Before Buying a SUP: Five Things You Need to Know

The first thing you need to know is that standup paddle boards (SUPs) come in several different styles, shapes, and sizes, and paddle board suppliers sell SUPs for specific purposes.

  • Family SUPs – These boards are wider and offer better stability.
  • Surf SUPs – Surf styles are designed to be shorter for faster turning in waves.
  • Yoga SUPs – These SUPs feature deck pads and are wider to provide stability while moving through various yoga stances.
  • Cruise SUPs – These are ideal for streams and creeks and are normally longer and have space to take along fishing gear or other items.
  • Race and Fitness SUPs – These boards are narrow and long, to provide speed for fitness training and racing.

Now that you know about the differences in boards, the second thing you need to consider is what type of paddle boarding you intend to do. Some SUPs are designed for multiple purposes.

Next, you need to consider the size and shape of the board and choose one that will best fit you and your skill level. Wider boards are better for beginners, as they offer better stability.

The fourth thing you need to think about is where you intend to store the SUP when you are not using it. Ideally, you want to store inside your home.

Last, consider how you intend to transport your board. Your vehicle should have sufficient space to accommodate the board; otherwise, you might need to invest in a roof rack.

One other thing you will want to consider is the quality of the materials used to make the SUP. For assistance in determining what materials are best for your needs, it is best to speak directly with an expert, like those here at BruSurf. Feel free to call us at (949) 600-3780 now!