The sup rental industry is booming and there are some great opportunities to make a lot of money. There are three main ways to run a sup rental business- a physical store, a mobile service or an online rental-and-delivery service. Each option has different pros and cons, so it is important to do some research to find the best solution for you and your customers.
The biggest challenge when learning how to paddle is balancing on the board, which requires coordination and core strength. Unlike kayaks which require you to sit in a fixed position, paddle boards allow for flexibility and movement. This makes them much easier on the body and less likely to cause RSI (repetitive strain injury).
Another advantage of SUPs is their versatility. While Kayaks are essentially a transport vehicle to get from point A to point B, SUPs open up all kinds of other activities. SUP surfing, SUP yoga and even SUP fishing are all popular activities. If you enjoy high intensity workouts then SUP racing is also a great sport to get involved with.
In terms of durability, SUPs are far superior to kayaks. Most inflatable SUPs are made of tough plastic and will last a lifetime with minimal maintenance. For example the Red Paddle Co Ride range of boards has a number of indestructible models that are perfect for rental fleets and have a life time guarantee. Other brands such as Tahoe SUP have a range of plastic molded boards including the new Rubicon series that feature ThermoSUP technology and their Honeytech core.