Ok, time’s up, are you going to buy a SUP board or change the Costco-mobile? If the answer is YES, read below…
Boards are like candy, so many colors, sizes, styles, flavors and brands. How to make the right decision? ...do your own research, read, try other boards; remember SUP stores will help you but they are ready to sell and some regardless...
The majority of the Amateurs focus their purchase on what friends/dealer recommend (good) and the looks (it’s fine); some Amateurs add to this equation the length, width (stability) and weight (load in the car) of the board; and others already know their SUP passion (all around, Sup Surf, Touring, Race, etc. … the majority of newbies are not sure yet of their SUP love (they will), that is why all around SUP boards (Flat bottom) are the #1 selling board).
But most SUP lovers are not clear on one important detail: Floating (volume). SUP stores will guide you based on the customer's body weight. Little flotation (low volume) may bring instability and will make you SUP experience uncomfortable and you might think SUP is not for you because you fall too much in the water (careful with the rentals - we all fall, it’s fun!). Too much volume will bring some stability, but in choppy, windy conditions your friends will leave you behind; plus other problems…
"The Guild Reference Table for Stand Up Paddle Surfboards proffers a correlation among the aforementioned factors: volume, weight, and skill-level. To keep our units straight, we’ll be using Liter (L) for volume and Kilogram (Kg) for weight. With that in mind, here is the Guild Table. For advanced riders, the volume of the sup surfboard is 1.3x the weight of the rider. For intermediate riders, the volume is 1.7x. And for beginning riders, the volume is 2x the weight of the rider. With those factors under our belt, we can now determine the volume of the stand up paddle surfboard for anyone surfer, assuming we know his weight and skill-level. Take, for instance, a beginning rider weighing 180 lbs. We begin by converting the weight to kilograms (180 lbs x .45 = 81kg). Then, we multiply 81kg by the “Guild” factor for beginning riders (81kg x 2 = 162L). And we end up with the volume of the sup surfboard for that beginning surfer, that is, 162L".
We want to add a list of priority tips for your next SUP board:
1. Use (Surf, Touring, Race, All around, etc…)
5. Construction materials
Remember, always ask your favorite store for their recommendations, ask for demos, ask friends for recommendations (people with SUP knowledge) and do your own research. You can an email us and we will give you some tips to help you. We will not tell you what to buy because in the end it is your decision.
We hope these tips helps you to enjoy your SUP experience.