How to Choose an Inflatable Electric Surfboard

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It is one thing to own an electric surfing board, it’s another to know how to use it properly. Many people just buy one and don’t know how to even use it. Some never even get around to learning how to ride it properly. Others never learn how to even clean their boards, let alone repair the ones that are damaged. As with any piece of equipment, electric surfboards have to be maintained and kept in good condition for you to get the most out of your experience.

An Overview


The first thing you need to know is to never buy a cheap electric surfboard. You need to pay more money up front because you’re paying for the brand and reputation of the company manufacturing it. This reputation can mean the difference between a good electric surfboard and a great one, or a poor quality board that will break apart in months. You can often find the best deals on higher quality electric surfboards at online shops, but that doesn’t really offer much in the way of customization.

The best electric surfing boards are handmade by professional surfers. This means that the company that makes them keeps strict control over every aspect of the design process. Every piece of wood is cut perfectly, every piece of foam is sewn perfectly, and every other little detail is looked at and thoroughly tested before it is painted. There is no reason to try to save a few dollars by buying a cheaper paddle, because you will definitely get poor performance. If you buy a cheap paddle, you will likely wind up breaking it in a matter of months. The quality of the materials used in making the best electric surfboards is clearly an issue that can’t be ignored.

Electric Inflatable Surfboard Facts

A man riding a wave on a surfboard in the ocean

Of course, it isn’t just the price that you have to keep in mind when deciding which electric surfing board is right for you. You also have to make sure that the brand that you are buying from is reliable, because there are a lot of extremely unreliable brands out there. You don’t want to end up with a paddle that is always breaking as a result of poorly manufactured plastic. Never buy an electric surfing board from a sketchy manufacturer.

Your next consideration has to be size. Most surfers prefer a surfing board that is a bit longer than knee length. A smaller electric surfboard looks more “normal” and tends to blend in more easily with the surroundings. However, there are some pros and cons to having a slightly longer board, which is why I recommend you take a look at the different e-foils on the market.

E-foil electric surfboards are becoming extremely popular thanks to the fact that they are very lightweight and easy to use. These e-foils come in a variety of shapes, which gives users the opportunity to choose the one that they like the best. You can also purchase e-foil surfboards that are flat bottomed or have concave cambering. The flat bottomed electric paddle boards are typically easier to learn to use due to their more compact shape, however if you have a lot of speed and maneuverability you will probably want to invest in a slightly more expensive, high performance electric paddleboard.

Lastly, you should consider your skill level. Beginners can buy a cheaper electric surfboard and learn to surf by riding the inflatable paddle boards at the park. If you are more advanced, then you can purchase a more expensive high quality electric surfboard with more complex carving features. Keep in mind that beginners should not use bigger electric surfboards unless they have a lot of experience in surfing.

Bottom Line

Purchasing an electric surfboard is a big step! Take the time to make sure you are choosing the right paddle with the features that you need. Inflatable surfboards provide a great way to get out on the water without the risk of crashing or injuring yourself, however keep in mind that you will still need to practice good sportsmanship while out on your board.

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