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What Size Stand Up Paddle Board is Right for Me?

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If you’re wondering how to find the perfect stand up paddle board for you, you’re not alone. The main hurdle every new SUP lover faces is choosing the perfect board for your body. With the right iSUP paddle board and a little instruction, you’ll pick up the sport in no time.

There are thousands of board shapes and sizes to choose from. But hey, don’t panic! We’re here to help you choose the perfect paddle board that matches your fitness goals. From a starter inflatable SUP to top-quality Blackfin gear, there are plenty of fun options to fit your interests.

Board and Body Measurements Make a Difference

Your stand-up paddle board success relies on matching your body size to the board’s dimensions. Everything from buoyancy to balance is impacted by these ratios. It’s crucial to identify your SUP goals before you start shopping for a paddle board.

Common SUP Criteria to Keep in Mind Before Buying

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1. Decide on the right type of hull.

Your two primary options are a displacement hull or a planing hull. Displacement hulls have a defined V-shape that cuts through water, similar to a boat. Planing hulls are created flat and wide to glide over water.
Here’s a tip: displacement hulls equal speed and planing hulls equal stability. Since you’re new to SUP, you probably want a planing hull.

2. Choose between a solid or inflatable SUP.

We might be biased, but the convenience and durability of iSUPs make them the obvious choice. If you’re on the fence between the two, it’s important to understand your personal goals.

Inflatable paddle boards are perfect for families and travel lovers. They are resistant to dents and dings and easily fit into a travel bag. While traditional fiberglass SUPs are more difficult to carry, maintain and store, hard boards are good for advanced activities like surfing and racing.

3. Pay attention to the board’s weight and volume capacity.

sure to purchase a SUP that can handle the bodies of every user. paddle board retailers always identify the recommended height and weight to ensure stability and performance.

Every board on the iRocker website has a thorough outline of product specs. If you have any questions, we promise a prompt response through live chat.

Understanding Board Measurements

Stand-up paddle boards are a big investment. No one wants to spend hundreds of dollars on a SUP that doesn’t perform. Little kids and large adults all can find a paddle board perfect for their body type. Keep your body measurements in mind when you read SUP product specs.

Length: The longer the board, the easier it is to maneuver and balance. Similar to surfing, short SUPs increase speed. paddle boards 10-feet long or more are perfect for kiddos, beginners and pups.

If you start to feel overwhelmed, just remember the general rule of thumb — simply add nine-to-10 inches to the height of the paddler to find the ideal board length.

Board dimensions get a bit more complicated if yoga, surfing or racing is your goal. Yogees should purchase a 10-foot to 13-foot board with a comfortable deck pad. The ideal performance surf SUP length is six-to-10 inches. Racing boards should be 12-to-14 feet and very narrow.

Width: Taller and heavier SUPers should opt for a wide, long paddle board. Performance boards are typically long and narrow, while leisure SUPers and beginners should select something like the iRocker All-Around board.

Weight Capacity: This is the most important, clear-cut dimension to follow when choosing a stand-up paddle board. The recommended weight capacity identified by the retailer is there to help you succeed.

If you’re heavier, two great options are the iRocker 11’ x 32” All-Around board, which holds up to 435 pounds or the Blackfin Model XL, with a maximum weight capacity of 485 pounds.

Stability: Every stand-up paddle board has a corresponding stability rating. The more you weigh, the higher the stability rating you’ll need for peak performance. Pay attention to the stability rating on each of iRocker’s board listings.

Check out our Blackfin paddle boards for boards with a 10/10 stability rating. The 11’ iRocker Sport board carries a six stability rating, which is a great option for experienced performance paddle boarders.

iRocker has the Perfect Stand Up Paddle Board for Every Body Type

We construct each of our military-grade iSUPs with the end users in mind. (That’s you!) People all around the world come in countless combinations of shapes and sizes, so we create boards that work for everyone. “After all of my research, I decided on an inflatable SUP and went with the iRocker All-Around 11’. We’ve had a great experience with it so far and everyone in our family has enjoyed using it. The size and stability of the board are perfect and our boys can use it at the same time or my wife and I can jump on it with one of them or use it alone.” – Grace N., Google Review Whatever your SUP goals, stand up paddle boarding experience or body shape, iRocker and Blackfin create different boards to match your requirements. Years of research, development and testing has led us to produce the top-quality boards you see on our site. Ready to make waves with a new board? Check out our board comparison chart and drop us a line with any questions.

iRocker has the Perfect Stand Up Paddle Board for Every Body Type

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We construct each of our military-grade iSUPs with the end users in mind. (That’s you!) People all around the world come in countless combinations of shapes and sizes, so we create boards that work for everyone. “After all of my research, I decided on an inflatable SUP and went with the iRocker All-Around 11’. We’ve had a great experience with it so far and everyone in our family has enjoyed using it. The size and stability of the board are perfect and our boys can use it at the same time or my wife and I can jump on it with one of them or use it alone.” – Grace N., Google Review Whatever your SUP goals, stand up paddle boarding experience or body shape, iRocker and Blackfin create different boards to match your requirements. Years of research, development and testing has led us to produce the top-quality boards you see on our site. Ready to make waves with a new board? Check out our board comparison chart and drop us a line with any questions.

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