So maybe you’ve been on a stand up paddleboard a million times, if that’s the case then I don’t need to tell you how much fun it is being out on the water, and how quick of a sport stand up paddleboarding is to pick up!
Or maybe you have only seen pictures of stand up paddleboards for sale on websites, in shops or in magazines and have thought about buying a paddleboard, but are nervous that it might be hard, that’s ok, because paddleboarding is super easy to learn.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that most people can paddle away after only a few minutes on their stand up paddleboard, and I won’t even tell you that even more of those people are hooked on paddleboarding right after that!
Since I know it’s hard to tell just by reading the information I have been providing you with exactly how to get going on a stand up paddleboard, I figured what easier way to show just how fun and easy it is by showing a video of how to get started.
So, check out this video and tell me that stand up paddleboarding doesn’t look like it’s something that is difficult to learn.
Really easy, not to mention really fun (and good exercise) all at the same time. But, you’ll hear more about that in some upcoming posts, or if you’re impatient read more about stand up paddleboarding – how to pick a stand up paddleboard, and what kind of stand up paddleboard accessories there are.
So what’s next? Just sit back, and watch how quickly you can be out on the ocean or lake the next time (or first time)
you get out there on your own stand up paddleboard.
Warm weather is coming, it’s time to get ready for it with a new Stand Up Paddle Board. Here are five that are worth your consideration.
When it’s time to start looking at stand up paddleboards for sale you might notice that there are both the standard one piece paddleboard as well as stand up paddleboards that are inflatable.
What’s the deal, right? Are inflatable stand up paddleboards really a viable option?
Of course they are. In fact, for many people getting an inflatable stand up paddleboard is perfect for their needs.
An inflatable paddleboard is perfect for someone who wants a board that is transportable and is easy to store but is still provides a solid and fun way to get out and paddleboard. A lot of people who have inflatable boards actually bring them out on vacation, it’s easy to pack up the deflated board into a carrying case and bring along on a trip.
The versatility is what is really the major selling point for an inflatable stand up paddleboard, they can be used on the local lake, brought down to the Caribbean on vacation or safely tucked into the truck on a cross country road trip.
When it comes to choosing a paddleboard paddle, there are several variables you need to consider.
Some boards come “stock” with a paddle. But chances are, is it’s a generic “do it all” paddle. Built to handle different varieties of water and people, but it doesn’t focus, or excel, in any one specific area. This may be okay for kids, or beginners that aren’t going to take paddle boarding very seriously.
But for everyone else (and should be all of you!), you should buy a paddle that seems as though it was made just for you.
A lot of paddles come with a height adjuster, but unless you luck out, chances are the paddle will be a bit too long, or a bit too short. It also will lack a certain solidness in the shaft when it is in two pieces, and will wear out more quickly.
The Different Types of Paddle Shafts
There are different shafts that are used for different situations and people. If you are new to paddling, don’t view it as a serious hobby, or have kids that paddle board, an alloy paddle is what you likely want. They’re very durable, and can be tossed around and take some abuse. Great for anyone to pick up and use.
If you are looking for lightweight, go for a carbon-fiber shaft. This is a great paddle that can but used in several situations, and is the most common used. Any rider, from beginner to pro, can get good use out of a carbon-fiber paddle.
Recently there has been a shift of preference from carbon-based paddles, to bamboo.
Why bamboo? Bamboo paddles will give you more flex, as well as toughness. It is also known that the flex of the bamboo will ultimately be easier on your joints, and will help to stave off injury. Whereas a carbon paddle is tougher on your ligaments and tendons, especially after a full day of paddling.
Figuring Out the Right Height
After you’ve decided on what your paddle will be made out of, how do you know what the right height is for you?
If you are buying a one piece paddle, you don’t have the luxury of a quick-change adjuster. A good rule of thumb for getting that perfect height paddle, is to turn it upside down, resting the handle grip on the ground.
Your eyes should line up with the where the shaft, and the blade of the paddle meet. Having a paddle that is too short will result in you being crouched over more, and after a while, you will get back pains, which will ruin a good day.
