What should you look for when buying a SUP board?
In our webshop you will find many different types and models of SUP boards. This is partly due to the Rising popularity of Stand Up Paddling As a result, in recent years there have been many different variants of Supping are created.
It can therefore be quite difficult to find a suitable board for your purposes and wishes. Apart from the variants, it is of course also wise to consider your own level; are you a starter, advanced or a true professional?
No worries, you've come to the right place at Watersports4fun, because we'll tell you exactly what to look out for in our purchasing guide. Do you have any questions afterwards? Do not hesitate to contact our customer service. We would be happy to provide you with personal purchase advice. That way you can be sure of the best deal, have the right equipment and be out on the water in no time.
Beginner, advanced or professional?
First of all, it is smart to look at your own level. We can divide the levels into three types, namely:
We understand by the term beginners the persons who have stood on a paddle board less than 10 times. These people get acquainted with the sport and have especially interest in a lot of stability on the water. Usually beginners choose the all-round and touring models, which are versatile and almost always guarantee a dry ride. People also often choose a SUP board offer by beginners, not bad for those great prices.
Advanced users and professionals have a greater demand for speed and multiple applications. Such models are also available in the shop. Further on in this SUP board buying guide we will describe more about this.
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Buying an inflatable SUP board or hard SUP board?
When choosing a suitable model, you are faced with the choice of two different types of Stand Up Paddle boards. You have inflatable SUP boards and so-called hard boards. The choice you have to make depends on what you want to use the board for.
A hardboard generally offers more performance than an inflatable SUP board, but it is certainly not always better. For example, if there is a lack of space at home or in the car, inflatable SUP boards can be a good alternative.. It can also be a good choice for beginning surfers. However, both types have their own advantages:
Advantages of an inflatable SUP:
- Ideally suited for beginners;
- Less chance of damage;
- Easy to transport;
- Hardly takes up any space.
Advantages of a hardboard:
- You can go straight into the water, because you don't have to pump up the board with a SUP pump;
- Has a higher stiffness;
- Easier to cover long distances on the water.
Maximum load weight
Not unimportant is the maximum weight of a SUP board. Every board has its own maximum weight. Therefore, it is important that you take this into account when you are looking for a suitable model. Of course, you don't want your SUP board to fail after one time. We advise you to check yourself for what and with whom you are going to use the SUP board.
Are you, for example, planning to use the board as a couple? Then A SUP board with 150 kg carrying capacity or higher is often the best option. These variants are often also somewhat longer in length. These (often) advantageous features benefit you during family or friend activities, paddling with your dog also becomes a lot easier. All in all, a high maximum carrying weight often means more fun and opportunities on the water.
Still not quite sure and some questions remain about the maximum load for the final purpose? Don't worry, our customer service is here to provide you with expert advice.
Dimensions of your paddle board
The size of a stand up paddle board is a feature that should not be overlooked in the search for the perfect board. The length, width and thickness have a great influence on the experience and performance of the board.Think of the speed, stability and maximum carrying weight.
In general, the boards with a high weight capacity have long and wide dimensions. However, this does not necessarily mean that a relatively short model can carry little weight.
For this reason, you can filter the shop by size in combination with the carrying weight. This way you will discover that there are also some sublime SUP boards that can carry a lot of weight despite their short length. The bottom line with this feature is that you need to consider what your adventure with your stand up paddle board on the water should consist of.
What do you want to use the SUP board for?
As Stand Up Paddling becomes more popular every year, more and more people want to try it out. Therefore, we see an increase in sales of all-round and recreational SUP boards. Such a model is ideal for making a relaxing trip with family, friends or your dog. Don't miss out on the yoga opportunity either! So, there are different kinds of SUP boards when we talk about paddling.
Its rising popularity has also led to SUP related activities. Well-known brands have responded to this and started to tailor their offerings to different user purposes. We can say that the total range of stand up paddle boards can be divided into six different purposes of use. Read more about the type of SUP board that suits you best.
Race SUP boards
Would you like to participate in SUP races? Then it is wise to buy a real racing SUP board. This type of board is characterised as being narrow and long, which allows you to easily make speed on the water.
