Went to a demo day yesterday and tried a few boards. It was my first time SUPing, but the second board I tried was a 14' Bark race board and it felt fine -- no stability problems(on flat water). Speed and tracking were much better than the novice boards. The more surf-oriented boards felt sluggish on flat water. One other board I really liked was the 12' Bic Ocean, which felt like a nice blend of speed and maneuverability.
At first I tried stern rudders for steering, but realized that I was fighting the fin. Bow rudders were much more effective.
I am thinking about adding one to the family fleet. It doesn't replace the canoes or kayaks, but is another way to have fun on the water.
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Fun - Well put|
Posted by: Marshall on May-21-12 5:33 PM (EST)
SUP is fun!
Posted by: angstrom on May-22-12 9:13 AM (EST)
Lots to learn....
More slice, less splash|
Posted by: Marshall on May-23-12 12:25 PM (EST)
There is a difference in the feel and the effect between the displacement hull and planing hull design. Definitely less splash and bash with the plum bow sort of design without much pearling into the wave. I've paddled into chop but only have caught some boat wakes as far as riding waves. The Tahoes are very straight tracking so no cut backs or other surf techniques.
Add a SUP|
Posted by: mvorun on May-23-12 7:28 PM (EST)
I also have a "fleet" of kayaks and just added a race SUP. Having a ball with it. Yep, another way to get out on the water. Enjoy.
Posted by: old_user on May-24-12 12:29 AM (EST)
Glad you had a good first time out, especially on such a great board such as the Bark 14'. Do you know the cross bow turn? Much more effective than the bow/stern rudders to turn. Also apply edging to make slight adjustments.
Posted by: angstrom on May-24-12 8:47 AM (EST)
I was trying bow, cross-bow, draws, prys -- all the canoe/kayak stuff I know, just seeing how they'd work with a long bent-shaft paddle.
Posted by: Marshall on May-26-12 10:49 AM (EST)
Different than in a kayak. Heeling the board to the outside of the turn results in your butt landing in the water on the outside of the turn. The stern edge digs in and summarily discards the rider. The board, having shed me like some annoyance goes right back to drifting away tracking in a straight line. Ankle leash isn't a bad idea on flat water, especially with a bit of wind.
Not an expert, but....|
Posted by: davbart on May-26-12 8:53 PM (EST)
when I paddled a displacement board it did respond to an outside lean similar to a kayak. With my planing hull board the inside lean seems to assist the turn, but stepping back and doing a pivot turn works the best.
Posted by: Marshall on May-27-12 9:24 AM (EST)
Ok, so probably not the right term from a completely different mode of locomotion but in short my heeling the board to the outside of the turn was probably (definitely) over zealous. Oh, well. Just water.