If you don’t have the option to get a one piece paddle, or one doesn’t size up to you quite right, you should err on the side of a bit too long, rather than short.
A longer paddle will just mean you will have to paddle a bit deeper. But that’s still better than a backache.
Note: If you are a do-it-yourselfer, there is a good guide for cutting your paddle that is too long, down to your right height. Check that out, but be careful. Measure twice, cut once, as they say.
The Best Paddleboard Blades
You’ve sized your paddle up to the perfect height, you have it in your preferred material, what’s next? Why, the most key aspect of the entire paddleboard paddle of course.
Blades are being crafted specifically for a certain style of rider, in a certain type of environment.
First determine where you will be spending most of your time.
Are you an ocean dweller, or on a large freshwater lake such as one of the Great Lakes, where the waters can be more unpredictable and rough? Or are you inland, on a lake or a pond, where waters are generally calmer and docile?
Let’s start with the ocean.
If you’re spending your days zig-zagging and cutting through the waves, you should consider a smaller sized blade. The smaller size allows you to make turns, and navigate through the waters easier. The drawback is you will have to paddle more in order to gain speed.
If you are in calmer waters, a smaller lake or pond, take a look at a larger blade. The larger surface of the blade will allow you to take heavier, more powerful strokes, which will grant you the ability to glide, and reach greater speeds than you could with a small blade.
When many people new to SUP hear about the sport, I’m sure many think:
Yea, these paddleboards sound pretty awesome, but I don’t live in Florida, California or Hawaii, so it just won’t work for me.
If you’ve been searching the internet for paddleboards for sale but have been thinking that it’s useless if you don’t live near the ocean, keep reading! You can paddleboard anywhere there is water – well maybe not your bathtub, but pretty much everywhere else.
Granted, when the sport started it was centered in Hawaii. But after so many people saw, experienced and loved it, paddle boarding quickly moved on to gain some huge popularity, extending from beach communities to rivers, lakes and ponds.
Do a quick Google search (after you finish reading this site, of course), and you’ll find places all over the country that now have paddleboard clubs, groups, lessons and rentals.
Some enthusiasts even argue that they prefer paddling on a lake, because they are generally much calmer than a sea or ocean, and thus, a bit easier to learn balance and paddling skills.
White Water Paddling
Betcha didn’t know that one of the newest extreme sports even involves SUP – white water paddling!
Pretty intense, right?
Just like how you think of typically tackling rapids, on a raft, some adventurous athletes are doing in on their boards. For the past few years, one of the Mecca’s of this white water SUP movement has been the decidedly landlocked town of Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
It’s here during the Rocky Mountain Surf Festival that features competitors battling it out for surfing, racing and SUPcross titles, all on the swollen Colorado River.
And that’s not all you can do on your sup. How about fishing?
That’s right, tons of people are using their stand up paddleboards as a nice base to do a little bit of fishing.
It’s a great way to get out into shallow water where your boat might run aground on sand, and even a way to get just out past the breaks of the ocean without worrying about hitting any people.
Being able to strap your fishing pole and tacklebox to the front of your stand up paddleboard is really easy, and provides a great little break from paddling.
Or what about stand up paddleboard yoga?
Maybe not, it is a huge trend that is taking the nation by storm, people are doing yoga on their stand up paddleboards all over the place, you can find most any places now that give SUP lessons will also have SUP yoga classes.
So why do yoga on your stand up paddleboards, it provides a beautiful sense of scenery being out on the ocean, in a lake or a stream, plus it also requires a bit more concentration and sense of balance. The board will move with the water, even if there are no waves, so it adds a bit of a fun twist to an already popular sport.
Give it a Shot
So, if you’ve tried out paddleboarding and really enjoy it, but don’t live near an ocean, no problem.
In most places in the US (and around the world), some form of river, lake, pond, bayou or stream isn’t too far away. And with this type of board, there are even a few more options, because it is so thin, you could actually travel places that even canoes or kayaks could not, because of the tiny draft, the navigation possibilities are endless!
