SUP blew up at the beaches here in the past 2 years. It's fun-ish, and a great workout, but you need to be serious about it if you're willing to drop $1000+ on a board and another $200+ on a paddle. I've demo'd boards two different times but I would never see myself buying one. I highly suggest trying both inflatable and rigid before you take the plunge. Also, start with a wider board. One of the boards I tried was a racing model and while it cut through the chop with no problems if I stopped moving or tried to make a sharp turn I was in the water in no time.
Last edited by cowmoo32; 10-10-2012 at 04:54 PM.