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Choosing the right stand up paddle board

Posted by The Surfboard Warehouse on

Purchasing a SUP is a big decision financially, so making the right choice is important.

One of the questions we are asked daily is:
“what size SUP do I need?”
So I thought I would break it down for you.


All The Surfboard Warehouse SUPs are advertised with their volume, and we believe that understanding volume will really help customers make the right decision when buying a SUP.

What is volume? The easiest way to explain volume is a board advertised with 100L will fit 100L of any substance inside. As the board’s core is EPS foam, this gives the board its buoyancy.

You can now easily match your ability level, with your weight and the volume of the board.

In volumetrics, 1 litre floats 1 kilogram of weight. So generally, SUP riders will use boards with volume between 130% – 200% of their own body weight.

A basic breakdown of volume to weight ratio is:

Beginner: 200% of your body weight e.g. 60kg = 120L
Intermediate: 170% of your body weight e.g. 60kg = 102L
Expert: 130% of your body weight e.g. 60kg – 78L

The above breakdown is to be used as a guide only, and always remember riding a stand up paddle board is about having fun. Some of my most memorable sessions have been on my higher volume boards especially in less than perfect conditions.

And remember, our friendly staff can always help you in store or give me a call on 1800 983 227 and I can help you choose the best SUP board for you.

Jarrod - The Surfboard Warehouse

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