So if you’re lucky enough to live by the sea but unlucky enough to not have any waves then this could still mean a lot of travelling to catch a decent surfing wave. Or maybe there is a flat period at your local break?

Paddleboarding could be a fun alternative to get out on the water.

If you’re looking to buy yourself a paddleboard then there are a few questions to ask yourself before you start looking:

  1. Weight – will the board hold your weight? The heavier the paddler the bigger the board you will need
  2. Height – a taller person will need a wider board for more stability
  3. Stability or manoeuvrability – the smaller the board the easier it will be to move in the water.

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Types of Board

The most popular stand up paddle board is the inflatable. These boards can be pumped up by hand in 5-10 minutes and pack into a bag for easy storage. However if you want a better performance, more ‘pro’ board than an epoxy is the one for you. These give you more speed and glide and are for people who aim to use their board more often or in more choppy exposed waters.

Volume

Volume is one of the most important parts of finding the perfect board for you. You can use the following equation to work out the best volume for you:

  • Beginner: your weight (kg) x 2 = volume (litres)
  • Intermediate: your weight (kg) x 1.7 = volume (litres)
  • Advanced: your weight (kg) x 1.3 = volume (litres)

Longer boards with more volume and width will be better for stability, catching waves and also speed than shorter boards, even though they can be heavier to carry its definitely worth it.


You can also check out our guide to choosing a surfboard here!