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Old 08-30-2017, 07:38 PM
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Looking for a recommendation for his and her standup paddleboards...use in our river off Chesapeake Bay for cruising/workout..I have zero experience...where to start..
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....big topic, not so simple!

Big fun, I haven't done "battle of the paddle" (Santa Catalina island Cali to Dana point Cali) or raced the around key west race but I used to paddle key west once a month, even thru washing machine/key west channel dodging cruise ships.

Since you're assumingely not gonna surf them, I'd look at more race shaped boards, skinnier thus faster (more fun) track a lot straighter yet less side to side stable in wakes/waves...you'll learn fast to sit down n turbulent waters like when a jet ski passes you or sportfisher throws a 3 foot wake by you. Floaties on sunglasses a must...

If you're even thinking of fishing on yours, or wifie might wanna try paddleboard yoga then no race boards, go more surf shaped boards, wider more stable yet slower and don't track at all, you'll be two maybe only one stroke one side then need to switch sides where as race board you might get five strokes a side before board starts arc the turn..

I'm a $300 carbon fiber cut to length paddle guy, I'm spoiled and no aluminum adjustable paddle will ever my arms paddle...I still have a $60 aluminum adjustable paddle, I just will never use it myself cuz I've been spoiled with $300 carbon paddle.

Boards vary n price, $300 plastic ones made outta kayak plastic are best deal IMO, cheaper, take shoreline abuse well, less apt to be stolen as they're plastic not fiberglass.

My current board is a fisher 12' titan ($1100) features a goretex valve so as water evaporates out automatically this no need to remember to close boards valve, it's a surfer I use one semi deep skew without the two thrusters so less dragging, you'll notice dragging real quick if you have a bunch of skegs under there or seaweed on your trailing leash making resistance...

I wear a mustang waist pfd, looks like a fannypack as some law enforcement will require it, most all tour operators/renters in key west will send you out with a pfd/whistle if you rent a paddleboard.

Again, big topic not so simple...
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Tahoe. Check website StandOnLiquid.
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If you have zero experience I would suggest renting one for a few hours and see if you like it. Not for everybody.
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Its a stupid sport, And I sell them.
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I suspect for many, paddle boarding follows a pretty standard pattern. Buy it, use it a number of times the first season, second season not as much, third season on an occasion, fourth season barely if at all, fifth season- move from one place to another as the dust builds. Time line might be compressed to 2-3 seasons.

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Dolsey boards are inexpensive and easy to find on sale. I have the 11'4" PCG. 9/10 would buy again.
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Buy a used one. Plenty for sale and the bigger it is the easier for her to ride.

BTW: Pic of wife.
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I heard the Yeti paddleboard is great, 3x as expensive as the competitor but you get a window sticker with it.
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They should be called "water boards" since they are a form of torture. Wait till you fall off in shallow water and land on a conch shell!
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x100 on renting one or borrowing one before purchase. Wife wanted one so I got her a couple of lessons at the local lake. Solved that purchase issue quickly!
She is a workout nut but this was not her thing. Very boring to her.

Tried again in the Keys. Rented one for 5hrs. (?????) took it out with the wind at her back, our friend rented one as well. Turned around and struggled to make it back. Returned it within the hour and never got on one again!

Big, bulky and hard to manage. Tough to load and launch from a dock.
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If you just want to paddle around for an hour for fun, get a Costco soft top foam board.

I have one. I take it to the beach and let strangers use it.

Fun recreational board for cheap.

https://www.costco.com/Wavestorm-9'-...100336086.html
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buy an old used long wind surf board and paddle for $200.00
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My wife and I have SUP epoxy paddleboards. They were over $800 five years ago. The epoxy boards are light so they cruise efficiently and are easy to carry. But, they are fragile. You have to be careful to not set them on small rocks or anything sharp as they will puncture. They are also very bulky so they are hard to transport without a long roof rack. Also, you aren't supposed to leave the epoxy boards in direct sunlight for long periods of time, the thin epoxy shell is that sensitive.
It was my wife's idea to get them and we still enjoy riding them at least once each lake weekend. Your balance will noticeably improve after just a few rides and you could also notice some additional muscle definition in your core. I routinely let my 24 lb. dog ride with me. That requires a little more concentration and balance as she constantly moves back and forth and side to side.
We like riding on smooth lake water. Winds and boat wakes take the fun out of it so I don't see the appeal of riding in the ocean.
Overall, I am glad we have them but they are much less practical than kayaks.
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Originally Posted by GWcpa View Post
If you just want to paddle around for an hour for fun, get a Costco soft top foam board.

I have one. I take it to the beach and let strangers use it.

Fun recreational board for cheap.

https://www.costco.com/Wavestorm-9'-...100336086.html
second this. we have 2 and they have held up to kids and guests pretty well.

If i want to go for a paddle i take a kayak. cover a lot more ground and wakes dont slow me

especially recommend for you to "try" the sport out before investing in the serious ones
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Big, bulky and hard to manage. Tough to load and launch from a dock.
A good board is not heavy, or bulky or hard to launch from anywhere. There is a HUGE range of SUP's available now. Expect to pay around 1k new (with a paddle) for a good one. I've ridden low end rentals on vacations and I can tell you it's a totally different experience. Get yourself a good quality board that is matched for your height and weight and you won't be sorry.
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Rent a couple times, find a shop doing demo days in the area you will be riding, see what style works for you. We have a couple, very different in how they ride and track.
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Buy a used one. Plenty for sale and the bigger it is the easier for her to ride.

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If that's a legit pic (not buying it) she can come try my board ASAP
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I looked for used ones where I live and the supply was pretty limited and not much of a deal. For my kids I bought an inexpensive plastic one they can beat on. Having surfed a long time ago I know how fragile a quality board would be so I went with a plactic one and I was happy as the first weekend it had a nice scratch on the bottom.

I'd advise going the Costco / Dicks Sporting good's plastic route use it for a year or 2 if you like it sell it for about $100- $150 less than what you paid then get a nice one.

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