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First SUP board

Discussion started by Amanda Young 2 years ago
I am looking to purchase a sup board and I need some advice. I know there are all around boards and touring/racing boards. I am just starting out, but would like a board that I could potentially use in a race if I get the courage to sign up for one this summer. Would I be okay in a race with an all around board? Would like to get a good board thats not terribly expensive to start out.

Thanks for the advice
Amanda
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Jack Hanna
Jack Hanna
My shop is one of on every board. custom fit! I have not shipped any boards, but it is not that complicated. More complex is to find out size, ability, and typical venue. After that, fun with graphics. I have an artist who painted a beach scene on a board for me. The other side is a sleeping dragon. It looks really cool through the glass. Maybe I ll put the picture up next week. It got a lot of comments at Battle of the Bay. But, sliding through glassy water, it really showed off its stuff. Cant wait try try it in a race. spring is springing!
2 years ago
Kristin Thomas
Kristin Thomas
Good advice from Jack!
Since you've already learned how to SUP - and would like to try racing - sounds like a 12'6" board will serve you best and keep you happy for a while (side note: there are sometimes surfboard/all around board categories in some races). Race or touring style (yes, on the pointy nose :)). Hopefully you can test some out this spring! Don't know of any stores in Penn, but if your willing take a road trip, here are a few great stores where you could test out boards and talk to the knowledgeable people there...

- Downunder Kayak & SUP & Surf in Westport & Rowaton, CT (owner Kim B.) www.downunderct.com
- DelMarVa Board Sports in Fenwick Island, DE (owner Janis M) www.delmarvaboardsportadventures.com
- Surfari Stand Up Paddle & Surf in Manchester-by-the-sea, MA (owner Christian D) www.standuppaddlesurfari.com
- Nalu Surf & Sport in Rocky River , OH (owner Bill C.) www.nalusup.com

You mentioned you might visit California ...
West Coast Paddle Sports in San Diego, CA (ask for owner Bob L) www.westcoastpaddlesports.com

Happy shopping!
Kristin Thomas
2 years ago
Amanda Young
Amanda Young
Thanks for the information! I wish I lived closer to, because I would love for you to make me a board. Do you ever ship to the East Coast? Do you recommend a specific brand for a stock (12 6)displacement board(pointy nose) board?
2 years ago
Jack Hanna
Jack Hanna
An all around, round nose surf/glide board is a bad idea unless you just want to get up and out on the water. It sounds like you are athletic and want to do this seriously. I make "fast cruisers" that are designed to be more stable than a race.board and way faster than an all around board. this kind of board called "trainers" or workout or whatever are great to take you from beginner to intermediate quickly. Get a stock (12 6)displacement board(pointy nose) and find places where people train. You will be racing by this summer. Wish you were closer, I take a deposit, give you a loaner, and make you a board for $ 1400. That gives you a month to get going on a wider board. By the time the board is ready for.the.rider, the rider is ready for the board. One of these boards should make you happy for several seasons and be a desirable trade when you buy a race board.
2 years ago

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