Factors to Consider when Buying a SUP
Stand paddleboarding is the fastest growing sport in the world for various reasons which seem to attract new people daily. It is easy to understand why to stand up paddle boarding is becoming so popular and it’s because of its benefits, but it requires a board before you can engage in the sport. Selecting the right paddleboard before you engage in this growing sport can be extremely challenging, especially if you are buying for the first time. The following are some things you should know when choosing a stand-up paddleboard.
If you are buying aboard for the first time, it should be something that will allow you to learn SUP, therefore, you must consider the environment where you plan to use the board. If you are planning to start in the waves and you buy a flat-water board, you will be in a lot of trouble. Fishing SUPs usually have the largest volume to accommodate you and your fishing gear so in case you are going fishing this should be your choice.
If you are buying a SUP, you should know your body and experience; a beginner paddler should look for a board with more volume and thickness because it can support more weight and is more stable. The board that you buy now based on your body weight and lack of experience as a beginner will have to be changed soon when as your skill, balance, and experience improves. If storage is an issue for you, you should choose an inflatable board because they are easy to transport and store and work well for both flatwater and river use.
Before you buy a stand-up paddleboard you need to consider the design of the board’s hull because it will affect how the board performs in the water. The design of a board’s hull affects how it performs in water, so based on what you want you can choose either a displacement hull for long-distance paddling or a planning hull for casual paddling and surfing. Irrespective of the type of stand up paddleboard you have, the best place to store it is in a cool dark place where it is safe and protected.
Just like any other product you buy, you will be paying for the board and thus you must consider how much you are willing to pay for the board. Plastic boards are great and can help you save money if you are not convinced stand up paddleboard is what you want to pursue. When choosing the dealer to buy your first board from you should consider price, guarantee and customer service. Now you know how to buy the right SUP.