So you’ve been paddling for awhile now and you’re looking for something more … like How to Choose a SUP Race Board? So we got April from Carolina Paddleboard Co in Wilmington, NC to share a few great tips for buying an SUP for racing . This is the second of a three-part series on choosing a Stand Up Paddleboard, and we know that some of you competitive types out there may want to go beyond the casual flat-water paddling of an all-rounder and step up to a dedicated racing paddle board design built for speed.
But where do you start? Fortunately, April has paddled all over the country in numerous big races and is one of the most qualified sup racers we could ask to talk about the design factors and special features of racing paddle boards.
What to look for in Racing SUP Paddle Boards
Watch Video 2 in our SUP Buying Series below to pick the best race SUP for you, and make sure to read the rest of this article for more tips on how to select the ideal race-oriented stand up paddle board.
When going to buy a SUP race board, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned paddler, there are numerous things to consider. The video covers board features in more detail, so be sure to check it out. Some of the key factors to consider are:
- board length
- paddler stability
- paddling ability
- board width
- nose design
- tail shape
- and rails.
Lastly, or maybe even first before all of the other things, you may want to look at the construction of the board if weight, cost, or durability are important to you. For instance, carbon construction will be lighter and faster but will be more expensive and less durable.
As always, you’re welcome to come by or call us at 910-679-4473 to discuss your needs and skill level and let us help match you to the perfect board or just give you more information about the key factors you see here. Or shop us online if you’re ready to buy.