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