How to deflate a paddle board ?

How to deflate a paddle board ?

How to deflate a paddle board ?

It’s very fast and easy to deflate an inflatable stand up paddle board. Indeed an inflatable sup works the same way as an air mattress where the air leaks out through a valve.

Before starting to deflate your inflatable paddle board make sure that it is dry and that you are in an area away from water. The last thing you want is for any water to go into your paddle board as drying it out then would be very difficult.

To deflate your inflatable sup board, push the valve and turn it to the ‘open’ positionand the air will start to go out. You can speed up the process by rolling the paddleboard from the other end. Rolling your inflatable paddle board like a tightly packed sleeping bag will force the air out within one minute. And that it ! your inflatable sup is deflated and rolled up ready to go in its backpack! 



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Inflatable Paddle board buying Guide: How to Choose Your First Stand Up Paddle board ?

Inflatable Paddle board buying Guide: How to Choose Your First Stand Up Paddle board ?

Inflatable Buying Guide : How to Choose Your First Stand Up Paddle board ?

Choosing a Paddle board can often be overwhelming due to the numerous options available. That’s why we put together this Guide in order to simplify the process of selecting and buying an inflatable stand up paddle board. This paddle board buying guide should answer all your questions about what is the BEST SUP for you. And if you have more questions, read Top 20 questions about inflatable paddle boards and if we missed an answer feel free to contact us.

First, let’s start with the essentials elements you need to start paddle boarding your favorite lake or ocean. Your paddle boarding equipment will include a stand up paddle board, a paddle, an ankle leash and a life jacket vest. There are lots of other paddle board accessories/gear that you might need while stand up paddling but this is the minimum to get out while being safe at the same time.


The PaddleBoards

The most important piece of equipment will be your paddle board. There are different types of sup board and each type of boards will be ideal for different paddle boarding exercise.

The Types of paddle Board can vary but the main styles of sup boards are sup racing, touring paddle board, all around stand up paddle board and paddle surfing.

Sup racing and touring paddle board are typically longer and narrower with a pointed nose or bow and a rounded hull. The typical length for race paddleboards will be 12’6 feet and 14 feet long while touring paddle board can go as small as 10’6 feet to 11 feet. The pointed nose or bow cuts through the water more efficiently and requires less effort to paddle longer distances.
This makes these sup board great for use in flat and calm waters.
Race paddleboards tend to have a narrow width which can make them less stable and are more suited for experienced paddlers. A touring paddle board is usually a bit wider for increased stability and is well suited for anyone wanting to paddling on flat water.

An all Around stand up paddle Board is very versatile and very stable. This type of stability make these type of paddle board the best for a beginner or anyone who want to paddle boarding very easy with stability. The all around sup offer a traditional surf board style plan hull and is between 10′ feet and 12′ feet long, and 29 inches to 36 inches wide.
All Around sup board are great for paddle board yoga, fishing and as an everyday paddling board (see our stand up paddle boards for sale here).

Paddle Surfing is a little bit different than paddle boarding because you are going to ride waves ! A Surf paddle board is usually shorter than a traditional sup in order to provide more maneuverability and responsiveness.
That’s why a surf paddle board will be in the range of 7’6 feet to 9’6 feet long. To adjust as best as possible the length of your paddle surfing board take into consideration your weight and surf skill. A paddle surfing board is less stable for flat water but excel in medium to large waves where quick response is necessary.
A PaddleBoard of this style is typically for a more experienced paddle boarder or surfer (see our sup surfboards for sale here). 

Paddle Board Length, Width and Volume

A Paddle board can come in all different sizes as we have seen above.So knowing your specific needs and ability will make the decision process easier. The most important thing with a sup paddle board is having one that works for your size. A Paddleboard needs to be large enough to support your weight and ability !

The Length of a paddle board

For a beginner or anyone who want a relaxing paddle board will need a board between 10′ and 12 feet in length. With a wide all around stand up paddle board, a longer sup board will provide more overall volume and be more stable.

Longer paddle boards are faster than a short sup board so take that into consideration when choosing. If your goal is to sup racing or paddle boarding long distance you will want a paddle board that is at least 11 feet for paddle touring and 12’6feet to 14′ feet long for more competion race (see our paddle board for sale here).

Paddle board surfers who are comfortable in the ocean and larger wavers will require a shorter sup surf board for more mobility.

