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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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.
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'
Try using hot glue when attaching your paddle board handle to the shaft instead of epoxy. When the great sport of SUP, stand up paddle boarding, started and carbon fiber and fiberglass paddleboard paddles were coming more common, the traditional way of affixing the sup handle to the shaft was with two part epoxy. Now using epoxy is a tried and true method, the only problem is this way becomes permanent. In the case where you would like to shorten your paddle as your skills progress for example, well you're out of luck. Or in the case if you happen to damage just the handle portion of your paddle and it needs replacing, again you're out of luck if you had used epoxy. In order to remove a handle from a paddleboard paddle after using epoxy, you must cut the handle off, usually loosing several inches off the shaft and loose the ability to re-use the handle after it's off.
Here at North 2 Boards, we have been using hot glue with great success over the years. We like to use ACE brand "Hot Melt" sticks. They are a little be more expensive compared with standard craft type sticks, but are worth the investment in our opinion. I think a pack of 6 runs around $5-$6 at your local ACE hardware store. Similarly contractors grade or construction grade sticks will do the trick as well. After making your cut on the shaft, we like to use a standard 12" hacksaw with 32 tooth fine blade, simply heat up the shaft of the handle and top of the shaft with a hair dryer or heat gun. Then generously add a bunch of globs of the hot melt glue onto the shaft of the handle before you put it into your paddle shaft. Line up the handle to the blade so it is facing the correct direction and make sure it's lined up nice and straight. I then take a piece of scrape paper and wipe around the area where the glue has spilled out onto the shaft, you can then heat this area up again with a couple quick blast from your heat gun and again wipe around the shaft so that it is nice and neat. Set the paddle aside for about a half hour and you're off to the races!
Down the road if you ever want to shorten your paddle or replace the handle, simply heat the joined areas of the handle and shaft with your heat gun or hair dryer and pull and remove. Cut shaft shorter, remove as much old glue as you can and repeat the process.
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So you have mastered the basics of paddle stroke and are comfortable and nimble on your stand up paddle board. Now you're thinking of trying your luck in the waves. One of the funnest ways to enjoy paddle boarding is through paddle surfing. You've probably seen experienced paddle boarders out off the beach riding wave after wave and having a blast doing it, now it's your turn. We have put together a couple tips for those new to paddle surfing.
Even if you have "regular" surfed there are a couple things to keep in mind while enjoying waves on your SUP. While those who surf will normally be able to pick up paddle surfing without a hitch, the two different forms of wave riding do require a little bit different technique. First you want to take a look at what board you're planning on using to paddle surf. Obviously the smaller the SUP board the lighter it will be and also more maneuverable in the surf. That's not to say that you can't go out and catch 2 footers on an 11' Surf Style paddle board and not have fun, but there are a couple things to keep in mind when using larger heavier paddle boards in the waves. First and foremost be mindful of where you are!! Stand up paddleboards are normally (For regular 9'-12' boards) larger and heavier than your average surfboard, and thus can cause more damage or injury if the surfer using it doesn't know what he or she is doing.
Hey the ocean is free for everyone to enjoy but lets not forget about etiquette. It's always a good idea for inexperienced paddle surfers to stay well away from any populated surf break where active surfing amongst a group of surfers is occurring. That is the beauty of SUP, you get to paddle away to your own uncrowded corner of the sea! No reason to be piled up at a local surf break trying to navigate amongst several surfers, and trust me you won't be popular on your stand up paddle board attempting to do so, especially if you're new to the sport. It's best to learn away from anyone so that you can focus on your wave catching technique. Also learn on VERY small waves to start and then gradually go up from there, don't kill yourself trying to charge 6 footers day one! Even a lot of experienced paddle surfers and just surfers in general rarely enjoy surfing at crowded peaks as they log more time on the water. There is something to be said that the best waves ridden are the ones where it's just you and the wave and a big smile on your face!
Normally people get into paddle surfing using larger SUP boards, say around 10' X 31" for example. Our N2 10' Cardiff or 10' Sessions are examples of a great boards to learn with. So you want to be able to be somewhat nimble on your SUP board for starters, this might mean several hours of flat water paddling getting comfortable on your board, so when you make the transition from your normal parallel legged stance to surf stance it is seamless and not clunky. Learning the "Quick Turn" or pivot turn is a good idea. This maneuver is basically when you drop your (either left for goofy foot surfer, or right for regular foot) foot backwards about a foot or more, which causes the board to pivot quickly in the water to what ever direction you want the nose of the board to face. Practicing and mastering the quick turn will allow you to quickly turn your board when you see a wave approaching and position yourself correctly to paddle into the wave.
Learning where to position yourself for breaking waves is also important. You want to be able to paddle into a wave just before it crests and starts to break. Also like traditional surfing you want to anlge the nose of the board so that it is going the same direction as the wave energy, get into the habit of doing this when you're just starting out. As your paddle surfing progresses you will get more adept at knowing how to position yourself to be in the best location to catch the most waves. But remember no matter who you're surfing with and where, share the waves don't be a wave hog! Paddle early and often into the wave until you feel the wave pushing you and bend your knees!
