Riders Level:Riders level is your current level within the sport. It is super important to pick a hard SUP board that is for your level. There’s a hard SUP for everyone, but some boards are designed to be used by more experienced riders, whereas others are more versatile and useful for multiple of rider levels. Your general experience riding a hard will improve with a board that better suit your skill level.
We’ve chosen to categorize it into 3 overall levels for simplicity’s sake.
First, we have the Beginner, who may be trying a SUP for the first time or still has much to learn in how to properly stand and drift forward on a SUP board. A beginner will also typically have more questions about which board they want and for what which riding type of hard SUP is best.
Secondly, we have the Intermediate rider, who’s been riding for some time (perhaps a few years whenever time allowed it), but still may have questions to ask about proper steering or improved control of the hard SUP.
Finally, we have the professional. The pro SUP rider knows what he/she wants to perform their best on the water. They have gained a great flow and control of the SUP through years of practice, and there’s necessary not many areas within the sport they aren’t familiarized with anymore
Flat water:Flat water or water without ripples can be experienced on lakes or in rivers. It is ideal to sail on flat waters with your hard SUP if what you want to enjoy a pure bliss and some relaxed riding.
Waves 0-50 cm:Waves 0-50 cm may be flat but will quite possibly have ripples or minor waves / foam waves near the crackles or by the beach. These small waves are optimal for those who wants to try SUP surfing and enjoy many hours of fun doing so.
Waves 50-200 cm:These larger types of waves are more common in some countries than others. In Denmark, you’ll often only be able to experience waves of this measure on the West Coast in Jutland on the open sea. However, these types of waves are mostly for the professional surfers, who know what they can and can’t do, and who also know what they want and need surfing on water with a hard SUP. Very few surfers need to focus on buying a hard SUP for these kinds of waves.
2-persons:2 persons indicates whether a hard SUP is suited for 2 people, or how well it handles 2 people. What usually matters here is to not exceed the recommended load limit.
2-person hard SUPs are smart for parents looking to include their child in their SUP adventures or dog owners, who’d love to have their dog on board with them.
SUP Tracking:SUP Tracking is how straight your hard SUP moves on water. Race and Touring boards are often better and faster at gliding in a more even manner than hard SUPs designed for Fitness or All-round. Lightweight riders will typically not have issues with tracking on their SUPs, but heavyweight riders might. However, they can solve this problem by replacing the center fin with a rudded fin or add two side fins.
Race:The Race type of SUP surfing has more momentum and stability. This is reason for why this type of SUP surfing generally is for the ones, who likes to get around quick and without much paddling effort. Another sort of similar type is Touring, which is all about getting from A to B and exploring the shores, a hard SUP made for this purpose are very directionally stable and like the Race SUPs, excellent for gaining momentum without much paddling effort.
Thickness:The thickness of your board has direct influence on the volume. For a board that you are cruising or riding in a straight line, it is more important to pick from the volume that fits you. If you are looking to surf your board the thickness has a whole new and important role. The thicker board is great for beginners and intermediates. It will paddle faster and catch waves more easily. You wont sink on the flat parts of the wave and the overall ride is softer. The thick board is more forgiving for less experienced riders. On a thinner board it is easier to “dig” the rails into the water, because you are floating less. You’ll be able to lean on the rails and do more powerful bottom turns and carving. The cost of a board that is to thin for you will decrease your performance and limit maneuverability even for advanced surfers.
Volume:This might be one of the most important things to have right and fit your needs. The volume is measured from the dimensions and the shape of the board. Consider the following three factors: Your surfing level, your weight and the typical surf condition you surf (if any). Extra volume does not hurt beginners and intermediates, especially not if you are not riding waves. A board with more volume gives more stability but is often heavier. A skilled surfer would prefer a board with less volume on the wave because he would like to float less and get to dig the rails in that way. Heavier surfers need more volume whereas lighter surfers need less volume. If you are riding or planning to ride waves on your SUP board, you can follow the simple guidelines here. Small and weaker waves need more board volume; for good, powerful and steep waves less board volume will be suitable and last very big waves need more volume.