The Width and Volume of a Paddle Board

A paddle board is made up to 36 inches wide to accommodate a variety of body types and different paddle boarding levels. A SUP Board width is the most important factor in determining stability.
Wider sizes of inflatable paddle board are ideal for larger people or a beginner. The added width and thickness of an inflatable sup help displace your weight in the water.

Larger people should aim for a paddleboard at least 30 inches width and with more volume.

Smaller people can use a narrower and lighter sup paddle board since they don’t need as much displacement in the water to counter their weight. A good starting point would be 29-30 inches wide and with less volume for their inflatable stand up paddle boards.

These are just guidelines for a starting point when buying an inflatable SUP. As you become more familiar on the paddleboard you may find that you prefer a larger or smaller sup board for one reason or another. That’s what is so nice in paddle boarding, there is a huge variety of sup paddle board that allow you to choose how you want to ride !


Construction of a Paddle Board

A Paddle Board can be made with different materials;  most of the technology has been carried over from surfboard or canoe kayak.
Here are the 3 most common materials used for the constructionof a paddle board :

Fiberglass paddle board

Fiberglass is the most common material for a hard stand up paddle board. The construction technique vary from manufacturer to manufacturer of paddleboards. Some paddle board factory use a sandwich construction that integrates wood and fiberglass to add durability and stiffness to their sup boards.

Paddle Board Rotomolded 

Paddleboard rotomolded are made with a durable plastic exterior with a rotational molding process. These sup paddle board are usually the cheapest but the heaviest !

Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

An inflatable paddle board is very durable and can be used for a variety of paddle boarding. The inflatable sup are made of PVC with drop stitch construction. The BIG ADVANTAGE ofan inflatable paddleboard is that you can easily transport it and store it ! (read Why buy an inflatable paddle board over a traditional hard paddleboard ? ).
Our inflatable paddle board all come with a backpack so that you can roll up the sup when not using it and store it easily. An inflatable sup can range in price and style (see our inflatable stand up paddle board sale here).


A paddle board Fin

The fin of a paddle board is what allow the sup to be navigable .
There are a few different paddle board fin configurations available :

Single paddle board fin

A single fin is the most common configuration for a paddle board. A large fin for a paddle board slides into the finbox and is tightened with a nut and screw. The finbox usually allows some forward and rear adjustment of the inflatable paddle board fin placement. With the fin closer to the tail the sup board will track better which is ideal for flat water such as lakes. With the fin moved forward it will allow the paddleboard to turn easier which is better for paddle surfing.

A paddle board thruster

This is a 3 fins configuration with 1 in the center and 2 side fins on the sup paddle board. The center fin can be the same size or larger than the sidesfins (larger will add more traction and speed control). A Thruster is the most common fin setup for paddle surfing. With the surf board thruster your ride will be more stable.


A 4 fins “quad” setup is only a surf configuration that will be available on some advanced surf paddleboards. This style generates speed and forward momentum for fast and responsive turns of the sup board. 


The paddles of the sup

A paddle board come with a paddle. You have 2 options for paddles: fixed length or adjustable length.And the type of material can be different too.
A beginner should go with a straight shaft and an adjustable paddle that will allow multiple people to use it.

An adjustable paddle is ideal for multiple people and paddle boarding in different conditions. The paddles can be lengthened or shortened as needed. For this reason the adjustable paddles offer the most versatility and should be bought by a beginner.

A fixed paddle come in an unique size with a seperate handle. The shaft is cut to whatever size is desired and then the handle is binded to the shaft with epoxy. A fixed paddle have less flex and can be lighter and stronger than an adjustable paddle. 

The construction of the paddles need also some consideration. A general rule is that a stronger and lighter paddle will be more expensive than an heavier one.

Carbon paddles are the most popular choice since they are very lightweight and very strong. You can get a carbon paddle in either fixed or adjustable length.
A light paddle will make an important difference when you spend a lot of time on the water paddle boarding !

Aluminum paddles are very durable and affordable but are heavier than the carbon ones.


Ankle Leash

An ankle leash is attached to the rear of the sup board and the other end is wraped around your ankle. So if you fall, your paddle board won’t go away from you !
When choosing an ankle leash you need to take one that is about the same length as your paddle board. Why ? Because if you fall you don’t want the board to hit your head ! 


A life jacket vest or Personal Flotation Device (PFD)

When you are outside a designated swim and or surfing area, most local law stipulate that you need to have a life jacket vest or a personal flotation device with you.


