Stand Up Paddleboards
About Our Stand Up Paddle Boards
We at Kona Surf Co design our paddleboards from the water up with the rider in mind. We have personally tested each shape for maximum performance and stability. As the manufacturer we are in the unique position of being able to design our boards to suit a wide variety of riders at an affordable price.
Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUPs) are a good way to relax while out on the water. It’s fun, good exercise, and most importantly, it’s easy for anyone to learn. All you need are some basic SUP gear and techniques.
Choose Your Board
We understand that choosing the right paddle board can be a daunting task, here are a few tips that will make things easier. First keep in mind what you will be using your SUP for, what conditions you will be riding in, and your budget.
Understand the different types of Standup Paddleboard
These boards are designed for beginners learning to ride. They will have a more generic shape and are generally more stable and easier to stand up on. They are not built for speed, but more for a smooth relaxing ride in calm water. Our All Day model falls into this category
Our Hybrid and All Over boards are smaller and lighter. This makes it easier to get into the surf and catch some waves, but also makes them less stable and easier to fall off of. We recommend these models for intermediate to advanced riders who are looking to add some more fun to their ride.
Paddle Boards that are used for Yoga have an extended deck pad which gives you more room to exercise and are wider for more stability in the water so you don't fall off during the more complicated poses. Yoga boards can also be used as All Around SUPs making them even more versatile. The Escape and Yoga Inflatable Paddleboards will work best here.
Pick a Size
Once you know what style of board you want, select the best size that suits your weight and experience. Feel free to look at our volume sizing chart to see the best paddle board volume for you. Beginners will usually want a board with more volume for the extra stability in the water. As you gain experience paddling in different conditions you can get a smaller stand up paddleboard and by then your old paddle board will be perfect for a friend or family member to try out. If you're still not sure of the best SUP for you give us a call at 1-866-858-5864 and one of our specialists will be glad to assist you.
Epoxy or Inflatable?
The biggest difference in these two types of SUP are price and space. Inflatable Paddleboards are generally cheaper and are much easier to store because they can deflate and roll up to about the size of a sleeping bag. Inflatable boards need to be inflated to their recommended PSI for maximum performance. If they are not fully inflated you will notice drag and you will feel the waves moving under you. While epoxy boards to not have these drawbacks they are a bit more expensive and require a lot more storage space. The stiffness of the board will help you glide across the water more easily.
Other SUP Gear
Our stand-up paddleboard packages come with everything you need to get out on the water.
Paddle: Our boards come with a standard paddle. The shaft is angled at the end to make paddling while standing more efficient. Check out our other paddles if you would like to check out our other options. You can always upgrade to the lighter Carbon Fiber paddle for a more extended paddle out.
Leash: A coiled leash also comes in the package and it will keep you tethered to your board, keeping it close by should you fall off. A stand up paddleboard is a large flotation device, so keeping it attached is good for your safety. We have a large stock of leashes should you need to replace yours.
Note: It is also a good idea to wear sun protection and a life vest, which are not included in our SUP packages.
Transporting Your Stand-Up Paddle Board
Most SUPs come with a built in handle. All you need to do to carry your paddleboard is lean it on its side, grab the handle and tuck the board under your arm. Then pick up your paddle and you're off.
If you're just learning it is best to start on calm, flat water. Stand beside the paddleboard in shallow water and hold it on both sides (as well as your paddle). Climb onto the board into a kneeling position just behind the center. Get a feel for the balance, make sure the nose and tail are not dipping to far into the water, the SUP should ride parallel to the water's surface. When you are ready to stand, hold the sides again and put one foot at a time where your knees were and stand up. Your feet should be facing straight ahead about hip-width apart.
As you ride keep your toes pointed forward, your knees bent, and your back straight. You balance with your hips, not your upper body. You hold the paddle with one hand on the handle and one hand further down the shaft. You will constantly be switching hand positions to paddle on both sides so you can go straight, start on whichever side you are most comfortable with. The angle of the paddle should face away from you, this may seem odd at first. When paddling keep your arms straight and twist from your torso. Push the blade of the paddle under the water and try not to reach to far ahead or behind you so you don't loose your balance.
To turn you can either keep paddling on one side, which would make for a smooth, wide turn, or paddle backwards on the opposite side for a quick, sharp turn. For a turn somewhere in the middle you can start your stroke at the nose of the board and sweep around in a wide arc towards the tail.