SUP Clinic Chichester By SBS boards & TJ Boards

SUP Clinic Chichester By SBS boards & TJ Boards

We hosted our very first SUP clinic with Partners, TJ boards who are local experts of the Chichester canal. We were lucky enough to have our SUP team rider Narcy who lives in Fuerteventura in the canary island who lives and breast anything water sports.

 

who is narcy Madeddu?

Narcy is a stand up paddle competitor who competes in the canary island as well as the European tour and has also won races in the Canary Island SUP Race Championships

Narcy has also competed in wave for the Surf SUP events on the SUP European tour in both race and surf. Narcy has been Competing in SUP since 2014 and teaching SUP for 13 years as a Watersport Instructor, Perficient in Kite surfing, Windsurfing, and traditional Surfing. As well as this Narcy works as a SUP specific Personal trainer and Nutritionist for intermediate – elite level  SUP paddlers and has run his sup clinics in Fuerteventura for the past 3 years.

whats in the course?

Choosing a beginner-friendly  surf spot will speed up your success in the waves generally whitewater beach breaks with little rip currents will be the ideal beginner conditions

Morning Am Canal Ocean Beach training 9am -1 pm

(Beach to be decided soon?)

✔ Equipment overview specification
✔Sup performance warm up
✔Sprint & Long-distance competition introduction 
✔Paddle Technique 
✔Race video analysis Paddle stroke analysis 
✔Technical race Training (Pivot Turning)
✔ Water Starts & balance techniques 
✔Sup fitness training
✔Race video analysis Paddle stroke analysis
✔SUP Nutrition for performance
✔Sup fitness training 

Lunch break 1pm-2pm

Afternoon session – 2pm-6 pm

 

✔Beach Start Tactics/techniques 
✔Water start Techniques
✔long distance Racing Techniques Skills
✔ Sprints and Riding Waves
✔Down winding Secrets
✔Sprint & Long-distance competition introduction
✔Paddle Technique in waves/ choppy conditions 
✔technical race Training (Pivot Turning)
✔SUP Nutrition for performance 

Review

the day begins

The days started incredibly smooth at Chichester canal and with all the sups lined up at the Chichester canoe club jetty we were ready to go. We had a great mix of paddlers who attended and all looking to improve different areas of their SUP performance.

We started the day with an introduction to Narcy as well as a full specification of the boards as well as a classification of different sup events and race events and how best to train and paddle in those events.

Narcy then took the group through a few basic and personal preference like paddle height for different sup races such as sprint long distance as well as open ocean and saltwater, Narcy also talked about the main difference and preference in a SUP paddle blade and what works best in each condition.

Narcy use An SBS Ultra-light fully carbon SUP paddle in his surf and sprint events as well as other varieties of paddles in differing situations.

It was then time to get in the water after a full briefing and get a feel for the sups so the paddler paddled up and down the canal so Narcy could get a feel for the paddler ability and skill level

Narcy then work on some paddle techniques for each individual person correct their stroke to make it more energy efficient and productive in the water. Narcy was using his 14” Longbow Race to show everyone how to paddle and the placement needed for highly efficient race strokes.

what Narcy uses?

14ft longbow carbon racer

ultra light carbon paddle

Narcy also had some great training techniques using a piece of wood to stop the guys paddling past their feet and keep their stroked quicker and create more propulsion.

After the techniques it was time to focus on turning. Turing is one of the most essential SUP paddle skills and turning whilst maintaining speed and balance can be a tough thing to do.  In a race turning can be one of the most crucial moments in a race defining who come out on top it’s where there is more likely to be collision or someone will fall off, it’s also were competitors at the back of the pack can make up ground to those at the front. Narcy went over downwind and upwind turning techniques as well as the basics of a pivot turn which is to step back on your SUP and bring the nose out of the water creating less resistance for the sup to turn easier.

Narcy then progress this into a buoy turn adding in speed when the riders felt comfortable, this was controlled caos and we enjoyed a few dunks in the canal attempting the pivot turns but as you can see after about 20 minutes of practice the riders really started to improve and the race turn were getting a lot better.

After this, it was time  to put some of those hard earned skills into action as we started work on races with a buoy turn, the team really loved this as it got a lot of smiles and encouraged some fun with a few people falling in the canal and a few sups making contact but it was smiles all around as everyone was pushing to be the winner. Narcy as a coach always like to make his technique practical and for racing nothing is more practical than practicing what you learnt in a race.

