At The SUP Company we have made finding the Stand Up Paddleboard that is best matched to your needs a slight easier task by seperating the hard and inflatable boards we stock into clear catagories that cover the most popular SUP disciplines - Allround, Cruiser, Surf, Race-Cruiser, Race and Wind SUP. The paddleboards in these catergories have their own characteristics and depending on what you are looking for some will suit your needs better than others. You can also get an overview of the shapes and sizes available by using our SUP Board Guide below -
There are however some general rules of thumb that you can abide by -
WIDTH - A Stand Up Paddleboards width will undoubtly have the greatest effect on the paddleboards stability. The wider the SUP, the more stable the paddleboard is. Although, it is worth remembering that the wider board, the less agile and less glide the SUP will have.
LENGTH - SUP length will have the greatest effect on a paddleboards glide as well as its agility ie: ability to make quick turns. Longer Stand Up Paddleboards can also be suprisingly stable given their often narrow width due to the high levels of paddleboard volume fore and aft. However it is worth noting that a SUP's width still has the greatest effect on a paddleboards stability.
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Allround SUP's are the most popular catergory at The SUP Company and as such are the choice for the majority of paddlers both new and old to the sport. Allround SUP's come in different lengths and widths, enabling everyone to find the board best suited to them in terms of their weight, ability and how versatile they want the SUP to be across a wide range of disciplines. As a rule Allround SUPs generally glide easily, offer good stability while remaining manoeuvrable and responsive to paddler input. As you would expect Allround SUP's are extremely versatile and cope with everything from flat-water, cruising, to surfing. Some of the best examples of Allround hard board SUP's are the Starboard Drive 10'5 and Jobe Bamboo 10'6. While superb examples of Allround inflatable SUP boards would be the Red Paddle Co 10'6 RIDE and a Jobe Aero 10.6.
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80% of all SUP takes places on flat water and some paddlers know they are very unlikely to ever experience surf , so many opt for a SUP that is more orientated to exploring river, lakes or coast line. A Touring / Cruiser SUP offers a great on the water experience while being slightly more focussed that an Allround SUP. Curiser SUP's are longer and therefore have excellent glide yet remain wide enough to be very stable. The additional length and often square tail of these boards does stop the fun in smaller waves but they won't be as manoeuvrable as an Allround SUP board. As more people take to the water and enjoy SUP, Touring / Cruiser SUP is a growing catergory for both those new to the sport and experienced paddlers looking for that next or perhaps additional board which is more focussed. A great example of a hard Touring / Cruiser SUP would be the Jobe Bamboo 11.6 while a superb example of an inflatable board would be the Red Paddle Co. 11 Sport.
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Surf SUPs are short and as a result very fast turning. Although a Wave / Surf SUPs low volume means that overall stability is not as good as longer boards, this lack of volume makes them extremely agile. These Stand Up Paddleboards are slowest to paddle in a straight line due to their short overall legnth and are most definetly best suited for for those paddlers who plan on spending the majority of their time in the surf. While hard Stand Up Paddleboards are often favoured in this catergory, don't discount the ability of inflatable SUP's as these board now offer performance on a wave that many wouldn't have thought possible only a few years ago. Significant developments in both design and construction mean they are incredibly rigid and satisfy even the most experienced surfer without the hassles that go with owning and storing a hard board. Great examples of Surf SUP hard boards would be the Starboard Whopper or Jobe Bamboo 8.0, while inflatable Surf SUP's would be the Red Paddle Ride 9.8 and the Jobe Aero 8.6.
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The Race-Cruiser SUP category is that half way house between full blown race balancing carbon encrusted madness and having a SUP that you can cruise on while covering distances with ease. Just because a SUP is 12.6 long, doesnt mean it is instantly a race board and nor does a SUP board with a width of 29"-31" mean it is to wide to be racey. Race-Cruiser SUP is a much more accurate term for SUP's that have good stability with a waterline length that is fast for distance munching paddles. If you generally have good balance, know you are going to spend the majority of your time paddling in flat water and want a faster than average touring SUP, a Race-Cruiser SUP is for you. A good example of a hard Race-Cruiser SUP would be the Jobe Bamboo 12.6, while a great inflatable option would the Starboard Astro Touring 12.6 Zen.
Race Stand Up Paddleboards are as you would expect, the fastest of all SUP's. A Race SUP's speed comes primarily from their overall length and narrow width, meaning maximum glide from each paddle stroke with minimal resistance. Race Stand Up Paddleboards are available in 12'6 and 14' lengths, with 'Unlimited' paddleboards reaching around 17' in length. Just because a SUP falls into the 'Race' catergory, doesn't necessarily mean that it is uncompromising beast. Many Race Stand Up Paddleboards that have a width of around 27" to 28" are actually really easy to live with and make exceptional 'fast paced' tourers. Great examples of this would be the Red Paddle Co 12'6 RACE (28" wide) and the Starboard Allstar 12'6 (28" wide).
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WindSUP is no joke! Yes, there’s a lot of haters out there, but the truth is, it’s hard to ignore the benefits – and fun – that windsurfing in light wind on a Standup Paddle Board offers. Whether it is a hard shell SUP board or an inflatable SUP board, you will find that both types have Wind SUP variants. While many people can comprehend a hard shell SUP fitted with a UJ mount for a windsurf rig, it is the technology and rigidity that is found in an inflatable Wind SUP that shocks many people - it simply does work and very well too! If you are new to windsurfing and are wanting the set up to learn on, then a Wind SUP represent excellent value for money. After all you end up with a windsurfer that has a smaller (and therefore cheaper) rig to learn on, a larger board than normal to learn on and when the wind has gone - you are left with a SUP to paddle. A great example of an inflatable Wind SUP is the Red Paddle Co 10'6 RIDE WindSUP, while those looking for a hard board should consider pretty much anything in Starboards line up as the vast majority of their boards when in the 'Electric' construction option come with UJ mount fitting.
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