Especially when you're a new to paddle surfing, ALWAYS wear a surf leash. It's also a good idea to be mindful of the current swell and wind patterns. Rule of thumb is offshore or West wind (East Coast USA) always makes for smoother and cleaner ocean conditions, which means better surfing conditions especially for novice surfers. Onshore of East winds makes the water and surf break choppy and disorganized, which in some cases can also be very dangerous. So always take a look at local beach cams and surf reports before heading down to the beach when paddle surfing.
Shorter paddles, which allow you to make quicker paddle strokes and switch the paddle from side to side quicker normally is the preference for experienced paddle surfers. But if you only have one paddle and it is fixed for more flat water paddling, that's ok it will work just fine as you're learning to paddle surf. Fin set up is another story that I won't get into just now, but this also come into play for those looking to increase their surfing performance. Remember to have fun! If you're not having fun whats the point right, but also be safe and keep the people around you safe too. Here is a video that pulls it all together. Thanks guys, see you in the water!
Well it's that time of the year again, spring time and summer are right around the corner. Here are some local South Florida, Palm Beach County, Stand up Paddle Board spots that will get you out on the water!
Here at N2 headquarters in the Boynton Beach/ Delray Beach area, we are lucky to have great paddle board weather year round. In South Florida the water activities including SUP never really stop, although spring time brings out more locals again as well as tourists that flock to our warm beaches to enjoy the natural beauty of Florida. At N2 we paddle year round and here are some of our favorite spots.
1) Delray Beach Public Beach, 10 N Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach, FL 33483.
There are several pay per park lots along the A1A stretch of Delray's Public Beach, Including lots where you can use credit card ("Marriott" lot, located on the NW corner of the Marriott hotel, Sarah Gleason Park, Sandoway Park, Anchor Park, and Atlantic Dunes Park). Also you can park along A1A using quarters in traditioal meter parking, and coming soon we have heard you will be able to use your credit card at these A1A meters as well. Right now the rate is $150/hr. of parking. Keep in mind there are two "recreational" areas on Delray Public Beach (During regular "guarded" hours) that you're allowed to lunch and land water craft, including Stand up Paddle Boards. The very north end of the beach, just past the "North 2" lifeguard tower you'll see a sign that shows the recreational zone just north of the sign intself, also on the very south end of the beach near "kite beach" you'll have the same recreational zone. Some great surf can be found along this stretch of beach, and is recognized as one of the best surf sports in all of South Florida. Also bring along your snorkel mask and check out the wreck of the SS Inchulva located about 150 yards off the south end of the beach. SS Inchulva Wreck
2) Ocean Inlet Park, 6990 N Ocean Blvd, Ocean Ridge, FL 33435
Free parking, but get there early on the weekends to secure a spot! For some great flat water paddling, put in at the little sandy beach area just west of the park entrance. Make sure you have your PFD (personal flotation device) with you if you're going to paddle in the intercostal per the USCG regulations, you definitely don't want to ruin your day with a fat ticket from a LE officer. Also a good idea to have a good quality surf leash attached to you at all times for safety. You can paddle north, past the inlet that goes out to the ocean, and around and along "Beer Can Island." There you'll find a great sandbar that becomes fully exposed on low tide, and is a popular spot for boats to anchor and hangout. I have seen bonefish, spinner sharks, and lots of other sea life in this area. Or paddle south and hug the coast under several bridges that will bring you out to a large mangrove forest that you can explore. Look for manatees here during certain times of the year. You can also walk across the street and paddle out in the ocean. Just south of the inlet, from about 30 to 150 yards off shore you'll find lots of rock reef to explore to free dive. For surfing, when the swell is big enough, surf the sandbar break that pops up just to the south east of the inlet itself and about 80-100 yards off shore. Head-high 100 yard rides can be had here when the time is right! Make sure you watch for incoming and outgoing boats if you're prone or paddle surfing here.
3) Lake Boca (Silver Palm Park), 600 E Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Free parking, but limited. Make sure you're a strong paddler before getting into this area of Boca Lake, especially if you plan to paddle against the strong tidal current which at times becomes very strong through the bridge underpass of E Palmetto Park Road. Great place to put your paddle board in and explore the lake, and if you time it close to high tide, the water will normally be crystal clear. Paddle north into Lake Wynman and see lots of wildlife along the way.
4) Lake Ida Delray Beach (Lakeview Park), 1100 Lake Dr, Delray Beach, FL 33444
Great place to get a flat water paddle in. Free parking, and great place to practice your SUP paddle techniques and fitness. I tend to keep to the banks of the lake as I travel north or south to avoid the boats and jet skis that like to utilize this local Delray gem. You can paddle south west and make your way into the canal that you can take and explore Delray neighborhoods by water. During the week it sees very little motorized water craft use, but the weekends can get hairy in there for people looking to get out and do some SUP.
5) Peanut Island (Riviera Beach, FL), 900 E. Blue Heron Blvd, Riviera Beach, Florida 33404
The great thing about Stand up Paddleboarding is that ability to use your SUP as a platform to do other fun things like paddle-snorkeling! Head up to the West Palm Beach, FL area and check out Phil Foster Park. Free parking here allows you to launch your board and head about a 1/4 miles south to explore the water around the famous Peanut Island. The only way to access the island is by watercraft. You can spend a couple hours walking and exploring the island which has a lot of interesting history, including a cold war fallout bunker for past president JFK. Just off shore of the island are some awesome rock reefs that are home for thousands of tropical fish, so don't forget your snorkel mask!