Which paddleboard should I get?! I hear this all too often from first time SUP buyers. With all the different paddle board shapes, sizes, volumes, and construction ("Layup schedule") it can be super confusing. I normally break this decision making process down into three categories, and this might help you decide which is the best board for you!
First, as a "Newbie" to paddleboarding you have to take your height and weight into account when choosing your first SUP (Stand up Paddle Board). The larger the person, generally, the larger the board you want to start out with. For example, a 185 lb. man who is 6' would go with a 10'-11' board. I would also suggest his first board be at least 31" wide. And say a 135 lb. woman who is 5'5" I would suggest a 9'5"- 10' SUP. Same deal with the width for her board. When you are talking about paddle boards in the 9'5" - 11'5" range, the wider the board makes a big difference in stability, more so than length or thickness (Over all Volume). So I would suggest your first board be in the 31" - 33" width at it's widest point, you will be happy you did and your learning curve on your new SUP will be much quicker!
Secondly, you have to consider the shape or outline of the board. Generally speaking wider rounder shapes (Think big longboard surfboard shapes) will be more stable and easier to master. Our 10' & 11' Cardiff SUP Boards are perfect as a first time paddle board. Boards with round and full noses with larger tail widths, along with having at least 30" in width will make for a nice stable platform, like our Cardiff Series Boards mentioned. Short board shape (Think pointy nose and thinner profile) with lower overall volume will offer more performance, speed, and surfability in your SUP but will be less stable. If you're looking to give yourself a bit more of a challenge with the upside of increased performance then boards like our 10' & 11'2" Sessions SUPs will be the ticket!
Last thing to consider in your first paddleboard is construction. If you're looking to get a board that has the lightest weight (Ease of carrying / transporting) then you'll most likely be looking at a Fiberglass / Epoxy SUP. The upside to this type of construction is lightweight and increase performance due to sleeker shapes and rigidity. These are the traditional type of paddle boards which shares similar methods used in making fiberglass surfboards. Our Cardiff & Sessions line of paddleboards are built using these traditional methods. We go over and above in our construction adding materials such as natural bamboo, carbon fiber, high quality fiberglass and divinycell so ours our light and strong. These types of SUP boards offer a lot, and are considered the best performing models, but you must take care of these boards like you would a traditional surfboard. Be mindful of dinging and banging your board into hard surfaces, and always store your epoxy SUP out of direct sunlight and exposure to prolonged extreme heat! If you need something a bit more durable and up to taking lots of abuse then you need to consider thermo-mold plastic shell paddleboards. Our Adventure Series Boards come into play here. These boards can take all the abuse you can dish out as a new paddler! Paddle strikes, bumping into hard objects, oyster beds, and rocks can be handled better by a paddle board with a hard plastic outer shell.
Most import factor is to have fun and get out on the water!
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We hope this update finds all our surfing and paddling friends and family well during these crazy times. We have been out on and in the water as much as possible over the past couple months on our North 2 paddle boards and surfboards. Nothing is better then SUP for social distancing. What a great way to get a full-body workout in, fill up on immune boosting vitamin D, and clear your head in the process. Stand up paddleboarding is one of the best ways to get fit while having fun and enjoying nature. Not only are you strengthening and building core muscles, you are honing your balance and fine motor muscles in the process, not to mention the cardio workout you're getting! So keep up the paddle boarding as much as you can, I know we will here at N2.
We are excited to announce, by popular demand, that we are expanding our fiberglass core soft top surfboards. Our Roots softtop surfboards (6' Fish, 6'8" Fish, 8'5" Funboard, 9'2" Longboard) are not your average "Softie." Ours are built to last using real EPS closed cell foam, and high quality fiberglass just like higher end epoxy surfboards. The backbone of the Roots softops are also reinforced with not one but two 5mm thick stringers. Then the boarsds are wrapped in impact absorbing IXPE soft skin material that takes waxing well just like an epoxy board. You'll always keep one of these N2 Roots Softops mark my words, no matter if you're learning, or have surfed for 20 years! Lots of fun and they won't break the bank.
Another addition to the N2 Boards lineup is a new 11'2" X 30" X 4.5" Sessions Board coming soon! Like our previous "Special edition" 11'2" SE Sessions paddleboard, We designed this board to maximize speed and glide but made the new model a little wider increasing paddler stability. The ultimate recreational race SUP and for those looking to push their paddling to the next level. It also performs well as a downwind board and for playing in the waves. So stayed tuned on this sweet SUP and get your hands on one!
