To a random observer, all SUP boards look alike. But in fact, there is much more in paddleboards than one can see with a bare eye, and they differ greatly in aspects of their size, shape, weight, and building materials.
It is significant to choose the right board according to your size and shape as well as your ability and fitness level – also, choosing the right board for the type of paddling you are doing (namely, cruising, SUP surfing, touring, SUP yoga, SUP racing, etc.). The type of board you choose also depends on where you are paddling (calm water, open waves), and undoubtedly, budget is also a significant factor to consider.
With so many things to consider, choosing your first SUP board can seem a bit confusing. But it should not be. The most important thing is to get sound advice from someone who knows the sport and can lead you on the appropriate path.
We at Beetles Outdoor are one of the best China SUP Board Manufacturers, and we are ready to serve you with our experience, knowledge, and of course, our infectious enthusiasm for this awesome sport. And we would love to help you choose your first SUP board.
For the same purpose, we’ve lined up some factors you should consider when deciding about which board should you get –
- Board width and thickness
When you are shopping for a SUP board, the board size is about the dimensions of your body.
Essentially, the board must displace the correct amount of water for your weight and height. For example, a 30-inch wide board is usually a good entry-level option for a lightweight paddler, while a 36-inch wide board would be better for someone weighing above 120kgs. The measurement of SUP Boards is generally done in inches.
The thicker the board, the extra stable it is. The boards are 33 inches wide, and especially for beginners or people with impaired flexibility or injury, we usually recommend a board that is a minimum of 30-inches wide. In comparison, racing and touring boards are narrower.
- Board length
Board length affects various aspects, such as speed, mobility, balance, and stability. The longer the board, the bigger the glide, and the rapid the speed.
According to us, flexible all-around is suitable for beginners and moderate paddleboarders, but if you’re into anything more daunting and intense, you might prefer a longer tour paddleboard with a pointed nose.
Always keep in mind, when selecting a board, you will need to consider practical factors such as transport, storage, easy access to water, etc.
- Board construction
The SUP board has come a long way in recent years, and manufacturing techniques and materials vary widely. The boards can be solid or inflatable and are manufactured from a variety of materials, including epoxy fiberglass, carbon fiber, PVC, and most have an EPS foam core. The texture of a board’s surface also varies as per the materials used, boards have a deck pad fitted for comfort and grip.
In the end, we would like to say that after you’re done choosing the right kind of board you’re looking for, we are here to provide it to you. We at Beetles Outdoor, being the leading China SUP Board Manufacturers, strive to provide you with premium quality, lightweight, durable, and rigid SUP Boards with 24/7 customer support. Additionally, in case you have any special requirements or want to make alterations to the board, we also offer the facility of customized SUP Boards.