ocean. It has always been very rewarding to make new memories and to catch sightings of dolphins, turtles, stingrays, eagles and other wild life this beautiful country has to offer.

The Cruiser 12’6 is the ultimate Excursion stand up paddle board, but any SUP in Kona Boards Australia’s range can be used for this great way of getting out on the water.

inflatable SUP Exercising SUP

We would recommend the carbon paddle for excursion paddling, but any paddle that fits your height can of course be used.

Carbon SUP Paddle

Surfing

Surfing with a stand-up paddle board can be spectacular, like when the pros are riding monster waves in competitions. The pros are using the shortest possible boards with volume just enough to keep them afloat when paddling into a wave.

At Kona Boards Australia our smallest board for wave surfing is the Moloka’i 9’6. It comes with two different finishes, one white with a blue deck pad and the other one is made with a bamboo deck with a vibrant orange design on the board and deck. Both alternatives are made in a high-end sandwich construction making it stiffer, more durable and lighter than the more traditional way of making surfboards.

Surfing SUP Bamboo Moloka'i 9'6

Surfing could also be riding the 1-3ft slow waves with foaming tops. It is a great feeling when you see the wave approaching and you manage to turn your board around just in time for the foam to push you forward and you start riding the front side of the wave.

The Kona Board Australia SUP most suited for this type of surfing is the Moloka’i 10’7. This board also comes in two different finishes. As with the 9’6 there is a white with blue deck pad and a bamboo deck, this one with a light blue design.

All round Surfing SUP bamboo Moloka'i 10'7

For this kind of small wave surfing it is also possible to use Kona Board Australia’s inflatable Moloka’i 9’6. I know it sounds crazy to surf on an inflatable, but the Moloka’i 9’6 inflatable has stiff rails on the aft end of the bottom and 3 fins making it possible to get grip into the water. I’ve tried it and it works!!

When riding waves we recommend a carbon paddle. It is lighter and stiffer and will make it easier to accelerate at the crucial moment to catch the wave.

Carbon SUP Paddle

Racing

Racing on a stand up paddle board could be compared with canoe racing. The boards are long, slim and light. The extreme boards are 16ft and weigh 6kg made with carbon fibre.

The paddles are also shaped and made specifically for racing; carbon fibre makes them light and stiff without any compromises.

At Kona Boards Australia we have chosen not to enter into this rather extreme pro branch of stand up paddle boarding – for now, you never know what the future brings.

Our Cruiser 12’6 (described under Exercise) is a great board if your aim is to race for fun without serious professional racing as a goal. Many athletes have chosen the Cruiser 12’6 as a stepping stone into SUP racing thanks to its great glide and course tracking.

inflatable SUP Exercising SUP

AWESOME AUSTRALIAN SUP DESTINATIONS

South East Queensland

Australia’s Sunshine State offers endless crystal clear waterways perfect for amazing SUP adventures. Want to paddle with dolphins? Try Tallebudgera Creek by Burleigh Heads National Park on the Gold Coast where the dolphins often visit and the sheltered inlet is also ideal for SUP yoga.

Catch Brisbane’s city lights from the Brisbane River or for a quick city escape, visit Moreton or Bribie Island, both perfect SUP getaways.

Sunshine Coast SUP destinations not to be missed are for sure: Caloundra’s Golden Beach with views across the Glass House Mountains, Currimundi Lake, the aqua waters of Cotton Tree at the mouth of the Maroochy River and the beautiful Noosa River. For stand-up paddleboarding in small waves, try Noosa Main Beach and Happy Valley, Caloundra.

Paddling on Currimundi Lake
Paddling on Currimundi Lake

New South Wales

Experience some of the highlights of the NSW coastline by stand up paddleboard.

Paddle in the beautiful inlets and estuaries at Bermagui, Merimbula and all along the Sapphire Coast. A hidden gem not to be missed is Nelson’s Lagoon in Mimosa Rocks National Park, a secluded lagoon for paddling or a spot of SUP fishing!

The turquoise waters of Jervis Bay and spectacular views of Mount Tomaree from the ocean at Shoal Bay Port Stephens are both high on the list of New South Wales SUP “must sees”.

When it comes to the capital, what a better way to experience Sydney and it’s amazing harbour than to “get on board’! The Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Watson’s Bay and you can even try some SUP surfing at Bondi or Manly on the North Shore.

Lake Macquarie and Byron Bay are other top places perfect to explore by SUP.

Sydney Harbour SUP
Sydney Harbour SUP

The Fraser Coast and North Queensland

Exploring by SUP in the North is a great way to reach remote natural wonders with ease. You can go solo or even take a SUP Eco Tour with other paddlers and a local guide to find the favourite waterways from people in the know such as the pristine Pelican Bay, Rainbow Beach on the Fraser Coast. Fraser Island’s Lake MacKenzie is a SUP must which will have you surrounded by white silica sand beaches as you paddle!

Paddle or try SUP fishing for barramundi on Lake Awoonga close to Gladstone or take your iSUP by boat to Lady Heron Island for amazing SUP experiences and close viewing of the annual Humpback Whale migrations. For small ocean wave paddling, Elliots Head is a great protected spot.

If you charter a yacht for your travels, an inflatable SUP is ideal to strap on deck for exploring the shallow aqua waters of endless island coast lines and coral reefs in The Whitsundays. Catseye Beach on Hamilton Island is a beautiful place to launch your SUP from the sand.

Airlie Beach, Seventeen Seventy (1770), and the Mackay Marina are other perfect spots to go SUPing along the North Queensland Coast. 

Paddling on Currimundi Lake
Paddling on Currimundi Lake

Victoria 

Add a unique perspective to exploring Melbourne and around Port Phillip Bay by jumping on a SUP! You could paddle along the coast and stop in for a beach swim by the burnt orange cliffs of Red Bluff at Black Rock or take in the colourful view of Brighton Beach’s iconic beach boxes from the water.

From Sorrento on the Mornington Pennisula across to Meetung and the Gippsland Lakes there are so many awesome spots to launch your SUP and explore Victoria.

Head north and try river SUPing in Echuca on the mighty Murray or Campaspe Rivers. You can choose to relax cruising downstream to take in the rivergum views and passing paddle-steamers or get yourself an effective workout paddling against the current!

Paddling on Currimundi Lake
Paddling on Currimundi Lake

South Australia

Add a new fitness activity to your South Australian wine tasting holiday and get paddling. In and around Adelaide there are many great places to SUP.

Brighton Beach and Glenelg are great for sandy beach paddling or to catch a sunset by SUP, try West Lakes. Head south from the city and you can team up koala watching with a paddle on Onkaparinga River or SUP by Port Noarlunga’s exposed reef. For some beginner wave SUP, the Fleurieu Peninsula offers Middleton Beach and the historic Murray River port of Goolwa, both delivering some smooth surf.

Paddling on Currimundi Lake
Paddling on Currimundi Lake

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