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Flat water SUP

What is the best flat water SUP? I am looking at possibly getting this one: and wanted to see if anyone on here would recommend it for the flat water or if it should strictly stay in the ocean..

http://www.kayaktrader.com/404-monster-sup-green-126/

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  • Go long
    If you're going to be primarily on flat water go with a 14' board if you're 165lbs.+. Definitely more glide per paddle stroke with the longer waterline. Looking for a home for my Tahoe Zephyr 14' Ivory board if your in the vicinity.

    See you on the water,
    Marshall
    The River Connection, Inc.
    Hyde Park, NY
    www.the-river-connection.com
    hudsonriverpaddler.org
  • You got the right idea,
    as the bow should be somewhat sharp for flat water.
    When you are paddling into a chop a regular rounded bow with go Thump! with each chop.
  • Do Canoe-SUP for Flatwater
    If there isn't wind or waves then your fastest, easiest, best SUP option is to use a canoe. They're already optimized for glide. And cargo. And passengers. Or go C1. Whatever your druthers. The only benefit of a SUP *board* is for surfing and its low windage. Otherwise all benefits -- and they are major -- go to the canoe.

    And if you ever encounter shallow water, use a pole. 12' x 1" tempered aluminum. (I'm the only widely available producer, $50, see my site http://outyourbackdoor.com.)
  • SUP - Flat Water Boards
    I actually use my old Bic sailboard for a paddleboard. It's wide, stable and hasn't cost me any extra money.
  • SUC
    Jeff,
    You are right on with the canoe route. My wife and Karen Knight have been working on Freestyle Canoeing ala stand up which of course acronymizes into F-SUC. Now if someone wants to do some ocean paddling this way then that can be submitted to the ACA as O-SUC.

    ya'know this could go on.


    Seeyou on the water,
    Marshall
    TheRiver Connection, Inc.
    Hyde Park, NY
    www.the-river -connection.com
    hudsonriverpaddler.org
  • Options
    SUP
    If you want something that is easy to transport and big you wight wanna check out this: http://www.supriversurfer.com/tower-xplorer-stand-up-paddle-board-review/
  • I have also
    used my SUP paddle while standing in a couple of canoes, being a 17' aluminum and a 14' kevlar Fisherman.
    The results were very favorable.

    I used gorilla tape to attach a 15" x 2" piece of plastic C channel to the rear hull of the Fisherman for a fin. Works great, and I take it off for transport.

    A canoe enables a passenger to come along for the SUP ride.

    The board is still its unique experience.
  • I wonder if you have actually ...
    -- Last Updated: Sep-01-14 3:26 PM EST --

    ... paddled a SUP. When standing in a canoe, lifting the paddle up to go over from side to side is a lot less comfortable compared to lifting it over a low-profile SUP.

    Without a fin, you will need a well-tracking canoe, which will make It a pain to turn - unlike a SUP, you can't easily walk the length of the canoe to change your center of gravity to help with turns and trim on a wave (you'll trip on the seats, cross-bars, and other stuff that is usually inside a canoe).

    Not to mention what happens when you fall off the canoe and need to get back in...

    Sure, a canoe or a sit on top kayak will float you standing up just fine. And offer a nice alternative to sitting down. But, both will be heavier and less comfortable to paddle standing than a purpose-built SUP. Yes, you can carry more passengers and cargo in a canoe or sit on top kayak, but that argument is bogus, as most people who take on a SUP do it so they have *less* stuff to carry.

  • Canoe great for SUP!
    -- Last Updated: Sep-11-14 7:09 AM EST --

    >When standing in a canoe, lifting the paddle up to go over from side to side is a lot less comfortable compared to lifting it over a low-profile SUP.

    *? No different than lifting paddle when using a canoe seated. That is, no bother at all. Try SUPing a canoe sometime to see that your complaints about it are off!

    >Without a fin, you will need a well-tracking canoe, which will make It a pain to turn - unlike a SUP, you can't easily walk the length of the canoe to change your center of gravity to help with turns and trim on a wave

    *You can move around a few feet easily in a canoe. I don't see SUPers moving around more than a few feet. Without a fin I can paddle shallows. I posted before that canoe-SUP maybe isn't a great wave-sport. ...Neither is hardly any of the Great Lakes SUP I've seen. Canoe-SUP is great flatwater river sport -- my experience with it thus far. We have thousands of miles of flatwater river around here. Our big lakes are at the farthest points from here. Here being inland mid-Michigan. My nice-tracking canoe turns when standing easier than when sitting. Have you canoed? But it turns just fine either way. Leaning helps, turn strokes, etc.


    >Not to mention what happens when you fall off the canoe and need to get back in...

    *Deepwater wet re-entry is a canoe skill. Shallow action like I'm doing means just stepping back into the boat.

    >Sure, a canoe or a sit on top kayak will float you standing up just fine. And offer a nice alternative to sitting down. But, both will be heavier and less comfortable to paddle standing than a purpose-built SUP.

    *My 28-lb solo canoe is nice and light. It's very comfy to paddle standing.

    >Yes, you can carry more passengers and cargo in a canoe or sit on top kayak, but that argument is bogus, as most people who take on a SUP do it so they have *less* stuff to carry.

    *Many people like to carry some stuff. I always carry short paddle, long paddle, canoe-pole -- I like to change how I'm going. Nice to easily stow it all. Passengers or tandem partners are common. Canoes make it really easy and dry. Tandem SUP -- now THAT's fun!

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