Our Stand up paddleboard guide will help you to understand the differences between the board types and how they will fit with your needs. It is aimed at hard boards so if you’d like to find out more about inflatable stand up paddleboards please read that guide instead.
The perfect board for beginner and families
Something around 10-11ftlong, around 30+ wide and 220+ litres will be plenty for a beginner and family board.
The boards sit flat to the water and offer loads of stability, but can be capable of surfing, longer paddles and rider paddling.
Someone looking for a bit more performance or out for adventure
The Touring SUP board is generally longer and not too narrow as it is aimed at someone who is looking to go farther afield.
A board of around 12ft+ and often about 30+ inches wide will give you a board that glides well, but is stable enough so you don’t waste energy on staying up right even when conditions get rougher.
You’ll have the ability to attach luggage for and aft and the will board will be pretty buoyant even when loaded.
The ultimate performance using the power of waves
For the short boarders out there you have the 7ft+ boards using either classical or slate type outlines, after which you have boards ranging up to 10ish ft that can deliver amazing longboard performance.
Tail shapes, width, volume, rocker line and plan shape make differences that will either suit or not your own skill level and home waves.
Paddling hard and fast with a board that keeps on delivering
Race boards break down into flat water, ocean and all round boards so that’s 3 options for you to look at.
Being between 12’6 to 14ft, the differences come with widths that can be from 30 to 21 inches wide, but we always say to people, don’t simply think that narrower is faster.
The flat water board, as it’s name implies is going to be the fastest of all 3 types in the flat due to a flatter rocker line and piercing bow, whilst the ocean board will have to cope with chop and swell so the rocker and bow is more aimed at managing those conditions.
Obviously we cannot talk about your specific needs in this Stand up paddleboard guide so if you’re still unsure about what board you need then you’re welcome to get in touch. We’ll try and give you as much intel as possible so you’re not left wondering or more confused about your sup choices.
It’s not so easy, especially if you ‘re new to a particular sport or discipline within that sport. We get lot’s of calls asking about sup surfing from people who have never surfed before, so we try to be realistic with everyone and make sure you don’t buy into something that is either too advanced for you or won’t suit your home breaks.
We look at people who want to buy a new raceboard and it’s important to understand how they paddle and what skill level they are. Some people will never benefit from the really narrow boards, so we recommend something around 25, which allows them to cope with varying water states and put the power down, which may not be possible with narrower boards, especially if you’re a bigger person.