So You Want to Purchase a Paddle Board? [Part 3 of Series]
Now that you're getting ready to head to your local SUP shop, you are prepared with knowledge about what material you want your SUP to be (part 1), what each of the shape-specific features mean (part 2), and a broad understanding of what might work for you. The next step is to know what category of SUPs to start looking for…
Let’s start with this: What are you going to do with your future SUP?
Here’s a list of the different type of boards you can go for and what key features they will typically have.
Go long distances fast.
Go long distances with stability.
Do most things with average performance.
Designed with the river currents and rocks in mind.
Outfit your gear on board, paddle longer distance quietly, and ultra stable.
Ultra stable and enough volume to do yoga or pilates. Might double as a leisure paddleboard.
SUP Surf Boards (Ocean and River)
Will fit inside a wave and allow the rider to surf, carve, and maneuver the board
**Also, if you really want to geek out on SUP rail shapes, check out this blog post I found!**
The popularity of SUP exploded in the past five years, which created a market full of manufacturers and engineers that are constantly coming up with new and unique shapes and purposes for SUP. It’s fun to see the industry evolve as more innovations enter the scene!
I hope this series will equip you with some understanding on paddleboard design and performance. I am stoked that you are interested in getting into the sport of stand up paddleboarding! SUP has provided me with countless adventures and friends from all over the world, as well as enhanced my life in so many ways. I hope that it will do the same for you.
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