Naish is one of the premiere Stand Up Paddle Boards manufacturers. While they’re not the cheapest boards, they do make outstanding performance boards.
If you’re a beginner to paddle boarding and are looking for an entry level iSUP, a Tower Board is probably the way to go. But if you’re looking for a quality performance board I would look at Naish boards first and go from there.
Naish Paddle Boards: The Line Up
Mana & Nalu Air: All Around iSUP
The Mana & Nalu Air are available in four sizes; 11’6, 11’,0”, 10’2” and 10’,0”. These are excellent iSUPs for SUP Yoga. All-around boards that provide a ton stability.
Naish also has the Alana Air, which is a their version of a female board. The only really different here is the profile is slimmer, which makes it a little bit easier to carry.
Nalu GT & GS: All Around Solid Construction
If you’re looking for a solid construction All-Around board this is probably the answer. Unlike iSUPs, the competition’s price points aren’t significantly cheaper and the overall quality usually is.
Javelin 14” GX-Performance: Racing Paddle Board
This might be the fastest racing board on the market right now. It’s incredibly light and the overall design is aimed at cutting through the water without sacrificing too much in the stability department.
Naish also make a 12’6” Javelin which serves more as a touring/racing paddle board as opposed to be a pure race board.
Hokua Le Series: Pro Performance Paddle Surf Boards
Hokua LE surf paddles were introduced for advanced riders looking to tackle serious waves. They’re incredibly stiff as well as lightweight and provide excellent control in the pocket.
Hokua GT & GS: Beginner Surf Paddle Boards
For the less experienced riders, Naish offers the Hokua GT and GS. It’s a little bit more stable and thus easier to ride. Of course that sacrifices some of the maneuverability but when you’re just learning the sport that’s not a real big issue.
A Closer Look at the Nalu GS Series
For the average paddle board enthusiast the GT series will probably be out of their price range. Make no mistake, it’s a terrific all-around board but in my opinion there is no need to spend $1500 on an all-around SUP unless you’re planning on spend considerable on the water.
The GS series is slightly more affordable, and should appeal to a wider range of paddlers.
Available Sizes | Maximum Recommended Weight
10’6” | 200lbs
10’10” | 240lbs
11’4” | 215lbs
11’6” | 250lbs
You may be wondering why the 11’4” board has a smaller maximum weight. The 11’4” and the 10’6” board feature slightly different profiles then the 11’6” and 10’10” board. Length isn’t the only implication on weight.
The GS is equipped with a single fin setup which is ideal for flat water paddling or touring. Of course, it’s not as well equipped for turning, which makes it a little bit difficult to learn how to Paddle Surf on this line of boards.
Overall this is an excellent entry level board that’s versatile enough to handle a wide variety of conditions.
A Closer Look at the Hokua GT & LE Surf Series
In my opinion Hokua makes some of the better surf paddle boards on the market.
LE Series Available Sizes | Maximum Recommended Weight
10’8″ | 200lbs
9’8″ | 185lbs
8’10″ | 195lbs
8’3″ | 175lbs
8’0″ | 155lbs
7’6″ | 185lbs
The LE series is designed with the professional in mind. This is NOT a great choice if you’re new to the sport. These boards are intended to maximize turning in the pocket and accelerating down a line. They can be setup to be ridden either as a quad (four fins) or a thruster (three fins).
GT Series Available Sizes | Maximum Recommended Weight
9’10” | 220lbs
9’5” | 210lbs
9’0” | 195lbs
8’5” | 185lbs
I personally ride a 9’10” GT series for surfing. As advertised it provides a ton of stability which makes a day on the water a hell of a lot more enjoyable.
I tested a few boards before settling on this on. The one thing that I noticed – the days when I was riding friendly boards were the days I had the best experience. I would love to be able to ride on a 8’3” LE Series but the truth is my skill isn’t anywhere near that board.
Purchase a board that you’re comfortable with. Lots of guys will simply add the two fins to a standard SUP and tackle modest waves with a 10’6” board.
Those are my three favorite lines from Naish. A shout out to the Javelin line, which is slick in it’s own right but hella expensive. If you’re a race enthusiast check that line out.