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How to Choose the Best Stand Up Paddleboard for Your Lifestyle

How to Choose the Best Stand Up Paddleboard for Your Lifestyle

When it comes to finding the perfect SUP for your lifestyle, there are a number of factors you should take into consideration. Stand-up paddleboarding is not just a leisure activity; this versatile sport can also help you stay in shape. Stand up Paddleboarding, or SUP, is an engaging way to explore natural waterways and join a great community of like-minded adventurers. Whether you prefer large lakes, rivers, or ocean waves, stand-up paddleboarding can be an exciting and challenging sport that you can enjoy all year round (with a wetsuit recommended for those chillier months!). The versatility of this sport makes it perfect for almost anyone, users have the option of choosing from different sizes and designs. From fast racing boards to wide cruisers, there’s something for everyone! With so many options available on the market today, it’s important to know what features are essential when shopping for your board.

Who Should Try Stand Up Paddleboarding?
Anyone who is looking for a new way to get active and connect with nature will love paddleboarding. As well as being suitable for all levels of experience, SUP is an engaging, low-impact sport that is great for of all ages, sizes and fitness levels to enjoy alone, with a group of friends or as part of our Sea Lion tribe!
The wide range of boards available on the market also means there is something for every skill level. Whether you are a first-time paddleboarder which our Otago is perfect for, or you’re looking to improve your technique with the Rapoka, the best board will depend on your skill level, the type of water you’ll be paddling on, and your lifestyle. If you’re still not sure which board type is best for you, refer to the information below for tips, check out our board calculator, or contact us!

Which Type of SUP is Right for You?
If you’re new to paddleboarding, it’s best to start with an entry-level board. An entry-level board is normally 31in+ wide making it stable and easy to paddle and perfect for beginners. These boards are typically 10ft6 in length with a rounded nose. If you’re an experienced paddleboarder or want something that’s a bit faster, you’ll want to opt for a touring/performance board. These boards are 12ft6 long just like our Tasman, 29-32in wide and have a moderate amount of rocker. Built for speed, racing boards can be challenging for beginners due to the streamlined, smaller width of the board. As you get more experienced, you’ll be able to master the unstable nature of these boards and glide across the water quickly. If you are looking to grow your experience with your board, selecting a touring paddleboard is best as they are suitable for both beginners and experienced paddlers.

How to Choose the Best Stand Up Paddle Board for Your
Lifestyle
When choosing a paddleboard, it’s important to take your lifestyle into consideration. If you paddle often on lakes, a touring board may be good due to the longer straight-line distances you will journey. If you prefer to paddle in open waters with swells, an all-around board is best due to the stability and manoeuvrability. If you’re a beginner, it’s also important to take your skill level into account. An all-around board will be the best option for you, whereas those with more experience could opt for a touring board.

Conclusion
Stand-up paddleboarding is not just a leisure activity that can help you stay in shape. It’s for fun loving paddlers who are up for travelling and protecting our waterways. We want to help equip you! The best board will depend on your skill level, the type of water you’ll be paddling on, and your lifestyle. Beginners, competitive, and experienced paddleboarders all have different board preferences. If you are still not sure which board type is best for you, contact us or try our board calculator!