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Board Choice

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Here at supinflatables.co.uk we have made life as easy as possible by separating all of the Inflatable SUPs that we stock into five clear catagories - Surf - Allround - Cruiser - Race-Cruiser and Elite Race. Each of these type of board have their own characteristics and some will suit you more than others, so read on to narrow down which inflatable SUP is right for you.

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Surf SUP

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Inflatable Surf SUPs can offer performance on a wave that you wouldn't have thought possible from an inflatable. Developments in design and construction mean they are super stiff so ride a wave extremely well. They are short and hence very fast turning. The low volume means that overall stability is not as great as longer boards. They are slowest to paddle in a straight line. Best suited for those who will primarily use their Inflatable SUP in waves.

Allround SUP

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Allround SUP's are the choice for the majority of paddlers. They come in a range of different lengths and widths so that each person can find the perfect board based on their weight and how they want the board to perform. Allround SUPs generally have good glide for easy cruising, are stable and manoeuvrable. They can handle all conditions from flat-water cruising to surfing.

Cruiser SUP

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Cruiser SUP's offer an amazing on-water experience. They are long so have excellent glide and paddle speed and are wide enough to be very stable. They chew up the miles on long paddles exploring rivers, lakes or coastlines. They can even be taken into small surf for a bit of wave-catching fun. They won't be as manoeuvrable as an Allround SUP board but will travel much faster. A great choice for those who will spending the vast majority of their time on flat water.

Race - Cruiser SUP

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We decided to create a Race-Cruiser SUP category after testing all of the race SUPs that we stock. We found the term 'race' misleading for the wider of the race boards with a width of 29"-30" as they provide plenty of stability for long touring paddles. They are not just for racing. If you are sporty and have good balance these inflatable sups will be excellent fast touring boards. They are my personal board style of choice for distance paddling. Inflatable Race-Cruiser SUP

Elite Race SUP

Elite Race SUPs are the fastest of all types of Inflatable SUP. Their long length means that they glide extremely far with each stroke. They are narrow meaning they are for the more balanced of paddlers, but their width gives them exceptional top end speed. Elite Race SUPs are not just for those who want to compete. Their amazing top-speed mean they make excellent flat-water touring boards. These Inflatable Race SUPs are very nearly as fast as hard race boards.
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Length & Width

Choose your board baring in mind how the length and width will be determining factors in the performance characteristics of your Inflatable SUP

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length & Width
length & Width

Length Length will have a great effect on glide/speed and turning. Longer boards will be faster but slower to turn. A longer board will be slightly more stable as there is more volume front to back, however width has the greatest effect on stability.

Length Length will have a great effect on glide/speed and turning. Longer boards will be faster but slower to turn. A longer board will be slightly more stable as there is more volume front to back, however width has the greatest effect on stability.

length & Width
length & Width
length & Width
length & Width
length & Width
length & Width

Width will have the greatest effect on stability... wider boards being more stable. A wider board will have slightly less glide/speed and turning ability.

Width will have the greatest effect on stability... wider boards being more stable. A wider board will have slightly less glide/speed and turning ability.

length & Width
length & Width
length & Width

Thickness

One more thing to consider when choosing your Inflatable SUP is the thickness of the board. Many of the leading brands offer very similar boards in different thickness options. The choice of thickness will determine various performance characteristics and will suit certain riders. Each thickness option has it's advantages.

Thinner (e.g. 4 inch)

+ Lightweight

+ Manoeuvrable

+ Less expensive

+ Suits medium to lightweight riders

 

Thicker (e.g. 6 inch)

+ Stiffer

+ Faster

+ Excels in whitewater conditions

+ Suits heavier riders

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