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Top 20 questions about inflatable paddle boards

Top 20 questions about inflatable paddle boards

Top 20 questions about inflatable paddle boards


I hear air leaking from the valve of my inflatable paddle board. Is my inflatable sup board defective ?

Usually an inflatable paddle board need the air valve to be tightened before the first usage. If you inflate your inflatable stand up paddle board and hear a sound of air coming out, take the wrench that is included in the repair kit to tighten the valve as you would tighten a screw. It should only take few seconds to fix your inflatable sup.


How long does it take to inflate an inflatable sup paddle board with a manual pump ?

It takes under 5 minutes with a manual hand pump to inflate an inflatable paddle board. And while a manual pump requires a physical effort (your warm up session !) it offers more freedom than an electric pump to carry your inflatable sup wherever you want.


How much does an inflatable stand up paddle board weigh ? 

Once you deflate your inflatable sup and put it in its backpack with its paddles and the pump, the weight should be around 30 lbs.


What is included with your Inflatable Paddle Boards ? 

We sell only complete package with our inflatable stand up paddle board which include everything you need to start to paddle boarding as soon as you receive your delivery. Our offers include usually (verify for each listing) the following paddle board accessories : paddle, air pump, backpack and a repair kit.


Is there a maximum weight on an inflatable paddle board ?

Usually an inflatable stand up paddle board can carry a weight of between 300 and 400 lbs. 


What is the age limit to paddle boarding ? 

You can start to paddle board as soon as you can swim or stand up without fear! An if your children are too young to paddle boarding alone they can always ride with the parents given the proper precaution of giving them a life jacket vest. And you can keep paddle boarding as long as you can walk or stand up by yourself without problem. It can 80 years old or 100 !! That’s why paddle board is the prefered activity of families because everybody can go on an inflatable paddle board (read Why is paddle boarding so popular ?).


How many people can stand up on an inflatable supboard ? 

You can have as many people as you want on your inflatable paddle board up to 300-400lbs ! And usually you will no trouble paddle boarding with your kid on the same sup. And kids like to be in the front of the paddleboard !


Do I need paddle board lessons before using my inflatable sup ? 

The beauty of paddle boarding is that you don’t need any lessons. Riding a sup is that easy! You can always take paddle board lessons because you will certainly learn some tips from your coach but it is not a prerequisite! 


How do I inflate my inflatable paddleboard ? 

An inflatable stand up paddle board is equipped with a valve and you will need to put air in it with the air pump (either manual or electric). Inflating your sup paddle board with the manual pump should take roughly 5 minutes. After inflation, disconnect the hose of the pump from the valve and close the valve with the cap. Now your inflatable sup is ready for you to paddle boarding your favorite lake or city (paddle boarding San Diego, Austin or Miami is very nice!!).


What is the PSI that is required for my inflatable sup board ? 

You can inflate an inflatable sup board between 10 and 15 PSI usually. You will soon realize that inflating your sup paddle board under 10 PSI will lead to the board sagging in the water while you stand on it! An inflatable stand up paddle board can handle up to 25 PSI generally but it is hard to manually pump that much and there is not much difference between 15 and 25 PSI from a performance standpoint.


What type of valve is this on my inflatable sup ? 

The valve is called an H3 valve and is the most common for a watercraft such as an inflatable paddle board.

I pump my inftlatable sup but the PSI gauge is not moving, is it broken ? 

The gauge on the pump isn’t registering any PSI until the inflatable sup is inflated and solid. You will not be able to dent it in with your finger easily and register PSI. Keep pumping your paddle board and the gauge will move. Pumping should become more difficult in the end as you force air into the inflatable paddle board.


How do I attach the  fin of the paddle board ? 

To install the paddle board accessories that is a fin is very easy. You just need to put the paddle board fin the rail that is below the sup. It’s an easy movement of sliding the fin in the inflatable paddle board. 


How to deflate my inflatable paddle board ? 

Once your paddleboard is completely dry, unscrew the valve and push down on it to release the air in a quick manner. This relieves some pressure off the valves and your inflatable paddle board should be deflated within 1 minute. After that you just need to fold the board (not roll it!!). As you’re folding the board, you will notice that additional air is released. After all the air has been released, turn the valve stem of your sup counter clockwise to lock in the UP/CLOSED position and replace the valve cap. This will ensure that the next time you inflate your paddleboard the air doesn’t release out after your pump it up. Replace the strap around the board to hold it closed while placing it in the carrying bag.



