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Stand up paddle boards come in a variety of styles and materials, so it’s good to explore the options before you buy. These great informational videos will help you narrow the field so you find the SUP that’s right for you. Learn about board style for flat water or swells, casual paddling or racing, and why construction materials and methods matter. Explore these links for the ABCs of paddle boards.
Race SUP: Displacement hull vs. Planing hull
By Blue Planet Surf
This video talks about the difference between displacement hulls that are faster in flat water and planing hulls that are faster in downwind conditions.
There are several types of paddle boards available on the market, each with their own unique design and features. Here are some of the most common types of paddle boards:
These are just a few examples of the many types of paddle boards available on the market. The best type of board for you will depend on your experience level, intended use, and personal preferences.
By Eastern Mountain Sports
A quick overview of shapes of nose tail and hull and what to expect from each different board shape.
The primary difference between a paddle board with a displacement hull and one with a planing hull is the way they move through the water.
A displacement hull is designed to displace water as it moves forward, creating a "V" shape in the water. This design is typically used on longer and narrower boards and is ideal for touring, racing, and long-distance paddling. A displacement hull offers more stability and straight-line tracking, allowing the paddler to move through the water more efficiently.
In contrast, a planing hull is designed to ride on top of the water, similar to a surfboard. This design is typically used on wider and shorter boards, and is ideal for surfing, river running, and other types of maneuvering. A planing hull offers more maneuverability and responsiveness, allowing the paddler to turn and carve more easily.
It's important to note that some paddle boards have a hybrid design that combines elements of both displacement and planing hulls. These boards are designed to offer a balance of speed, stability, and maneuverability, and can be a good choice for a wide range of paddling activities. Ultimately, the choice between a displacement hull and a planing hull will depend on the paddler's individual needs and preferences, as well as the type of paddling they plan to do.
How to find out what board is fastest for you
By SUP Boarder
This article is technical, comprehensive and informative. Judge for yourself how reliable...definitely interesting.
Choosing the right paddle board for you can be an important decision, as it can greatly impact your overall paddling experience. There are several factors to consider when selecting a board, including your experience level, intended use, and personal preferences. To find the right paddle board for you, it's important to take the time to do some research and consider the following steps:
Displacement style hull
By Vermont Skiand Sport
Quick overview of a displacement hull for touring and racing.
SUP Board construction
Produced by Blue Planet
A shaping machine is used for the rough cut. Another machine then makes the finer cuts. The blank is finally hand sanded then ready for glassing and layering. The layers of glassing and the wood or bamboo finish is explained. The rails have extra layers of glass for protection from scraps, bumps and dings. Blue Planet claim chip resistants rails. Both cruising and racing boards are covered.
ATX Factory Tour – How SUPs are made
By SUP ATX
The video gives a revealing overview of the process of building a board. Note: not all boards are constructed the same. To understand more on board construction go to SUP construction.
Black Box carbon race board shown in above photo. See video for more details.
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