And so why are you still reading? What are you waiting for? Go get out there I promise you will have a fantastic time out on the water for years to come. It really is addicting!
When it’s time to start looking to buy a stand up paddleboard you might notice that there are both the standard one piece paddleboard as well as stand up paddleboards that are inflatable.
What’s the deal, right?
Are inflatable stand up paddleboards really a viable option for people? Or are they just a scam?
Believe it or not, inflatable paddleboards are a completely legit way of getting out on the water, and they can work really well for a lot of people.
In fact, for many people getting an inflatable stand up paddleboard is perfect for their needs.
Benefits of Inflatable Paddleboards
An inflatable paddleboard is perfect for someone who wants a board that is transportable and is easy to store but is still provides a solid and fun way to get out and paddleboard.
A lot of people who have inflatable boards actually bring them out on vacation, it’s easy to pack up the deflated board into a carrying case and bring along on a trip.
Having your own paddleboard is going to save a ton in resort and rental fees, but won’t break the bank like if you have to check your stand up paddleboard at the airport, yikes!
Ease of Storage
The inflatable board also works for people who have small homes or apartments.
A typical stand up paddleboard is a minimum of 8 feet long, and can easily range up to 10 or 12 feet. For someone with an apartment with no garage or other sort of storage option, then an inflatable stand up paddleboard can be bought, folded up into it’s case and stored very easily in a closet, or even under the bed.
The versatility is what is really the major selling point for an inflatable stand up paddleboard like a Tower adventurer inflatable SUP.
They can be used on the local lake, brought down to the Caribbean on vacation or safely tucked into the truck on a cross country road trip.
A lot of homes that offer rental properties also offer inflatable SUPs for guests to use during their stay.
Another benefit of one of these types of boards is that they can be seen as a bit more durable than your conventional foam core paddleboard.
If you drop your inflated sup in the parking lot, there is a pretty good chance no damage will occur. However, if your regular stand up paddleboard slipped from your grip and fell down to the pavement, then there is a much higher chance of having a board with a big scrape or crack in it.
Common Features on Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboards
Some of the great features that many inflatable SUPs include feature are:
Heavy duty materials for construction with double stitching and heavy fabric
Can support heavier weights for their size, many boards can hold up to 250 pounds and one person on the board
Easy carry handle for transporting the inflated board to the water
High pressure valve for quick inflation, which allows for a really stable and rigid board
Removable fins for added movement and stability while in the water
All of these features add up to a really solid option when you’re looking at stand up paddleboards because you have some of the high quality features that most regular stand up paddleboards offer, but at the same time they have the compact transport and storage that you can’t get otherwise.
Once inflated, this board will provide a great and stable way to explore the water while practicing your stand up paddleboarding.
Then, once you have finished out on the water, use the pump to deflate the board, fold it up and put it back in it’s carry bag, simple as that.
There are variety of paddleboards that are for sale available on the market. What makes them different? Different manufacturers may categorize them differently, but there are four basic categories of paddleboard. Each category is designed for specific reasons:
• Surf: These boards are the shortest type. Like the name implies, these boards were made for the waves and give you the turning flexibility those conditions require
• Family Recreation: These are the most durably constructed type of paddleboard. The signature feature is the added width that provides stability.
• Cruising: These boards are long, and not easy to take to the beach, but they are ideal for flat water conditions, and sometimes have extra space for carrying accessories.
• Fitness: These boards are long and narrow which lets you get the speed you need regardless of the water conditions.
Within each of these categories, you’ll find different types of boards, such as:
• Inflatables: They’ll hold up to 12 psi for the durability to use anywhere. These boards can be easily stored and transported to the water.
• Expanded Polystyrene (ESP): These are lightweight, but can have the drawback of allowing water to get into the gap between the cells should the board be damaged in any way. A good paddle board designs will have what are called fused-cell EPS which feature a watertight, honeycomb design.
• Soft Boards: This is a combination of EPS and wood or fiberglass stiffeners. These boards are ideal for new paddle boarders who will probably fall off quite often.
