SUP boards

BUYING A SUP BOARD

Meanwhile it is difficult to see the forest for the trees. The choice of SUPs, also called Stand Up Paddle boards, is now huge! When buying a SUP board, also called Stand Up Paddle board, you will run into a number of questions. Below we will help you find and choose the right paddle board for you!

Inflatable or hard SUP?

The choice between an inflatable or hard SUP strongly depends on what you want to use the SUP for. A hard SUP always has a better performance than an inflatable SUP. However, in the absence of space, an inflatable SUP is a very good alternative. Easily take an inflatable SUP with you in the car, caravan or a boat. Before you know it you will be on the most beautiful place with your SUP on the water!

See below the benefits of an inflatable SUP:

  • Easy to transport
  • Takes up little storage space
  • Is less likely to damage
  • Suitable for children (to play on)

Performance is paramount with a hard SUP. If you don't want to compromise on the performance of a SUP, then a hard SUP is definitely the best option. Below you will find the benefits:

  • Easier long distances SUPs
  • Direct SUP feeling due to higher
  • stiffness
  • Get on the water without having
  • to pump

Different SUP boards

There are different SUP boards. Stand Up Paddle boards are available in many different models and sizes. Each SUP board has its own specialty. It is therefore important to determine what you want to do with it. The different types of SUPs are listed below.

Wave SUP

Are you looking for a SUP to play in the golf? Then check the Wave SUPs. With a waveSUP you can handle the waves well. As a rule, these Stand Up paddle boards are easy to recognize. SurfSUPs are generally shorter and wider compared to all-round SUPs. The maximum width of the board is relatively far forward, making the board easy to enter into the waves.

Wave SUPs have a lot of scoop rocker (curvature), which also gives them extra maneuverability. The amount of scoop ensures that you can easily sail through the waves with the SUP. The great advantage of extreme maneuverability is obvious; a disadvantage is that the SUP is more difficult to paddle straight ahead. For each person, the right mix will have to be found for the combination of maneuverability, stability, volume and glide. Your experience, types of waves, weight and wishes have a great effect on the final choice within the Wave SUPs.

Allround SUP

Are you looking for a SUP that can do anything and everything? Then you orient yourself mainly on the all-round SUPs. As the name suggests, you can use this sups widely. The all-rounders are the ideal SUPs with combined properties between a wave SUP and Touring SUPs. The extra length of these SUPs in combination with a flatter scoop rocker line provide a better glide. The SUP therefore has a better speed and slides straight ahead more easily.

In contrast to a Touring SUP, an all-rounder has a round outline. This ensures that there is good maneuverability in the board. Super fun, for example, to sail along the canals or small inland lakes.

Touring SUP

These Stand Up Paddle boards have a mix of all-rounders and racing SUPs. As a rule, Touring SUPs have a decent average length of 11 feet, which gives them a good glide. In combination with a limited width and a pointed nose, that glide is even better, allowing you to make distances on flat water with ease. The advantage of the tourning SUP is that you can put several strokes on one side of the SUP due to its length. This means you do not have to continuously switch sides with your strokes to get the SUP in one direction. In the waves, a touring SUP will not be optimal. However, it does not mean that you cannot use them at sea, because with little golf or a windless day, the SUP is ideal for doing beautiful downwinders.

Race SUP

You can only win a SUP race on these Stand Up paddle boards. A raceSUP is long, narrow and super stretched. The glide of a race SUP is perfect and you can paddle for a long time on one side of the SUP. You don't need to waste unnecessary time crossing your paddle. Raceboards are especially popular in sizes 12.6 ”and 14.0”. These are more or less unit classes, in which many competitions are organized. The fastest class is the 14.0, but it is not the largest. Most and largest competitions are held with a 12.6 ”.

In addition to the different lengths, you can also get a race SUP in different widths. A narrow raceSUP is of course faster than a wide SUP. However, do not forget that it can be a disadvantage in rough conditions or during long distance races.

Inflatable SUP

The inflatable SUP has become extremely popular for a few years. Due to improved constructions, the properties have been greatly improved and you can get along perfectly with an inflatable SUP. Please note; You always make a concession compared to a hard SUP! That does not alter the fact that the ease of use of an inflatable board is really ideal! You take your SUP everywhere you go. The inflatable SUB comes in a supplied bag and you can put it on your back! Once you have arrived at the unique place, you inflate the SUP and you can paddle board wherever you want. The inflatable sup is therefore an indispensable part of the market. You can store the sup wherever you want, in the shed, the caravan, your car, the boat you can not think of it or you can take the inflatable sup everywhere!

An inflatable SUP complex is built internally. Thousands of wires keep the bottom and top together, creating a correct construction. Partly due to this construction, it is possible to pump the inflatable SUP hard. The advice is to pump to at least 14 PSI, so that you are sure of the correct properties.
Inflatable SUPs are available in all-round, touring, race and wave versions.

There are many quality differences within inflatable SUPs. You can assume that a more expensive SUP is a SUP with a higher stiffness. The stiffness of the SUP is the most important factor in determining the "glide". An inflatable SUP with a higher stiffness ensures that you cover a greater distance with the same effort. A cheap SUP that is also very stiff does not exist. This is due to the construction.

WindSUP

With a WindSUP (also called windsurfSUP) you can also enjoy fantastic windsurfing in addition to paddling. For many users, a WindSUP is ideal compared to a real windsurf board because of its length. Nowadays you only see short, wide windsurf boards in our surf shop. These types of boards are fun when you can plan with enough wind. In 'non-planing' situations, a short, wide windsurf board is a huge disadvantage. A wide board can compete with a long and narrow WindSUP when it has to slide through the water. Sliding through the water is much the case with novice windsurfers, or family use. It is precisely the long and narrower windsup that is a master of non-planing conditions. A windsurf is a lot of fun in mild wind conditions.

WindsurfSUPs are available with a sword or a centerfin. Both solutions ultimately have the same effect. The WindSUP is also available as an inflatable version. This also works perfectly in light wind conditions.

Brands SUP boards

Telstar Surf is a true SUP specialist and has the major brands in stock in the shop. Starboard SUP, Fanatic SUP are the most famous largest SUP brands at the moment. In addition to these top brands, we also offer SUPs from, among others, Red Paddle, Naish and JP.

 

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