First Time Buyer Guide

Which board is right
for you?

If you are new to the sport then we’ve got all the info to match you up with the right board. Check out our guide.

BEGINNERS – DON’T BE DAUNTED BY ALL THE OPTIONS OF BUYING A STAND UP PADDLE BOARD, WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED.

So you’ve got to grips with standing up, established good balance and know how to use your paddle and now you want to invest but with all the options, you have no idea where to start

Width and volume

SUP sizes are usually quoted in width and volume dimensions. Length also plays a part and some brands list tail measurements. You may already have in mind the length you’re after but this alone won’t give an accurate picture.

You need to not only take length into consideration when selecting a board, SUP boards are usually quoted by width and volume and this plays a vital part and some brands also list tail measurements.

For example: some 9ft SUPs can be just as stable as 10ft+ SUPs. We recommend going for something between 9ft-10’6ft as a longer board will give you more glide (or momentum) as well as giving you a a slightly better track (point) which means less corrective strokes. However, you can over board with length and end up with something that you find difficult to turn.

For those on the lighter side (under 80kg) you can go for widths a little less than 30” – although you shouldn’t go too narrow! For someone bigger boned then 32” would be a better choice.

Around 190L is good starting point for larger individuals and 150L-170L for lighter paddlers.

Board types

You can be easily enticed by marketing spiel that proclaims that a board can do everything you need and even make you the next SUPerstar or a range of funky colours and shapes of boards. If only this were true but it’s just not that simple.

It’s our expertl opinion that if you are a beginner you should choose something billed as “all round”. An all round board normally have a rounded nose and a wide tail. But don’t need to worry too much about this.

You will see boards marketed for their pointy bow boards as being ‘do it alls’ and while this might be a good shape if you’re only looking to paddle on flat water, it would be wise to choose a board designed to handle small waves. It’s early days in your paddling career so you don’t want to specialise or limit yourself , it’s best to experience all that SUP has to offer first.

Rigid Stand up Paddle Board

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Inflatable Stand up Paddle Board

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Don’t forget your paddle

Once you’ve decided on your board of choice you’ll need to consider the ‘engine’ – or paddle.

You won’t get far without a paddle so once you’ve decided on your board you’ll need to consider the ‘engine’ – or paddle.

This essential piece of kit can often be forgotten but it is what differentiates us from all other watersports. It’s important to spend a little extra of your hard earned cash on your paddle rather than spending it all out on a board. Go for the best that you can afford, that’s always the best course of action.

Most importantly, whatever kit you get, make sure its the right choice for you depending on what your aspirations are and where you generally play. Do your research, give us a call and chat through your requirements and speak with others, this way you’ll be guaranteed you end up making the right choice.

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Still need some help?

For more advice on choosing your stand up paddle boarding equipment give us a call on +34 699 705 135 or visit our contact page

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