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How To Choose Your Stand-up Paddle Board

how to choose your stand-up paddle board

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You can choose a stand up paddle board (SUP) according to several criteria:
1. Types Of Stand Up Paddling

Itiwit offers 6 types of stand up paddle practice: 
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Beginner Stand-Up Paddle Touring

If you go out touring for one to two hours a day, your main need will be stability. You will need a wide and thick stand up paddle board (SUP, PADDLE). Important: For safe stand up paddling, don’t forget your leash.
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Intermediate Stand-Up Paddle Touring

If you go out touring for more than two hours a day and you travel long distances, you will need good glide performance. You will need a long, streamlined and lightweight stand up paddle board (SUP, PADDLE). Important: For safe stand up paddling, don’t forget your leash.
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Intermediate Stand-Up Paddle Racing

If you go for long rides at a racing pace, you will need good glide performance. You will need a long, streamlined and lightweight stand up paddle board (SUP, PADDLE). Important: For safe stand up paddling, don’t forget your leash.
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Beginner Stand-Up Paddle Surfing

If you surf small waves under 50 cm, you need stability. You need a short, wide stand up paddle (SUP, PADDLE) with a more pronounced rocker (curved nose). Important: For safe stand up paddling, don’t forget your leash.
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Intermediate Stand-Up Paddle Surfing

If you surf waves up to 1 metre, you will need manoeuvrability. You need a shorter, thinner stand up paddle (SUP, PADDLE) with a more pronounced rocker (curved nose). Important: For safe stand up paddling, don’t forget your leash.
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Advanced Stand-Up Paddle Surfing

If you surf in all wave conditions, you will need speed. You need a stiff and thin stand up paddle (SUP, PADDLE) with a more pronounced rocker (curved nose). Important: For safe stand up paddling, don’t forget your leash.
2. Depending On Your Weight And Your Activity Level (For Occasional Or Regular Trips/Racing)

Our boards come with user weight recommendations to ensure stability and buoyancy. 

- Less than 60 kg

- 60-80 kg

- More than 80 kg

Depending on your level: beginner, intermediate or advanced, you can opt for a less bulky or narrower board, which is faster but less stable.
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3. Depending On Your Weight And Your Activity Level (Waves)
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The more volume you have, the more your board will float, the more stable you will be, but your board will be less manageable and less responsive. 

The less volume you have, the easier to handle and more responsive your board will be but your board will be stable. 
4. According To Size 

I choose my stand up paddle board according to its compact design.

There are rigid SUPs and inflatable SUPs.

The advantage of an inflatable SUP is that it fits in a backpack and thus can be transported in a car boot.

A rigid stand up paddle will be stronger, more stable but more bulky. So you will need roof bars to transport it. 
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