Posted on October 15, 2018 by Roxy Ng
When shopping for a stand-up paddle board, there are two shapes you should be aware of. The shape of the board you ride can really make or break your experience, especially if you are a beginner paddle boarder. So it’s important to know the difference between paddle board shapes and their pros and cons. The first paddle board shape is called the All Around (rounded nose) and the second shape is called the Touring (pointed nose). Depending on your lifestyle and needs, one shape will typically suit you better than the other. We’re going to go over the differences between these two very popular paddle board shapes and help you figure out which one is right for you.
The All Around paddle board shape has a round nose, known as a planing hull, and is designed for cruising lakes, rivers and SUP Surfing. The All Around shape has a little rocker, meaning the paddle board’s nose is raised slightly out of the water. This will push water down, while lifting the nose up. This makes the All Around the perfect board to help you handle any waves or chop that come your way. This board shape is wider than the touring which makes it easier to balance and maneuver. This is one reason the All Around shape is a great option for beginner paddle boarders. However, because of the wider, bulkier hull at the front of the board and the overall size of All Around boards, they aren’t the best choice for speed or long distance paddling.
The all around shape is great for:
The Touring paddle board shape has a pointed nose, like a kayak, and is designed for longer, more fast-paced flat-water paddles. The pointed nose, also known as a displacement hull, will provide you with a higher efficiency and performance. Meaning, this will allow you to track straighter and quicker with fewer strokes to achieve a smooth glide across the water. This makes Touring boards best for speed and SUP racing. However, this board shape is much more difficult to balance on which makes it less maneuverable for someone who isn’t a serious paddler. For this reason, the Touring shaped boards are not the most ideal paddle board for beginners.
The touring shape is great for:
Of course there are a variety of other factors to consider when choosing a SUP board such as:
It’s important to know about the difference between these two shapes and what their pros and cons are so you can begin your journey to choosing the right SUP board for you!
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