A very valid concern for someone new to the sport of SUP and one we always respond with a few more questions of our own..
- "What kind of water conditions will you be using the board on?"
- "What is the weight range of those using the board?"
- "Will you be taking kids or pets on the board with you?
- "What is your experience level on a SUP?"
These questions allow us to determine how to best size a board for you personally. Stand up paddleboards carry a certain amount of weight based on their volume. The higher the volume, the more weight a board can carry. Being on the right size board is critical to having a great SUP experience. With that being said, when deciding on a board size we almost always recommend to choose one size up. By selecting a larger sized board you have ensured increased stability, better tracking, and increased glide speed.
Beyond your own size and comfort level on a SUP, the other major consideration is having the option of taking your kids or pet out for a paddle with you. If this is something you may be interested in then it is definitely a good idea to go up a size for the sake of additional stability. Needless to say a child or pet will move around a bit, and that added weight displacement has a huge effect on the stability of your SUP. Plus, if you ever want to try SUP Yoga or just let a beginner friend try out your board, the extra volume will go a long way.
Have a great day of SUP fun!
The Team at Cruiser SUP/Paddleboard Direct