You are ready to buy a standup paddle board but have no idea where to start. Understanding the different types of boards and your needs is the first thing to consider. Why do you want a standup paddle board? Are you interested in casual fun, touring, surfing, racing? Do you want an inflatable or a hard core? There are many things to consider before you decide what board is the perfect fit for you.
Your Guide To Buying A Standup Paddleboard
WRITTEN BY TIM SHUFF
So, you’re ready to buy a paddleboard.
The explosive growth and relative infancy of SUP means there are dozens of companies out there, each offering an assortment of boards. The choice can be overwhelming—there are more than a hundred new boards and accessories listed between pages 65 and 88 of the 2018 Paddling Buyers Guide.
Touring boards are designed for maximum glide and efficiency. Photo: Randy Mitson
Buying a standup paddleboard doesn’t have to be confusing. Choosing is as simple as determining the type of paddling you want to do, finding a board the right size, and then fine-tuning your choice based on features and price. Use this step-by-step guide to decode the categories, and find what’s right for you. Let’s get started.
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