Most of the stand-up paddle boards that new user or casual user chooses falls in the “All Around” category. These types of board are most suitable for recreational flat-water paddling. Generally, the width of All Around boards is 30”. The beginners generally use a board of 11’ to 12’. Light rider starts with 10’ to 10’6” paddle board. All Around boards have a thickness of 4 to 5” range and usually feature a fairly wide nose as well as tail. The considerable length, width, and thickness with a wider nose and wider tail make the board very stable and forgiving.
Over the few years, paddle boards have become a new trend in the world of water sports. They look almost the same as a surf board but its operation is very easy. You have to lie down on the board and paddle with your hand and ride the wave in. As paddle boards became popular, the race began to include paddle surfing too. Similarly, stand-up board has also become over the past few years. In this board, you need to stand up straight facing the horizon. An elbow like bend with an extended paddle is provided in the middle and is used to propel the board. The presence of elbow bend allows the user to generate much more power as compared to that of a straight paddle. While paddling, you need to keep your eyes up rather than looking at the water or at your feet. This allows you to take better views of the surroundings and many people find it a better way for sightseeing.
There are a number of stand-up paddle boards available on the market. We need to understand the different board shapes and their performance and purpose. One should be very much aware of stand up paddle boards before you buy it.
If you are a person who wants to give this new sport a try then it’s obvious that you have a number of questions on your mind. If you have used a board before then it is necessary to upgrade to a new and better one. Let’s discuss the different shapes of board available.
Below are some of the popular stand-up paddle boards available:
- Recreational flat-water Paddling
- Flat Water Racing
- Paddle Surfing
- Touring Paddle Boards
- Downwind Paddling
- River or Rapid Paddling
These are some of the basic facts that will help you in knowing about the different types of paddle boards.