The team were then given the opportunity to try some various start positions to spice things up and make it a little more difficult to get a speedy start and really was a lot of fun to watch. Controlled carnage would be what we would describe it as but all the starts of a sup races a bit caotic .

We then finished of the morning canal session with some fun and interesting sup techniques to improve you paddle technique and paddle faster. Narcy used the paddle the opposite way around with the handle hitting the water and asked the group to work on this technique before they had one final race, which would promise to be the slowest sup race in history. If you have never done this, it’s a great way to train and really works the body hard in a short space of time so would highly recommend it.

The afternoon we had planned to go the beach and work on some sup surfing techniques as well as down winding and open ocean techniques for padding in choppy conditions but as the weather would have it was a bit too windy to try that this day so we rescheduled for 2 days later and got some great conditions for our beach clinic

Beach Clinic Bognor Regis

The Beach clinic was a whole lot of fun and we got a great turn out for the event. Narcy had planned load of open ocean training as well as beach starts and down winding as well as some fun exercises designed to really get the groups competitive nature fired up.

We started the clinic like any good session with a full introduction of what we would be doing and if anyone had done anything like this before. Most of the group hadn’t don’t any competitive sup racing before so it was a real eye opener to the sup race world for most.

After a quick warm up and full mobilisation the team were ready to go, after a small safety brief on the conditions and any dangers it was time to get on the sups as the paddler did a few short sprints working on technique and pivot turns.

The group were working on their beach starts which a crucial technique to master as in most races the first to their feel will usually be in the top 3-5 in the race, so a good start is everything.  Moving fast staying balanced and getting to the feet quickly is a great skill to master and like anything repetition is the key.

Practicing in a mock race environment with other competitors around you is a great way to get used to the intensity that a beach start brings, the paddlers did a few rounds of beach sprint to get them fired up and then moved on to a different beach start where buy the paddler would have to run about 8 meters to grab their paddle and then run back to their sup and into the water from there.

This race style really got the competitors rallied up and soon some sneaky tactics and slight cheating were employed to get the advantage all in good spirits of course, we could see the intensity of everyone trying to give 100% on their runs as well as paddle as fast as they could around the buoy and back to the beach. If you have never done this before I would highly recommend it as one, it’s a hell of a workout and two it’s a great way to keep your training intense and the work rate high.

Narcy finished of the sup clinic with three longer paddles upwind against some small choppy waves about 700m from the beach and a small downwind back  this was a great opportunity for the team to tackle some bigger distance and work on the paddle technique and foot work that had been taught earlier in the session. The group seemed to love this downwind part as it gave them a bit of time to focus on technique and control their stokes without a race mentality in mind. After this we finished with a light stretch and the standard group photo.

The beach sup clinic was such an incredible success and was amazing to see all the riders trailing our sups and giving some fantastic feedback on the boards and how they thought they paddled in the conditions. With the help of TJ board hire along with Narcy our team rider we were able to put on a great first clinic which will hopefully be the first of many in the UK and Fuerteventura

 

If you are interested in joining our next sup clinic or have any questions feel free to send us a message or if you looking to try before you buy or demo any of our sups feel free to send us a message in the box below to arrange a date to try any of our sups.

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For anyone starting surfing or even an experienced Surfer will know the feeling of missing a wave by one or two strokes, not quite being in front of the wave as it peels or freaking out when you’ve missed the perfect set wave. Very frustrating

This is the same for anyone who has ever felt tired just paddling back out to the lineup the longer you spend paddling back out the more waves you have to go through the more paddle strokes you have to put in but an improved paddle stroke and faster paddle means you get back out faster. There is nothing worse than being gassed getting back out to the lineup when the perfect set wave is rolling in and you’re out of energy

tips for technique

Unlike swimming, you will want to keep your head out of the water for obvious reasons and keep looking at the Horizon where you want to go. Limiting your head movement from side to side will  lessen the yawing side to side motion of your board in the water keeping your board flat and plaining will drastically improve speed and forward direction

relax

Just like any movement whether it be in the gym or in a sport you don’t want to have your body tensed up this goes for shoulders back arms neck anything that is engaged when paddling this does not however, mean you should not be engaging back shoulders for the movements necessary

Technique tends to go out the window when you’re tensed up you will see this in all kinds of sports and even life when someone’s tense  technique fails

