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SUP, short for ‘stand-up paddling’, is one of the fastest growing water sports. If you are looking to get a board yourself, here are some points to consider. You can find information both a...
What Is Stand-Up Paddle Boarding?
Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) offers a fun way to cruise the water with the added benefit of a full-body workout. The standing position on your board gives you the advantage of viewing what’s underwater. This sport is easy to learn and can be even practised to surf small waves.
What Are Paddle Boards Made Of?
There are two types of paddle boards - solid and inflatable. Solid paddle boards, also known as SUPs, are made of a foam core wrapped in either fibreglass, carbon fibre and plastic. Instead of a foam core, inflatable stand-up paddle boards (iSUPs) use air to provide buoyancy and stability. Inflatable paddle boards are perfect for casual and beginner paddlers, or those with limited space to store their gear.
Choosing the Right Inflatable Paddle Board
Your weight and riding style determine the inflatable SUP you should get. It is important to consider the board’s length and width. Short boards under ten feet are more manoeuvrable and are a great choice for children. Medium-length boards around ten to twelve feet are perfect for casual and beginner paddlers. While long SUP boards are good for racing and touring.
Inflatable paddle boards' common width ranges from twenty-five to thirty-six inches. Wider boards are optimal for bigger people and those who want to carry cargo. Narrow SUP boards are better for smaller people and those looking for speed.
Would you like to know more about paddle boarding and SUP boards? Check out our Buying a SUP board guide.