What equipment do I need to paddle boarding ?

All you need to paddle board is your sup and the paddle. If you are not a good swimmer we recommend that you wear a life jacket vest. You also might want to get your sup board attached to your leg with an ankle leash . You can also carry a waterproof bag for your keys, camera and or phone.


What does SUP or ISUP means ? 

SUP means Stand up paddle board.
While ISUP means Inflatable stand up paddle board.
But both acronym are used to define a paddle board whether it’s an inflatable sup or a hard paddle board.


What are the differences between a paddle board and a surf board ?

A paddle board is typically larger and wider than a surf board. And nowadays a sup is not just a big board that you can paddle boarding on! Stand up paddle boards are becoming theirone in the sense that with sup racing the technology evolve. The new generation of inflatable paddle board have better design, better resistance specifically made for paddle boarding.


How do I patch a hole in my inflatable sup ? 

Our inflatable paddle board come all with a repair kit. You can repair small holes with the materials included in the repair kit. Please note that in order for the repair to be successful, the humidity level should be less than 60%, temperature between 65° F/77° F or 18°C/25° C. Avoid carrying out repairs of your inflatable sup in the rain or in direct sunlight. Perform all repairs in a well ventilated area and avoid inhaling glue vapors, touching or swallowing. And Keep all repair materials out of the reach of children.

Draw the shape of the patch exactly where it will be applied on your inflatable stand up paddle board, and cut a round patch at least 2” / 5 cm larger than the cut/damaged area. 2. Clean the damaged area and the corresponding side of the patch with an alcohol based grease remover and allow it to dry for 5 minutes.
Apply 3 thin layers of glue on both the patch and the damaged area, allowing for it to dry for 5 minutes between layers until the glue feels tacky.
When the third layer of glue is dry, apply the patch without pressing and adjust the positioning if required. Press the air bubbles which may have formed under the patch by smoothing the patch with a round object such as a spoon, starting in the center of the patch towards the outside, then clean the excess glue with a solvent.
Drying time: 12 hours.


What maintenance does an inflatable paddle board need ?

Our inflatable sup need little maintenance other than cleaning and ensuring it is dry before you roll it up in the back pack. But check your paddle board after each use. You can rinse the sup board with a soap in order to make sure that you remove any dirt or residues of salt if you used the board in salt water. DO NOT use detergents or any type of silicone or petroleum based cleaning products. Wipe down the inflatable stand up paddle board and make sure it is completely dry before putting it away, paying special attention to make sure the valve area is particularly dry.


How should I store the inflatable paddle board during winter time ?

When storing your inflatable paddle board, make sure it is clean and put it in a dry storage that is not affected by major variations in temperature. You may store your deflated paddle board in its backpack on a shelve or on the floor but away from insects or mouses! 


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How Does an Inflatable paddle Board Work ?

How Does an Inflatable paddle Board Work ?

How Does an Inflatable paddle Board Work ?

A Stand up paddle board is essentially just a board which can be used on the water for so many differents activities such as paddle boarding, paddle surfing, touring paddle board, paddle board yoga or fishing paddle board.
Traditional hard boards are made of lightweight fiberglass.or wooden paddle boards. An inflatable paddle board is very similar to a hard sup board, except that they can be deflated when not in use, making them easy to store and transport.

An inflatable sup needs a pump in order to be inflated to be as stiff as possible. Our inflatable paddle board come supplied with a air hand pump, which are more physically demanding than electric pumps but give more freedom. However, they’re the safer option as electric pump can put too much pressure on the seams, potentially leading to ruptures.

As well as being stiff from being inflated to the correct thickness, inflatable stand up paddle board have another feature to make them stable. Rails are inserted down the sides of the boards to prevent flex and buckling, particularly with heavy riders.

While a hard paddleboard is carefully shaped to catch the waves as easily as possible, the inflatable nature of a stand up paddle board means that the thickness is the same the whole way down the board.
However, inflatable sup is shorter than hard paddle board, and they usually have wide noses and narrow backs, which makes up for their uniform thickness. This is just one way that an inflatable sup manage to catch and ride waves in such a similar way to surf boards.


