The water is calling and you can’t wait to get out there on your new Stand Up Paddle Board! (SUP) The only snag is- which one should it be?
Choosing the right board can be overwhelming, so we’ve put together this guide to help you decide which one is right for you.
Different SUPs suit different activities, consider what do you want to do on your SUP?
- Surfing – shape and fins are most important
- Cruising – ease and stability are most important
- Racing – length, width and fins are most important
Factors you should consider:
The length of your SUP will impact your speed and maneuverability on the water.
Longer board = Greater speed and efficiency over flat water
Short board = Easy maneuverability.
Short SUPs are less than 9 ft. long, (2.4-2.7m).
Medium boards range between 10-12 ft. (3.0-3.6m),
Long ranging upwards from 12- 14ft (3.6m-4.2m).
The width of your SUP will impact both your stability and speed.
A wider board = more stability and excellent for beginners, or families sharing
A narrower board = less stability, but faster.
3. Fin Configuration:
The fin configuration of your SUP is important when considering whether you want to use your SUP in the surf.
Three fin ‘thruster’ configuration = more manoeuvrable and versatile in surf conditions.
Single centre fin = suitable for cruising in calmer conditions.
Racing = Look for interchangeable fins which can be switched out to accommodate high-performance and water conditions.
4. Volume and Buoyancy:
All SUP boards are specified with a volume measured in litres.
Higher volumes = higher buoyancy.
See the graphic below to calculate what degree of buoyancy you will require:
5. Inflatable, Soft Top or EPS?
- Convenient – Easy to inflate and they pack down to a small size
- Durable – as they are constructed from extra thick drop-stitch fabric
- Classic Surf Style
- Strong and Rigid, but also slightly heavier, which helps navigation in windy conditions
- Extra comfort on the standing side
- Lighter than Epoxy SUP
Now that you’ve narrowed down your dream SUP, click HERE to check out the full Torpedo7 SUP range.