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How To Choose Which Paddle Board Is Right For You?

By 02/01/2020SUP

THE BIG QUESTION – WHICH PADDLE BOARD?

There are many different brands, prices and styles of Inflatable Paddle boards (SUP), But which Paddle Board is right for me?

Here we will break it down into plain English what each paddle board term actually means, hopefully helping you to decide which Paddle Board is right for you, encompassing the many different disciplines the sport has to offer.

 

INFLATABLE SURF SUP

SUP Surfing is growing in popularity at a rapid rate! The Inflatable Surf Paddle Boards are increasing in technological advancements year on year closing the gap on the performance advangtages of a traditional hard board.

Generally a lot shorter – below 10′ and sporting a 3 fin thruster setup. The reduction in length, makes for snappy quick turns, while the 3 fin setup grips the wave as a traditional surfboard would.

SUITABLE FOR:

  • Intermediate to Advanced riders.
  • Surfing
  • Flat Water
  • Medium Chop
  • Small to Large Waves
Inflatable Surf Sup Paddle Board- Shrewsbury Paddle Board Shop Wake2o UK

INFLATABLE RACE SUP

The inflatable race SUP’s are, as the name would suggest, the fastest of all Inflatable Paddle Boards.

In increase in length and a reduction in width, make these vessels the winning formula to propel you across the winning line in record times.

Ideally suited for the rider wanting to go fast and straight!

SUITABLE FOR:

  • Intermidiate to Advanced riders.
  • Speed
  • Long distance paddling
  • Flat Water
  • Medium Chop
Inflatable Race Sup Paddle Board- Shrewsbury Paddle Board Shop Wake2o UK

INFLATABLE TOURING SUP

The increased length, normally be aroung the 11’6″ and above in length, allows the board to travel in a straight line with ease, while the increase in volume gives the board maximum stability.

Ideal boards for long river trips or discovering new coastlines.

SUITABLE FOR:

  • Beginner to Advanced riders.
  • Exploring
  • Long distance paddling
  • Flat Water
  • Medium Chop
  • Small Waves
Inflatable Touring Sup Paddle Board- Shrewsbury Paddle Board Shop Wake2o UK

INFLATABLE ALLROUND SUP

The Term ‘Allround Sup’ refers to an Inflatable Paddle Board model that is suitable for pretty much every one for use in most conditions.

Generally speaking the Allround Sup would be around the 10’6″ in length, an ideal length for complete beginners to practice on as they offer great stability, while also offering good manoeuvrability. Their length falls between the super quick turning Surf Sups and the long Touring Sup’s, so while not super quick to turn, they will turn very easily, which is great for learning the sport.

The Allround models are without doubt the most popular due to their complete accessibility to every rider.

SUITABLE FOR:

  • Beginner to Advanced riders.
  • Flat Water
  • Medium Chop
  • Small Waves
Allround Sup Paddle Board- Shrewsbury Paddle Board Shop Wake2o UK