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5 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a SUP- Charleston, SC

5 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a SUP- Charleston, SC

Buying a SUP

Buying a SUP
There are a lot of factors that go into buying a SUP, but the most important one is finding a board that most fits your needs. Every board is different. There are wide boards, skinny boards, thick boards, thinner boards, boards with one fin, boards with five fins, and so many other variations of the stand-up paddleboard. With all of these options, here are five things you need to know before buying a SUP:

  1. Know the differences between the different kinds of boards. In general, there are five kinds of SUPs.
    1. Surf paddleboards are short boards that turn well and are perfect for waves.
    2. Family recreation boards are known for being durable and are typically wider to improve stability.
    3. Cruise boards are long and usually have room for light cargo, perfect for the flat water in creeks.
    4. Fitness and race boards are built for speed in any water condition, so they are long and narrow.
    5. Yoga boards wide, stable, and have full deck pads for better grip in various postures.

 

  1. Understand how height and weight affect the board. Now that you know the different kinds of boards, you should have chosen the one that will most fit your needs. However, there are more options to choose from within that board category that depend mainly on your height and weight. If you are short, it would be better for you to get a thinner board because the wider it is, the farther you will have to reach over the side to paddle. Regarding weight, it is suggested that you be on the lighter end of the recommended range for the board of your choice.

 

  1. Understand how width and length affect the board. The width of your board is quite possibly the most important thing to think about. A wide board will be more stable, while a narrower board will be faster. Depending on what you want to use the board for, you should choose a width that will best suit your needs. The length of the board also affects your speed and how easily it can turn. In general, the longer the board is, the faster and straighter it will cut through the water. However, shorter boards can turn faster, which is ideal for catching waves.
  1. Understand how thickness and volume affect the board. A board’s volume depends on its width, length, thickness, and shape. The heavier a board is, the more weight it can support. Here is a chart of recommended weight ranges:
Beginner Advanced
Weight: 120-150 lb.
Length: 10 ft. 6 in.-11 ft.
Width: 28-30 in.
Weight: 120-150 lb.
Length: 9 ft.-10 ft. 6 in
Width: 26-26.5 in.
Weight: 160-190 lb.
Length: 11 ft.
Width: 29-32 in.
Weight: 160-190 lb.
Length: 9 ft. 6 in.-10 ft. 6 in.Width: 27-28 in.
Weight: 200-230 lb.
Length: 11 ft.-11 ft. 6 in.
Width: 29-32 in.
Weight: 200-230 lb.
Length: 10 ft.-11 ft.
Width: 28-28.5 in.
Weight: 240-270 lb.
Length: 11 ft. 6 in.-12 ft.
Width: 32-33 in.
Weight: 240-270 lb.
Length: 11 ft.-11 ft. 6 in.
Width: 29.5-31.5 in.
Weight: 280+ lb.
Length: 12 ft.
Width: 33 in.
Weight: 280+ lb.
Length: 12 ft.
Width: 32 in.

 

  1. Understand how fins affect the board. Fins are typically made from either fiberglass or nylon. While fiberglass fins are higher quality and provide better performance, they are more likely to snap on rocks or in shallow water than nylon fins. If you are going to be using your board mostly on flat water, you probably only need one fin. With three fins, your board will be better able to handle anything from calm water to average surf. In general, the more fins your board has, the better equipped it is to handle rougher surf.

 

With these few tips, you’ll be ready to buy your own board in no time. If you want to try out a board, improve your paddleboarding skills, or even learn how to ride a paddleboard, sign up for a lesson, tour, or rental with Folly Beach SUP & Surf in Charleston, SC today!

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