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
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
Aqua-Bound’s Stand-Up Paddles
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.
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.
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