Paddle Sitting Down In Your Paddle Board Kayak Seat For A Whole New Experience
Well, paddleboarding is fun, but sometimes you may want to sit down and experience another kind of ride. This is why you can create your own stand up paddle board kayak by just purchasing a kayak seat for your stand up paddle board.
More and more brands are offering an optional kayak seat, like MOAI, Blackfin, Aqua Marina, iRocker and ZRAY. Bluefin even includes a kayak seat in the package with most paddle boards specifically the all-around models they sell, which is a great extra to have for free. So a SUP paddle board hybrid is always a good idea, and it’s incredibly easy to make it yourself!
How to install your own paddle boards seat? This is very easy!
How To Install A Paddle Board Kayak Seat
Your paddle seat must be comfortable for you, so you need to take a few seconds to set it up right! It’s effortless, and you don’t need a lot of time to do it. Everything can be done in about 5 minutes and get ready for your paddling adventures!
- Start by placing the SUP seat on your paddleboard in the right position. You will see two sets of straps. Two are meant to be attached on the back, two on the front.
- Attach the back straps to the board.
- Arrange the seat again and attach the front straps.
- Adjust everything so you can comfortably sit in your newly installed seat!
Below is an example video from iRocker setting up their own kayak bundle so you have some visuals of setting up the paddle board kayak seat.
Everything can be done in under five minutes, and you will have the most comfortable paddleboard kayak!
Now, let’s take a look at the various kayak seats available!
Different Types of Paddle Board Kayak Seats
It’s important to note that there are two types of SUP kayak seats. You can get an inflatable paddle board kayak seat or a foam paddle board kayak seat.
They are both excellent and straightforward to assemble. The biggest advantage of an inflatable paddle boards seat is that if it gets wet you can just wipe it off, when the foam seat gets wet it will soak it up and stay wet for some time.
But then again, a foam seat will be a lot more comfortable and the chances you will fall into the water while kayaking are even slimmer than falling into the water while Stand Up Paddling.
Both versions will offer good back support as they are attached tightly to the board and it will carry the weight of your back. I can enjoy and paddle around on the water more relaxed, as it doesn’t take your whole body to move forward.
An example of a foam paddle board seat is the Bluefin kayak seat, this is an ultra adjustable, foam-made sup kayak seat that provides good support. As said this comes includes with all of their all-around paddle boards, like the popular Bluefin Cruise 10’8″ Paddle Board and the Bluefin Cruise Carbon 10’8″ Paddle Board.
These foam paddle board seats are found in most stores, inflatable paddle board seats aren’t used a lot as they are less comfortable in a sitting position even though they are also practical. These seats are seen in most kayak seats, but they can also be used for Stand Up Paddle boards.
The only example I could find of a brand that sells inflatable kayak seats with so much space so far is ZRAY, which focuses on the cheapest possible paddle boards so this is most likely done for reducing costs and the cheapest way to create a kayak seat.
Now, why would you want a paddle board kayak seat?
Well, you know better than anyone, but it’s nice to state the facts.
For starters, it’s incredibly comfortable. You can try something new, and see how you like it. Life is a thrill, and it should be exciting! Or like me you can just be lazy, paddle and sit around with your cooler full of cold beverages.
You can bring along your dog, and go together to explore everything you can. And the best part, if your friends have kayaks, you will be part of the group!
Of course, you can get a great seat and pair it with a storage bag and other paddleboarding accessories.
If your chosen seat doesn’t have a detachable storage bag, you can always get your own and keep everything safe. And dry!
Of course you will also need a kayak paddle to go with your kayak seat, so you can paddle on both sides of the board. This will make it possible to reach decent speeds while sitting down.
The Bluefin Cruise has a fiberglass 2-in-1 kayak paddle, the Bluefin Cruise Carbon has a carbon 2-in-1 with SUP seat and kayak paddle included.
Top 3 Paddle Board Kayak Seats
Below I will list the best 3 paddle board kayak seats I have seen so far on the market. I have tried out quite a few already and I hope I can give you some good advice on picking your own paddle board kayak seat to get out on the water and go paddle boarding.
1. Bluefin Cruise Kayak Seat
The Bluefin Cruise kayak seat is soft, comfortable, and not hard to attach to the paddle board. It is really supportive and quite easy to attach to the board. The great thing is that this kayak seat cushion is supplied for free when purchasing a board like the Bluefin Cruise, Bluefin Cruise Carbon, or a Bluefin Cruise Junior Board. The 15′ versions of the 2020 boards even contain two kayak seats! It has great quality construction and perfectly gives maximum comfort for longer trips.
But in case you somehow lost yours or you want to purchase a separate kayak seat for your Bluefin Sprint, this is also possible at Bluefin. This seat fits on the following models:
- Cruise 10’8″
- Cruise 12′
- Cruise 15′
- Voyage 10’10”
- Sprint 14′
2. Ocean Kayak Comfort Plus Seat Back
The Ocean Comfort Kayak Seat offers a lot of high back design and padded supports and it is very easy to connect to any paddle board that has D-rings for kayak seat attachment. The high back makes sure it also supports the back of tall people.
The soft padded seat and the adjustable straps make sure you can always sit comfortably in this paddle board kayak seat (There are also multiple adjustable straps available). The nylon construction is very tough, but also allows for some ventilation so you will not stay wet for long.
Brass swivel buckles for attachment make it easy to attach the right seat and get started quickly. The Ocean Comfort Kayak Seat has a lot of positive reviews on Amazon. So far it received 361 reviews, with a score of 4.6/5 (as of 9th of April 2023). It is very popular for most paddlers and for this reason, for tall people, I would recommend this form-fitting design paddle board kayak seat as the best option here. Excellent hooks which can be easily attached and provide Incredible Comfort!
3. Harmony Gear Standard Sit-on-Top Seat
The Harmony Gear paddle board kayak seat is the more budget option in this list, but it also offers less support than the other two because there is only one cord whereas the other two use a double cord. Still, this kayak paddle board seat will work out just fine and if you are not too big it will offer enough support.
It will do the trick and offer you support at almost half the price of the other paddle board kayak seats, but it just doesn’t offer the same thick padding and comfort. It has a thin seat which is of course logical for the much lower price.
FAQS – Kayak Seat
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Conclusion Paddle Board Kayak Seat
Paddle boarding is fun, and you can easily customize it in any way you want. With a paddle board kayak seat, you can definitely get the best out of both worlds!
Your back is supported most especially for longer paddling trips. You can spend less energy paddling if sitting because you are too tired to stand up paddle and you are less likely to lose balance.
So why not get out there, sit down and paddle? It is a wonderful experience and you can focus fully on the environment around you, while also being close the the water. When you are paddling on clear oceans or seas you can even watch the fish swim by and guarantees a maximum comfort (I love Greece for this).
Surely you should try this out at least once, just to get a paddling experience and see the difference. As you do not need to learn how to stand or how to keep balance, this is also a great way for beginners to get used to the water before stand up paddling.
Now what are you waiting for? Get out there, enjoy, and relax on the water! Make sure to check weather conditions before heading out for your safety!
Have you ever tried a paddle board kayak seat? Did you enjoy the experience and will you do this again in the future? Which paddle board seat did you use for your kayak adventure?
I’m looking forward to hearing from you in the comments to know about your paddle board kayaking adventures! And don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook and Instagram for more water sports gear reviews. Happy Paddling!