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Buying an inflatable SUP board
In recent years, the inflatable SUP, also known as inflatable SUP board, has grown tremendously in popularity. This is because the advantages outweigh any disadvantages. Because of the improved construction of an inflatable SUP board, the characteristics of the board have been greatly improved and an inflatable SUP is perfect for most conditions. In fact, in certain situations, an inflatable SUP board is actually preferred, as these boards are easier to transport.
Inflatable or rigid SUP?
Are you hesitating between an inflatable SUP board or a hard SUP board? It is very important to think about what you are going to use the SUP for. For example, inflatable SUP boards have numerous advantages over a hard SUP board. For example, just think about traveling. If you want to go on vacation by car, caravan or plane. Then you can easily take an inflatable sup board with you anywhere. Inflate the SUP and before you know it you are on the water. No place is out of reach with your inflatable SUP. In addition, there are numerous other benefits. See below the advantages of an inflatable SUP:
- Easy to transport
- Easy to store
- Less vulnerable
- Ideal for children
Are you looking for performance? Then a hard SUP board is ideal for you. Check out the advantages of a hard SUP board below:
- More direct feeling
- No pump needed
- Better performance
Important when buying an inflatable SUP board
When buying an inflatable SUP board, it is important to take into account a few points. There are a number of quality differences between a good and an expensive SUP board. You can assume that a more expensive SUP has a higher stiffness. This is partly because a more expensive SUP can often be inflated harder. The stiffness of the SUP is the most important factor in determining the "glide". An inflatable SUP with higher rigidity will allow you to cover a greater distance with the same effort. There is no such thing as a cheap SUP that is also very stiff. This is due to the construction.
An inflatable SUP comes with a backpack. This way you can easily transport your board, ideal right?
Construction of an inflatable SUP board
The construction of an inflatable SUP is difficult. Internally, an inflatable SUP is complex. Thousands of wires keep the bottom and top together, which creates a proper construction. We advise to inflate your inflatable SUP board at least 14 PSI, so you are sure of the right properties.
Types of inflatable SUP boards
Inflatable SUP boards are available in all kinds, namely all-round, touring, racing, wave and wind SUP. See below an overview with a short explanation:
The name says it all, with an inflatable all-round SUP board you can go in any direction, from inland water to sea. An allround SUP board is a combination between a touring SUP and a wave SUP. An inflatable allround SUP usually has a length between 10'2''-11'0''. It is not surprising that inflatable allround SUP boards are very popular. They are generally a bit wider, have extra length and a flatter scoop rocker line. The biggest advantage of this is that they have a better 'glide' and glide straight ahead more easily.
Are you a fanatic Supper, who likes to travel long distances? Then an inflatable touring SUP board is ideal for you! The construction of a touring SUP is often narrower and longer, between 11'2''-12'8''. The inflatable touring SUP boards are therefore easily recognisable by its pointed shape, which makes the 'glide' even more optimal.
An inflatable race SUP board is a long and narrow board, designed to race! The advantage of a race SUP is that you can make many strokes on one side, because the board has a good 'glide'.
A real race SUP has a length of at least 12'8". This makes the SUP even faster and more directional. In addition, when buying a race SUP, it is very important to take into account the width. The rule is: the narrower the board, the faster.
Inflatable wave SUP boards are the shortest inflatable SUPs on the market. In addition, these boards feature a curve (scoop rocker). This makes a wave SUP very maneuverable, but not as course stable. By course stable, we mean that the SUP turns quickly when you paddle on one side of the SUP. A wave SUP is ideal when you are looking for a playful SUP and you want to use it mainly at sea.
An inflatable wave SUP board has a length between 8'0''-9'8''.
WindSUP is an inflatable SUP board that allows you to windsurf in addition to just paddling. The main advantage is that you can easily take your WindSup with you everywhere you go and use it when winds are low. A WindSUP is ideal because of its length and width, perfectly suited for 'non-planning' conditions.
Brands inflatable SUP
At Telstar Surf we sell the best inflatable SUP boards from brands like: Fanatic, Brunotti, Naish, RED Paddle, Starboard and Unifiber.
Advice on buying an inflatable SUP board
Can't quite decide which inflatable SUP suits you best? Or do you have another question? Our staff at Telstar Surf is ready for you! Visit our surfshop, send us an e-mail or contact us by phone.
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