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Choosing The Right Board

There are hundreds of different stand up paddle (SUP) boards on the market to choose from. So how do you know what is right for you?
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All boards can do all things (surf, cruise, go fast). If you can understand what makes them good at each element, it will help you to choose a board that does what you want.

The SUP Spectrum

Under 9' - Performance Surf SUPs: Shorter and narrower for maximum manoeuvrability, but sacrifice stability.

9' to 11' - All Rounders: Stable, easy to use and do everything well, but are not specialists of any area.

12' to 14'+ Touring/Race SUPs: Long and narrow for high speed, but sacrifice stability and manoeuvrability.

Tips

Length - the longer the board the more glide

Width - the wider the board, the more stable

As a general rule for all rounders, stability will start at 30”. This ideal for someone around 50-70kg looking to cruise around in the flat water. At the  other end of the spectrum in terms of width is 36”. This is the ideal width for someone 120kg+.

Size - While you can never really have a board that is too big, size makes it comfortable, stable and easy to use. However, it can make it cumbersome and hard to manoeuvre both on and off the water.

Questions

There are a few simple questions that can help make the decision easier and eliminating a lot of the confusion.

•     Height and weight - Who is the biggest person who is likely to be using the board and how heavy and tall are they? If you cater for the biggest person, then anyone smaller has no problem. If you go the other way around and get a board for the smaller person, anyone larger will struggle.

•     Experience -  Have you paddled before? If yes, what size were the boards you have paddled? This will provide a good reference point as it may have felt too big, too small or give you an idea of what size to look around.

•    Intended use - Where do you plan on taking your board? Is it for the river, the ocean, surfing, all-rounder, the whole family, dogs etc.

Talk & Try

Ultimately the best way to get the right board for you is to speak to one of our experienced staff and try a few and see what works best for you in your situation.