Here at SUP Inflatables we have made life as easy as possible by separating all of the Inflatable SUPs that we stock into clear catagories. Each of these types 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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- Characteristics -
Once you've narrowed down what type of paddleboard you're after, you will find that there are other options that can affect how a board handles. Getting to grips with how length and width effect the characteristics of a SUP is vital to understanding how they differ and choosing the best option for you, based on your weight and skill level and the sort of paddling you'll mostly be doing.
Choose your board baring in mind how the length and width will be determining factors in the performance characteristics of your Inflatable SUP.
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.
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.
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)
+ Less expensive
+ Suits medium to lightweight riders
Thicker (e.g. 6 inch)
+ Excels in whitewater conditions
+ Suits heavier riders