Posted on January 10, 2018 by Doug Robichaud
Choosing the perfect beginner stand up paddle board is easy. All you need are a few quick tips and you will be on your merry way to finding the perfect beginner paddle board.
The most important thing to look for in a beginner paddle board is how stable it is. A paddle board’s stability depends on a few key factors:.
Finding a paddle board that is long enough, wide enough and has enough volume will ensure that you have found a stable and easy to ride paddle board.
Length: 10 to 12 feet
Volume: Epoxy | 175 L Inflatables | 225-275 L Soft tops | 175 L
Width: 31-33 inches
Paddle boards come in all different shapes and sizes. Although these are solid dimensions for a beginner paddle board shape, keep in mind that these dimensions will vary depending on your height and the weight capacity and the amount of the gear you are taking on board with you. See our SUP Size & Weight Chart to find what your ideal paddle board weight, width, length, and thickness would be. The more weight you have on the board, the more volume your board will need for the best stability. The greater the volume, the smoother your board will glide across the water, whether you're on a shallow water lake or ocean waves.
There are three different types of paddle board constructions you will come across when you’re looking for a paddle board for beginners. All three constructions are great for beginner paddlers. Your lifestyle and needs will determine which construction is best for you.
A beginner paddle board should be able to be used for a variety of SUP activities. Two good keywords to search for online are, ‘All Around Paddle Board’ and ‘Recreational Paddle Board’. All Around means that a board can be used for most paddle board activities. Recreational means that the board is suitable for beginners. A good versatile SUP can be used for recreational paddling, SUP yoga, SUP fishing, SUP surfing and even paddle boarding with your dog.
Once you do find the best beginner paddle board, you will need to know a few tips & tricks before you take it out on the water. For more tips watch, How to Paddle Board Correctly.
The best beginner paddle board will be easy to learn on, stable and versatile for a variety of SUP activities. The ideal dimensions of a beginner paddle board are dependent on your height and weight, but overall, your SUP should have enough volume and width to feel stable in all water conditions.
At ISLE Surf & SUP our only job is to make sure you find that perfect board(s), and our outstanding track record over the past 13 years demonstrates just how committed we are. Please feel free to call or email us regarding any questions or guidance you need. Here's some additional resources that can help guide your purchase -
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