Buying tips on a stand up paddle board

Tips to make your purchase of a stand up paddle board a success

Interested in buying a stand up paddle board or SUP as it is commonly called? Looking for a stand up paddle board or sup paddle and you do not know where to start? We have summarized some of the opinions and frequently asked questions in the following article. Thus we give you a handle that you can use to make your choice.
Stand Up Paddling is currently one of the fastest growing sports in Europe and the rest of the world. Given the creativity of the suppers, there are many different types of stand up paddles. These range of tasty paddles at your local pond or boat, or let yourself wave off the surf. And then we have not had the long-distance paddlers who, for example, supper the Elf Cities (250km) in 5 days. Your board choice depends on what you want to do with the board, the circumstances you will encounter and of course budget. By asking a few simple questions you will soon find an answer that you can make your choice.

Am I a beginner or advanced stand up paddler?

The beautiful thing about Stand Up Paddle is that it's low-threshold boarding. With a little sense of balance you will soon come to an end. Let's assume that you're a beginner and you just want to paddle a lot of relaxed rounds. We then advise a stable board to familiarize yourself with the sport. Often our customers choose inflatable sups because they are easy to store and easy to use. Are you, however, a board fan known for example windsurfing or golf surfing. Then it is advisable to look for more performance in the board. It may require some more perseverance in the beginning, but if you have board balance then it's a piece of cake.

SUP-board choice, where will I mainly be on the stand up paddle?
We can arrange the stand up paddle boards in 6 categories: Allround, Surf, Touring, Race, Inflatable and Wind Cross-over. We discuss the differences in boards below.

1. Allround stand up paddle board

These stand up paddle boards are best suited for example in a family situation that everyone wants to be on the board. An all-round supbo has normal dimensions, so it is handy on both shallow water and in the waves. It is not black and is not white but middle of the road. There is a lot to offer in the allround spectrum. The boards often have a flat nose and a flat tail. Most people choose when they go for all-round also an inflatable sup.

2. Surf SUP

Are you more of the surf and you would like to use your stand up paddle board to burn the surf, then choose a Surf paddle board. These boards have more rocker, which makes the board better act in the waves. Better steering, faster turns and less nose dives is the result. These boards make it a lot less on the puddle.
In addition, the boards for sup surfing are often shorter between 8 'and 10'. The 500 kilometer coastline makes the Netherlands a true sup surfers paradise. The short wave makes golf surfing difficult. With a golf surf sup you just make more runs than with a golf surfboard.

3. Touring SUP

Are you more from exploring nature and are you prepared to have longer distances than a tourboard is suitable for you. Often equipped with a ten-pin down net where you can tie your gear underneath. From fish dishes to a crate of beer or tent ... Tourboards are comparable to an all-board board, but have a sharper point for moving the water and also a straight tail to better release the water. This results in a slightly higher speed than with an all-round board. This construction also ensures that the board continues to slide through the water, so you need less effort to keep the board on speed. Tourboards vary in length from 10 to 14 feet.

4. Race SUP

These are the stand up paddle boards for men and women with experience and balance. The boards are narrow and long so the hull speed is quite high. Are not the easiest boards to get up, but practice brings art. The feeling is magnificent when you slide on a race-sup through the water. The paddle strokes are converted into speed and by construction, the board stays on course, which means that you have to change less with paddles. Race supboards vary in length from 10 to 14 feet

5. Inflatable SUP

Ideal for people who have little space, want to travel with the sup or want to buy a SUP for use on the sail or motorboat. The inflatable sups are easy to transport and store. Made of super-solid PVC and the boards can hold a pressure of 18psi. This results in a rigid board that virtually no longer suffers from a polyester sup. The inflatable sups are supplied with a storage bag whether or not fitted with shoulder straps, a pump and reparatiekit. An inflatable stand up paddle board is held internally by all thin fibers. The positioning and number determined or an inflatable sup becomes more rigid.6. Windsurf SupEen Windsurf SUP is available in polyester (hard) or as inflatable sup. Most windsurf SUPboards are used as entry level sup and windsurfboard often provided with a center fin. As a wind turbine, it's fun for everyone. Nice weather with the wind in the sails cruises over the water. As SUP board they often have the characteristics of an allround board. Multifunctional and family-run purchase. Now with the new I-rig system, it's all the party to get the water.

What SUP sizes should I keep?

