Why Buy from Nice Paddle?
We are an actual store. You can come visit us. We will always try are best to put you on the SUP that will be right for the conditions you tell us you want to use your SUP in. Whether you plan on surfing your SUP or paddle it down a Creek or River, do Yoga and exercise on it or even become a top Racer All Wet Sports and Nice Paddle.com will steer you in the correct direction.
Which Paddle Board is best for your purposes?
The following are the most important considerations in choosing the paddle board or boards that are right for you. First, know that just about any paddle board in the 10 foot -
We typically recommend 12 foot length boards for most customers of any weight when buying their first and only board. It simply provides the greatest flexibility of use. You will find as a paddle board owner than many people will want to try out your board. So, even if you weight only 100 lbs, having a 12 foot board will allow any friends or family who may weigh much more to comfortably be able to paddle on their first try. At 12 feet in length, the board would be more than necessary to float you as a lighter person, but the larger board will not impair your ability to paddle comfortably. Additionally, with a 12 foot board, you can easily bring a child, a pet dog, a cooler etc along with you for the ride. So for overall stability and flexibility of use, the great majority of customers buying their first board (and only one board) can't go wrong with 12 foot length.
Why then would you consider buying 10 foot or 11 foot boards?
As explained above, the longer the board, typically the more weight it can float. The flip side of this is that the shorter the board, typically the more maneuverable it will be. If you are primarily paddling on flatwater (ie: not surfing waves), having a higher degree of maneuverability should not be a serious consideration. However, if you are planning on surfing either waves in the ocean or would like to surf the wake of a boat, shorter boards are easier to maneuver in these situations. 12 foot boards can be surfed, as well, but as you become more skilled as a surfer, typically shorter boards become more appealing. Also, if you are buying two or more boards, having different sizes provides more options for meeting the particular needs for your group of paddlers by being able to put larger paddlers on larger boards and lighter paddlers or children on shorter boards.
Different Constructions of a SUP
There are 4 main types of SUP's
1) Inflatable. These are great when room is tight or if you are using it were rocks are involved while you are paddling. They are GREAT for travel because Inflatablle SUPs can be easily stored when deflated and with a good pump be out on the water in less than 4 minutes. If you plan on using your Sup in white water then you will probably get an Inflatable SUP!
2) Roto Molded Plastic SUP are one of the less expensive usually but weigh the most. Very durable Sup for beginners. Would be good choice for Someone living on a creek or river and want a SUP that anybody can jump on and feel comfortable from the get go might go for the Roto Molded SUP.
3) Soft Foam SUP boards are in a niche of there own. Usually quite light so they are easy to carry. The soft foam SUP price is usually the least expensive. Climbing on and off is nice because of the soft top. If you drop them they just bounce and normally nothing bad happens. On the negative side if you abuse them they will eventually break down with little chance for repair.
4) Epoxy SUP's are the most popular style! They are generally light for there size. They are the best for holding there shape and not distorting. An Epoxy board can almost always be repaired! The down side is the epoxy SUP is the most expensive of the 4 types. With Epoxy SUPS you can have several type of layers constructions using different glass material grades and thickness, even the resins can vary. Sandwich bagging of the board saves weight by (sucking) out extra resin but increases the cost of the SUP.
(note) If we do not have the style SUP you are looking for we can get it! (quickly)
Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Glossary of Terms
The sport of Stand Up Paddling (or "SUP) is so new, the terms used to identify and describe the sport, as well as the names for the boards used, vary wildly. "SUP" stands for Stand Up Paddling. Surfing is often tagged on to the end to describe Stand Up Paddling while surfing waves. Since Nice Paddle began popularizing the sport beyond the limitations of ocean surfing spots, most people Stand Up Paddle on flatwater lakes, rivers, bays, and reservoirs even more so than oceans. So, the sport is often referred to as simply, "SUP", short for, Stand Up Paddling. Often, paddle boarding is written as two words, but many people now write it as one word. Namely, paddleboard or paddleboarding, which is how the term "surfboard" came about. Initially, surf board was written as two words, but as the sport evolved and popularized, surfboards fused into one word. In conclusion, don't let all the name variations confuse you.
All these terms refer to the same activity of a person
standing while paddling in some form of water...
Stand Up Paddling
Stand Up Paddle Surfing
All these terms describe the same thing. Namely, the boards used for Stand Up Paddling...
Stand Up Paddle Board
Stand Up Paddleboard