Here at N2 we would first like to extend our sincerest condolences to those who have lost loves ones due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic. C19 has effected everyone across the globe in some way or another. We are very thankful that North 2 Boards was not so negatively effected by the pandemic as other businesses unfortunately were and are ongoing. So we would like to send thoughts and prayers to all fellow small business owners during these trying times. We think now more than ever it is time to support those small businesses in our communities that make our lives so colorful and diverse. Let’s also take this opportunity to support our neighbors, friends, and family so we will all make it out the other side better off together.
Outdoor recreational activities has seen a huge uptick in total participation nationwide. Paddleboarding has also seen a big surge in first time paddlers attracted to what SUP brings to the table, especially in our new normal. Stand up Paddling allows us to “Social Distance” while still being able to get a great full body workout in, and enjoying the company of others in the great outdoors. So many people are discovering why paddle boarding is the number one growing water sport worldwide. From paddle surfing, fitness paddling, or exploring new waterways with your paddle buddy.. SUP is exploding and coming to a lake, river, or coastline near you!
So get out and try SUP, trust us you’ll be as hooked as we are! Get a dose of beneficial vitamin D, work those paddle muscles, and enjoy some distancing out on your favorite waterway.
We are super stoked to share our all-new graphic design layouts which are coming in the first part of August on the boards you have come to love and depend on to get your water fix in! We have also added a new line of fiberglass core, super high quality 6’ and 6’8” Roots Series Fish softtop surfboards. They will be constructed just like our tried and true ultra durable 8’5” Roots surf boards.
So let’s band together during these tough times, support each other, and keep our eyes on the prize we will all be stronger and healthier in the end. And of course paddle and surf more! Keep moving everyone..
Please reach out to your local N2 dealer, or send us an email if you would like to put a deposit down to secure one of our new boards that will be here soon. God bless.
If you paddle in areas that have a lot of floating or close to the surface seaweed, then you NEED to pick up a swept-back weedless SUP Paddle Board fin!
Unlike traditional "Dolphin" type SUP fins (Also commonly used on Longboard surfboards), swept-back fins have a lot of rake which allows seaweed to slip along and off your fin without getting hung up and slowing you down!
We use these a lot here in South Florida when the sargassum seaweed gets thick off the beach and intercoastal waterways. We also paddle a lot in the Lake Ida Chain of Lakes which are fresh water lakes about a mile inland. These lakes get clogged with weed especially during the dry season when the water levels are low.
So a nice little upgrade to your paddleboard this season is picking up a weedless SUP fin. We like the FCS SUP ll quick click-in hard plastic fins, they do the trick nicely without breaking the bank. We normally keep these in stock at the distribution warehouse here at N2, so please ask us on your next order.
Stay safe out there everyone during these challenging times, and paddle / surf more if you can! It's great for the body and soul.
We are excited to now have available and ready to roll the all new 10'10" N2 Surf Rescue Board. We have improved our original designed 10'5" Lifeguard Rescue Board, adding a hard bottom for increased durability and glide speed. Additional reinforced nylon and neoprene wrapped grab handles were added replacing the older style hard plastic, and more volume and length was added for increased stability and bouncy. We designed and developed the board with major input from our amazing local Lifeguards and with special thanks to N2 sales rep AJ DeFilippis who has years of experience as a Paramedic Firefighter, and Lifeguard. AJ is also a long time waterman and prone paddle board athlete, competing in distance races worldwide. His wealth of knowledge and first hand experience in Ocean Rescue lifesaving was instrumental in the development of our Surf Rescue Board.
The attractive price point ($699.00 & Quantity Discounts Available) lightweight and durability of this board makes it a not only a excellent choice for Beach Patrols, Ocean Rescue Teams, but also as the go to tool for water lifesaving duties at the local community pool, lake or with Search and Rescue and First Responder Units. We hope to use our resources to develop additional boards and products in the lifesaving space moving forward. Learn more about the 10'10" N2 Surf Rescue Board Here.
Hope everyone out there is having a great summer with lots of water time. Buying a good quality SUP paddle board and surfboard is an investment no doubt. So make sure your cherished board stays water worthy for years to come.
