The Stand up paddle board (Sup) market is growing very fast, and the offer is getting bigger and bigger. It’s not always easy to choose your board. The SoulKite Sup team will help you to select the best sup board
Before buying your stand up paddle board, you need to thinks about different aspects:
1- What kind of Sup style and conditions
2- Your weight/size and or level of riding
Our Sup instructors will give you the advices which will guarantee a perfect stability and floatability, depending on your level of practice and the spot where you will go. You won’t need the same board if you go stand up paddle boarding in Scarborough, Margaret river, or at Point Walter reserve or the Swan river in Perth.
Flat water recreational boards
<60kg 60-80kg >80kg
Open water racing sup board
Wave riding boards beginners
3- The construction of the board
I can choose my stand up paddle board because of the construction of the board. We have rigid stand up paddle board, and inflatable stand up paddle board.
Rigid boards, made of epoxy or carbon, will have a better glide, but will take more space, and more fragile. You will need some roof rack to carry it, and make sure you take care of it; be careful it you have a dog, kids, or if you want to leave your board for too long in the sun.
There are 3 main advantages of inflatable board. The inflatable sup is very solid, almost unbreakable. You won’t injure yourself if you fall on it, and it fits in a backpack, very easy to travel with. If you go camping, if you have a boat, or if you have kids and dogs, I definitely recommend this kind of boards.
Marty, manager of SoulKite Stand up paddle school: “ We have been using inflatable sup boards at the school for the last 5 years. Some boards are still in the school, as they are super resistant, and lot of fun. Very stable, you can play on them, bring the dog for a tour, or do yoga. Very comfy and light, the 10’6 Red paddle is by far my favourite boards. The paddle board of the family. If you are wondering where you can buy a stand up paddle board, or which sup board should I buy, come to see me at Point Walter. You will be able to try the boards, feel the difference”
How to choose your paddle
I am a beginner; I will go for a aluminium paddle, with a blade stable in the water. Aluminium paddle are often pretty cheap, and very solid.
I am an advanced rider; I will buy a paddle fiberglass or carbon. The difference will be the level of stiffness on the shaft. The paddle is also lighter, so more performance.
The paddle are fixes, adjustable, in one or 3 pieces.
Adjustable paddle are very convenient; you can adjust the size of the paddle, so you can borrow your sup to your friend or family.
3 pieces paddle are adjustable, and can ssplit in 3 parts, so easy to carry and store.
Fixed paddle are design for only one person. There are mostly lighter than adjustable paddle.
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