Stand Up Paddle Boards – An Introduction To SUP Board Shapes – There are various types of stand up paddle board shapes on the market today. We will explore the main SUP board shapes and talk about their purpose and performance.
Are you currently searching for a Fully Stand Up Paddle board? Have you ever finally decided to offer the new sport a try yet still have a few pre-determined questions about the many different 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 basic varieties of 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 1st time or casual paddler will fall under the “Throughout” category. All Around shapes can be used all all these types of paddling to greater or lesser extents though they are most suitable for Recreational flat-water paddling. An All Around SUP board will often be around 30″ wide otherwise wider. Typical lengths for a beginner are 11′ -12′. Lighter riders may be able to begin a 10′ – 10’6″ board. All Around boards usually come with a fairly wide nose and tail as well as considerable overall thickness in the 4 1/2″ to 5″ range. The wide nose, wide tail and considerable length, width and thickness alllow for an extremely stable and forgiving board. Stable and forgiving are great characteristics to get in Inflatable Gym Mat while learning the basics of balance, paddling, wave negotiation, wave riding as well as building your overall strength and conditioning. Many All Around shapes will also include a single center fin configuration.
While some may feel the need to jump directly into a performance shape there is a lot of wisdom in getting started on an throughout shape and graduating as time passes to a more performance tailored shape. Plus when you have graduated you will find a second board to loan for your girlfriend/boyfriend, wife/husband or friends. If you choose wisely you can get a board that will assist you to progress from flat-water basics and will also permit you to paddle surf in waves, try out the flat water racing scene, enjoy an SUP tour and navigate rivers and small rapids. Here is an example of what may be the first “All Around” production board originally aptly named the Jimmy Lewis – All Around even though it is currently known as the “Cruise Control”. Other “Throughout” 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 varieties of SUP surfing that connect with preference and wave size. Some would rather “rip” and “shred” on a smaller board keeping their feet in relatively the identical position on the board, others prefer to “walk” the board from nose to tail in a more conventional although no less skilled manner. Each one of these varied styles are typically although not exclusively performed on different board shapes.
With regards to learning how to paddle surf an “All Around” shape is usually a great shape to start out on especially in smaller surf. The extra stability will assist you to paddle in to the wave with confidence and also the length can help your glide as the gain speed to get in the wave. Once on the wave an All Around shape will be really stable underneath the feet.
While bigger is generally considered better for first time paddlers you may want to think about a smaller board for surfing. You will in all probability desire a board which is no more than possible while still being stable enough for you to balance on. If you are headed for that surf you may want to borrow a somewhat smaller board from a friend if possible and give it a shot.
Nose Riders: Much like an all around shape a nose rider shape designed for paddle surfing could have a reasonably wide nose for hanging “five” or “ten” of the toes from the edge. The tail could be a selection of shapes which could 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 likely be less. The tail will many times be thinner as well to give it time to be buried into the waves during turns. Other maneuvers can include “backward takeoffs” which are performed by paddling the board backwards to the wave and spinning the board around 180 degrees when you catch the wave and “helicopters” with are essentially a 360 degree turn initiated while nose riding. 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 permit the paddle surfer to change 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 have a 3 fin “thruster” or 4 fin “Quad” setup. Sizes are typically inside the sub 7 foot to 10 foot range. A typical dimension is 9′ to 9’6″. Some good examples of “Ripper SUP” shapes would be the Coreban – Performer, Coreban – Nitro, Jimmy Lewis – Mano and Kings – WCT Model.
Big Wave Boards: Big wave boards need so that you can be paddled quickly enough to trap a quick moving wave. Once up to speed a large wave board needs in order to make the drop and turn at high speeds whilst keeping it’s rails in touch with the wave. Typical big wave boards will be in the 11′ to 13′ range and be thinner in width compared to a normal board with very pulled in point nose along with a pin tail. Typical fin configuration is definitely the 3 fin “thruster”. An example of a huge wave gun SUP is the Jimmy Lewis – Bombora.
Flat Water Racing Boards: Racing boards are created to enable the paddler to go from the water extremely fast, using the least quantity of resistance. Typical widths of any racing board is going to be from 27″ to 30″ wide with thickness inside the 4.5″ to 5.5″ range. Although race boards are available in many lengths there are some standard lengths that conform to official race event classes. These classes include: Stock 12’6 and under, 14′ and under and “Unlimited which could include boards 14’1″ and over. Race boards usually will have got a narrow nose and tail. Many boards may also feature a displacement hull that is basically a deep vee nose running right into a rounded bottom. Displacement hulls generally excel in rougher ocean conditions. The displacement hull design is comparable to many boat hull designs. Other variations of race boards could have a small vee inside the nose but will come with a flatter bottom that performs 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” and also over lengths will feature a rudder that may be controlled or “trimmed” from your foot while paddling. Race regulations only allow rudders on the 14′ 1″ and also over “Unlimited” Class. This can be very helpful when facing cross winds that normally could simply be counterbalance by paddling on a single side. Trimming along with your rudder will help you to paddle even strokes on each side preventing fatigue while on a trip inside your desired direction. Types 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 includes paddling with all the wind typically from point A to B. Inside the ocean it is possible to catch open ocean swells that allow the paddler to ride the wave for short distances. Once 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”. Within this fashion the paddler can travel great distances at impressive average speeds. Downwind boards are generally in the 12’6″ to 18″ range. They feature narrow widths inside the 27″ to 30″ range, have pointed nose profiles, and pulled in tails. Downwind boards routinely have a reasonable quantity of nose rocker that allow them to drop into the trough of waves minus the nose “pearling” or going underwater. The foot of the boards are usually flat with fairly sharp rear rails permitting them to ride the waves and alter direction easily if required. Types of this sort of Inflatable Floating Platform include the Coreban – Alpha Race 12’6″ and Jimmy Lewis – Albatross.