Equipment and Gear
When choosing a SUP board you should consider your height and weight as proper placement in the water column is critical. Taller paddlers will want a wider board in the beginning as the wind torques the board more with a large profile in the wind. Your experience level and intended use are key considerations. Board speed down the face of a wave gives stability you will not have while paddling across a quiet pond, so different boards are necessary.
SUP boards are long, wide and flat for beginning paddlers, as the paddlers skill set improves he/she will want a smaller more nimble and maneuverable board. This is accomplished by narrowing and adding various amounts of rocker and concave shaping to the bottom of the board. Rails and fins are for fast turns on challenging water such as surfing ocean waves or standing waves in a river.
Key Design Criteria
• More experienced paddler
• Lighter paddlers
• Gives a better work out because of decreased stability
• Are more difficult to balance
• Have more hydro dynamic resistance
• Increased maneuverability than longer boards
• Higher Volume
• Larger paddlers
• Are good for flatwater
• Okay for surf and swell for larger paddlers
• Less maneuverable than shorter, narrower boards
• Longer boards are better for up-current or up-wind conditions