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How does one choose the right standup paddle board size?

Paddles board sizing are relative to what you wish to do with said board. Short boards 8' or under are generally used for children. Medium boards 9' to probably around 12' are good for calm lakes / ...
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Will beginner notice a difference between lower and higher middle-end stand up paddle boards?

Out on a calm lake with minimal adverse conditions, you're not going to notice any real difference as long as you're above the absolute baseline in equipment. As with most sports equipment the ...
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What to consider when choosing between rigid and inflatable stand up paddle boards?

Are you surfing Are you competing Do you have a car with roofracks or a van The key to the development of the inflatable boards was to make the experience more accessible. Red Paddle Co who (as far ...
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Is there a kayak / paddleboard for large people?

An answer from the paddle board side. I've seen paddle boards up to 400lb among the casually available, generally among the longer (and wider) of the selections, like 12-14 feet or more. With some ...
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What can I expect from upgrading to high-end paddleboard?

Things you should get Thinner: This is a big one with the better iSUPs, the cheaper boards can be nearly twice the thickness and more. Being closer to the water will improve your stability and control ...
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Will beginner notice a difference between lower and higher middle-end stand up paddle boards?

If you goal is muscle exercise, a stand up paddle board may not be the best choice. I stand up and paddle all the time in my 17 foot coleman canoe. I use the same 5 foot paddle sitting or standing. ...
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How tall of a paddle is needed for standup paddle boarding?

Paddle size is unsurprisingly related to rider height. While different people will vary by a little in their recommendation there are three general categories of usage that will determine the amount ...
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The most effective swimming technique in SUP dry suit?

Pull the leash to get the board back to you. This is one of the safety fundamentals for paddleboards, have a leash, use the leash. When you fall off the board you pull the leash to bring the board ...
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How tall of a paddle is needed for standup paddle boarding?

The advice I normally give is that you should stand with your hand up in a relatively relaxed manner (not reaching as high as you can), and the paddle should come up to your wrist on the raised arm. ...
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The most effective swimming technique in SUP dry suit?

This will depend a lot on the fit and type of dry suit, and how much air it holds. Ideally there should not be much air inside. Too much will make it difficult to do any stroke. You should be able to ...
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What to consider when choosing between rigid and inflatable stand up paddle boards?

Great question I would think through in your specific case the following steps: store it (at home or at a public boat ramp if available) transport it (if it’s not already at the launch point)—-to the ...
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paddleboard chafing

Welcome to the site. I'd recommend a rash suit or wet-suit if you are in warm or cold locations respectively. Once your skin is out of contact with the board, it should stop getting rubbed (so badly) ...
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Recommendations for cold-weather clothing on paddleboards

I'm a kayaker rather than a paddleboarder so I'm a little less exposed, but also 7C seems toasty warm compared to the temperatures we're sometimes out in. Breaking the ice in winter is reasonably ...
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Extending SUP leash for swimming

You seem to need what is fairly standard in kayaking and canoeing: a "buoyant heaving line". That's the official term (in Canada) for what is commonly called a "throw rope". It is ...
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Repairs for severely damaged EPS/epoxy stand-up paddle board

Broadly speaking, your steps seem perfectly reasonable. Completing them will leave you with a board with protection and strength. Your question at the bottom is entirely up to you - if you are likely ...
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Drying neoprene gloves to prevent growth of fungi

How to dry a waterproof glove The basic strategy is to start the drying by manually remove as much water as possible, then finish by air drying. Grab the glove by the tips of the fingers, with the ...
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The most effective swimming technique in SUP dry suit?

You should be "burping" your drysuit to remove excess air. From NRS: You want to evacuate, or “burp,” excess air from the suit. A puffy suit is cumbersome when paddling and can be dangerous ...
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Recommendations for cold-weather clothing on paddleboards

Don't forget a hat! The key item that I see missing from other answers is a neoprene hat. Much of your heat loss will be through the top of your head. A neoprene hat will significantly reduce that ...
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Recommendations for cold-weather clothing on paddleboards

7C grad water is quite cold. You can make an experiment and jump in the jacket into water and check how it feel afterwards. Most likely you'll find out it's very miserable. If you assume falling into ...
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What to look for in a electronic inflator for an inflatable stand up paddleboard?

Inflatable SUPs of similar lengths to yours seem to have around 250-600L of volume, mostly on the lower end of that scale. @Separatix points out that 600L is "a real anomaly" in volume. (Source Source ...
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What to consider when choosing between rigid and inflatable stand up paddle boards?

What will you be using your paddle board for? That's the number 1 factor in choosing a paddle board. Secondly, do you have the storage at home and in your car for a hard board? Generally, I would ...
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