A couple things can take your beautiful shiny new paddle board and turn it into a garage ornament. First is the "ding." Now our N2 Adventure Series SUP Boards are built to withstand hard paddle strikes, the inadvertent oyster bar, log, concrete structures, and or rock. We reinforce these boards with a thermo-plastic shell making them extremely durable and ding resistant. But for traditional fiberglass epoxy paddle board and surfboard construction you need to be more mindful of how you transport, store, and play with these boards. Our beautiful real wood bamboo fiberglass epoxy carbon fiber constructed Cardiff & Sessions paddle boards for example are light weight durable and great performers in the water, but they need a bit more care then our Adventure Series.
If a ding goes unnoticed or unrepaired for a while the result can be the board taking on water into the eps foam core. We use high quality "closed cell" foam in all our boards to mitigate water absorption into the board if a ding does occur, but you still want to repair dings ASAP. If you can't get to the repair right away, at least put about three layers of packaging tape over the ding so you can keep playing and keep water out, but don't over do it! If water is absorbed into said board it can cause weight gain, soft spots in the board, and not to mention also possibly aiding to the board delaminating. Delaminating in paddleboards and surfboards is when the fiberglass layers become unattached to the inner foam core of the board causing a bubble to appear in the area that has delaminated. Delaminations can be repaired but is usually a more costly repair then your average ding. Left unrepaired delaminations can grow causing more damage to your board.
So make sure you check your paddle board and surfboard for dings after every outing and get them fixed right away!
The second biggest killer of paddleboards and surfboards is UV and or heat damage. When you leave your fiberglass epoxy board out in the sun when not using, the interior temperature of the board can soar. NEVER NEVER leave your board out in the hot sun when not using in the water. Now if you're at the beach all day with your board, that's ok but just temporarily dip the board in the water to cool it off. Also a good idea is the prop the board on it's side, SEE PIC BELOW. This way there is less surface area facing the direct sun. We like to do this by proping our SUP paddle into the board like seen below. Same goes for surfboards if at all possible. And remember never store your board outside in direct sunlight. If you have to leave outside find total shade at least for your board, trust me!
Lastly make sure you thourghly rise your paddleboard and surfboard off with fresh water if you have just used in salt water. Over time salt can deteriorate anything it comes into contact with if let to sit. I religiously rise my boards off after ever use in salt water, so it's a good idea for you to get into this habit too!
A great way to mitigate inadvertent storage related dings to your paddle board is with our high quality N2 SUP BOARD BAGS. They are also great for transporting your board on top of your car on long distance trips due to the top UV reflective coating. That brings up another good topic...DO NOT leave your epoxy fiberglass board on top of your car when you're not transporting to and from the water, this is a great way to cook your board in the hot sun. Overcast skies and cool weather it's ok to leave up on top for a couple hours max, but then watch out for board thieves, so make sure it's locked someway!
Ok guys just a couple tips for taking care of your new paddle board and surfboard, see you on the water!
We all love to paddle board. And having many boards your quiver is not uncommon for addicted to SUP people like ourselves. "Displacement" paddleboards, as they are know in the industry, are unique in that they do a couple things very well. Like a "Deep V" boat the front of displacement or touring SUP boards acts like a knife and cuts through waves and water with efficiency. This cutting action helps the board propel through the water with greater speed and traction over a traditional flat bottom or surf style paddleboard normally (ie: always dependent upon which boards are being compared). These type boards won't replacement traditional all around SUPs, since they are normally not as stable for beginner paddlers, and don't typically surf small waves well. But they sure are fast and a lot of fun! Perfect for paddle workouts, racing, and long distance paddling.
Introducing our N2 11'6" Adventure Touring SUP board! These boards are awesome and I can't say enough about them. We designed these boards to be compact at only 11'6" X 30", about 12" shorter than standard touring paddle boards. This makes them nice and lightweight and easy to transport and store. They are also constructed like our other Adventure Series boards, making them practically bomb proof, so no paddle strike dings in these babies. Also they retail for under $999! So if you're looking to add to your fleet, looking to pick up some speed and test your paddling abilities and maybe dabble in recreational SUP racing, then check out the awesome N2 touring SUPs today. They come in three brilliant colors, and only weight in at approximately 29lbs.
