How to choose a SUP-board (board). Overview of the collections of 2018
When you are going to buy a SUP-board and start browsing the sites on the Internet, you must have an easy misunderstanding: how can one and the same product cost from 22 to 120 thousand rubles? In addition, you need to decide on the shape and size of the SUP-board, load capacity, choose the paddle and accessories. Our catalog has more than 100 kinds of boards, 85 kinds of oars and many accessories. To make the right choice, we have compiled this review.
We want to note that we are reviewing the review exclusively objectively. In our company, it is not customary to criticize competitive online stores and brands that are prioritized for them.
Choose a board for walking on smooth water
Thanks to its availability for mass skating and simplicity, SUP-surfing has become the most popular surfing in the world today. Most people just want to ride the river, lake or sea in a calm, admire the views and sunbathe. There is no extreme. Therefore, the most common style of riding is walking. For these purposes, you need a large, wide and stable sap, which is called – walking (Travel). Dimensions of the board vary from 10’6 to 12’6 feet. The thickness is 10-15 cm, width – from 80 cm. The shape is oval.
Promenade SUP board
Traveling shells, as a rule, have 3 fins: two small lateral and one large middle, usually removable. Load-carrying capacity of walking boards from 80 kg. They ride one or two. It is these paddle boards that are worth buying heavyweights, people whose weight exceeds 100 kg.
Walking SAPs are in the lines of all brands. The choice should be made more in appearance. Premium brands make very beautiful SUP board, pleasant to the touch, all glued smoothly, glue does not stick out anywhere. Beautiful translucent fins, graceful pens, fashionable bags. The company Anomy produces designer padlocks with prints of famous artists: Ricardo Cavolo, Conrad Roset, brothers Brosmind, Mickey Montllo. This, perhaps, is the most fashionable position in our assortment.
Anomy SUP 2018
Differ board and on the materials from which they are made. Cheap make of more simple materials, they smell strongly while new. It is not necessary to store such SUP board in the apartment, the smell is quite toxic. It’s not scary for an adult, but it can be dangerous for young children and small pets. Premium brands (Red Paddle, Shark, JP Australia, Anomy, Fanatic) produce products almost odorless.
The type of material affects the weight of the board. Good material makes it possible to make it much easier, without reducing the number of layers on the sides, determining the rigidity of SAP. So, for premium travel models, the maximum pressure reaches 25 PSI (pounds per inch, more than 1.5 atmospheres) with a shell weight of up to 7-10 kg. Inexpensive SUP board weighs 13-14 kg and maximum pressure – up to 18 PSI.
A surfboard SUP board can also be used as a surfboard if your weight is large enough. With a light weight, you should not use a travel-model for surfing the waves, as maneuverability will be low.
Choose a SUP-board for wave surfing
How to choose a board with a paddle, if you are going to surf on the waves? If your weight does not exceed 90 kg, then it’s better to choose from the Surf series. Dimensions of the surfboard fit into the range from 8’1 to 10’6 feet. These are short paddle boards, narrow and thin – up to 10 cm thick.
The shape of the SUP board is narrower than the stern, there is a ledge for the legs. The mat can be as soft or hard, but it’s better to choose in favor of hard – at speed and when maneuvers on the waves you need a good grip. Fins are usually two glued short and one removable 9 inch.
Surfboards are available in the range of Shark, Red Paddle, JP Australia, Starboard and Fanatic.
Stiffness of an inflatable SUP-board
The hardness of the board is measured in the so-called. PSI (pound-force per square inch) – pounds per square inch. It turns out that 1 atmosphere = 14.6 PSI, which is quite enough for decent rigidity.
Recently, manufacturers are particularly struggling for the PSI indicator, believing that it will improve sales. If 2 years ago 25 PSI was only for Red paddle and Shark, then today many other brands.
You need to understand that any board can be pumped up to 25 PSI, it will not explode … however, the dropship will be unfastened faster and the board will lose its shape faster. Manufacturers understand that many consumers skate 3 times during the summer, so they write very hard on the board.
Among consumers there is an opinion that the more PSI, the tougher the board. It’s an illusion. Red Paddle, for example, puts on its boards additional fiberglass reinforcement ribs, in Starboard and JP reinforce stringers of stiffness from PVC and carbon. This allows their products with a stiffness of 15 PSI to be stiffer than many boards with stiffness over 20 PSI!
In addition, the stiffness is also affected by the quality of the material used in the production of the board, as well as the number of layers. Again, this does not mean that more layers mean better, no. Ideal option 2 layers of light PVC on the deck and bottom and 4 on the sides, as well as stringers of rigidity from the carbon on the deck. Layers should be welded, not glued. Such an ideal board – no. Close to this description boards Red paddle (25 PSI), Shark (25 PSI), Starboard (15 PSI), JP Australia (15 PSI), Anomy (20 PSI). Even the smallest board of these manufacturers will not bend under a 100 kg rider.
Thus, the measurement of stiffness using the PSI index today is irrelevant.
It is not recommended to pump the board to the maximum permissible pressure. This can lead to a rapid deterioration of parts, and in unreliable brands, even deformation of the board or its decoupling. It is better to pump up to the recommended value, which usually does not exceed 14-18 PSI.
If you do not plan to participate in serious competitions and your weight is not more than 90 kg, you can not pay attention to this figure at all. But for heavyweights on the contrary it is recommended to take boards with more rigidity. This is to ensure that the board does not bend in the middle.
It is also worth remembering that any inflatable board with any rigidity will still fluctuate slightly on the waves. The larger the board, the more vibrations will be felt. On a short board you can not feel any vibrations.
Carrying capacity. What size should the board be?
The boards differ not only in shape, but in size. For example, in Shark, walking boards are in sizes 10, 10’6 and 11 feet. Which one to choose? In fact, these boards are almost the same shape. The difference is only in size. The more the carrying capacity of the board, the larger (longer, wider, thicker) the board itself.
The card of the goods always indicates the carrying capacity of the board. Check your weight with it and it’s ready!
It often happens that the buyer, in order to save money, takes the cheapest board. It’s always a short board with a minimum payload, riding a heavy rider on it or the two of them will not work, the board will bend or go under the water!
Moreover, it is necessary to understand that some manufacturers load capacity indicates distributed, i.e. you can not put all this weight in the middle of the board, but only distribute it evenly on the board. Manufacturers of premium brands (Red padl, Shark, Anomi, Starbord, Neysh, etc.), on the contrary, indicate point load capacity. This means that the distributed weight of the board will stand much larger.
Consider also your growth. If you are tall and thin, you need a long board, not just the one that fits in weight (it will be very unstable).
Within the model range of any brand, depending on the carrying capacity, there are boards of larger or smaller size. Just look at the weight in the description and add to it the weight of the cargo that you plan to carry with you: a dog, children, things, a wet wetsuit, a girlfriend.