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What To Know Before Buying Your First Paddleboard

Buying your first paddleboard can be a tough process. With so many different boards to choose from, the decision becomes even more difficult when you don’t know what features to look for and what type of board is best for you.

In this article, we’ll discuss paddleboard terminology and specifications to help you make an informed decision about your purchase.

Buying Your First Paddleboard:

If you’re thinking of buying your first paddleboard, there are a few things to know before you make the purchase. 

First, decide what type of paddleboard you want. There are best stand-up paddleboards (SUPs), which typically have a length of 18 to 24 inches and a width of 8 to 10 inches, and longboard paddleboards, which can be up to 48 inches long and 20 inches wide.

SUPs are good for beginners because they’re easier to learn on than longboards; however, many SUP shops offer classes that will teach you how to use them properly. 

Next, decide how much money you want to spend. SUPs start at around $200, while longboard paddles can cost upwards of $500. 

Finally, find a paddleboard shop that’s local to where you live or plan on buying your board.

There are plenty of online retailers as well, but it’s always best to go in person so that the staff can help walk you through the different options and answer any questions you may have.

Finding the Right Size Board:

If you’re considering purchasing your first paddleboard, it’s important to understand the different sizes available. 

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The most common size is 6 feet long by 22 inches wide. However, there are other sizes and shapes available, so be sure to read the descriptions of each model carefully before making a purchase. 

Another factor to consider is what type of paddling you’ll be using your board for. For beginners, we recommend choosing a model with a shallow hull and relatively flat surface.

Shallow models are easier to get up on and move around in water than deep boards, which can be more challenging for those just starting out. 

Finally, be sure to take into account your weight and height when selecting a board. Because they are unstable when wet, heavier people will likely benefit more from deep-hulled models while taller individuals may want shallow boards that are wider than they are long.

Paddles:

If you’re thinking about buying your first paddleboard, there are a few things to know before making your purchase. Paddles come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s important to find the right size for you.

Consider your weight and height when selecting a board. You’ll also want to consider the type of paddling you want to do. For beginners, a recreational kayak will work just fine on most lakes and rivers.

If you plan on spending more time out on the water, consider investing in a paddle board that is designed for touring or racing.

When shopping for a paddleboard, be sure to try it out in person if possible. Many boards are available for rental at many recreation facilities around town.

Additionally, many online retailers offer free returns so that you can try out different models before making a purchase.

Ballast:

1. What is ballast? 

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Ballast is a weight or mass that is added to a paddleboard to change its weight and balance.

It can be anything from rocks to sandbags, and it is typically used to compensate for the weight of the person on the board, as well as any cargo or gear they may have attached. 

2. Why add ballast? 

Adding ballast to a paddleboard can make it more stable in water, and can also help to move the board faster through the water.

Ballast can also be used to adjust a paddleboard’s centre of gravity, which can make it more responsive when riding. 

3. What type of ballast should I use? 

There is no one answer to this question different people have different preferences and requirements for their paddleboards.

However, some general guidelines include using heavier ballast in shallow waters and lighter ballast in deeper waters.

Additionally, some people prefer to use less ballast when cruising on open waters, while others find that adding more ballasts results in a more stable ride on choppy waters. 

4. How do I attach ballast to my board? 

There are several ways to attach ballast directly to your paddleboard: using weights, straps, or chains; attaching the ballast using poles or brackets; or mounting balls onto the deck using suction cups or screws.

Conclusion:

Paddleboarding is a great sport for both beginners and experts alike, but there are a few things to know before making the purchase.

In this article, we will go over some of the most important factors to consider when purchasing your first paddleboard, including the size and shape you should buy, where to find a good one, and what types of paddles are best for different types of water.

If you have any questions about buying or using a paddleboard, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at our online store or by phone. We would be happy to help!