12 Frequently Asked Questions About SUP Boarding


Table of contents

1. Is paddle board easy to learn?
2. Is the paddle board heavy?
3. What are the benefits of paddle boarding?
4. How much weight can a paddle board hold?
5. What is the best paddle board for beginners?
6. How many fins are best on a paddle board?
7. What should I wear to stand up paddle boarding?
8. Can I bring my dog on my paddle board?
9. Will my board be too big for my kids?
10.Whether ISUP inflation is hard and takes too much time
11. How much do stand up paddle boards cost?
12. How long will an inflatable SUP last?


SUP Boarding

We often receive the same questions from new customers as they begin searching for the right stand up paddle board. They are important questions for the beginner SUP enthusiast as they are mostly responsible for starting the journey into SUP on the right path. We felt the need to share them with you, providing you with answers right from the beginning.

Is paddle board easy to learn?

Part of the appeal of stand up paddling is that it is a relatively easy activity to learn for people of any age or fitness level. In many cases, people having no water skills can learn to paddle in 10-15 minutes as long as get them a nice, big, stable board. If you take some SUP lessons you’ll learn even faster and get comfortable on top of it. Another great thing about learning to paddle boarding is when you fall off, it’s easy to get back on the paddle board. SUP boards don’t fill up with water like a kayak or a canoe, so they won’t capsize.


Is the paddle board heavy?

That depends on the style and size of the board, but generally most boards weigh about 30 pounds. Carrying a paddle board won’t be extremely difficult for an adult woman. They have convenient handles near the middle of the board for one to carry, or you can tag team them by each carrying an end. Lighter weight boards are much easier to carry, load and unload, but are often more fragile. Heavier boards can often take more knocks, but their weight sometimes contributes to mishandling and resultant dings.


What are the benefits of paddle boarding?

Paddle boarding is a low impact activity, which means that anyone can practice it, there are no age restrictions. You can make paddling as difficult or as easy as you like. 

You can even sit down, yes, sit down on the board. You can take a break, take a stretch, take a photo of a dolphin, take a deep breath or take in a sunset. If you want to lose weight with paddle board, it will have unexpected effects. Paddleboarding can be considered as a full workout as it works on the muscles of your entire body and burns calories while you’re practicing.


How much weight can a paddle board hold?

When you’re looking for a paddle board, one of the most important things you should look at is to pick a board with the right weight capacity, so you will be stable and the board will perform how it’s meant to. Goosehill provides a “RECOMMENDED RIDER WEIGHT”for every Paddle Board that allows you to find all suitable boards for riders of all weights, from Under 40kg to Over 200kg.


What is the best paddle board for beginners?

This is an often underestimated and extensive topic. The size of the SUP plays an important role in helping beginners learn the activity and gaining confidence to improve their skills. Beginners should use paddle boards with 32 to 34 inches, as they will offer bigger stability. The 30 to 32 inches paddle boards are better for advanced paddlers, as they already know how to keep themselves stable and be faster. But if you have a good sense of balance, you can totally try starting with a touring paddle board 31'' wide or narrower. It is also worthwhile to invest in high-quality and especially light paddles. The paddle is also moved with every movement on the SUP, a light paddle makes it much easier and increases the fun noticeably.


How many fins are best on a paddle board?

There are several different fin configurations out there, though one-fin and 2+1-fin are the most common. Fins influence your speed, maneuverability, and your board’s ability to move in a straight line. The answer to this question depends on what you intend to do with it. Boards with one fin are usually larger boards that made for cruising and are not intended to surf. Boards with three or more fins are better suited for surfing, but can also be good for paddling in flat water. 


What should I wear to stand up paddle boarding?

We recommend that you wear swim gear, a t-shirt and shoes that you don't mind getting wet. In addition, a paddle board is considered a water vessel and it is mandatory to wear either a life vest or an inflatable belt pack PFD based on their swimming confidence and comfort with cold water immersion. All participants must wear the provided SUP leash while traveling on the water.


Can I bring my dog on my paddle board?

Yep, absolutely. We have no reason to leave our furry friends at home along. Your dogs’ nails will not pop the PVC and they’ll love you for the adventure! Some paddlers cut a yoga mat to fit there board as an extra layer of protection. Just put the dog on it or sit on it and go. The extra weight should not be a problem.


Will my board be too big for my kids?

Stand up paddling is a safe and highly enjoyable family activity. Larger boards suitable for supporting an adult plus children and pets. We are occasionally asked why we don’t carry child-sized boards, and the answer is very simple. Any board that we carry is expected to last for years. Children simply outgrow the equipment too fast. Also, most often, mom and dad want to be able to get on as well! Besides, we have yet to encounter a kid who hasn’t loved paddleboarding on a full-sized board.


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