[Guide] What Size Paddle board Should You Get?

You have finally decided to try out paddleboarding. That's great! You might have put down your lists from the little research you have done. But, there is more to getting a good one. Leave alone the punchy features that manufacturers amplify. 

This article talks about the size of paddleboards. It should help you know the best one to choose whether you are riding alone, with your pet, or with the company of friends. 


How to Choose a Paddleboard by Weight Capacity?


It is the greatest weight capacity that the paddleboard should hold. Therefore, the weight capacity of a paddleboard is crucial when choosing one. 

A board with a lower weight capacity is generally better for surfing. That's because such boards are less stable and easier to maneuver in waves. 

Boards that have a high weight capacity are ideal for touring or SUP yoga. That's because they give you more stability when traveling over long distances.

Then, what is the recommended weight capacity of a paddleboard? Unfortunately, it cannot be easy to answer, depending on the person's weight and height. 

Most often, boards should hold between 100-150 lbs of weight without any issues. But, some boards exceed this capacity limit. So each individual must judge for themselves whether their board is up to their standard.


Paddle Board Weight


How to Choose a Paddleboard by Length?


Paddleboard length is important because it will determine the paddling you can do. A shorter paddleboard (11′) makes for a great surfboard. But it may not be as good for touring.

Longer boards are better suited to deep water tours and easier surfing ability. Decide what your goals are before buying a good one for your needs!

The right length paddleboard for you depends two-fold. First, these are your height and the kind of board that best suits your needs. Generally, taller people should ride a longer board.

Shorter individuals might opt for a shorter one. You can find more advice by checking out some of the product reviews we have on paddleboards.

There are different lengths of paddleboards for different purposes. For instance, there are long paddleboards that are perfect for surfing. 

Some shorter boards are great for touring. Well, there are steps to decide what would be the best board length for your needs. But, first, you should assess which one is most suited to what you're trying to do!


Paddle Board Length


How to Choose a Paddleboard by Width?


It's important to choose a paddleboard that is the appropriate size for you. It should well accommodate your feet along with about half of your body weight on the board. Ensure you do this when sitting flat on the ground or standing upright in shallow water (about 18 inches).

Athletic paddlers may want something around 12". It is comfortable enough for them. That's because it will have more surface area to push off of, but not so wide that the board is unstable.

Athletic paddlers may also want a wider paddleboard, especially if they plan to stand up and surf waves for long or go out in choppy water.

If you're looking for a basic one to have fun with on the water, then a board that is around 15" wide will be fine.

Likewise, if you're not sure what size to get, go with either the narrower or wider option and see how it feels for you on the water. Once you find out which width suits you best, choose one of your boards by width.


SUP Width


How to Choose a Paddleboard by Thickness?


Choosing a paddleboard by thickness is important. That's because it will determine the stability of your board. The more surface area on top and bottom, the better. It is for maneuverability in wave conditions. 

If you are looking to surf waves or do yoga - choose a thicker board to handle those actions well. Thinner paddleboards aren't bad. However, most people will choose a thinner board to carry with them on vacation for more efficiency.

The perfect thickness is the same as your height. Especially when standing up straight and holding onto it, so if you are tall - go for a thicker paddleboard. If you're short, then opt for something thinner.


SUP Thickness


Perfect Sizes for Different Types of Paddle Boards


Your height and weight determine the perfect size of a paddleboard. For example, if you are shorter than average, an 11-foot SUP may be more appropriate. Unlike the standard 12-foot SUPs. 

You want it big enough. So that when standing on the deck with both feet dangling, the water is at or below your kneecaps.

Here are some of the regular types of paddleboards in the current market. Unfortunately, these aren't standard to use. You can also customize yours to match your style, mood, and preference. 


SUP Types


1. All-Round Paddleboards

These are perfect for beginners. It is easy to catch waves with a smaller board and easier to maneuver in shallow water. These boards are usually between 13-14 feet long and 34 inches wide.

But this doesn't cut across all brands. Each has its engineering specifications. Besides, anyone can use them, from kids to adults. All-round paddleboards are great because one can use them for many purposes.


2. Touring Paddleboards 

If you are striving for the best size of touring paddleboard, don't worry. The standard 11-foot SUP is usually r3ecommended. However, it will provide you with more stability in waves and windy conditions. 

If you prefer to go fast or board surf, an average 12-foot long SUP would be appropriate. 

Another vital factor that can influence the size of your touring paddleboard is your weight. A shorter board will provide more stability if you are on the petite side, especially in waves or windy conditions. In addition, it will let you get closer to shore without risking capsizing.

If you have any health concerns such as arthritis, joint pain, or balance, be keen. These are among the primary considerations to have in mind. 


3. Race Paddleboards

A good racing paddleboard size is a smaller board. For example, the 11-foot SUP mentioned earlier. That's because you need to be able to turn faster. In addition, you need to beat your competitors and make it through tight spaces on the water. A standard 12-foot SUP would be too big for this type of racing.


4. Flat-Water Paddleboard

For flat-water paddling, you want a shorter board. That's because it is more maneuverable and responsive to changes in direction while paddling. Moreover, it also has less rocker, making for easier entry if you use it as a stepping-stone.


5. Surfing Paddleboards

The perfect size of a SUP for surfing depends more on the rider's weight. For example, if you are riding in waves with some power and speed, your board may need to be heavier. 

As opposed to lighter riders who can rely more on their balance and agility. Especially when navigating through smaller surf. 

If there is plenty of water coming over the front of the board, then this is a good sign. It means that it will be able to handle larger surf and waves.


Final Thoughts!

It's time to get on your board and start paddling. We hope these unique tips have helped you determine which size paddleboard is right for you. So you can now spend more time out there enjoying the water! Happy surfing!

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