BEST FOR: Budget-minded SUPers.
THE TEST: The Elements outperformed several boards that cost hundreds more. (Well-made SUPs usually run at least $1,200.) With a traditional surfboard shape, it’s plenty stable, with good float, and the planing hull picks up sufficient speed in calm water, though it won’t cut through chop as well as longer displacement-hull boards. We surfed a 31-inch-wide, 4.3-inch-thick Elements in mellow, waist-high waves and it rode predictably, like a wide, fat longboard.
THE VERDICT: You probably won’t win any surf contests on this basic SUP, but it’s a great choice for your first board. 10'2" (also available in 10'6" and 11')