 3 Phase paddleing

The Paddle technique can be broken down into different phases the catch phase  where the hand enters the water and starts to dig or catch water the power phase and the release

Very different to swimming and paddleboarding the power phase  is in a different position in swimming most of your power comes from the second half of your stroke in paddleboarding it’s the first half but on a surfboard the power is generated in the middle three quarters like shown below.

 training / practice and strength

There are many ways to improve your paddle strength resistance bands training on a paddleboard or simply surfing more are all ways to improve your paddle strength if you’re not lucky enough to have waves all year round. gym or home exercises to improve paddle strength are your best option

Simply paddling a surfboard on a calm day will improve your strength keeping in mind good technique all the time you are training

A good thing to try when training is to put a bit of tape on the front of your board and right things to remember

For myself I write “look up” and “high elbows”

Just like being tense when paddling, being tired will be another way you lose technique. Naturally, you will want to stop take a break but you will see the symptoms of being tired when  releasing your arm after a stroke, Elbows dropping and a much smaller power phase

Top Tips To Remember for good technique

Nose out of the water  – position yourself on the middle of the board will keep your nose out of the water and your tail almost sitting flat with the waterline when paddling. 

Too far forward and your nose will drag under.

Too far back and you will be dragging your feet – both of these are inefficient for faster paddling

Head up and looking where you’re going keeping your head still will reduce sway in the board

Body Central On the board feet together to reduce drag – If your body is not center on the board you will overcompensate one side more than the otherm, resulting in a tipping motion. Reaching more on one side to paddle and paddling deeper on the other.

Having your feet together will reduce drag and improve momentum

Long full paddle Strokes vertically in the water –  making sure your elbows are out of the water when not paddling is just as important as having your full arm in the water when paddling a deeper more vertical stroke will produce a stronger paddle and propell you forward faster

High elbows in the catch phase –  if you’re elbows are low they will hit the water when your arm enters and slow you down this will result in a week paddle and drag keeping elbows high while your hand enters the water will result in less drag and a stronger power phase

Momentum and planing speed –  Although this may seem more scientific when it comes to water science Hull design and a multitude of other veriables paddling on a surfboard should be a continual motion.

the more consistent and fluid your paddling the better your plaining speed, similar to riding a bike in high gear.  if you’ve ever tried to pedal a bike in a high gear from a standing still position it can be very tough. A side to side wobble and having to exert more energy to get going, this is similar in surfing, paddle boarding, sailing, once you have water continually running under your board keeping that momentum is far easier an efficient than paddling slowly.

In addition to this, a faster weaker paddle is more effective than a powerful slow paddle because the loss of momentum outweighs the power

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First things first surfing is  supposed to be fun, our tips are just to make your fun more enjoyable safe and effective in the long run I’m sure if you’ve surfed already you’re probably hooked and there’s a great group of people ready to join you in the water so Let’s Begin

1 Before paddling Out

If this is your first time surfing a surf camp lesson or teacher is always advisable this will help you pick up the basics I’ve surfing paddling and beach awareness far quicker.

An experienced teacher or other Surfer will have your back if you are injured or put yourself in danger after all we are all out there trying to have fun.

When choosing a camp teacher or friend try and get a referral from someone word of mouth is the best way to find a good teacher/ class.  a good teacher will also want you to progress and your love surfing, even more, when you feel safe and learn quicker

2 Board Choice

A foam board is a beginner’s best friend.  it’s the wide iron surface area to practice on and falling off will be a little less punishing on your body compared to a hardboard ( and you will fall off a lot) another benefit of a foam board is others around you it’s likely you’ll be surfing in the white water that can be very crowded at times with other beginners, paddlers, bodyboarders. whether you get hit by another board or you hit someone with your board a soft-top foam board  will nicer than a hard board sup or a pointy shortboard

3 choose your beach Wisley

Choosing a beginner-friendly  surf spot will speed up your success in the waves generally whitewater beach breaks with little rip currents will be the ideal beginner conditions

4 getting to know your surroundings

Just like choosing the right beach knowing the conditions where where to get in where the riptides are hidden dangers and hazards a good start is to spend some time on land first with your group teacher or friend work out the best spot to enter the water check over your gear leash, board, suit Whether you’re a beginner or advanced surfer most Surfers will check the waves before jumping in but the sea is unpredictable and can throw all kinds at you. Being aware of wave conditions can help you prepare for changes that might happen once you’re out in the water