Top 4 reasons to do stand up paddle board this Summer

Top 4 reasons to do stand up paddle board this Summer

Top 4 reasons to do stand up paddle board this Summer

Paddle board is a good exercise for your health and here is an article to read more about that (8 Health Benefits of Paddle Boarding).
But during summer when you want to have Fun and Party, paddle boarding is even better to practice to keep a balance between the Fun and your Fitness exercises.


1. A paddle board can be inflatable!

Nowadays inflatable paddle board are of such good quality that they are better than most hard sup paddleboard (read Why buy an inflatable paddle board over a traditional hard paddleboard ?). So when you go to your vacation it’s so easy to get some space for your inflatable sup and its bag.
Inflatable stand up paddle board can easily be deflated and rolled up small enough to put in your trunk or the backseat of your car and they are very light. So no space needed and no weight are 2 reasons to get your inflatable paddleboard with you. And once you arrive at the beach or by the lake you will be so pleased to be able to enjoy a good ride on your stand up paddle board.


2. A paddle board session can make you burn more calories than a gym session

When paddle boarding, the intensity of your practice is up to you. You can paddle board slowly and enjoy the view around you. Or you can paddleboard in a race manner and then it becomes very intense. Or you can alternate your rhythm of paddle boarding. You can even do some paddle board yoga.
So either you paddle boarding san diego, miami or austin the session is up to you and can turn up the intensity at will or the relaxation mode!


3. Share your paddle board

What is nice about stand up paddle board is that it can be a solo activity or a shared one (read Why is paddle boarding so popular ?). You can go paddle boarding with your children, with your friends or even your dog. And whether you paddleboard on the ocean or on a lake, being with other people is always fun.
That’s the beauty of paddle board, it is multi facet in its practice which make it the perfect activity for the summer.



4. You can sleep on your paddleboard

What’s nice about your sup board is that if you don’t want to practice you can still use it to sleep on it! Indeed imagine yourself on the ocean or in the middle of the lake and having a “nap” on your board. How relaxing and resting do you think it’s going to be ? Being surrounded by water and silence is simply “WOW” so get your inflatable paddle board right now !


8 Health Benefits of Paddle Boarding

8 Health Benefits of Paddle Boarding

8 Health Benefits of Paddle Boarding

Paddle board is an activity that can be practiced by everybody at every age which make it unique!
Here are the 8 benefits of paddling :
– relief Stress
– Bring fun with Camaraderie
– Escape to Nature
– Improves Core Muscle Strength
– Cardiovascular Workout
– Improve Endurance 
– Low Impact Workout Protects Joints
– Improves Balance

One of the great benefits of stand up paddle board is individual paddle boarders decide how strenuous or relaxing, they want to paddle board. The benefits of paddle boarding will vary by individual paddle boarder and the activity, or paddle board discipline, they are participating in (surfing, touring, lake, river, race, yoga, fishing, etc.). 


Paddle Boarding for Stress Relief

Since the beginning of time, people have been drawn toward all types of water for its calming and therapeutic attributes. Stand up paddle board is a great activity that allows you to spend more time on water while relieving some of life’s stress by being on the water.


Paddle Board Builds Camaraderie

Group stand up paddle boarding or group paddle board tours are a great way to get together with friends, meet new people and forge new relationships while experiencing nature in a unique way.


Escape to Nature with a Stand up paddle board 

The digital age we live in is great, but one of the best parts of any paddle board trip or tour is taking the time to totally disconnect from society and “walk on water.” It’s just you and your board.


Sup Paddling Improves Core Muscle Strength

For years Yoga and circuit training have surged in popularity as people become more focused on strengthening core muscles. Stand up paddle board offers a similar full body workout that will improve core muscle strength.


Stand up paddle board for a Cardiovascular Workout

Going for an extended paddle board tour around a large harbor or circling a lake is a great way to break up the monotony of typical cardiovascular workouts such as a treadmills, stationary bikes, etc…


Paddle Boarding Can Be Used to Improve Endurance or Marathon Training

Depending on the speed of your paddling, stand up paddle board is a great way to cross train and improve endurance. Marathon runners have been known to use stand up paddle boarding as an alternative for an endurance and cardio training.


Paddling is a Low Impact Workout that Protects Joints

Stand up paddle boarding, when using the proper technique, should be a low impact workout. Paddling is a healthy alternative to some other higher impact sports and activities that can put additional strain on muscles and joints.


Stand up paddle board Yoga Improves Balance

Paddle board Yoga is another rapidly growing subset of stand up paddle boarding. Any stand up paddle board activity will improve your balance and thereby improve your participation and balance in other land based sports.


