SUP Paddle Sizing Guide

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As you would with any paddle sport, you want to choose a stand-up paddle that’s the right length for you. This will make your paddling experiences easier, more efficient and more enjoyable.

How to Choose the Correct Length Stand-up Paddle

Choosing the correct length is straightforward. Simply add a few inches to your own height, depending on the type of paddle boarding you plan to do:

  • Recreational/flatwater—Add 8-10 inches to your height
  • SUP Surfing—Add 6-8 inches to your height
  • SUP Racing—Add 10-12 inches to your height
Stand-Up Paddle Sizing
Many of Aqua-Bound’s SUP paddles have an adjustable-length 2-piece shaft. That means one paddle will serve all your paddling needs if you decide to branch out into different types of paddling.

Get Started on the Water

Many state DNRs, local parks and recreation departments, community education, non-profits and clubs, and paddlesports retailers offer courses and clinics to get you started stand-up paddle boarding.

Or if you want to simply rent a board and strike out on your own it’s pretty easy to get started. Here are a few tips:

  • Stand in the center of the board with your feet should-width apart.
  • Bend your knees slightly
  • Power each stroke from your core, not your shoulders
  • Be sure you hold the paddle correctly—the blade should angle away from you, facing forward
Stand-Up Paddle Sizing on Board

Aqua-Bound’s Stand-Up Paddles

Aqua-Bound has a stand-up paddle for everyone, no matter your budget or experience level.

Our performance SUP paddles include the Malta Carbon, Malta Fiberglass and Challenge 85. All three have a 100% carbon shaft, available in either a 1-piece or 2-piece adjustable-length model. The Malta Fiberglass has several different eye-catching color options for the blades.

These paddles range from a mere 18 ounces to 21ounces and are priced from $189.95 to $324.95.
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Our recreational SUP paddles include the Freedom and Freedom 85, the Lyric and the Spark. The Spark is our most affordable option and perfect for beginners. The Freedom paddles are our most popular, and the Lyric is designed to match any paddle board with its white blade.

These range from 23.5 ounces to 28.5 ounces, and from $99.95 to $164.95.

The Freedom, Freedom 85 and Lyric are also available as a 4-piece model. If you’re looking for a travel-friendly option to take on a plane, in your small car or even in a backpack, we have you covered.
Do you still have questions about how to choose a stand-up paddle? Contact our Wisconsin-based Customer Service team today: 715-755-3405 • [email protected]

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