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 key SUP board shapes and discuss their purpose and performance.
Are you searching for a Operate Paddle board? Perhaps you have finally decided to provide the new sport a go yet still have a couple of questions about the various board options? You might have graduating from Paddle Board and looking for a second purpose specific board? Let’s delve into the various shape available options today on the SUP market.
Listed here are the essential varieties of fully stand up paddling that are presently popular:
* Recreational flat-water Paddling
* Paddle Surfing
* Flat Water Racing
* Downwind Paddling
* Touring Paddle Boards
* River/Rapid Paddling
Throughout SUP shapes – Many fully stand up paddle boards that focus on the first time or casual paddler will belong to the “All Around” category. All Around shapes can be used as all the above mentioned 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 if not wider. Typical lengths for a beginner are 11′ -12′. Lighter riders may be able to begin with a 10′ – 10’6″ board. All Around boards usually include a fairly wide nose and tail as well as considerable overall thickness inside the 4 1/2″ to 5″ range. The wide nose, wide tail and considerable length, width and thickness alllow for a really stable and forgiving board. Stable and forgiving are wonderful characteristics to have in Inflatable Gym Mat while learning the basic principles of balance, paddling, wave negotiation, wave riding in addition to building your general strength and conditioning. Many All-around shapes will also come with a single center fin configuration.
While some may want to leap straight into a performance shape there is lots of wisdom in starting out with an throughout shape and graduating after some time to a more performance tailored shape. Plus once you have graduated you will find a second board to loan in your girlfriend/boyfriend, wife/husband or friends. If you choose wisely you will find a board that will assist you to progress from flat-water basics and will also enable you to paddle surf in waves, test out the flat water racing scene, enjoy an SUP tour and navigate rivers and small rapids. The following is a good example of what could possibly be the first “Throughout” production board originally aptly named the Jimmy Lewis – All Around although it has become referred to as “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 – Stand Up Paddle Surfing has progressed in leaps and bounds as board shapes and riders have pushed the limits of performance. You can find multiple varieties of SUP surfing that connect with preference and wave size. Some would rather “rip” and “shred” over a smaller board keeping their feet in relatively the identical position on the board, others would rather “walk” the board from nose to tail in a more traditional although no less skilled manner. All these varied styles are generally but not exclusively performed on different board shapes.
In terms of learning how to paddle surf an “All Around” shape is usually a great shape to start out on especially in smaller surf. The excess stability will allow you to paddle in to the wave with confidence and the length can help your glide as the gain speed to enter the wave. Once on the wave an All-around shape can be really stable under the feet.
While bigger is normally considered better for first-time paddlers you may want to think about a smaller board for surfing. You will likely need a board that is as small as possible while still being stable enough for you to balance on. Should you be headed for your surf you might like to borrow a somewhat smaller board from a friend when possible and give it a shot.
Nose Riders: Similar to an all-around shape a nose rider shape meant for paddle surfing will have a relatively wide nose for hanging “five” or “ten” of your own toes off of the edge. The tail can be quite a variety of shapes which may include, square, squash, round, or pin tail. A SUP nose riding board specific for surfing will have much narrower tapered rails and it’s nose thickness is going to be less. The tail will often times be thinner as well to allow it to be buried to the waves during turns. Other maneuvers can include “backward takeoffs” which can be performed by paddling the board backwards to the wave and spinning the board around 180 degrees after you catch the wave and “helicopters” with are essentially a 360 degree turn initiated while nose riding. A few examples of great Nose riding SUP shapes would be the Jimmy Lewis – Striker, Coreban – Icon, King’s – Knight Model and Siren – Sojourn.
Rippers: SUP boards sometimes referred to as “rippers” are essentially blown up short board shapes that allow the paddle surfer to turn 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 a 3 fin “thruster” or 4 fin “Quad” setup. Sizes are typically in the sub 7 foot to 10 foot range. A standard dimensions are 9′ to 9’6″. Some terrific samples 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 to be able to be paddled quickly enough to trap a speedy moving wave. Once up to speed a big wave board needs so that you can make the drop and turn at high speeds whilst keeping it’s rails in contact with the wave. Typical big wave boards will be in the 11′ to 13′ range and be thinner in width than a normal board with very pulled in point nose along with a pin tail. Typical fin configuration is the 3 fin “thruster”. A good example of a huge wave gun SUP is the Jimmy Lewis – Bombora.
Flat Water Racing Boards: Racing boards are created to permit the paddler to maneuver from the water really quick, with the least level of resistance. Typical widths of a racing board is going to be from 27″ to 30″ wide with thickness within the 4.5″ to 5.5″ range. Although race boards are available in many lengths there are a few standard lengths that comply with official race event classes. These classes include: Stock 12’6 and under, 14′ and under and “Unlimited which could include boards 14’1″ as well as over. Race boards usually will have a very narrow nose and tail. Many boards will even include a displacement hull which is basically an in-depth vee nose running in to a rounded bottom. Displacement hulls generally master rougher ocean conditions. The displacement hull design is similar to many boat hull designs. Other variations of race boards will have a slight vee within the nose and definitely will feature a flatter bottom that performs to more square rails. The flatter bottom designs are more favorable for very flat and calm water race conditions. Some boards especially in the 14′ 1” and also over lengths will feature a rudder which can be controlled or “trimmed” by the foot while paddling. Race regulations only allow rudders on the 14′ 1″ and over “Unlimited” Class. This is very helpful when facing cross winds that normally could just be counterbalance by paddling on one side. Trimming with your rudder will allow you to paddle even strokes on both sides preventing fatigue while traveling within 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 contains paddling using the wind typically from point A to B. In the ocean it is easy to catch open ocean swells that permit the paddler to ride the wave in short distances. After a wave is caught the paddler can rest for a few seconds and adjust their directional course before paddling again into another wave or “runner”. In this fashion the paddler can travel great distances at impressive average speeds. Downwind boards are typically inside the 12’6″ to 18″ range. They feature narrow widths in the 27″ to 30″ range, have pointed nose profiles, and pulled in tails. Downwind boards typically have a fair level of nose rocker that permit them to drop to the trough of waves with no nose “pearling” or going underwater. The base of the boards are generally flat with fairly sharp rear rails allowing them to ride the waves and alter direction easily if needed. Examples of this type of Inflatable Floating Platform include the Coreban – Alpha Race 12’6″ and Jimmy Lewis – Albatross.