I’m interested in buying an iSUP for myself and family use.
- I’m 5’11"(175#) and also would take my 10 yo daughter (and maybe a a friend of hers) to go swimming and playing around
- I may use it as a rec-kayak by strapping on a seat.
- I may use it as SUP alone and switch between standing and kayaking. That may be some significant distance
- Waters are in Madison, WI area, so more calmer rivers and lakes. Occasionally the lakes get some wind and get some waves on the way back to shore (not more than 10 mph wind)
- has to be inflatable, I don’t want to deal with hard boats.
- Want to buy by or shortly after Black Friday to see if there are deals, and to be sure to have it for spring.
Other boats and experience:
- I own an Sea Eagle 370 IK (and may upgrade that separately for more serious kayaking).
- I rented a hard SUP and was able to stand on flat water (my knees hated kneeling!)
- I would consider myself a fast learner. So I like to skip the total noob SUP and start with at least an intermediate one.
- when I’m on a wavy lake (up to 2’waves) with my SE 370, I feel the fact that it rides over the waves is a disadvantage. So the slicing through waves appeals to me.
- should be stable enough for intermediate use
- not sluggish like the typical very wide boards
What I found so far
- I found the Sea Eagle NeedleNose 14
- with the slicing front it looks like it could handle waves better. Most other SUP seem to be designed to ride over the waves.
- with the longer leght and 30"widt, it should be reasonably fast
- I hope the length helps with stability.
- I found a few reviews that were good - but i know all those are paid reviews.
- it lists 275# capacity, which should be fine for me and daughter. And I hope is not excessive for me alone.
- Does someone have experience with the Needlenose?
- Are there other similar iSUP that slice through the water?
- Is my assumption that it would handle waves better correct?
- Would this 14’long / 30" wide be about as stable as a 10’/36"? Or at least close for a beginner?
- any reason to consider the NN 126 that is only 12.5’? That one lists 225# limit, which would be less than my daughter and I. Usually I think at the same width, longer will be more stable and faster.