General SUP Equipment

The SUP Board

1. Purpose and price point:
• What type of paddling will be occurring? Flat water, surf, downwind?
• Construction and quality?

2. Materials & Board Dimensions:
• Materials: most boards use glass – reinforced plastic construction using polyester or epoxy resin on an EPS foam (Expanded polystyrene, or beaded) cores.
• Length: from 8′ to 18′ depending on the type of use.
• Width: critical for stability
• Thickness
• Volume

3. Parts:
• Nose
• Rails (Hard vs. Soft)
• Deck
• Tail (Square, Pin, Diamond, Swallow, etc)
• Leach plug
• Fins (Setups: single, quad, thruster); (Types: classic, downwind, weed or race)
• Roker
• Concave

4. Types of Hulls:
• Displacement hull
• Planning hull

The SUP Paddle

1. Purpose and price point:
• What type of paddling will be occurring? Flat water, surf, downwind?
• Paddler strength or upper body injury history?
• Construction and quality?

2. Parts:
• Grip
• Shaft
• Throat
• Dihedral
• Neck
• Shoulders
• Blade (length & width) (power face and back face or non-power face)

3. Specific Characteristics:
• Flex
• Straight or Bent Shaft
• Adjustable or non-adjustable
• Blade area
• Blade Concave (scoop)

4. Materials:
• Wood
• Aluminum
• Fiberglass (composite)
• Carbon
• Kevlar

The SUP Fin

1. Purpose and price point:
• What type of paddling will be occurring? Flat water, surf, downwind?
• Construction and quality?

2. Materials:
• Wood and fiberglass
• Plastic
• Fiberglass
• Carbon
• Kevlar

3. Size and Shape:
• Size
• Shape
• Rake
• Foil
• Cant
• Flex

The SUP Leash

1. Purpose:
• What type of paddling will be occurring? Flat water, surf, downwind?

2. Type:
• Coil: Flat water specific use
• Straight: Best in surf, but can also work flat water
• Combo- Coil/Straight: This leash is decent in surf but better in flat water.

3. Length:
• Same length as board, or 12 foot on boards equal to or over 12 foot.

The PFD (Life Jacket) and Whistle

1. Purpose:
• What type of paddling will be occurring? Flat water, running a trip, yoga?
• Is it going to be worn?

2. Types of Jackets:
• Type I, II, III, or V
• Type V: Most common, must always be worn
• Type III: More comfortable than your typical U-shaped PFD
• Type I or II: Most uncomfortable, generally attached to the board (this jacket floats the person face up when worn)
(We strongly advise always wearing a PFD when ever you paddle unless you are in the surf zone)

3. Whistle

Dry Bag

Going on a trip, bringing extra gear, or a cell phone

Sun Protection

1. Proper Clothing
2. Headwear
3. Sunglasses
4. Sun block
5. Proper Footwear if needed

Proper Suit

Wetsuit, Swim suit, Dry suit

Float Plan

Letting someone know where you are going, leaving evidence on what you look like, and when you will be back.

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