SUP -- the good and bad
Posted by: paddlelite on Mar-20-12 9:08 AM (EST)
Switching over from kayaking, here are the advantages and disadvantages I've noticed so far.
--very lightweight (typically 20-30 lbs.) so easy to load and carry
--easy getting on and off the board at shore; easier at difficult launch sites
--easy rescue; just swim back onto the board
--easy to stay cool in warm weather
--especially fun on waves and in surf
--can move around board, kneel, sit, lay down
--great perspective and visibility, especially for seeing below water surface
--less equipment needed because they can't fill up with water - no skirts, pumps, floats
--very safe because they have a foam core and are a life raft even if broken in half
--inflatable SUPs available that function nearly as well as a hard board
--uses whole body and helps develops balance skills
--slower by 1/2-3/4 mph compared to kayaks of similar length and design
--fin needed for tracking so more potential to hit bottom or catch weeds
--more fragile because of light layups
--don't respond to as wide a variety of turning strokes
--except while surfing, very little edging ability for turning
--less suited for cold weather or water
--less cargo capacity
--more difficult up-wind paddling
--need to develop balance over time
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Posted by: old_user on Mar-23-12 7:04 AM (EST)
Posted by: outdoor on Mar-27-12 8:00 AM (EST)
thoughts this was a shutup yak or paddling... oop,oh well there always new toys out ever day
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Posted by: robcasey on Mar-27-12 1:13 PM (EST)
My 2 cents per your list -
Size for heavy paddler |
Posted by: seadart on Aug-21-12 12:12 PM (EST)
What size would you recommend. I'm 5'8 and about 200 lbs. I've tried a very big SUP and had no isssues with it. A few weeks ago I rented a fairly short and lightweight SUP for my sons and my sons girl friend to try out, they all weigh less than 140 and caught on real quickly, it was really hard for me to keep balanced in choppy waves. I'm looking at getting one to have around when my sons are home but that I could paddle too.
Posted by: jbernard on Aug-22-12 2:48 PM (EST)
I guess I’ll try this one just to keep it moving along. I don’t think you are “heavy”, I am exactly your size. There are plenty of people much heavier than 200 paddling SUPs out there and there are plenty of 200 pound guys surfing very small, “unstable” SUPs.
my take on a few negs|
Posted by: gutwrencher on Apr-25-12 9:29 PM (EST)
As far as speed vs. other boats (yaks)...depends on the paddler and how efficient his skills are. I've blown by some.....lagged a bit behind with others. But I'm never in a race, so I don't care. I'm not much into social and groupy trips.
Posted by: Peter-CA on Aug-10-12 11:36 PM (EST)
There is an article in the latest issue of California Kayaker Magazine on why kayakers should try SUP. Talks about the pros and cons a bit, but more about doing one helps the other.
Posted by: barrell on Feb-20-13 9:30 AM (EST)
No way can a SUP keep up with a kayak of equal length. Ive sold 15,000 kayaks in my shop and have been selling SUP'sfor about six years now. The lower center of gravity and narrorer profile of the kayak will always slip through the water faster but the big diference is the two bladed paddle never stops producing energy and forward momentum keeping the kayak on plane at all times and reducing the drag asociated with the delay as the the SUP REACHES FORWARD FOR THE NEXT STROKE.
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Posted by: Marshall on Feb-25-13 12:28 PM (EST)
I've used my 14'x28" wide Tahoe Thunderbird amongst other 14' day touring kayaks that were at widest 25" and had no problem keeping pace if not going a bit faster, on a touring pace not racing. Something to do with a longer lever, quicker stroke and full body engagement I'd think. Now I'm not going to guarantee those results over an entire day for a 20+ mile paddle. SUP is a rather good work out and after 6 miles I need to be fed.