Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is fast becoming one of the most popular watersports in the world, and with good reason too! It’s bucket loads of fun and anyone can learn it in a matter of hours, regardless of your size, weight or age. However, buying a board can be a daunting process.
When buying your first Stand up paddle board, there are a few main factors to consider. These are as follows:
If you are unsure of any of these factors, do not fear! We are here to guide you through all of them step by step, to help you to get the most out of your Stand up paddle board.
When looking for the perfect paddle board for yourself, it’s important to know the different kinds of boards that are on the market, their different attributes and what they can do for you.
Its important to remember that some types of boards can and will crossover into other disciplines (touring/racing and all-round/surf) However, below you will find the most common shapes and styles on the market.
One of the frequently asked questions when people by paddleboards. The answer to this question is based mainly on your weight and your riding experience. You have to think of your perfect board in terms of volume. The longer, wider and thicker your board, the more volume it will have. The more volume your board has, the more stable it’s going to be on the water.
Beginners ideally want a board with more volume, simply because it is going to be easier to ride. As your skill set improves over time, you can begin to downsize your board to give yourself more manoeuvrability, speed, glide etc.
After figuring out what size of board you want, it’s time to decide whether you want an inflatable or hard paddleboard. There are lots of differences between the two, and it’s important to take all of the differences into account to ensure you make the right decision when buying your SUP.
When you’re using your SUP on a regular basis, it’s important that you look after and maintain it, to ensure that you can keep riding and paddling your board long into the future. Here are a few simple tips to help you keep your board floating!
SUP paddles come in many different shapes, sizes and materials. All of these different shapes and designs have different functions suited to different paddlers. The materials that make up the paddle also play a massive role in how it performs and feels for the paddler.
Aluminium paddles are ideal for the first-time SUP buyer. Their reliable build and cheaper price point often makes them a no-brainer for a beginner. A common feature on these paddles (as with most) is the adjustable handle, which allows the user to adjust the length of their paddle in accordance with the person using it. The adjustable handle feature makes these kinds of paddles ideal for families or groups.
Fiberglass paddles are perfect for the kind of paddler who is looking to push their paddling to the next level. The lightweight construction of these paddles makes them a real winner for the type of paddler looking to improve their paddle power and technique. Although the weight difference between an aluminium and fiberglass paddle may not feel like much when out of the water, over long distances the weight difference will massively affect your energy levels.
Carbon Fiber paddles are ideal for the performance driven paddler. The high-end materials used in these paddles make them featherlight without compromising any strength factors whatsoever. Although these paddles are a lot higher in price than other styles, if you’re a paddler that is looking to travel long distances, or compete in competitions then a carbon fiber paddle is the one for you.
Whether you’re on the water for 30 minutes or 30 hours, there is a plethora of SUP based accessories that you can use to enhance your experience on the water.
Soft racks are essential if you have an epoxy SUP. Soft racks allow you to transport you SUP from spot to spot easily if you don’t have the space inside your vehicle. Soft racks relatively cheap to purchase and are pretty self explanatory to use.
A vital piece of equipment if you have an epoxy SUP. Board bags keep your board safe during transport and storage. Epoxy boards can be damaged easily if dropped or knocked on a solid surface, therefore keeping it safe is paramount to your enjoyment on the water. Remember: no board, no fun.
SUP shoes are a new craze that has hit the SUP scene. These water permeable shoes allow the user to have extra grip whilst paddling, and also offer extra protection when entering and exiting the water at rocky spots.
Having a leash on you SUP is essential no matter what your level, especially when paddling in open water or rough conditions. The leash keeps the board attached to your person whilst not compromising much on movement.
Whether you just want to take some snaps whilst cruising around the harbour, or if you’re the type of rider that likes to take themselves into the middle of the deep blue, it’s essential that you keep all of your tech or non waterproof items safe. Waterproof cases come in range of sizes for different items.
As you can see, there are many factors to take into consideration when buying an SUP. The more you research, the easier it will be for you to make your decision, and the likelihood of you ending up with something that you’re truly happy with will be far higher.
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