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Choosing the right board

The Knowledge Zone Why buy from Blue Chip Why buy an iSUP
iSUP Construction Choosing the right board for you Free Shipping

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 STX
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;

  1. Water conditions:
    • Flat water (rivers, streams, estuaries & lakes) 
    • Sheltered coastal waters & estuaries
    • Surf
  2. Paddler weight:
    • Light           up to about 65 kg
    • Medium      from about 65 kg to 89 kg
    • Heavy         90 kg and over

Let us guide you though the choices..  Here is a summery

Board shapes fall into 6 main categories plus the multi person boards: 

Category  Main attributes of each category 
1 Crossover The most popular style of board, great for all round use in a variety of conditions
2 Cruising A popular shape for rivers, streams, lakes and coastal cruising with good glide and strait line performance
3 Touring A fast board which is great for touring and club racing, often 6" in depth and can take a good pay load
4 Racing Not the most stable but outstanding glide and uncompromised speed
5 Surfing The high nose rocker and shorter length make it ideal for catching waves and radicle maneuvers in the surf
6 Whitewater Great for stable platform to paddle over whitewater & rapids with a multi micro fin setup
7 Multi Person Great for some serious paddle fun for groups from 4 to 8

Board category specifications Lengths Widths Thickness Glide Turning Stability
9'6 -11'6 30" - 35" 4" - 6" Good Good Good
11' - 14' 29" - 32" 4.25" - 6" Very good OK Good
12'6" - 14' 28" - 30" 4.25" - 6" Excellent Mediocre OK
12'6' - 14' 26"-28" 6" Outstanding Poor Poor
8'2" - 9'8" 30" - 34" 4.25" - 6" Poor Outstanding Poor
8'6" - 11'2" 34" - 36" 6" Mediocre Excellent Outstanding
14' - 22' 34" - 60" 8" Very Good OK Outstanding