Stand Up Paddle Boards – An Introduction To SUP Board Shapes

There are many types of stand up paddle board shapes on the market today. We all will explore the key SUP board shapes and speak about their purpose and performance. Isle Airtech

Will you be in the market for a Stand Up Paddle panel? Have you finally made a decision to give the new sport a go but still have a few questions about the many different plank options? Maybe you have graduating from your first board and buying a second purpose specific board? A few delve into the many condition available options today on the SUP market. 

Below are the basic types of stand up boating which may have become popular:

Leisure flat-water Swimming
Paddle Browsing
Flat Water Racing
Downwind Paddling
Touring Paddle Planks
River/Rapid Swimming

All About SUP shapes

Many stand up paddle boards that cater to the first time or everyday paddler will fall into the “All Around” category. All over shapes can be used for the above mentioned types of paddling to increased or lesser extents although they are most suited to Recreational flat-water paddling. A great All Around SUP plank will usually be around 30″ wide if not wider. Typical lengths for a beginner are 11′ -12′. Lighter riders may be able to get started on on a 10′ – 10’6″ board. All Around panels usually feature a quite wide nose and butt as well as extensive overall thickness in the 4 1/2″ to 5″ range. The wide nose area, wide tail and substantial length, width and width make for a very stable and forgiving panel. Stable and forgiving are great characteristics to have in a board while learning the basics of balance, paddling, wave arbitration, wave riding as well as building your overall strength and conditioning. A large number of All-around shapes will also feature just one center termin configuration.

Although some may feel the need to dance into a performance condition there is a great deal of wisdom in starting out on an all around condition and graduation over time to a more performance tailored shape. In addition when you have graduated you will have a second table to loan to your girlfriend/boyfriend, wife/husband or friends. If you occur to decide on wisely you can find a table that will allow you to progress from flat-water basics and also allow you to paddle browse in waves, test away the flat water race scene, enjoy an SUP tour and navigate estuaries and rivers and small rapids. Below is a good example of what may be the first “All Around” production board formerly aptly named the Jimmy Lewis – All About even though it is now called the “Cruise Control”. Other “All Around” boards available include the Hovie – Grand Sport, Hovie – LCSUP, Coreban – Cruiser, King’s – King Model, Fascinating women Sojourn, SUPatx and SurfCore.

Paddle Surfing Shapes

Stand Up Paddle Surfing has progressed in advances as board shapes and cyclists have pushed the court of performance. There are multiple styles of SUP surfing that relate to preference and wave size. Some prefer to “rip” and “shred” on a smaller board keeping their feet in relatively the same position on the board, others prefer to “walk” the board from nose to tail in a more traditional although no less skilled manner. Each one of these varied styles are generally although not exclusively performed on different board designs.