We understand that choosing between our two board styles can be a daunting task. The following info will help you pick which one of our board styles is best for you. To make the right choice you need to consider:
The all around paddle board shape has a round nose, known as a planing hull, and is designed for cruising lakes, rivers and SUP surfing.
The all around shape has a little rocker, meaning the paddle board’s nose is raised slightly out of the water. This will push water down, while lifting the nose up. This makes the all around the perfect board to help you handle any waves or chop that come your way.
This board shape is wider than the touring which makes it easier to balance and maneuver. This is one reason the all around shape is a great option for beginner paddle boarders.
However, because of the wider, bulkier hull at the front of the board and the overall size of all round boards, they aren’t necessarily the best choice for speed or long distance paddling.
The all-around shape is great for:
You’ll want an all-around shape if you…
The touring stand-up paddle board shape generally has a more pointed nose, like a kayak, and is designed for longer, more fast-paced flat-water paddles.
The pointed nose is known as a displacement hull, (although our hull has an upturned nose to help with any on coming waves). It will provide you with a higher efficiency and performance. In other words, you can track straighter (more strokes before changing sides) and quicker (fewer strokes to achieve a smooth glide) across the water. The design is also narrower than an All Around board, which assists with speed and tracking.
Touring boards are best for speed, SUP racing and covering long distances.
That said, the added performance comes at a cost. Touring boards are more difficult to balance on. In turn they are less maneuverable and stable for someone who isn’t a serious paddler. For this reason, the touring shaped boards are not the most ideal paddle board for beginners. They can also be challenging in rougher water.
The touring shape is great for:
You’ll want a touring shape if you…