Choosing the right board
|Some things are better with experience
We've been involved in water sports since 1965
and opened our board store in 1980.
No one knows SUP like the Blue Chip SUP Crew
We carry over 80 boards in stock across the main
categories from:- Red Paddle, Starboard, RRD, Tiki, Mistral, Naish and
and our club has tested them all..! We can guide you
to find the right board that suits you.
The main two points to consider;
- Flat water (rivers, streams, estuaries & lakes)
- Sheltered coastal waters & estuaries
up to about 65 kg
- Medium from
about 65 kg
to 89 kg
- Heavy 90
Let us guide you
though the choices.. Here is a summery
fall into 6 main categories plus the multi person boards:
Main attributes of each category
popular style of board, great for all round use in a variety of
shape for rivers, streams, lakes and coastal cruising with good
glide and strait line performance
board which is great for touring and club racing, often 6" in depth
and can take a good pay load
most stable but outstanding glide and uncompromised speed
nose rocker and shorter length make it ideal for catching waves and
radicle maneuvers in the surf
stable platform to paddle over whitewater & rapids with a multi
micro fin setup
some serious paddle fun for groups from 4 to 8
A longer board will glide faster and
straighter and a shorter board will be slower with better
Board category specifications
30" - 35"
4" - 6"
||11' - 14'
||29" - 32"
||4.25" - 6"
||12'6" - 14'
||28" - 30"
||4.25" - 6"
||12'6' - 14'
||8'2" - 9'8"
||30" - 34"
||4.25" - 6"
||34" - 36"
||14' - 22'
||34" - 60"
- Race boards are at least 12'6 with long
parallel rails to gain better speed, a shorter board will glide less and will not want to
stay in a straight line
- Surf boards will
usually be 9'8" or less and have enhanced manoeuvrability due mainly
to their reduced size. Nose and tail rocker line will also have some
- Crossover boards
are predominantly from say 10'2" to about 10'8" and relatively speaking have
good glide and manoeuvrability, some crossover boards can extend
down to about 9'6 and up to about 11'6
Stability mainly comes from the width of a board, wider the boards are more stable, however
wider boards require more effort to push their way through the water due
to their wide profile
4" - 6" is the normal range. Thickness effects performance in three
- 4” - 4.75” board are popular for all-round,
crossover and cruising boards and are less effected by side winds.
The thinner boards are typically less expensive, give good
maneuverability and are generally lighter
- 6” thick boards will support a heaver
paddler and make the board stiffer than thinner boards, thicker
boards are also excellent in white water conditions due to their
extra supportive volume
- Thicker boards
are more likely to be adversely effected by cross winds than thinner
This is how well the
board glides forward in a straight line with each paddle stroke
board will be easier to turn than a longer board
Generally speaking, the wider the board the
more stable it will be, however, length, plan shape and rocker
lines will also have a secondary influence on stability.
A rocker line is the way the nose of the
board lifts up to override waves or chop, a nose rocker can also slow a
board down due to a "snow plough" effect. Tail rocker can increase
maneuverability but will also be slower than a board with a flatter tail