It’s always good to have multiple options at hand, and explore them well enough before taking the final pick! And more so when the matter at hand is an exciting sports activity known as paddle boarding! Think through the kinds of activities you can go for! If you are new in the paddle boarding world, choose your stand-up paddle board well. Choosing the right kind of SUP (Stand-Up Paddle) board will depend on what kind of paddle boarding you plan on doing.
SUP boards come in all kinds of materials and sizes. You would want to go for a board size that suits your height, weight as well as some buffer space for a friend or gear. Paddleboards are generally made up of materials like fibreglass, carbon fibre, epoxy, or something else. Also, they are either the inflatable type or not. The inflatable type though is a more cost effective and easy-to-transport one. So get your hands on a great SUP board, and engage in some exciting paddle boarding. In Croyde, The Board Barn is the best shop to head for all your water sport needs. You could take your pick from a wide range of equipment, apparel, or accessories.
Different types of stand-up paddle boards
The recent increase in the popularity of paddle boarding as a sport has led to the emergence of multiple kinds of stand-up paddle boards. Today, you can choose from various makes and models of paddle boards, and even second-hand surfboards in UK. The type of paddle board you choose will ultimately depend on the activity you need it for. But first, let’s give you a glimpse of the different types and their performances:
- Racing: The racing paddle boards are the ones which slip through the water with much ease. These are designed to be long, narrow and sleek, which makes it the perfect provider of speed. If you are one of those people who love to go fast, race others, and cover the most part of water, well then this board is the one for you. These boards are agile, mainly owing to their lightweight construction (read carbon fibre). This also makes them the most expensive type in the market.
- Cruising: This kind of paddle board is perfect for enjoying cool, calm waters. It can be used in multiple places like lakes, canals, dams, and bays. These boards are designed to be easily used in all kinds of weather conditions. These are also meant to possess enough sliding capacity to cover long distances. These boards are slightly wider and have more volume. This allows them to carry additional gear. These boards are generally made up of fibreglass composite (since here durability is preferred compared to weight), as in the case of race boards.
- Surf style: These paddle boards are made for the ocean surf and come with a narrower build and a prominent rocker. This helps the board to create the much-needed thrust and lift that will take it across the wave. You will need a streamlined board to paddle across and catch the quick paced wave. Choose one that fits your weight and size, and your surf style board will give you one of the most exceptional experiences ever.
- Hybrid: These are the most versatile type, and are also known as general purpose paddle boards. These can be used in all aspects of paddle boarding, and are perfect for the whole family to enjoy. These can be both used for quiet paddling, as well as for catching waves. You can do anything and everything on this board, from trying yoga on it to having fun with it on the beach to have your kids jump off it etc. These are generally made up of fibreglass composite, and are on the affordable side.
So, these were some of the main types of stand-up paddle boards that you could choose from. These boards are designed in all kinds of sizes and formats to suit the athlete’s ability and weight. The smaller the board, you can manoeuvre it better, but it will also be highly unstable. So make sure you choose a board that resonates with your ability to surf/paddle.