Paddleboard Buyers Guide



BUYING STAND UP PADDLE BOARDS CAN BE A DAUNTING PROCESS FOR BEGINNER PADDLERS.

SUP sizes are usually quoted in width and volume dimensions. Length also plays a part and some brands list tail measurements. You may already have in mind the length you’re after but this alone won’t give an accurate picture.

For instance: some sub 9ft SUPs can be just as stable as 10ft+. It’s best, however, to go for something between 9ft-10’6ft. The longer the board the better the glide (or momentum) you’ll have. Longer boards also track (point) slightly better meaning less corrective strokes – although you can over board with length and end up with something that’s difficult to turn.

If you’re on the lighter side (sub 80kg) then you’ll get away with widths a little less than 30” – although don’t go too narrow! If you’re bigger boned then 32” would better. Around 190L would be a good starting point for larger individuals whereas 150L-170L for lighter paddlers should be fine.

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board types

There’s a plethora of SUP shapes available with funky colours and accompanying marketing spiels that proclaim: ‘buy this now, it does everything and you’ll be the next SUPerstar!’ While we wish this were true, the fact is, it’s not that simple. As a beginner it’s best to choose something billed as all round. These designs usually come with rounded noses and wide tails – although don’t worry so much about this. Some brands do market their pointy bow boards as being ‘do it alls’ and while this might be a good shape if you’re only ever going to paddle on flat water, it might be wise to choose a board that can handle small waves. After all, at this stage of your paddling career, you don’t want to specialise or limit yourself – experiencing all that SUP has to


Paddle Types

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Whatever you ultimately end up getting hold of make sure it’s the right kit for you, what you aspire to and where you generally play. Do your research, give us a call and chat through your requirements and speak with others, this way you’ll increase your chances of ending up with the right thing.

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