How the Inflatable Paddle Board became a Game Changer for Women

The portability of inflatable paddle boards has truly made SUP the perfect sport for women. The meditative aspects of being out in nature with friends and family while keeping their muscles and bones strong are powerful antidotes to the stress of modern-day life.

Here's our rundown of why stand up paddle boarding can be for you!

Key Highlights

  1. Accessibility: The lightweight and portable design of inflatable SUPs makes them ideal for easy transport and quick setup, catering especially to women who appreciate the convenience.
  2. Empowerment: SUP offers women the freedom to explore waterways independently, promoting empowerment and a sense of adventure.
  3. Fitness and Fun: Stand-up paddleboarding provides a full-body workout that strengthens muscles and bones, making it a healthy, enjoyable activity.
  4. Versatility: Whether it's SUP yoga, leisure paddling, or vigorous touring, inflatable paddle boards cater to a diverse range of activities and skill levels.
  5. Community Support: Organizations like She SUPs highlight the growing community of women paddlers, fostering connections and support among enthusiasts.

Welcome to the vibrant world of stand up paddle boarding (SUP), a realm where Glide SUP is making significant waves! As a proud member of the Glide team, I'm here to dive deep into the essence of this exhilarating sport, especially its soaring popularity among women, and how it has evolved into a much-loved activity for many.

carrying an inflatable paddle board

The Rise of Inflatable SUPs

Since the early 2000s, paddle boarding has seen a resurgence, particularly appealing to women who were initially daunted by the challenge of transporting cumbersome rigid boards. The advent of inflatable SUPs changed the game, offering unparalleled convenience and accessibility. These boards can easily fit in the back seat of a car, are a breeze to inflate by the water's edge, and offer the option of a lightweight solution to carry solo. It's no wonder that inflatable SUPs have become the go-to choice for many enthusiasts, particularly women who value the independence and ease they offer.

Why Women Lead the SUP Charge

Today, over 50% of paddle boards sold are to women, a testament to their growing dominance in the sport. Inflatable SUPs, with their high volume and weight limit, cater perfectly to this demographic, offering affordable, versatile options for every level of paddler. The simplicity of the sport, requiring minimal gear and physical prowess, makes it an inviting activity for all. The sense of community, the ability to share the experience with children, and the full-body workout it provides are just a few reasons behind its popularity.

SUP as a Lifestyle

Paddle boarding is more than just a sport; it's a lifestyle that embodies fitness, exploration, and relaxation. The ease of use and the calming effect of being on the water make inflatable SUPs a preferred choice for many women. Whether it's engaging in SUP yoga, enjoying the solitude of a peaceful paddle, or using the sport as a cross-training method, the benefits are vast and varied.

Empowerment on the Water

The empowerment that comes from grabbing an inflatable SUP and hitting the water for an adventure cannot be overstated. The freedom to explore, the tranquility of solitude, and the connection with nature offer a profound sense of liberation. For many women, paddle boarding is not just about staying fit or enjoying the outdoors; it's about reclaiming a sense of self and independence.

Choosing the Right SUP

When it comes to selecting an inflatable SUP, the options are as diverse as the paddlers themselves. From all-around boards that offer stability and versatility to touring models designed for speed and distance, there's something for everyone. The construction of these boards, often featuring military-grade PVC and advanced technologies, ensures durability and performance.

The Community of Women Paddlers

The community of women in SUP is growing, with organizations like She SUPs in Australia fostering a supportive and empowering environment. This community aspect, coupled with the physical and mental benefits of the sport, continues to attract more women to paddle boarding.

Glide's Commitment

woman on a stand up paddle board

At Glide, we are committed to contributing to the growth of this incredible sport. Our inflatable SUPs are designed to be stable, durable, and suitable for all types of adventures. We believe in the power of SUP to transform lives, offering a unique blend of exercise, exploration, and empowerment.


As the SUP community continues to flourish, particularly among women, we at Glide are excited to be a part of this journey. Our goal is to provide the highest quality, most accessible inflatable SUPs on the market, enabling everyone to experience the joy and freedom of paddle boarding. Whether you're new to the sport or a seasoned pro, we're here to support your SUP adventures every paddle of the way. 

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