What To Look For When Buying A Stand Up Paddleboard

What To Look For When Buying A Stand Up Paddleboard

Are you planning to buy a stand up paddle board (SUP)? We have put together some tips for you on what to look for when buying a stand up paddleboard. This will help you in choosing the most appropriate SUP boards for your needs. It is important for you to know the varieties of SUP boards available in the market place. They are:

  • All-Around: This type of board is great for those who want to paddle in flatwater half the time and surf the other half of the time. The most suitable board for starters. 
  • Surfing: This board is typically wider and shorter than the standard paddle board and stable enough to withstand strong waves when you are paddle surfing. Most people who buy a surfing type paddle board have previous surfing experience.
  • Touring / Racing: Boards that are longer (typically longer than 12’6”) with a sharp nose and made for long distance racing across both flat water and in the ocean. 

Aspects To Consider When Choosing The Right SUP Board For You

  • Stability and width of the boards. The width of the board is really important as far as balance is concerned. Most of them measure around 36 inches. This is suitable for people of all different heights and weights and is much easier to keep your balance as a broader base is much more comfortable compared to a reduced width. However, you may quickly find that you want to move down to a narrower board after gaining adequate skills from the wider ones so make sure you take that into consideration when purchasing your first board. 
  • Length of the board. It must fit your size in order to displace the amount of water equivalent to your weight.The length of your boards can determine the speed at which they can move at a given duration. For instance, the longer the boards, the higher the speed and vice versa. This is why most people purchase the longer boards for racing purposes.
  • Materials. SUP boards are made of various materials such as fiberglass and epoxy. Plastic made boards are bought by many people because they are durable, long lasting, and can withstand dings. They also tend to be cheaper and more affordable. On the other hand, those made of fiberglass are expensive but used in many paddling activities
  • Board Portability.  This is a CRUCIAL aspect to consider before buying a SUP. As mentioned earlier, these boards can be very huge and heavy. Therefore, you should consider a board with a weight you will be comfortable with in all your paddling outings. You may enjoy that extra foot of board on the way, but it could be a pain in the *** to get on and off your car and down to the beach. You could get board carrying devices like a SUP Slingor a Wheelie, but make sure the board is something that doesn’t break your back carrying to and from the beach.
  • Price. Have an idea of how much you want to spend. Paddleboards are pricey and we recommend you do plenty of research first to make sure you get the best deals. This is where we hope to be of use and will post more on this topic in the future. But for now be prepared for a SUP board to start at around $800 for a NEW board and a little less than that for a used one.  Besides the board price, you should also be prepared to invest in a good Stand Up Paddle, boardbag, leash, and Tie Down Straps for your car.

The places you plan to paddle – lakes, rivers or ocean- will help determine the features of boards most appropriate for you.

Check out this video on how to choose a standup paddleboard for more information:

We hope you found this article helpful to you on what to look for when buying a standup paddleboard. We wish you the best of luck as you search for the right and most suitable stand up paddle boards for your specific need.

If you have any questions for us, post in the comments and let us know how we can help you!

BIC SUP ACE-TEC Wahine Stand Up Paddleboard Review

Amazon Image When I first began looking around for a stand up paddleboards for women I knew one thing: it had to be pink! I have seen stand up paddleboards that are pink before but wasn’t sure of how many existed in the marketplace. I have been paddleboarding several times and love seeing people out on the water and saying SUP to them. I saw this  Wahine Stand-Up Paddleboard (10-Feet 6-Inch, White/Pink) and thought it was pretty neat. I first saw it on Amazon and then I saw it at a local SUP shop in my area (they are sprouting up down here like crazy. It was white (and pink of course) and standing up at 10ft 6 inches tall it was a bit more board than I wanted to purchase but it is made of epoxy which makes it lighter to carry and also a bit more durable and ding resistant.

Overall I liked this board a lot and it was one of the first pink boards I saw during my search to find the perfect SUP for both flat water paddling, paddleboard yoga, and paddlesurfing. I decided that since I’ve already been a surfer for most of my life and had the hang of it that I would probably get the hang of paddleboarding quickly and not need to be on such a large stand up SUP paddleboard. I am glad I stuck with my choice because this board is very cute with its hawaiian wahine style pink flowers but ultimately it was too tall and not light enough for me. I do think it’s a great beginner board for a girl who is just looking to get into stand up paddleboarding and would like something stable for on the water and on flat days.

What about you? Have you tried this stand up paddleboard by BIC sport? Did you know that BIC is the same company that makes the razors? Post in the comments and let me know!

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SUP! Welcome to the SUP Surf Blog. We are experienced surfers who have been surfing most of our lifes and new to the world of stand up paddleboard (aka SUP) . We plan to document our journey along the way here on this fine website you are reading right now and talk about all things SUP and surf related. It took us a lot to take the plunge into the world of stand up paddle boarding given the huge financial commitment a stand up paddle oard and stand up paddle can be. We have done a lot of research, legwork, and talked to many industry experts and plan to share all of our stand up paddle board knowledge with you here on SUP Surf blog.

We are based out of Manhattan Beach in Sunny Southern California and spend most of our free time in the water. We are looking forward to connecting with you on all things surf and SUP and post quality information about product reviews, events, contests, surfers and SUPpers who are ripping it, gear, board reviews, and more. This site is our oyster and we can’t wait to see what it has in store for all of us.

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