Stand up paddle boards are boards made for the exploration of oceans, lakes rivers and canals. Stand up paddle boarding is becoming increasingly popular all around the world. Not only is using a SUP fun and exciting, it is brilliant for your overall health, and self discovery. The ability to get out and explore so many more areas of our planet is one of the driving forces behind all product developments here at Paddle and Wake. Having a good quality and well-chosen stand up paddle board is essential to getting the most out of the sport. With the way of the internet today, consumers face option paralysis with just so so many options and variants for them to consider. That being said, our aim is to demystify the process, making it both fast and easy to purchase the perfect SUP, whilst saving you money too.
BEGINNER STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDS (FOR TOURING)
As a beginner, your main requirement will be stability. You will need a wide and deep stand up paddle board (SUP and paddle) so something like a 10'6 at nearly 6' deep will be ideal. (For safe stand up paddling, don’t forget to always wear a leash - especially as a beginner)
INTERMEDIATE STAND-UP PADDLE TOURING
If you go out touring often and you travel long distances or plan to travel long distances, you will need good glide performance and stability. You will need a long, streamlined and lightweight stand up paddle board (SUP, and PADDLE). The length of the board will effect the movement in the water, which is why surf style boards are often so short.
INTERMEDIATE STAND-UP PADDLE RACING
If you go for long rides at a racing pace, you will need good glide performance and a board that will suit your own style... You will again need a long, streamlined and lightweight stand up paddle board (SUP, and PADDLE). Paddle + Wake are developing a high performance intermediate board which will be used in world renown races very soon.
BEGINNER STAND-UP PADDLE SURFING
For surfing small waves under 50 cm, you need stability. You need a short, wide stand up paddle (SUP, PADDLE) with a more pronounced rocker (curvature of front nose). All of the boards from Paddle and Wake have specialist rocker construction to ensure great manoeuvrability at all times.
INTERMEDIATE STAND-UP PADDLE SURFING
If you surf waves up to 1 metre, you will need even greater manoeuvrability. You need a shorter, thinner stand up paddle (SUP, PADDLE) with a more pronounced rocker (curved nose). Important: For safe stand up paddling, don’t forget your leash.
ADVANCED STAND-UP PADDLE SURFING
If you surf in all wave conditions, you will need speed and sharp turning. You need a stiff and narrow stand up paddle (SUP, PADDLE) with a more pronounced rocker (curved nose). Important: For safe stand up paddling, don’t forget your leash.
You can take your SUP board down to your nearest coastline or glistening lake, or instead,venture further afield to test it out on foreign waters.
Because when you’ve got such a versatile board, there’s nothing stopping you seeking out the most stunning lakes and rivers on planet earth. But the big question is, where do you start?
Luckily for you, we’ve listed a number of locations which are perfect for paddle boarding and are also among the most beautiful places you’ll ever visit. Take your pick here
There are rigid SUPs and inflatable SUPs. There are many advantages of an inflatable SUP. Inflatable Stand up paddle boards will fit in a backpack and thus can be transported in a car boot on you back or even on a bike. A rigid stand up paddle will often be stronger, more will feel more stable on the water but are far more bulky making it somewhat impracticable and difficult to transport. You will need roof bars (or a giant truck)