Supboards vary in length between 8 'and 14'. The length affects the maneuverability and speed. Longer rocker boards are faster and more stable, but less easily. What really is very logical would say Cruiff.
You can hold this rule if you are in doubt about the length of the board. Keep around 10 "(foot) when you are lighter than 80kg, keep plus 10.6" (foot) when you are heavier than 80kg and you are mainly on shallow water. If you are lighter or more practiced in the soup, you can also choose a shorter course of course. If you go golfing we will advise you on a shorter board ...
The width of your sup board is a determining factor for stability. The average width is approximately 76.2cm. For the surfing surfing in the surf, 86cm boards are already offered for the beginner or heavier supper. Are you lighter than you can with 71 and 76cm boards. These boards are unstable, but are easier and sharper to send.

What about the volume of my SUP. What should I keep?

The easiest way to determine the required liters for your board is to multiply your weight in kilograms by two. The number that comes out here is expressed in liters. So, for example, when weighing 80 kilograms, you should be able to use a 160 liter board. This number can be used as a reference when you are looking for a board. As you get more experienced, you can adjust the volume down, but keep in mind that too low volume works only in the waves. On a lake or boat it's not easy to stand under your feet with your feet ...

Explanation of the terms that are common in Stand Up Paddlen


1. Maneuverability
The easier a stand up paddle board revolves, the more you talk about maneuverability. A row hitch runs a bit easier than a speedboat. This just depends on the length. So the longer your board, the less viable it is and vice versa.

2. Stability
The wider the stand up paddle board, the more stable. And the wider you can place your feet, the more stable you are on the board. Allround boards are thus wider than raceboards. This because wider also means a larger water displacement and with a raceboard you want to minimize water displacement. Thus, a broader or smaller board influences the way the board glides through the water.

3. Glide
The slide of a board is determined by the shape of the board. If the board has a flat bottom, the displacement of the water will be more difficult than cutting the board with a sharp point through the water. The shape of the board thus determines the speed with which you go through the water. In addition, in the ship's technique (it's a small boat) there's something like speed of speed. That's the maximum speed a boat can get. In supper, it ranges from 3 - 14km per hour depending on the type of board under normal conditions. For example, with a windwind and downwind downwinder, speeds reach 20km per hour.

4. Tracking
How does your board track! In the waves it is useful to have a reversible board. On a lake you would like to change as much of a paddle as possible. The degree of tracking is determined by the length of the board, the waterline and the hardness (read angularity) of the rail. The hooker the rail, the better the board stays on course. If that is in combination with a good length then you can make 10-15 beat per side.

5. Rocker
Rock up the curve of your board. Remember that a wave is a hollow shape. Then you realize that with a straight shelf you will not save it. Surfboards and, therefore, supboards have a rocker (banana shape) to play comfortably in the waves and keep the nose over water.
A raceboard, on the other hand, has virtually no rocker because you do not drive golf. It has a flat bottom and a nose to go straight.

SUP Paddle of Carbon or Aluminum?

To paddle well, you also need a paddle. These are available as one-piece, two-piece or three-piece and even in carbon or aluminum. If you are a starter, you will be filled with an aluminum paddle. Due to the distances, the distance is not far and your printer is in balance with the weight of your paddle. Certainly in family situations where the paddle is also a kind of bulletproof then an aluminum paddle is the way to go. An aluminum peddle is somewhat heavier than a carbon paddle (1.5kg against 500 grams)

Are you advanced and are you already browsing or the distances are longer than a carbon paddle is a good option. These paddles are lighter, have a good weight balance and the clever flex gave you more energy from your paddle stroke. The carbon paddles are more expensive to buy, but we know from experience that you have also more fun to polite.Paddle leaf sizeAn pedal with too big a blade, acts as a hill on bikes with a high resistance. It is important to find a balance. For most people a medium sized paddle will be big enough. To make it more specific: - Ladies and kids medium leaf- Men and sturdy sea bass L or XL leaf- Distance paddles often take a smaller leaf to accommodate higher paddle frequency without much claiming the power of That person. Adjustable SUP paddle or fixed length? Are you traveling or you do not have space, we recommend an adjustable paddle. Also for the families where variable lengths are required. Are you advanced and you know what you want, then a fixed length is the best choice. Our brands: Fanatic Sup | Vandal Sup | Starboard Sup | Brunotti Sup | Naish SupAccessories: Sup-paddles | Sup-Accessories | Stand Up Paddeen Try. Come to Eurofuncenter and start your SUP adventure behind our shop at the water!