Stand Up Paddle Boards – A Review Of SUP Board Shapes – There are numerous types of stand up paddle board shapes on the market today. We will explore the main SUP board shapes and discuss their purpose and performance.
Have you been looking for a Fully Stand Up Paddle board? Have you ever finally decided to give the new sport a go yet still have a couple of questions about the many different board options? Perhaps you have graduating from Paddle Board and trying to find a second purpose specific board? Let’s explore the various shape possibilities today on the SUP market.
Listed below are the fundamental kinds of fully stand up paddling that are presently popular:
* Recreational flat-water Paddling
* Paddle Surfing
* Flat Water Racing
* Downwind Paddling
* Touring Paddle Boards
* River/Rapid Paddling
All-around SUP shapes – Many fully stand up paddle boards that focus on the 1st time or casual paddler will fall into the “All Around” category. All-around shapes can be used all the aforementioned varieties of paddling to greater or lesser extents although they are most suitable for Recreational flat-water paddling. An All Around SUP board will most likely be around 30″ wide or even wider. Typical lengths for a beginner are 11′ -12′. Lighter riders could possibly begin a 10′ – 10’6″ board. All Around boards usually feature a fairly wide nose and tail as well as considerable overall thickness inside the 4 1/2″ to 5″ range. The wide nose, wide tail and considerable length, width and thickness result in a really stable and forgiving board. Stable and forgiving are excellent characteristics to possess in Inflatable Gym Mat while learning the fundamentals of balance, paddling, wave negotiation, wave riding along with building your current strength and conditioning. Many Throughout shapes will even come with a single center fin configuration.
Although some may feel the need to leap directly into a performance shape there is a lot of wisdom in starting out with an throughout shape and graduating after some time to your more performance tailored shape. Plus when you have graduated you will find a second board to loan for your girlfriend/boyfriend, wife/husband or friends. When you purchase wisely you will find a board that will allow you to progress from flat-water basics and will also permit you to paddle surf in waves, try out the flat water racing scene, enjoy an SUP tour and navigate rivers and small rapids. Here is a good example of what could be the first “Throughout” production board originally aptly named the Jimmy Lewis – All Around although it is now referred to as “Cruise Control”. Other “Throughout” boards available include the Hovie – Grand Sport, Hovie – LCSUP, Coreban – Cruiser, King’s – King Model, Siren Sojourn, SUPatx and SurfCore.
Paddle Surfing Shapes – Fully Stand Up Paddle Surfing has progressed in leaps and bounds as board shapes and riders have pushed the limits of performance. You will find multiple types of SUP surfing that connect with preference and wave size. Some prefer to “rip” and “shred” on a smaller board keeping their feet in relatively the same position on the board, others prefer to “walk” the board from nose to tail in a more conventional although no less skilled manner. All these varied styles are generally but not exclusively performed on different board shapes.
In terms of understanding how to paddle surf an “Throughout” shape is usually a great shape to start on particularly in smaller surf. The extra stability will help you to paddle to the wave with assurance and the length can help your glide when your gain speed to enter the wave. Once on the wave an Throughout shape will be really stable under the feet.
While bigger is usually considered better for first time paddlers you might like to think about a smaller board for surfing. You will in all probability need a board that is certainly as small as possible yet still be stable enough for you to balance on. Should you be headed for the surf you might like to borrow a somewhat smaller board coming from a friend when possible and give it a try.
Nose Riders: Similar to an all-around shape a nose rider shape intended for paddle surfing may have a reasonably wide nose for hanging “five” or “ten” of the toes off the edge. The tail can be quite a variety of shapes which could include, square, squash, round, or pin tail. A SUP nose riding board specific for surfing will have much narrower tapered rails and it’s nose thickness will be less. The tail will often be thinner as well to allow it to be buried to the waves during turns. Other maneuvers might include “backward takeoffs” which can be done by paddling the board backwards in to the wave and spinning the board around 180 degrees once you catch the wave and “helicopters” with are essentially a 360 degree turn initiated while nose riding. Examples of great Nose riding SUP shapes are the Jimmy Lewis – Striker, Coreban – Icon, King’s – Knight Model and Siren – Sojourn.
Rippers: SUP boards sometimes called “rippers” are essentially blown up short board shapes that permit the paddle surfer to transform faster, drop-in on steeper waves and negotiate barrels with greater ease. Typical “Ripper” shapes have a pointy nose and pulled-in tail and also a 3 fin “thruster” or 4 fin “Quad” setup. Sizes are typically within the sub 7 foot to 10 foot range. A standard dimensions are 9′ to 9’6″. Some good types of “Ripper SUP” shapes are definitely the Coreban – Performer, Coreban – Nitro, Jimmy Lewis – Mano and Kings – WCT Model.
Big Wave Boards: Big wave boards need so that you can be paddled quickly enough to trap a speedy moving wave. Once approximately speed a big wave board needs to be able to make the drop and turn at high speeds while keeping it’s rails in touch with the wave. Typical big wave boards will be in the 11′ to 13′ range and be thinner in width compared to a normal board with very pulled in point nose and a pin tail. Typical fin configuration will be the 3 fin “thruster”. A good example of a huge wave gun SUP is the Jimmy Lewis – Bombora.
Flat Water Racing Boards: Racing boards are made to permit the paddler to go with the water extremely fast, with the least amount of resistance. Typical widths of any racing board will likely be from 27″ to 30″ wide with thickness in the 4.5″ to 5.5″ range. Although race boards come in many lengths there are some standard lengths that comply with official race event classes. These classes include: Stock 12’6 and under, 14′ and under and “Unlimited which may include boards 14’1″ as well as over. Race boards usually will possess a narrow nose and tail. Many boards will even feature a displacement hull that is basically an in-depth vee nose running right into a rounded bottom. Displacement hulls generally succeed in rougher ocean conditions. The displacement hull design is a lot like many boat hull designs. Other variations of race boards could have a little vee in the nose and definitely will include a flatter bottom that performs to more square rails. The flatter bottom designs tend to be more favorable for very flat and calm water race conditions. Some boards specifically in the 14′ 1” as well as over lengths will include a rudder which can be controlled or “trimmed” by your foot while paddling. Race regulations only allow rudders on the 14′ 1″ and also over “Unlimited” Class. This is very helpful when facing cross winds that normally could only be counterbalance by paddling on a single side. Trimming together with your rudder will allow you to paddle even strokes on either side preventing fatigue while traveling inside your desired direction. Types of zzunia boards are the Jimmy Lewis – Slice, Coreban – Alpha Race 12’6″, Coreban – Alpha Race 14′, Nah Skwell – Race and Hovie – Comet.
Downwind Paddling: Downwind Paddling consists of paddling using the wind typically from point A to B. Inside the ocean it is actually possible to catch open ocean swells that allow the paddler to ride the wave for brief distances. After a wave is caught the paddler can rest for a couple seconds and adjust their directional course before paddling again into another wave or “runner”. In this fashion the paddler can travel great distances at impressive average speeds. Downwind boards are typically inside the 12’6″ to 18″ range. They have narrow widths in the 27″ to 30″ range, have pointed nose profiles, and pulled in tails. Downwind boards normally have a fair level of nose rocker that let them drop to the trough of waves minus the nose “pearling” or going underwater. The foot of the boards are usually flat with fairly sharp rear rails allowing them to ride the waves and change direction easily if necessary. Types of this type of Inflatable Floating Platform range from the Coreban – Alpha Race 12’6″ and Jimmy Lewis – Albatross.