Picking out the right SUP is important in making sure you get the best out of your experience. SUPs are made in different shapes and sizes according to your choice of discipline: Surfing, touring, and racing. The volume, width, length, thickness, and curve of the board are all important aspects that will help you enjoy your time out in the water.
This board is designed for speed and accurate turns, while being able to cut through the water pretty well. Ten feet is about the maximum length for a surfing SUP. This board is also much rockier than touring and racing boards because of the top curve. And lastly, it is important to know that the fins are much different on these boards in order to help with high-speed turns.
Touring is the most common way to use SUPs. These boards are usually a bit longer and narrower in order to cut through the water, allowing them to make longer distances. They are also usually a lot flatter on top than surfing SUPs in order to maintain stability. While these boards weren’t meant for speed, they do maintain their speed well once the board starts going. Their pointed tips create a displacement hull that allows them to cut through the water better.