You want to buy your teen a stand up paddle board (SUP). You couldn’t pick a better investment, as it gets them outdoors and away from screens that take up too much of their time. It also helps them build independence, confidence, and core strength that they can apply to the other activities and sports in their lives. But teens are also a fickle bunch, and your choice of SUP will make or break the experience. It will make the difference between one that gets used, and one that sits in the garage with the other recreational “toys” that they have abandoned over the years. We admit it’s a tough choice, which is why we’ve taken the guesswork out of the equation by recommending one option that we know your teen will be very excited about - even if they’ll never admit it.
Why We Recommend the Elemental Wave Ten6 Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board for Your Teen
1. Safety (for you) and Performance (for them)
The Elemental Wave Ten6 has dimensions of 10’6” x 32” x 6” to provide an overall volume that provides you with peace of mind that they will have a balanced and safe experience on the water.
You’ll find further parental comfort in the diamond-pattern high-traction EVA pad with 5mm thickness and 50A rigidity - which provides an added layer of stability.
Of course, you don’t have to tell them any of that. Instead, highlight the fact that this ISUP is built to perform! It will deliver hours of adventure in flat water and surf alike.
The board is strong yet easy to ride and comes with Universal action camera mounts so that they can Instagram their adventures instead of shooting selfies in the mirror.
2. It Can Go Where They Go
As they get older, their morning, afternoon, evening and even overnight adventures away from home grow. They bolt at a moment’s notice to hit the lake or ocean with friends, be it for the day or on a camping excursion. They need a SUP that can come along with them with ease. Otherwise, it will indeed be left collecting dust in the garage.
The Elemental Wave Ten6 is the lightest and most compact of our paddle boards, making it perfect for teenagers on the go. When compressed, the SUP along with the accompanying accessories (3-piece paddle, pump, fin, maintenance kit, and leash) fit snug in the super convenient wheeled hiking backpack.
That’s right - with the pack they can take their ISUP anywhere they choose.
3. The Design is Awesome
It doesn’t matter how well-constructed their recreational equipment may be - it needs to look cool to get their thumbs up. It’s hard to beat the Elemental Wave Ten6 when it comes to aesthetic design. The paddle board was created as a love affair of art and adventure, with the top and bottom design inspired by smooth lines and the carefree aura of island surf culture. If your teen digs the outdoors they will definitely dig this board.
4. It Will Last Them a Lifetime
As bittersweet as it is, your teen will be off to college, university, or some other grand adventure pretty soon. Isn’t it nice to know that the ISUP you bought them can come along and be with them for years to come? Built with premium materials for surpassed military-grade durability, the board will hold its shape and stay air-tight through life. Yes, you read that last part correctly - the Elemental Wave Ten6 and accessories are built to last a lifetime. We’re so confident that we’ve thrown in a lifetime guarantee! They will never have to buy themselves another ISUP, even when they become parents themselves one day…in the distant future.
5. There’s Some Cool Swag to Go With It
When teenagers get engaged in something they tend to go all in. Their passions become a part of their identity, and as such, they like to wear their allegiances on their sleeve, often literally. This is where Sea Gods sets itself apart from other SUP brands in Canada. We have a vast collection of #SUPlife swag that your teen will stoked to wear!
We’ve got Elemental flip flops to match their new board, along with some pretty cool t-shirts and tops, such as Poseidon’s Pier and Medusa. There are also some awesome hoodies to keep them warm in their apres-paddle hangouts on the beach, such as this Cali Wave Hoodie.
Of course, the most important “swag” of all is one that puts safety first. View our recommended personal flotation devices (PFDs) to go along with their ISUP.
For pricing and additional specs on our recommended paddle board please visit the Elemental Wave Ten6 product page. We also encourage you to check out other ISUPs that you may feel are appropriate to your teen’s tastes and experience on the water. If you have any questions whatsoever feel free to contact us directly.