Why is paddle boarding so popular ?

Why is paddle boarding so popular ?

Why is paddle boarding so popular ?

There isn’t one reason to explain the popularity of stand up paddle board and its exponential growth over the last decade, there are MANY reasons.
There are so many ways to paddleboard ! You can paddle surfing, river paddle boarding, lake paddle board, fishing paddle board, stand up paddle board yoga, paddling with your dog, etc… All types of paddle boarding share the same core concepts.

– No Surf Required
The majority of the US States aren’t located near the ocean with great surf conditions. The New Generation of Inflatable Paddle Board allows the lifestyle of stand up paddle boarding to be brought ANYWHERE and to ANY TYPE OF WATER.
Whether you are interested in lake paddle boarding, a reservoir in Wisconsin, or a scenic river in Colorado, your inflatable paddle board can be enjoyed everywhere!

– Very Easy to Learn
New people that come to the stand up paddle board are typically surprised to learn that they don’t require any lessons! Paddle boarding can be learned with a little practice. Simply start on your knees in shallow water and work your way up to your feet and that’s it you can stand up paddle board.

– Fun For All Ages and All Athletic Abilities
With a little practice, stand up paddle board is a sport that can truly be enjoyed by any age or athletic abilities. The new stand up inflatable paddle board are designed with versatility in mind.


The question is : When do you start to paddle boarding ?



Why buy an inflatable paddle board over a traditional hard paddleboard ?

Why buy an inflatable paddle board over a traditional hard paddleboard ?

Why buy an inflatable paddle board over a traditional hard paddleboard ?

Stand up paddle boarding is no longer limited to coastal regions or places you can park right by the beach. Now you can enjoy your stand up paddle board anywhere with water, whether it is an ocean, river, lake, retention pond, or above ground pool. 


Inflatable Paddle Board Offer Greater Portability

The ability to quickly deflate an inflatable paddle board into a backpack gives you nearly unlimited storage and portability options. Whether you live in an urban setting with limited storage or need to travel to an exotic location via airplane , an Inflatable Paddle Board can easily be transported. Wherever your travels may take you, your inflatable sup will draw attention as people will be shocked to watch your backpack, in the matter of minutes, inflate into a durable and rigid Stand up paddle board.


Inflatable Paddle Board Are More Durable

The NEW Generation of inflatable paddle board have been found to be more durable than a fiberglass SUP.
And that’s because stand up paddle board made of fiberglass are prone to cracking and denting. Indeed, think about how often the sup paddle board might be knocked against a concrete dock or possibly hit a rock on the bottom of the river bed, etc…
Furthermore different research show a recurring complaint about the damage that took place during the shipping process. Despite paying expensive freight shipping rates, paddle board arrive damaged and/or cracked and have to be returned. You won’t have this kind of trouble with an inflatable paddle board (at least not with our inflatable sup). Our Inflatable stand up paddle board are amazingly resilient and the PVC material used can withstand normal wear and tear without the threat of ruining the sup board. You won’t need to be nearly as cautious when loading and unloading our inflatable paddle board from the water!


Inflatable Paddle Boards Can Offer More Stability

An Inflatable paddle board is nothing like other inflatable watercraft or floats. The drop stitch design allows it to be inflated to between 10 to 12 PSI which is incredibly rigid. Inflatable stand up paddle board are also several inches thick which provides stability you will be amazed with. The final product is a very firm inflatable sup board that is also easily to navigate in the water.


Advanced Paddle Board Technology

NEW GENERATION of inflatable paddle board can uses the latest grade PVC with drop stitch technology to engineer a durable and stable inflatable stand up paddle board. The durable PVC and drop stitch construction enables the inflatable sup to be less susceptible, than fiberglass stand up paddle board, to damage from docks, rocks, sticks, river beds, concrete etc.


So the winner is Inflatable paddle board!


The Different Types of Paddle Boards

The Different Types of Paddle Boards

The Different Types of Paddle Boards

Choosing your first paddle board can be a difficult and frustrating process. That’s why we are going to give you the most honest and unbiased information on how to buy your paddle board.  


