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BUYING A SUP BOARD

It’s difficult these days to see the forest for the trees; the range of SUPs is huge. When buying a SUP you come up against a number of question marks.

What sort of SUP is the first one. There are different kind of SUP boards: a waveSUP, raceSUP, allroundSUP, touringSUP, inflatableSUP, windsurfSUP  etc.

  • A hard or inflatable SUP?: First consider how you can store and transport your SUP.  A hard SUP always has better performance than an inflatable.  If you have a shortage of space then of course an inflatable is a good alternative and it paddles really well.  Also in combination with a caravan or boat an inflatable SUP can be the better option. Don't forget to pump up your inflatable SUP really well, it is advised between 14 and 18 psi.  Racers will even probably prefer to inflate up to 21 psi.
  • Which brand?: Telstarsurf is the SUP specialist and has all the big brands in stock on in the webshop and the physical store. Naish SUP, Starboard SUP and Fanatic SUP are the best known biggest brands at the moment.  In addition to these brands we also offer SUPs from JP, Vandal, Red Paddle, Lokahi and Tabou, whose quality isn't to be questioned in comparison to the other brands.
  • Which volume and size SUP?: In part the volume of your SUP has to do with your weight, and in addition of course your experience plays a large role considering this. This is not relevant with race and touring SUPs. With allrounders we advise especially not to go too small because it compromises stability and glide. If you want to use your SUP board in the waves, then other factors have to be considered.  A smaller SUP is obviously more maneuverable than a larger one, though has the disadvantages that it's harder to paddle through the waves, more difficult while you're waiting on the right wave and the start up on the wave is a bit more unstable.
  • Which material?: Very simple! The lighter and more rigid your SUP is, the better is your performance. Less is more, even a difference of 500g makes a world of difference during use. On the other side a SUP board which is a bit heavier is normally a bit stronger as well.

 

 

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