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2013-07-11 10:56 AM

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Subject: SUP's (Stand up paddle board)
Any advice on purchasing a SUP for lake and mild surf at the beach?

I'm thinking of getting one (either looking for a new one, or used if I can find one worth looking). There seem to be A LOT of different brands, types, etc. There even seems to be a local company that will customize one (design, etc.), close to me.

Any rec's on brand, etc. would be helpful, or does that even matter.

Thanks in advance

sorry for the abbreviation....

Edited by pilotzs 2013-07-11 11:14 AM


2013-07-11 11:05 AM
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Subject: RE: SUP's
Would you mind expanding the acronym, please?
2013-07-11 11:07 AM
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Subject: RE: SUP's
What a SUP?





  • Not much, what's a'sup with you?






    Edited by Nathanm74 2013-07-11 11:07 AM
    2013-07-11 11:07 AM
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    Subject: RE: SUP's
    Originally posted by DanielG

    Would you mind expanding the acronym, please?


    Stand Up Paddle board



    Or it's short for "what's up"

    2013-07-11 12:02 PM
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    Subject: RE: SUP's
    My suggestion would be to find a place that rents them and try a couple models out.  Talking with the rental shop would also be a good way to learn more about various brands of boards.
    2013-07-11 12:13 PM
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    Originally posted by MOlsen

    My suggestion would be to find a place that rents them and try a couple models out.  Talking with the rental shop would also be a good way to learn more about various brands of boards.


    totally agree with MOlsen - find a place that will let you try some different ones out and go from there - I would also recommend having a rough price you are willing to pay in your mind, so that when you go to buy, you can say, this is the price range I am looking at


    2013-07-12 10:41 AM
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    Subject: RE: SUP's (Stand up paddle board)
    I just got 2 for Father's Day (thanks honey!) which we have at our cabin, which is on a nice, usually calm, smaller lake. We tried them on vacation a few times and rented locally and at the cabin and are just recreational users, so I could never tell much the difference between the boards. I think just about any beginner/intermediate board will work well for you. The one type I steered away from was the inflatable models, as those seemed more likely to fail or not work well to me. I have looked for used boards many times, but there just aren't many in our MN market yet so prices are not much different than new. New starter type boards all seem to be around 800 - 1000 or so. My wife found an online deal and had them shipped right to our house - Tava brand. They seem fine and the company has been good to work with. Make sure you get one sized correctly for the weight of likely riders and make sure the type of board matches the type of supping you will be doing. Calm lake and surf might be 2 very different types of boards, or maybe they make some that will do fine in both? Local source is alwasy a good idea too - kinda like LBS.

    The whole family had a great time using ours over the 4th. We like having two as it is more fun to go out with a partner.

    Good luck and enjoy supping!
    2013-07-12 8:28 PM
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    Recently bought two Bic brand boards...one 10.6 and one 11.6 Ace-Tecs. I love them. Excellent core work out, you can lay down and paddle with your arms which is good cross training for swimming IMO and I use my garmin 910 to track paddle boarding mileage. The Bics are extremely durable so,I don't mind letting friends use the board.
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