In recent years, Stand-Up Paddling, a popular trend sports. “In the past, didn’t know where to SUP lane: When rowing or Surfing”, remembers Peter from SUP LEGION of the beginnings of water sports. “Today, you consider, whether it be Stand Up Paddling to be Olympic”. The SUP-Trainer teaching for the past six years, the art of Paddling and knows what matters when buying a Board and what you should know beginners, before you buy a Board.

hard boards vs. Inflatables: what you should know

There are two different types of Boards: hard boards and Inflatables. First, the pioneer of Stand-Up Paddlings, which are distinguished by a solid foam core and is very elaborately built were. However, they are also more prone to holes: “When you’re on, for example, against a bridge, get the Board small cracks, the water. This will make it harder to swim, but still. If it is outside during the Winter, freeze-drying, the penetrated water will thaw it and then again in the summer, a break-up of the Board,” explains Peter, the disadvantages of hard boards. Added to this is that you have access to high-quality models a little deeper in the pocket. For comparison: “Cheap models are between 600 and 800 Euro, race boards go up to 5,000 euros”.

The SUP-rental, in which he is working on, yet still offers both variants. Wherein, the Trend is clearly to the Inflatables, the inflatable Boards. The advantages are obvious: “they are simply more practical because you can carry them easier. You let the air out, fold them together and put them in the backpack”. But here, too, there is a individual price range for a good Inflatable one pays between 800 and 2000 euros. However, there are also affordable models starting at € 250, which are mainly for “Sunday-paddlers”, so occasional trips, is sufficient.

“In the cheap Boards I recommend brands like Aqua Marina. The life is not so high, therefore, we make use of such Boards for rental – for this you get a whole Set including carry bag and pump”, so Peter’s evaluation. According to his opinion, but it can also keep a cheap Board from two to three years, if you nurture it well, and not too long in the sun can be. “Who wants to just paddle out a bit for these Sets are well-suited”. Professionals, however, he recommends high-quality brands such as Starboard, Fanatic, Mistral, or JP Australia.

tips from the expert: should you purchase a

After Peter’s experience note is sold, the classic Board the most, because it is the most popular. But it is suitable automatically for beginners as well as professionals? Here the answer is clearly “no”! “To beginners I recommend to first take a wide Board with plenty of buoyancy to get to safety on the water”. With a lot of buoyancy, it is meant that the boards are a little thicker, wider and longer and thus have more volume, so you can carry more weight. “To find the appropriate Board to the proper weight, you can at the dealer.” In addition, the SUP-Trainer adds that the possibility to test a Board before buying – to find out whether it is a. “There are special SUP-events where various manufacturers are represented and where you can try out the Boards mostly for free. Or you go to a SUP rental such as proposing our own and there are some models of sample”, Peter.

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“Advanced should first consider what you want to do with the Board. You want to go faster, you need a narrow and long Board, for example, a Racer. It is, accordingly, very kippelig. I want to surf, what is a SUP possible, I need a wide, but short model,” explains the coach. And also when you paddle you can choose between different sizes: from 120 to the 80’s sheet. “For beginners, I recommend the middle. Because the wider the blade, the more strenuous the movement in the water”.

In terms of accessories purchase, interested parties often the question of whether you are in need of special protective clothing on the lake. “A wetsuit is only there to protect themselves from the cold in the water protect. In the summer he is like a roast hose, you sweat extremely heavily in it. The risk of injury is so low that it is not in need of special protection in the SUP – except on cold days,” says Peters judgment. On a hot summer day, it is probably even a blessing, if you fall from time to time into the water.

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