Stand Up Paddle Boards – An Overview Of SUP Board Shapes – There are many different types of stand up paddle board shapes on the market today. We will explore the primary SUP board shapes and discuss their purpose and performance.
Have you been in the market for a Stand Up Paddle board? Have you ever finally chose to give the new sport a go yet still have a few questions about the various board options? Maybe you have graduating from Paddle Board and searching for a second purpose specific board? Let’s look into the various shape options available today on the SUP market.
Here are the essential 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 operate paddle boards that cater to the first time or casual paddler will fall into the “All-around” category. All-around shapes can be used for all all these types of paddling to greater or lesser extents though they are the most appropriate for Recreational flat-water paddling. An All Around SUP board will usually be around 30″ wide if not wider. Typical lengths for a beginner are 11′ -12′. Lighter riders may be able to begin with a 10′ – 10’6″ board. All Around boards usually include a fairly wide nose and tail in addition to considerable overall thickness in 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 wonderful characteristics to have in Inflatable Gym Mat while learning the basic principles of balance, paddling, wave negotiation, wave riding in addition to building your general strength and conditioning. Many All Around shapes may also include a single center fin configuration.
While some may want to jump right into a performance shape there is a lot of wisdom in beginning on an throughout shape and graduating after some time to your more performance tailored shape. Plus after you have graduated you will have a second board to loan in your girlfriend/boyfriend, wife/husband or friends. When you purchase wisely you will find a board that will assist you to progress from flat-water basics as well as enable you to paddle surf in waves, test out the flat water racing scene, enjoy an SUP tour and navigate rivers and small rapids. Here is a good example of what may be the first “Throughout” production board originally aptly named the Jimmy Lewis – All-around although it is currently called the “Cruise Control”. Other “All Around” boards available are 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 relate to preference and wave size. Some would rather “rip” and “shred” on the smaller board keeping their feet in relatively exactly the same position on the board, others would rather “walk” the board from nose to tail in a more conventional although no less skilled manner. Each of these varied styles are typically however, not exclusively performed on different board shapes.
In terms of learning to paddle surf an “All Around” shape is usually a a fit condition to start on especially in smaller surf. The extra stability will help you to paddle into the wave with assurance and also the length may help your glide as your gain speed to enter the wave. Once on the wave an All Around shape will be very stable under the feet.
While bigger is normally considered better for first-time paddlers you might like to consider a smaller board for surfing. You will in all probability need a board that is certainly as small as possible while still being stable enough for you to balance on. In case you are headed for that surf you may want to borrow a slightly smaller board from a friend if possible and give it a shot.
Nose Riders: Comparable to an all-around shape a nose rider shape designed for paddle surfing could have a reasonably wide nose for hanging “five” or “ten” of your own toes off of the edge. The tail can be quite a selection of shapes which may include, square, squash, round, or pin tail. A SUP nose riding board specific for surfing could have much narrower tapered rails and it’s nose thickness will be less. The tail will often be thinner as well to give it time to be buried in to the waves during turns. Other maneuvers may include “backward takeoffs” which can be performed by paddling the board backwards 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. Some 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 enable the paddle surfer to turn faster, drop-in on steeper waves and negotiate barrels with greater ease. Typical “Ripper” shapes use a pointy nose and pulled-in tail and also a 3 fin “thruster” or 4 fin “Quad” setup. Sizes are typically inside the sub 7 foot to 10 foot range. A typical size is 9′ to 9’6″. Some great examples 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 to be able to be paddled quickly enough to catch a quick moving wave. Once approximately speed a large wave board needs to be able to have the drop and turn at high speeds while keeping it’s rails in contact with the wave. Typical big wave boards are usually in the 11′ to 13′ range and stay thinner in width compared to a normal board with very pulled in point nose along with a pin tail. Typical fin configuration will be the 3 fin “thruster”. An example of a huge wave gun SUP is the Jimmy Lewis – Bombora.
Flat Water Racing Boards: Racing boards are made to enable the paddler to move through the water really quick, with the least amount of resistance. Typical widths of a racing board will likely be from 27″ to 30″ wide with thickness within the 4.5″ to 5.5″ range. Although race boards come in many lengths there are a few 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 have a very narrow nose and tail. Many boards may also feature a displacement hull which can be basically an in-depth vee nose running into a rounded bottom. Displacement hulls generally master rougher ocean conditions. The displacement hull design is similar to many boat hull designs. Other variations of race boards could have a little vee inside the nose and can include a flatter bottom that carries out to more square rails. The flatter bottom designs are definitely 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 that can be controlled or “trimmed” by the foot while paddling. Race regulations only allow rudders on the 14′ 1″ and over “Unlimited” Class. This can be very helpful when facing cross winds that normally could simply be counterbalance by paddling on one side. Trimming with your rudder will help you to paddle even strokes on each side preventing fatigue while traveling in your desired direction. Examples 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 with all the wind typically from point A to B. Inside the ocean it is possible to catch open ocean swells that permit the paddler to ride the wave for short distances. When 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 particular fashion the paddler can travel great distances at impressive average speeds. Downwind boards are usually in the 12’6″ to 18″ range. They feature narrow widths within the 27″ to 30″ range, have pointed nose profiles, and pulled in tails. Downwind boards routinely have a fair amount of nose rocker that permit them to drop in to the trough of waves minus the nose “pearling” or going underwater. The base of the boards are usually flat with fairly sharp rear rails permitting them to ride the waves and alter direction easily if required. Examples of this type of Inflatable Floating Platform range from the Coreban – Alpha Race 12’6″ and Jimmy Lewis – Albatross.