Surftech Blacktip

Blacktip     Photo: Courtesy of Surftech

BEST FOR: Beginners, families, and anyone on a budget. THE TEST: This entry-level board-and-paddle package is almost half the cost of most new boards alone. At 30 inches wide and a whopping five inches thick, the lightweight, soft-foam Blacktip floats like crazy and provides confidence-inspiring stability. It’s nice and stiff compared with other foamies, and the slick bottom was surprisingly smooth—but don’t expect much glide. Our testers said it was fine in flatwater and surprisingly adept in small beach breaks, though several complained about catching their feet on the oversize rail handles. Bonus: includes an ankle leash. THE VERDICT: Fine and user-friendly, but affordability is this board’s true appeal. 10'6"; 30 lbs

STABILITY: 4
SPEED/GLIDE: 2.5
MANEUVERABILITY: 4

Brand: Surftech $760

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