I see paddle boards, kayaks and canoes passing on the river from this home office window, or while sitting out on the patio, the water just 40 feet away. Also fishing boats, but none too big on this stretch of the Middle River because of low bridges. Today's a Sunday with lovely weather, so I expect to be seeing some going by.
Never used the boards, but have both kayaks and canoes. The people on the paddle boards don't look too steady, nor do they go too fast. The river is very placid, no strong waves or strong wind, we're surrounded by trees inland.
I prefer a kayak over a canoe, much more efficient, that I find easier to control quickly. And you can store stuff inside, without the problem of it falling off a board. Can even put rudder and sail kits on the larger ones. I have to rent, which we can do nearby, because condo living gives us no place to store one, indoors or out. Hell, I couldn't even get one inside the building and up a floor to our place. Nor do I think I could get a board inside.
I've always wanted a folding kayak since I was a teenager, that I could store inside. And transport in the car without a need for getting a special roof rack. It just never worked out. And today the hubby won't allow me the indulgence of spending $6-7000 on a toy just for myself. So I rent.
But the paddle board intimidates me, and I see more advantages for me with a kayak.