Short SUP's why?
Short SUP's - Are they suitable for you?
You may have noticed that Kelly Slater has been riding shorter boards with rounder noses over the last few years.
As he puts it ”it is about the feeling not about the look”:
Consider SUP and the direction Starboard took 3 years ago developing shorter paddle boards with rounded noses.
Also the direction Starboard windsurfing took some 9 years ago with the EVO, the board that Starboard Shaper Scott McKercher helped to develop and use to Win Serial Wave Windsurfing Championships.
Shorter SUP's have less "glide". When you stop paddling the board stops moving. They are harder to paddle in a straight line and require more effort for less speed.
However, they are lighter, stronger, cheaper, easier to transport and turn more easily on waves.
At Amara Watersports Pattaya Blue Lagoon Thailand we have the following short SUP models available so that you can try and see which board works best for what you expect from your Paddleboard.
Hero 9' x 33"
Pocket Rocket 8'5" x 30"
Seven Eleven 7'11" x 29"
Rush 7'4" x 32"
Impossible 6'6" x 30"
Using Shorter SUP's - (under 10')
"Shorter boards do not need bigger waves, they need better positioning on better shaped waves" - what I have noticed