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New to Paddleboarding

Discussion started by Libby Eaton 2 years ago
Just brought a 12'6" by 29" wide Ohana paddleboard w/bag from a friend who moved away. Didn't realize it was for racing & I am a novice so need an other board...Questions...1.) I am a 5'5" athletic female & just want to paddleboard around our marshes & do yoga--no surfing or racing. What length & width is best for me? 2.) How do I find out & how much I can sell my paddleboard for then where do I post it for sell? Any suggestions will be appreciated...Thx.
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Ryan
Ryan
Libby,

Try your local surf/SUP shop. They may be able to work with you on a trade in for a new board if you don't want to deal with craigslist or forums. Plus they'll be able to tell you about demo days, and places to offer rentals, so that you can try a few different shapes and sizes before you make a decision.

The brand is really more of a personal preference. The real thing you need to look for is board volume. The wider and deeper the board the more side to side stability it'll have. 10'6" should be a pretty good length, and I'd recommend a width of 30"+ for what you're looking to do. Also that flat bottom surf board style board will help keep you nice and stable for yoga. Plus they'll turn in tighter areas easier.

Remember though the more time you spend on any board the more comfortable you'll get and the more stable you'll be. I use a similar board to your Ohana and can hold most yoga poses pretty well on it (my flexibility limits me more than the board). I'm also on the water at least 5 days a week though. The nice thing about a "race" board is that it glides really well. So if you want to do some long distance paddling it'll be a lot easier on you.
2 years ago
Kasey Benchimol
Kasey Benchimol
I would suggest definitely going no longer than 11'6, just because you're not looking to race or go long distances. you might like the 10'6" Surftech universal board. It's super stable, very boyant and good for beginners, and pretty light. It also is a cheap board for how durable and high performance it is (about $1000). It has sandwich construction and waterproof foam, so you don't have to repair dings right away (not as easily damaged by water). Also, it has a full deck pad (perfect for yoga).

you might also try:
-the 10'6" riveria (it's really stable and wide, but lower in the water than the surftech) $850
- the 10'6" or 11" Jimmy Lewis cruise control (best seller and probs most expensive, but also a fabulous board)
- 10'6" YOLO (maybe not as stable as the the others for yoga, but people use them at our shop's yoga class and have no problem, and I like how this board cruises for lessons and playing around. it offers more or a challenge and workout).

If you want, check out my blog article on our staff's guide to buy the best SUP:

http://paddleworksct.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-staffs-guide-to-buying-your-perfect.html
2 years ago
Erin Blunt Robbins
Erin Blunt Robbins
One of the best places to sell the board is on Craigslist.
I'm 5'7 and love being on a 10'6 board.
For yoga and touring around I would consider a heavier, more stable board. The more wide and long the board is, the more stable it is. However, the bigger boards are also heavier and harder to move around.
For yoga also consider getting a board with a full deck pad (covers the entire board length).
What kind of shape is the Ohana in? That's a great board by Boardworks Surf!
2 years ago

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