Last updated on August 11, 2018
You have a paddle board, or perhaps have rented too many times, and have fallen in love with this rapidly growing sport. You want to take it out for some longer trips or maybe even try your hand at racing these boards through the open water.
When looking to get into racing, either competitively or for sport, we recommend you go for the best racing paddle boards. These are boards that help you to reach maximum speed and maintain it throughout the race. Racing boards move so quickly because they have little drag in the water.
If you are an outdoor enthusiast who is looking to paddle boarding, long distance travel will be more your speed. These boards can help you get to hard to reach places that larger boats can’t go, or just push your fitness routine to the limit. The best touring sup will have many of the same characteristics as a racing one, but with lots of storage.
How To Choose A Paddle Boards For Racing / Touring – Buying Guide
You love paddle boarding but want to be able to take it on some longer paddles. Pack an overnight bag and incorporate this fun sport into your transportation for a multi day camping trip. Much easier to portage than your average canoe, paddleboards are a great option to use for touring purposes.
Things to consider
When looking to buy a touring stand up paddle board for your next long distance paddle, makes sure you consider these few key features.
When touring with your paddle board, buying one with enough storage space is key. You want to be able to roll your paddleboard into a compact bundle. There is no need for racks to store your board, just put it in your garage or closet to store. Being able to roll it will also allow you to throw it into the trunk of your car for transportation as well.
SUP touring boards, like racing boards, carry a pointed nose displacement hull design. This helps them cut the water and glide with the least resistance creating an aerodynamic look that cuts through the water with ease. These are much thinner and longer than regular paddle boards which make them not a good option for beginners.
Your boards thickness is a largely unthought about but incredibly important feature when buying your inflatable touring sup. It is said that a 6-inch thick board is a perfect height to ride without getting wet. It also ensures that the board rides rigid and doesn’t flex when in choppy water. When packing your board, we always recommend you use dry bags as there is a high chance your stuff will get some water splashed onto it. Having a thicker board that the weight capacity isn’t maxed out will help you to keep your stuff dry.
A paddle has to be comfortable for the rider. This means one paddle does not fit all. Most packages come with a three piece foldable paddle that is easy to store and transport. We suggest trying a few out to see which type works best for you.
Racing Paddle Boards
Whether you race competitively or do it more for sport, the design of your paddleboard will drastically change from your average sup. The best sup race boards will have a sleek, lightweight design, and minimal fin resistance.
These boards are going to be longer and thinner than a regular paddle board. This allows them to cut through the water with minimal drag. Their pointed nose, a displacement hull design, slices the water better than the blunt nose found on regular boards that carry a planing hull design.
Even though a tri fin system is usually found on regular boards, a single fin system works best for racing. Having only one fin creates less drag (which will slow you down) and is key to increase and maintain your speed.
Race sup boards are quickly becoming all the rage so we have done the research for you and listed our top three boards here.
Things to consider
When buying a board for racing, you want a board that is able to soar through the water at top speeds. There are key features that you should look for to ensure your board can do just that.
When using your paddle board for racing, the shape of your board is one of the most important features. SUP racing requires a narrow and pointed shape to help you glide through the water with the least resistance. This is most commonly seen in the displacement hull design. The pointed nose design makes the board more aerodynamic allowing it to cut the water and push it to the sides leaving you soaring through the water at top speeds.
Fins on your board cause resistance in the water, but they also provide direction. These come in a single or tri fin system but the single fin system is most commonly seen in racing boards. These provide the least resistance while still keep you pointed in the right direction getting you through the water both quickly and efficiently.
The type of paddle you use will greatly affect your speed. This is the main factor to determine how you cut the water and how much force you can get behind you. Having a lower quality plastic design won’t allow you to achieve the top speeds that a lighter and stronger design will. Higher end boards do not come with a paddle. We suggest you choose one that works best for your style of paddling.
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Whether you are going on long distance paddles or race competitively it is important that you get the best paddle board. These, while often expensive, will carry features that will last you a long time. While many may think that touring and racing boards have the same characteristics, there are different priorities that should be placed based on how you intend to use your board. Both carry a displacement hull design to help you soar through the water quickly with fewer strokes but the features will vary. Lightweight design and fins are important in racing while storage and paddle board thickness is a priority for touring.
Do you race on your paddle board? How about going on long distance trips with your board? Let us know what you like on a board in the comment section below.
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