Widowmaker Surf SUP At The Witterings

Widowmaker Surf SUP At The Witterings

The swell chart war looking good and the conditions were perfect to take the Widowmaker surf sup out for a few small waves at our local break in east wittering a local surf sup hub for paddlers who like to get their weekly wintery fix of waves and paddling.

The wittering has long been our local break and especially as 2 local brothers that enjoy the surf its the closest surf spot to us that breaks semi consistently through the winter months. now its no bells beach or pipeline but for us is fun enough to catch a few waves through the year between bigger trips.

 

 

Our Thoughts About The Widow Maker Surf Sup

 

The Widowmaker was designed for just these types of conditions as locals to the Witterings we wanted surf sup that we could use in the south coast waves that don’t have so much power but still have a surf shape and design and can perform in the waves very well.

The widowmaker was our perfect sup for those conditions because of its high volume all in the centre-right over where you would stand, and really thinned out towards the nose and tail making it very responsive in turns but also paddles and catches waves well compared to most other all-rounders.

We have used the Widowmaker all over the UK from all of the local spots from Bracklesham Bay, East Wittering & West Witterings to Hayling island and even our more secret Bognor Regis breaks not to mention all over the west country and Fuerteventura. Its a performance-based sup built for average surf.

Fin versatility allows for either quad or thruster FCS setups, we Built it this way to make it adaptable to the surf conditions your in. The quad set up really lose and fun in smaller surf and gives it a lot more drive down the line in surf spots like east Wittering In West Sussex and help it really bit in the turns in the smaller surf. For the bigger surf, we would switch it to a classic 2+1 set up which helps hold your line in bottom turns in bigger waves  

The Widow Maker’s stability is its main talking point as for a surf sup designed for manoeuvrability and performance this sup is so stable. paddling on flat water or through the waves is a real breeze compared to other surf oriented sups. its 32″ width and high volume in the centre also really help you catch waves and make it past flatter sections. that’s why its one of your favourites to use at the Witterings throughout the winter.

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SUP Volume Guide For Beginners

SUP Volume Guide For Beginners

SUP Volume Guide For Beginners

The Ultimate SUP Volume Guide, if your a beginner or even an intermediate paddleboarder you may have heard about sup volume? you may have asked what is “SUP volume” why Is stand up paddleboard volume so important? Well before we get into that you have to know a few things…

  • Your weight
  • Your height
  • Your stand up paddleboarding ability
  • The conditions you want to use it in? ( Flatwater / Racing / Touring / Surfing )

Your weight is important when it comes to stand up paddle boarding volume because it has a direct effect on your control and performance on flat water and waves.

Like most paddleboards, SBS SUP’s have their dimensions written on the underside of the board, this will state the Length, width and thickness of the board. This a standard in the industry but especially when buying a SUP it’s important to know your ideal volume.

Knowing your ideal paddleboard volume is just as important in surfing and they are both measured in the same way. The volume of a board is “the amount of space any given object occupies”, this includes the entirety of the board and the volume will be given in litres. This is a basic principle for paddlers, if you know the correct volume for yourself, it will help to choose the right size and model of the paddleboard. A general rule of thumb is that the more litres of volume a Stand-Up paddleboard has, the more weight it can carry whilst in motion.

It makes sense because if you have a 2 different people, one 70kg and the other 100kg they will require a different amount of buoyancy and volume to keep them afloat and paddling along without sinking.

But for beginner be wary, more volume doesn’t always mean more stability, you can see from the 2 boards below one is an elite level race sup that has 245 Litres, the other is an all-round sup designed for beginners with 217 litres. The race sup would be very difficult for a beginner to paddle because of its small width, rail and rocker contours, as well as its outline shape, this makes the board tricky, to begin with, because the board stores its high volume in 5 or 6 inch rails allowing for more volume than a regular beginner or cruising boards. The Navigator has a greater width and has a more stable shape, so would be better for beginners although less volume than the race sup.

12'6 - 245 Litres

10'6 - 217 Litres

Where is the volume

Just like we mentioned previously, the placement of the volume is crucial to the stability and the performance for the board as well as its intended usage. Keeping the majority of the volume in the centre makes it great for paddling whilst it’s thinner nose and tail means it can turn easier in waves or flat water, most beginner all-around stand up paddleboards are like this, they are great for learning the basics  whereas touring or race paddleboards tend to have bowl displacement noses, storing a lot of their volume to power through waves and keep speed, touring boards tend to be very stable compared to race boards. The touring board’s volume will be spread more equally throughout the length of the board with a slight taper toward the tail to help in turns. Touring boards like our DON Sup are designed to be comfortable to paddle long distances or excursions or even for fitness.

That’s why we recommend our Don and Navigator models for those paddlers just starting out, they would be the easiest and most comfortable and stable board to start learning on. These boards also provide plenty of volume and width to help carry extra weight and create a stable platform. The higher and wider the board the better for beginners, these boards should sit higher on the water making them easier to paddle compared to other boards with lower volumes that sink very easy or are too small for the paddler. These boards will be a lot less stable to paddle but easier to manoeuvre in the surf and on waves.

To get your perfect volume you can use our SUP volume calculator, to help chose the right sized SUP to match the board’s volume to your size and ability.

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