• Composite Boards: As you step up in class, the boards get lighter and wrap the core in fiberglass and even wood. Premium boards will replace fiberglass with carbon fiber which make them ultra-light, but also very delicate.
How to Choose the Best Paddle Boards?
When you’re passionate about a sport, you’ll want to find equipment that is as customized as possible.Within each category of board described above, you’ll find many different lengths, widths, and thicknesses.When you’re looking through the many paddleboards that are for sale, you’ll want to ask some of these questions:
• How many people are going to use the board? Multiple users will change the dynamics of the board you choose.
• Have you done other paddle sports (i.e. canoeing, kayaking)? This may allow you to step up to a more advanced board.
• How will you be transporting your board? Will you be lifting this by yourself or will others be able to help you.
These questions should get you in a general ballpark. But you’ll still have to dive deeper in order to narrow your options even more:
• Your height and weight make a difference. Shorter paddlers will want a narrow board to make paddling easier. Also, paddleboards are suitable for a range of weights. If you’re new to paddling, you’ll want to make sure your weight is in the lighter end of the board’s weight range.
• Do you want stability or speed? The width of a board will dictate its function. The wider the board, the more stability it offers. While narrow boards will add speed, which more advanced SUPers may find desirable.
• Choose a length for the type of paddling you’ll be doing. Long boards are ideal for going fast and straight, while short boards are ideal if you’re going to be paddling in and around waves.
• Determine the number of fins you’ll need. You can find an SUP with between one and five fins. If you’re planning to use your board strictly in flat water conditions, a single fin will be all you need. If you’re planning on spending time in the surf, then you’ll want three fins or more. An experienced, reputable manufacturer can help you decide what type of fin setup is right for you.
• Decide on other accessories. Traction pads (the “grippy” area on top of a board) and bungee cords for attaching a dry bag are useful accessories
Stand up paddleboarding is not just a growing sport for men, a ton of women have gotten into it too, which is great.
I can’t think of many better ways to keep in that summer baiting suit shape than paddleboarding. It’s a full body exercise, and don’t forget it can be done year round too!
So, a few very smart companies out there have decided that since women are such a large part of the stand up paddleboarding community, that it would probably be a good idea to design a few paddleboards for sale with women in mind.
Now, you might ask, can there really be any differences between a men’s stand up paddleboard and a women’s board?
Well, let me ask you, is there a difference between men’s golf clubs and women’s golf clubs? There sure are, you don’t see too many serious female golfers using men’s clubs out there on the back nine. The differences might be subtle, but they are still there, after all, as we (pretty much) all know, there are some differences in the builds of the bodies of men and women.
Since understanding your own body type has such a big part in choosing the right paddleboard, it makes sense that a board that could work for 75% of men, might only work for 25% of women.
And upwards of 40% of every board bought out there by stand up paddleboarders are bought by women! That is huge, but are 50% of paddleboard companies making boards for women, unfortunately no. That’s why it is so important to highlight that there are differences in these boards, and to give women paddleboarders a place to find some great boards that are designed with their bodies and needs in mind.
Compare that to the very similar sport, surfing, where estimates are only around 20% of surfers are female. So, you can see the huge potential stand up paddleboarding has, and how quickly its been embraced by so many people.
One of the most popular growing segments of stand up paddleboarding that many women are interested in is yoga. That’s right, yoga on a paddleboard. Classes are popping up all over the US and the rest of the world, in fact a ton of vacation resorts in the tropics even offer them. So, it makes a lot of sense to think that a board that a women (or man, don’t want to leave those yoga loving dudes out), is going to buy primarily for doing yoga, is going to have a different design than a typical touring or racing board.
Yoga on Paddleboards
So, this section has been made with all those women stand up paddleboarders in mind. Having a section that focuses on companies who make boards for women specifically, or manufacturers that make boards that are more appealing to many women, something with a more feminine style, is really important.
We do not want to discount a huge segment of the paddleboarding community. So, we strive to search high and low to find whatever information is out there about women’s stand up paddleboards and paddleboarding gear, because everyone needs to get out there and start paddleboarding!