Stand up paddle (SUP) boarding is fast becoming the nation’s favourite alternative water sport. Whether you’re cruising gently across a lake or splashing around in the surf, you'll havea great time. Not to mention the incredible core workout that ensues when you take to the board. Abs, incoming.

If you’ve been bitten by the stand up paddle boarding bug, you might find yourself wanting to invest in your own SUP board, especially when so many of them now pack up small enough to take with you on weekend trips and adventure holidays.

But with such a dizzying choice of stand up paddle boards out there, how do you know whichone which to buy?