5 Warm up and stretch

Maybe not the most exciting thing but can be one of the most important feeling tight cramping and simply fatiguing faster will all be a result of not warming up or stretching correctly in the beginning here’s  some info on best stretches and the best warm-ups for surfing

6 Calm and confident

Being calm in the sea will be your best friend when it comes to saving energy and controlling your breath you’ve got this far with all of the beach prep work you know the conditions by this point

7 Start small

Although the coined phrase is, “go big or go home” starting small as a beginner or even intermediate will get you warmed up to the conditions. starting off with smaller waves on the inside once you build confidence and understand where the ribs are you can all then work your way out back there is always a great feeling of catching big waves but as a beginner, you want to catch more waves so starting small is the key to catching more waves

8 Practice

All of the work you put in on the beach will now come into play and you’ll have to Almost drill this over and over on many waves sitting on the board paddling and the Pop-Up are your three main skills you will be rinse and repeating to get this to a fine art.  so I think he is also one of the sports, wear if it feels right it’s probably correct you can tell quite fast if your paddling in the wrong position on your board nose dipping under the water or you’re zigzagging side to side it will feel correct same goes for the Pop-Up you will know when it’s right.

9 The Shuffle

While sitting waiting on the board Currents and waves will move and rotate you overtime so keeping your feet dangling in the water and keeping your feet moving will help you correct yourself rotating your feet in One Direction will help spin the board and your nose pointing outwards towards the horizon. once on your bored you will also want to keep your feet moving and adjusting to find the correct position moving up and down the board will help you trim if you’re going too fast or too slow on a wave on bigger boards this can also help with tighter turns

10  nose diving and wipeouts

Just like practising all the good techniques practising how to fall off is also key.  counterintuitive I know but for anyone who has skateboarding or skied or any other board sport will know how to fall off correctly will limit the damage that you take. Similar to shuffling when you catch a wave you want to keep your nose out of the water as soon as your nose starts dipping under it’s almost game over.  you can avoid this by positioning yourself further back when paddling and lifting your chest higher. if you are very new to surfing or even being in the sea knowing when to hold your breath as a wave hits you may be a new concept as well once again practice over time will help. improving your breath-hold for ducking under waves or when falling off into deeper Waters will be a life-saving skill to develop in the long run

11 Go straight

The fastest way to you get used to  surfing without too many variables is to aim straight for the beach get your parallel stance Arms Wide for balance low and facing the direction you want to go

12  respect others

Surfing is a fun social Sport for the most part but there is some etiquette involved when turning up to a new beach.  paddling into every wave without consideration for others will not make you the most popular person if you’re with an instructor or a friend who has been surfing longer these people will be able to advise you on what waves to take.

To learn more about Surf etiquette check out our other post

13   know yourself and have fun

If you’re reading this  you have probably already had a lesson or surfed before  and hopefully it was a lot of fun for you that’s why you’re looking to improve.  but also knowing yourself, when you’re tired when you’re free no you’re not having fun anymore that’s the time to paddle in and have a break it is supposed to be fun after all and if you’re not having fun it’s not worth it

I hope these few tips helped you if you think we’ve missed anything important or want to know more send us a message

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With this explosion of new wave pool technologies and more and more wave pool popping up we wanted to ask the ultimate question on everyone’s lips, What’s the best surfboard for wave pools?

 

Now you might be thinking there is no difference from the wave made in the ocean and the waves made in a pool, but there are some subtle differences that will make a big difference to your surfing. If you take the wrong board you might not surf as well and potential for missed waves but if you get it right and take the right board with you, you’ll have the time of your life.

Firstly we have to define what’s the difference between a sea ocean wave or a wave pool wave? 

Saltwater vs. Freshwater

It really comes down to these 2 things how salt water reacts is different to fresh water and they have slightly different characteristics most wave pools are made with fresh water and if you didn’t already know, freshwater and saltwater have different buoyancy characteristics. Saltwater has 1.6 lb’s (725 Grams) more buoyancy than freshwater. This affects surfing in a huge way as the surfboard that has the correct amount of buoyancy for you in the ocean won’t have the right amount in a freshwater pool. There lies the problem

So to fix this problem you will need a board with a little extra float in buoyancy or Litres volume meaning that you will need more foam and buoyancy in your board in a freshwater wave pool. If you don’t want to change your dimensions the best way to get the same performance is to decrease your surfboards foam density. One of the easiest ways to do this is to use an EPS foam and Epoxy Construction board.

