Ready for a new paddle board? Here are 3 easy steps to finding the right board for you.
Step 1: Inquiry
- Where will you paddle most of the time?
- How will you transport your board there?
- How will you use your board? [Fitness, Racing, Surfing, Fishing, Exploring, Relaxing, Yoga, All of the above?]
- What is your budget?
- How much do you weigh?
- How tall are you?
- How much experience do you have on a paddle board?
Step 2: Make a "Paddler Profile"
- Compile the answers to your Inquiry questions in a "Paddler Profile" that you can use when browsing boards. A profile might look like this:
- Tidal River and Ocean paddling
- Transport by Car (need roof racks, pads, and straps)
- Use for fitness
- Budget is $1300 and under
- Weigh 120 lbs, 5'4"
- Intermediate skill level
Step 3: The Purchase Plan
- Schedule shopping time: Schedule time on your calendar to shop online or visit your local shops with your Paddler Profile. This will help you focus on the task at hand.
- Whenever possible, Try Before You Buy: Browsing online, it's difficult to tell if Board A is going to be more stable than Board B. If you are within a few hours driving time of New Bern or want an affordable and easy weekend getaway, you can have the ultimate shopping experience at our waterfront facility. We offer personal equipment demos with expert consultation to help you find the perfect board. We also book lodging and offer shuttle service during your stay as part of the demo package.
- Pay attention to board dimensions: Focus on Board Volume and Board length and width. Make sure you are getting a board that will float your weight and offer the best performance for your ability.
- Be wary of the "deal". Buy from reputable manufacturers that offer warranties and exceptional customer service. If someone is offering a board for $150, be suspicious. Most paddle boards are manufactured overseas and are very expensive to produce and ship. They use a lot of foam, fiberglass, and other chemicals in the manufacturing process. They are then loaded on containers in Asia and shipped overseas to distribution points in the US, where they are then loaded onto freight trucks. Boards are considered oversized cargo and are expensive to ship. They are also fragile and can sustain damage in the whole process.
Got questions? Ask us! We've been riding, buying, and selling SUP equipment for almost a decade and we want to help you get the most out of your equipment and the sport. Send us a message HERE