SUP racing requires a specialist board, and you need to decide where you’ll race, along with how advanced your skills are, to work out board size.
- Will you race on flat water e.g lakes or do you think you’d be on the sea, even occasionally.
- Have you got experience of narrower boards? If not, then it’s worth trying some first to get an understanding of how widths vary, in differing conditions.
- Carbon is lighter and in some cases is more responsive feeling underfoot, so consider this against fibre glass.
- Shapes make a big difference, and dimensions aren’t the only thing to improve stability, especially in narrower boards.
- All water boards are better if you’re mixing up training and racing on lakes and the sea.
- Flat water boards, tend to be more tippy as you go narrower.