Friday, June 22, 2012

What to Look for in a Stand up Paddle Board

Are you in the market for a new SUP board? If so, there are a number of things to look for while you're shopping, including the proper length and width.

There are literally hundreds of choices out there, including inflatable stand up paddle boards, or ISUPs. Here's some information about looking for a new SUP board.

The first step is to assess your ability and knowledge. If you're a beginner, for example, you want to choose a board that will make learning easier.

Next, choose the right length for you. Beginners should usually stick with longer boards because they're easier to learn with. Boards with a large surface area are also better to distribute your weight and are sturdier overall.

While you'll be sacrificing some performance because they don't move or turn as fast, they're an excellent way to learn how to use a stand up paddle board.

Next you can choose the right width. Again, for beginners you should choose a wider board because they're easier to balance upon.

Advanced paddlers can select boards that are both narrow and short to do tricky maneuvers and ride bigger waves. Narrow boards are more stream-lined, and are much easier to turn and maneuver.

Even the thickness of the board is important. Stand up paddle boards are made from lightweight material so they float better, and beginners should choose thicker boards for more balance.

Performance SUP boards designed for advanced riders are created thin with a short, narrow design for ultimate speed, performance and turning.

Overall, you should remember that you'll be making sacrifices with performance if you choose a board designed for a beginner. Still, it's a good way to learn how to use SUP boards.

While these are just basic guidelines to help you choose a board, there are also many other subtle differences between manufacturers and styles. If you're interested in an even more personalized choice, you should consult with an expert or someone who sells SUP and ISUP boards to make the right choice for you.

Visit Walk on Water today to find the best inflatable kayaks and all of your favorite paddle boards like the C4 Imat and the iSup Trekker.

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