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Basilisk Stand up paddle board

Basilisk Stand Up Paddle Board

You’ve seen them on TV, in magazines and along the beaches. Celebrities and neighbors are all on the water. Why all this attention on stand up paddle boarding and why has it become such a phenomenon? For years people have kayaked and enjoyed the waterways all around the world, but now those kayaks are being replaced by stand up paddle boards (SUP). What exactly is a stand up paddle board and why have they become so prevalent? The stand-up paddle board has been described as a surf board on steroids or a cross between a surf board and a kayak. A stand up paddle board is designed to provide flotation due to its increased volume.

Most stand up paddle boards can be put into one of three classes, general, race and cruising boards. Most boards are designed to be utilized on either flat water or surf. Most individuals when they first start paddle boarding begin on a general SUP board. This is the board which most closely resembles a surf board. It normally has rounded rails, a stringer running down the center, elevated rocker and a deck pad. This type of board offers great stability and can be used in either flat-water or surf conditions.

Raceboard

Raceboard

The second type of SUP board is the race board. This type of board is a designed to be fast and cut through the waves. This board is generally not used to learn on since its design is narrow and its not normally as maneuverable as a general board. In addition, a race board is much more responsive making it tippier and more difficult to ride. This design leads to a board which is much faster through the water and is best utilized by someone who is experienced.
The final board design which is now starting to make its mark on the market is the cruising board. This board is longer than a general board but wider than a race board. This board tracks straighter and is stable. This board will allow you to travel greater distances while carrying additional loads without affecting its paddling characteristics.

When picking a board, this is just one of the questions you should ask yourself, “What am I going to be doing with the board?” This will go a long way in determining which type of board to purchase and what your overall SUP experience will be. So, whether you’re looking for a board to surf waves, explore the flat-water or do some flat-water exploration, there is a stand up paddle board made for you.

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