The EPS foam is a lot of lighter foam and has a lower density that PU foams 

Most surfers are turning to Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) construction for their wave pool quivers. For many years the majority of surfboards have been made from Polyurethane (PU) but because the EPS foam is lighter in weight the surfboard weight is less and will have higher volume and more buoyancy. This is so so imported when considering what surfboard to use for a freshwater wave pool.

Ideal Wave pool Surfboard Characteristics

When thinking about the best wave pool board you have to look at the wave pool like you would any other ocean wave. What characteristics does the wave have and what would be the preferred characteristics you would need from board to surf it well. Just like you probably wouldn’t use the same board for a 1-2 foot beach break as you would a 6-10 foot barrelling reef break.

 

Most wave pools at this current time produce a wave that is in the region of 2-4 feet the wave shape is usually sloppy and unless its Kelly’s surf ranch it’s not going to be more than a 10-15 second ride. Because of the freshwater and saltwater differences in buoyancy, you are going to need more Litres volume or Different foams like EPS and Epoxy Instead of PU And polyester.

 

Small wave board

Shorter in length, 2-3 inches and thicker than your traditional saltwater board will help heaps. Hight volume and flatter rocker also give it plenty of speed in your turns on weaker waves 

 

Higher volume

More volume should help counteract the salt water fresh water buoyancy issues or surfing in a wave pool, it will also help you stay in the pocket a little better.

Epoxy Eps Construction

Epoxy boards are more durable and have a springier responsive flex characteristic than PU boards sit lower in the water and are more sensitive and have a more dampened flex characteristic when surfing.

Light Weight – Heavier boards will bog down in most surf pools and with a mall area to play with you need all the speed you can get.

Groveler based shape

These are going to be the best as they will allow the best of both works for most average surfers, speed power and flow with the extra width and thickness will help keep the board moving even if the wave doesn’t have to much power

Flatter rockers

This is highly recommended especially in the UK wave pools as the waves predominantly don’t have so much power so keeping the flatter rocker will help with plaining speed

High Volume than usual adding on 2-3 more litres that your normal saltwater board should help keep you floating about right

The Perfect board for a wave pool is?

A board that’s light in weight and very lively under your feed you want quick response time and lighting reaction to maximise your time on the wave flatter rocker and more volume in the centre which can help generate speed will give you the edge over other boards. EPS boards will be a better option as they are lighter, more buoyant, more forgiving, and geared toward generating speed. When the worlds best surfer competed at the surf ranch a lot of the worlds best opted for EPS Epoxy construction as it fitted their best needs of the wave for high-level performance

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INFLATABLE SUP VS HARD SUP WHAT’S RIGHT FOR ME

INFLATABLE SUP VS HARD SUP WHAT’S RIGHT FOR ME

As technology and development in inflatable and hard boards change this is something to review every few years as it used to be very clear that hard boards rule the waterways and inflatables had no place and no rivalry to the hardboard but today things are very different. let’s dive into the reasons for and against you may want a inflatable or hard stand-up paddle board

What’s the difference in volume with a hardboard and inflatable

if you’re just starting out in stand-up paddle boarding you’re likely to rent or get a lesson on an inflatable, for beginners this is a great place to start is usually and inflatable is more stable very flat a wide surface with high volume.

Amount of storage needed

Your first paddle board may also be a inflatable sup,  they can be deflated and rolled up and put into a backpack size carrier the paddles also can be unassembled to  take up less space so when it comes to storage the inflatable wins this round.

Storage good practices

Always store a  hard paddle board in its bag  this will reduce UV damage or anything knocking the board will be protected the same goes for inflatables but there may be  deterioration if rolled up for too long you may find if your board has been rolled up for a long period of time when you pump it up it has warped or stretch slightly.