How To Choose a Paddle Board

The MOST important question to ask before buying a paddleboard is – what type of water will you be using your Stand up paddle board in most ?
Said another way, what will be your home water field ?
For instance, if you live in New York State and plan on paddle boarding in Lake Georges mostly on the calm water but also want to do some paddle boarding Miami then you should choose a sup board that will perform best on your mostly flat inland home water.
One of the beauties of paddle boarding is that you don’t need waves or surf to learn, but you can always progress into the more difficult disciplines of the sport once you learn the basics.

Based on your answer to the question above you can efficiently narrow down the paddle board universe by type of board (shape), board size, and materials that best suit the waters you will be paddle boarding most.


What Style Paddle Board Should I Buy ?

Choosing the proper paddle board style primarily depends on your “home water” and what SUP discipline you plan to use most. If you are new to paddle boarding, or have some SUP experience and are looking for the most versatile paddle board that can truly go anywhere, you will likely want to focus on All Around Stand Up Paddle Boards, Touring SUPs, or Cruising PaddleBoards.
Although 3 different names are used to describe these paddle boards, one of the biggest differences between these sup boards is typically the shape of the front of the board (curve versus pointed front). All 3 of these SUP paddle board options are versatile but performance differences are created by different sizes, shapes, and designs.

All around Paddle Board

An all around Paddle Board is generally viewed as the most versatile of all SUP board. All around sups are typically around 9 to 11 feet long and 30 to 34” wide with round noses and a tri-fin setup. All around stand up paddle board are generally viewed as most practical for flat water touring and adventure needs but can also be used in small waves.

Hard Paddle Board versus Inflatable Paddle Board

Hard paddle board are typically made in fiberglass or carbon components are typically best suited for paddle boarders that will mostly be paddle surfing, paddle board racing, or long distance paddle adventure tours.
Inflatable paddle board can also be used for paddle surfing or racing, but they are typically thicker which means youride higher on the water. It also means that with an inflatable sup speed and surf will a little bit more difficult than with a hard paddle board. 

Touring and Cruising Paddle Board

Generally Touring Stand up paddle board are a little longer than All Around paddleboard. And Touring Paddle Board are typically constructed with a pointed nose which creates a displacement hull that cuts through water. 

Round Nose vs Pointed Nose Paddle Board

One very common question from new paddle boarders is what is the difference between round nose and pointed nose Stand up paddleboard ?
Round nose paddle board are the most popular shape on the market and round sup paddle board shapes are great for flat water touring and all around paddle board excursions.
Round nose paddleboard are also what you will typically see used in sup surfing boards. Touring, Cruising, and Hybrid paddle boards typically have pointed noses and one of the main advantages of a pointed nose is the front nose shape is similar to a boat and creates a displacement hull and is intended to “cut through” the water versus a round nose board that will “plow through” (all relative off course).


9 Stand UP Paddle Board Disciplines :
– Cruising, Exploring, Touring stand up paddle board
– Inflatable paddle board
– paddle board Yoga and Fitness
– paddle surfing
– Fishing paddle board
– sup Racing
– Whitewater and Fast Rivers sup boarding
– Down winding sup board
– Wake sup Surfing boards

What Size Paddle Board Do I need ?

What Size Paddle Board Do I need ?

What Size Paddle Board Do I need ?

Paddle Board dimensions are a very important factor in determining the “feel” of your SUP.
For simplicity purposes, the larger a paddle board’s volume is, the easier it will be for a beginner to balance on the sup.
However, larger inflatable paddle board can also become slightly more difficult to navigate, so new paddle boarders should focus on finding the right size SUP or the most versatile SUP to best suit the needs of multiple people.

Paddle Board Length

All Around paddle boards typically have lengths from 9 to 11 feet and Touring Cruising Paddle Board are typically a little longer with lengths ranging from 10 to 12 feet.
Typically long and thin stand up paddle board are used to increase speed and touring and cruising boards are designed with speed on flat waters in mind.
The All Around paddleboard designed is the most versatile SUP design and is designed to have quality speed performance but also versatility for small waves or chop.


Paddle Board Width

All Around, Touring, and Cruising sup paddle board typically come with widths anywhere from 28’’ to 34’’. Most paddle boarders will have little trouble navigating a board with a width in this range, but as you become more familiar with sups paddle boards you may find that widths above 34’’ can start to “spin” in open waters and become more difficult to control.


Paddle Board Thickness and Volume

The thicker the inflatable sup the higher above the water you will be and the more “feel” you will encounter.
Since hard paddle board typically ride lower in the water than inflatable paddle board which need the thickness to provide durability.




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