If you've taken a trip to just about any of body of water in the last few years, chances are you've noticed the change in scenery. The sport of stand-up paddleboarding continues to grow, and people who once explored lakes and rivers on canoes and kayaks are now taking to the water standing upright. You have lots of choices when it comes to boards, but it's tough to find a better option than Surftech's Aleka, which received Outside magazine's Gear of the Year award.
The lightweight paddleboard is easy to transport, and it's stable enough to enjoy quiet rides on flatwater lakes while still performing well in small to medium surf. The 29-inch waist makes it narrower than some boards, but the tradeoff in stability is offset by its quick response and fast gliding capabilities. It's definitely a board that's designed for fitness enthusiasts who want to get the most out of each paddle stroke. The board is 11 feet, 2 inches long and is created with a combination of foam on the interior and fiberglass and a high-quality bamboo veneer on the exterior. It's a beautiful creation – built sustainably – that will make any trip on the water even more enjoyable.