A soft vs hard deck

If you’re a beginner and still getting your balance on a stand-up paddle board and then likely enough you’ll be falling in the water or on the board frequently one benefit the inflatable has is if you fall off the board or onto the board it’s softer and less impact on your body then a hard sup

What is more durable

Inflatable boards more durable in a sense that if you were to collide or hit obstacles then more likely to bounce off with less damage.  Banks rocks other boards or even falling on the board can all be things that damage a sup inflatable absorbs all of these with little effect on the board.

can I travel with Stand-up paddle board

Although you can take hard boards on a plane because of the size no matter how are you packet there is always a risk of it getting damaged where as an inflatable you can just put in as luggage and not worry about damage,  there is also the additional cost of sports equipment for a hardboard, ideal travel board

There are different length limits for sports equipment so it’s best to check with your airline before you go and book and check in advance

 

when it comes to performance

Performance Although inflatable technology materials have come a long way the improvements the hard boards are still unmatched proof of this would be if you were to watch any sup competition.  and see how many people are using inflatables over hard boards

The design of a hardboard can be far more technical more performance shapes can be mate when your shaping a board of foam and fiberglass/ carbon fibre think of it like the chiseled physique and the tubby brother.

There is limitations to inflatable stand-up paddle boards accurate rail profiles  channels on the bottom of the board more pressure through the fin True performance sup

What’s more Efficient

Hardboard if designed correctly will be far more efficient than inflatable everytime you paddleboard a certain amount of the energy will be absorbed into the board and the rest will propel you forward with a hardboard nearly all of your thoughts on your paddle is pushing straight through to moving the board forward.  With inflatables far more energy is being absorbed into the board so over time you will tire far quicker on an inflatable sup over distance. Best board for distance and Efficiency

What is stronger? hard boards or inflatables

For inflatable sup to get its strength it needs to be thick more material more air more fibres this is why you don’t see thin profile inflatables without them bending in the middle with the hardboard naturally it has far more rigidity and can use far better materials like carbon fibre, wooden stringers and layering technology of glass. For this reason you can stand much lower on the board and this provides once again a more efficient paddle stroke and paddle position your centre of balance is much lower so more Force can push you forward .

What is faster to get in the water

Hardboard has no setup time as soon as you get to the beach is ready to go no 10-20 minutes of pumping up, unravelling assembling it’s always ready to go I’ve heard inflatable sup enthusiasts say “well I can just leave mine inflated” if that’s the case then you have room for  a hard board

what about repairs

Repairing a laminated hardboard is a lot easier than most people think as long as you know the material your board is made from a safe bet is two part epoxy epoxy won’t effect polyester polyurethane boards but polyester resin will affect and an epoxy board.  inflatables similar to if you’ve ever had a bike puncture just needs a patch and some strong glue always test for air leaks before you set out

Foil fins and sup foil

This is specifically something that can be used on hard boards I have not ever seen a full on an inflatable simply because a large amount of pressure goes through the thin box and that kind of strength you will only get with the hardboard although it may seem kind of niche it’s a fun option

Beginner boards

Like many of the points above a beginner board will very much be dependent on how comfortable you are on each board I would always recommend 8 hardboard as it gives you a upgrade path to improving and you’re already one step ahead when it comes to upgrades if you are likely to use a bored only a summer or holidays and trips and inflatable may best suit you

Ultimate / pinnacle boards

For ultimate surf race downwind touring or all-rounder it’s going to be a point for the hard boards here laminated hardboard with a fiberglass carbon or other will always have a clear lead an advantage over an inflatable

Ultimate racer  / Ultimate racer 14  foot / Ultimate Surfs Up

maintenance or upkeep on stand-up paddle boards

With hard boards it’s simply taking out of the bag and checking over for any damage before you jump in the water and after a paddle it’s good practice to rinse off the sort of any board

For inflatables similar un-rolling your board checking for punctures making sure it’s correctly inflated And rinsing off before it goes in a bag

Buying advice

Before purchasing your first stand-up paddle board consider what you’re going to use the board for and try out both inflatable and hard boards most places will hire boards or even lessons you will have the choice sometimes of a hardboard or inflatable have a go on both and make up your own mind. our recommended first time sup

final thoughts

Each person reading this will have their own winner as it depends completely on your circumstances if you have an apartment or a small amount of  space to store a board or you just recreationally use a board for a summer holiday then a inflatable might make more sense to you

where as anyone who has been on a hardboard after using a inflatable will realise almost instantly how much better faster and more efficient 8 hardboard feels under your feet more responsive in all conditions, all-round improver board

Me and my brother when creating our boards have toyed with the idea of making inflatable paddle boards and With all the same reasons above and deciding to go with performance Hard boards for this reason it was very obvious the better choice to us and our customers. for more information why we only make epoxy boards see this article

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