Sunday, 9 Jun 2024

The Best Stand Up Surfing Board for You


Wider than a surf longboard, the Stand Up Paddle board is designed to glide on the water in a standing position, using a paddle. Multifunctional, this board which meets a great success lends itself to the practice of several water sports, from surfing to water aerobics through water hiking. This versatility is the source of design differences, which should be taken into account when choosing a paddle board. At the Easy Surf Shop you can find the best choices now.

SUP, a board designed for multiple water sports

Stand up paddle kayakStand Up Paddle boards are generally larger than other gliding boards: their length can vary from 240 cm to more than 350 cm, their width from 76 cm to 81 for the widest models, and their thickness from 10 to 15 cm. The smaller the board, the more manoeuvrable it is.

The widest and thickest boards are also the most stable. Always accompanied by an oar, SUPs are equipped with fins, two lateral and one central, which can be fixed or removable. The size of the central fin varies depending on the practice. The paddle boards are also the subject of several manufacturing methods. There are rigid models, like classic surfboards, designed in resin, carbon or polyethylene balls.

There are also many models of inflatable SUPs today. They can be covered with a double layer (ie one layer and one reinforcement) or a triple layer (two layers and one reinforcement) of PVC: we then speak of “single skin” or “double skin” boards. The Drop Stitch, a manufacturing technique that integrates nylon filaments into the structure of the board, allows inflatable models to offer their users a very interesting rigidity.

Each practice has its own paddle

Your weight must of course be taken into account when choosing the right board size for you. But the choice of a Stand Up paddle is mainly made according to the intended use: the shorter boards, with the rounded end, are for example ideal for surfing.

Very manoeuvrable, they are the most practical if you want to navigate the waves. Slightly larger models, around 300 cm, are popular for their versatility: more stable than surf paddles, they remain manoeuvrable and allow hiking on the lake as well as playing in sharper waters. Touring SUPs, designed for fairly long hikes, are longer, wide enough to provide comfort and stability, and have a more pointed front. The more elongated models, that is to say less wide, longer, and at the front more pointed, are reserved for the search for speed: they are suitable for the practice of the race, in leisure or in competition. Other practices can influence the choice of a board: to fish for example, one will seek the stability of a wide and thick board.