How To Manufacture an Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard

Material Types to Choose From

Drop stitch material for Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboards

As I am sure you are aware there are quite a few names for the material used in Stand Up Paddleboards depending on who you ask.

But there are some that are exactly the same just with different ‘Posh’ names.

They all start with the same principle, join the top and bottom of the SUP with thousands of stitches, this is what we call drop stitch. Then seal the top and bottom with a rail which seals the stand-up paddleboard so no air leaks out

Single Layer Material

Drop stitch material for Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboards

Single Layer Construction – Single Layer Technology – Single Skin is one layer of PVC at the top and bottom – simple light and relatively strong depending on the sealing rail construction.

+ lightness 

+ Cost

– Flexibility

Stringer Layer Material (Construction)

Drop stitch material for Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboards

This is the same material as single layer but with 2 x reinforcing strips added to the top and bottom that is glued to the outside to give the board more rigidity.

More solid construction gives better feel, less flex gives a better paddling experience without increasing the cost too much or the weight.

+ Stiffer, marginally heavier

+ Lower Cost

– Still some flex

Double Layer Material Laminated

This is the same material as single layer but with 2 x Extra layers laminated onto it, this makes the boards super strong, rigid.

More solid construction gives better feel, almost no flex gives a better paddling experience, but does increase the cost and the weight.

+ Stiffer, heavier, Stronger

+ Durable

- Higher Cost