Presented by Chattajack 31
A Beginner’s Guide to Building Your SUP Kit
Solid Boards vs. Inflatable Boards
- Solid boards are typically made of fiberglass or epoxy wrapped around a foam core. Less common variations include carbon fiber, plastic and even wood.
- Benefits of a solid board:
- Superior performance, speed and efficiency
- Provide a more stable ride
- Storage space is a non-issue
- Wider selection of sizes and shapes than inflatable boards
- No setup required
- Inflatable SUPs combine drop stitch technology, heavy duty rubber and high air pressure to create a surface that’s surprisingly rigid and stable.
- Benefits of an inflatable board:
- Usually more affordable than solid boards
- Pack down for easy storage
- Ideal for traveling
- Durable and not easily damaged
How to Fit Your Paddle
SUP paddles have a T-grip handle and resemble canoe paddles. Whether you opt for adjustable or fixed-length, follow these steps to choose the correct height.
- Hold the paddle vertically in front of you with the blade on the ground.
- Stretch one arm straight up to the T-grip. The top of the handle should hit at the bend in your wrist.
Some of Our Favorites:
- PFD: Astral Inflatable Belt
- Dry Bag: Sea to Summit Baja 10L
- Cooler: Stanley Adventure Cooler 16Q
- Sun Shirt: Columbia Tamiami
- SUP Leash: NRS Ankle Leash 10’
- Paddle: Werner Vibe Adjustable
- Inflatable SUP: Sol Train
- Solid SUP: Boardworks Navigator 11’6”