Moreover, the design is so streamlined that you can move forward effortlessly and stay on one side of the paddle for a long time without turning too far. This means you spend less time crossing your SUP paddle to the other side of the Stand Up Paddle board.
- However, please note that the speed at the expense of stability. A narrow board is less stable in the water than a wide board. In the world of SUP, speed and stability are opposites of each other, it is therefore logical that you better gain some experience with more stability first. Usually, SUP paddles of race boards are made of carbon which benefits the total weight. Hereby is SUP board maintenance is important. Also, these are generally not cheap SUP boards.
Touring SUP board
Looking for a suitable board to cover long distances? Then a touring SUP is ideal for you. A tour board is basically a combination of a racing and all-round SUP board.. With its considerable length, pointed nose and limited width, it is a board that glides effortlessly over the water. This makes long distances child's play and you hardly need to make any effort to move forward.
Another advantage of touring SUP boards is that you can make several turns on one side without losing direction. This is partly due to the length and design of this model. However, the board is not very suitable for rough waters, such as the sea. The width of the board makes it less stable in wild waters, but this does not mean that it is not suitable for rough riding. SUPPING AT SEA.
Do you like to play in the waves with your SUP board? Then choose a Surf SUP board. With this short and wide models make it possible to maintain stability in the waves. Because the width extends to the nose of the board, it is easy to turn into the waves. The curvature of the board also makes it easier to float.
Despite the manoeuvrability and firmness of the board, it is more difficult to paddle straight with such a model. It is therefore important that, as an individual, you look at certain characteristics of the board, such as weight, glide, manoeuvrability, volume and stability.
Yoga & Fitness SUP Board
Yoga and fitness are increasingly done by many people on a SUP board. It is therefore one of the famous Stand Up Paddling possibilities. By using a board, yoga and fitness can be performed on water. It is very similar to exercising in a gym, but now you are on the water and doing exercises on the SUP board. Of course, one thing is then very important: stability.. There are quite a few boards that are suitable for yoga and fitness because of their high stability.
Brands have focused on this activity and produced boards that are ideally suited to SUP yoga. In our shop you can use the filter to get an immediate overview of SUP boards suitable for yoga and fitness.
Windsurf SUP boards
Do you want to buy a SUP board that also functions as a windsurf board? Then choose a wind SUP board. These models are extremely suitable for windsurfing and offer even more advantages. They are ideal for use in low wind conditions, because they glide through the water better.
- Wind SUP's are also available in an inflatable version. This way, you can easily take your wind SUP board to different locations in the Netherlands and abroad. In short, with a wind board you can also have a lot of fun in weather conditions with little wind.
All-round SUP board
Are you looking for a Stand Up Paddle board? for recreational use and not specifically for a particular activity? Then All-round SUP boards always a safe choice. This is because these SUP boards can be used for all kinds of activities. However, it is important to choose a board that meets your personal requirements and wishes.
Think about weight, stability, glide and other features, such as maximum carrying weight. Do you find it hard to find a suitable SUP board? Don't hesitate and contact us for personal advice.
Which brands do we offer in our online SUP shop?
Did you already take a look in our online SUP shop? Then you probably already noticed that we offer many different brands of SUP boards. We specifically chose these brands because we know they are always A-quality. No compromises can be made when it comes to materials, comfort and durability.
Of course, there are differences between the brands. Think of the difference in price, design, models and supply. Below you can see exactly which brands are available in our webshop:
Would you like to know more about the different brands and SUP boards on offer? Then feel free to click through and find out more about them and see the offer directly!
SUP buy at Watersports4fun
Looking for a suitable SUP board for your new SUP adventure? Then you are at the right address at Watersports4fun. In our webshop you will find a wide range of different SUP boards from different brands. You can use handy filters to find the most ideal SUP board. Check out all high-end models or the cheap SUP boards.
After the perfect match, you will be able to get some fun SUP accessories or SUP clothing Add this to your order. This way you can be sure that you are taking to the water with quality material.
If you are not sure what to look for in a suitable board, please contact us. Feel free to contact us for tailor-made advice. That way you will be sure to find a SUP board that meets your personal wishes and requirements.