Choosing the right standup paddle board is not something to take lightly. Inflatable standup paddle boards come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. The choosing the right Board doesn’t need to be an overwhelming decision.The first thing to know is that there are three basic types of stand up paddle boards. Surf specific models. All around boards and touring arrays boards.
Surf specific stand up paddle boards are typically shorter, narrower and have a narrower nose and tail than all around and touring or racing boards. These boards are great. If you’re going to spend all of your time in the surf zone. However the trade off for that narrow board is going to be much less stable. All around boards are typically thicker, wider and longer and surf specific models. These are the most versatile types of inflatable stand up paddleboards.
They’re great in all kinds of conditions. You can take them out and surf in the surf zone. But they also are typically really really good for flat water paddling touring boards are longer and typically have a pointed nose and are designed specifically for flat water paddling. These boards are great if you know you going to spend your time Cruising around on your lake river. Or even open ocean touring a version of a touring board is a race board. Race boards are just like touring boards with their much narrower.
A race board is going to be much more difficult to stand on. So that’s more of an advanced toward touring boards of typically quite stable. So they are really good for beginners. Once you’ve established a type of board that fits the type of paddling you plan to do. There are a few other considerations that will help pinpoint what board is right for you. Most importantly is your size in relation to the board. And the volume is a great way to think about the board size. There’s acertain amount of volume inside every board. Of course the longer. Wider and thicker board is the more volume it’s going to have having more volume is great because it means going to float you better. However it’s gonna make the board less responsive. Your challenge is to pick a board with an appropriate amount of volume for your body weight. And for your style of paddling. In addition to volume which is one of the most important aspects of a board to consider. You’re going to board with a certain amount of volume. But also that wide enough for you to be stable on and comfortable on. When you’re out on the water. Now that we’ve taken a look at the styles of boards as well as sizes of boards. Let’s talk quickly about construction the materials. The construction the board. And the materials used determine price weight. Durable it as well as performance. Taking all of these things into consideration. You really should be able to narrow down your boardselection. But no amount of research can compare to taking a board out for a test drive. So be sure to check with your local outdoor store or surf shop to see if they have demo boards available. Even better. See if they have any on water demos planned. Where you can try and test as many different inflatable standup paddle boards. All of the same time and in the same conditions. Make your final decision after you have checked out all your options.