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The Different Shapes of a Stand Up Paddleboard

Differences Between Stand Up Paddleboards.

Stand up paddleboards on display
Different shapes of SUPs

There are many facets of Stand Up Paddleboarding. Some many of us may have never heard of. And with each one of these categories a product is created to fill its needs.

Many of these products that are created find themselves on the shelves of stories. In online ads. But the descriptions of what they are for can be vague.

I wanted to put together a blog that helped explain a bit about the different boards we use in Stand Up Paddleboarding and why.

For example categories such as recreational paddling, racing, yoga, fishing, surfing, whitewater and touring. And within some of these there are categories of products. Making it even more confusing.

Types of Paddleboards.

Surftech Demo Tour
Surftech Demo Tour

Even with all the categories of stand up paddleboards. The shapes of the board fall into two divisions.

Planning and displacement. The true meaning as defined by boat builders is slightly different than the paddleboard description. In order to simplify it we use these two terms to describe how the boards act on the waters surface.

A planning stand up paddleboard, rides on top of the water and can resemble the shape of a surf board. Most recreational boards fall into this category, especially the ones used at rental operations. Boards used for yoga, surfing, whitewater and fishing are most likely planning boards. And even some raceboards fall into this category.

The displacement board. Is one that looks like a boat nose. It has a cutting bow that moves the water to the side as it moves forward. Like that of a boat or kayak. Racing and touring boards usually fall into this category.

What is the Biggest Difference?

When paddlers are trying decide between the two categories the question always arises what is the difference. And to put it simply. The glide.

A displacement board is designed to move more efficiently across the water. While a planning board is a bit more sticky feeling.

Unless you are racing or looking to paddle long distances either board will work for most paddlers. I recommend trying both styles out when you are ready to make the purchase so you can feel the difference between the boards.

Video.

Below is a Facebook Live I did on the differences between the two. I get into a little more detail and show the shapes of the boards. If you have any other questions please let me know.

Planning hull vs displacement hull

Posted by Jeramie Vaine on Tuesday, October 2, 2018

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