-Scotty Rod Holder and base
-Drill with step drill bit
-Pencil and straight edge or carpenter square
-Pry tool or flat head screw driver
Trace out the base of the rod holder with a pencil wherever you want it mounted. Cut out the EVA deck pad with sharp razor. Peel out the cut piece. Measure the hole to be drilled into the board. Drill into the board only deep enough so the base fits flush on the board. Put generous amount of epoxy in the hole and shaft area of the base, and also add a generous amount of silicone to the upper shaft area and bottom side of the rod holder base so when placed into board it creates a nice water tight seal. Let dry and get out and do some SUP fishing! Big thanks for @ Will Vacha for putting this fun project together. Tight lines.
We are pretty lucky here in South Florida, where we get to enjoy year round paddle board weather. Here at N2 we pretty much paddle and or surf 365. There are so many amazing waterways and areas to explore on your SUP board around our headquarters here in Boynton Beach, FL. From the beautiful Florida Keys, to our endless inland and intercostal waterways, there are literally hundreds of areas to go.
A couple of tips to get you back into paddle mode this coming spring. It's always a good idea to give your traditional fiberglass paddle board a once over before you take it out on the water. Go around your board and make sure you don't have any dings or cracks in your board that could take on water into the core of your board. If you should find a ding or damage, make sure you properly repair the area so that it's water tight. Many local surf shops have excellent ding repair services that are fairly inexpensive. The benefits of fiberglass SUP boards is they are lightweight and normally offer higher paddle speeds and better performance on water. But they must be taken care of and handled with care, like you would look after and handle any performance sporting goods equipment. The N2 Adventure Series paddle boards are ultra durable with a layer of plastic coating covering the entire board which makes it the most durable boards in our lineup. These boards are perfect for rental companies and surf shops who rent boards as well. The 8'5" Roots soft top surfboards are also built like tanks and do not ding like traditional surfboards.
Make sure your paddle board paddle is water tight as well. Sometimes epoxy and or glue that is used to attached the SUP handle to the shaft deteriorates overtime, especially in salt water use. This can cause your handle to become loose allowing water to seep into the main shaft. Add additional glue to the handle when needed. When new to SUP, trying to find the right height of your first paddle board paddle can be confusing. We like to tell people new to the sport to start with the paddle around 10-14" above your head. Allowing your elbow to have a slight bend in it when you extend your hand to the top of the paddle is a good idea. Having to stretch to reach the top of the paddle and or a straight arm might prove to be a bit cumbersome while in the water and may cause extra strain on the upper shoulder area. Conversely a paddle to short will cause extra strain on the lower back as you have to bend over much further while paddling. We really like our new N2 carbon fiber spring pin paddle, super light weight and best of both worlds for being able to adjust the paddle on the fly with the feel of a high quality fixed carbon fiber paddle.
Finding the right size board to start with can also be confusing. There are many different shapes and sizes of SUP boards out there. For starters think more width which normally equals more stability! For pretty much anyone new to the sport, we recommend going with a larger more stable SUP board so the learning curve is faster and you're able to get the basics down quickly! Body weight comes into account when choosing your SUP board. 100 lbs. to 175 we would recommend something in the 10-11' range. 180 lbs. and up go with something 10'6" up to 12'. Having fun out on the water is what it's all about so don't stress too much when getting into the sport. Remember to always wear an ankle surf leash and have a PFD with you or on you per coast guard regulations to what ever body of water you're exploring. Safety first when you're out on the water, no matter how good you swim.
See you out on the water!
I can't say enough about how awesome the N2 Sessions 10' is. This paddle board really does it all. If you're like us who love to paddle surf, flat water paddle, and use our SUP to exercise well then look no further than the North 2 10' Sessions. We designed this board to be stable for a wide range of paddlers, from a 90 lb. newbie up to a 225 lb. seasoned waterman. The "surfy" outline with semi-pulled in nose, thinned out rails, and "diamond tail," make this board no slouch in the waves. But giving the board plenty of width and depth in the mid section (31.5" @ widest point, 4.5" at deepest point) makes this SUP incredible stable, even for beginners. Total volume in liters 159L.
Very nimble in all sorts of wave conditions, but also an excellent flat water paddling board with it's streamlined shape that cuts through the water with efficiency. Built to last with the latest in multi-laminate, carbon fiber, and real wood bamboo construction this board is no porcelain doll. For me it's my go-to board what ever the conditions or body of water that I'm getting into. If you pick up one of these beauties I wouldn't be surprised that it becomes your go to as well! Check it out here N2 Sessions 10'