We currently have 12 SUP boards, including two new boards for 2018 (two level 2 14' boards, one for racing and one for touring - to be added to the list below soon).
When choosing your board, consider that:
1. Longer boards (e.g. 11'6'' and longer) tend to be faster and track better
2. Wider boards (32" or more) tend to be more stable, but can be slower
3. Shorter boards tend to be more maneuverable and lighter, but they are slower and can have lower volume, making them tippy for heavier/taller paddlers.
Rack 1 (left) - 2 yoga boards, 2 touring boards, 1 Level 2 racing board and 1 inflatable boardBoard
Board #7 - 10'6'' wide board, about 33" wide. This soft top is a very stable board for beginners or yoga, but it's on the heavy side.
Boards #9, #10 - 2014 12'6'' 2013 BIC Sport Ace Tec Wing touring boards. A fairly high 285 litre in volume, for paddlers up to 120Kg. When compared to boards #1-#4, these have much better tracking, but despite the high volume, they are tippier, at around 30" wide. These are our fastest level 1 boards.
These are plastic boards. Although plastic is fairly resilient, it's also harder to repair than fibreglass, and the plastic on these boards is thinner than that on the Bic Surf Ace Tec boards. Dropping or dragging them can damage the seams, making them leak.
Board #11 - 2016 14' Amundson Hawaii TRX (27" wide). With all-carbon construction, this board is stiff and light for its length. This is a level 2 board, and can be used for touring or racing. It has great tracking (which also means it won't take tight turns without stepping way back on the board) and great glide, because of its length. It's only appropriate for experienced paddlers, as a beginner would find it way too tippy.
The Amundson Hawaii is made of bamboo/carbon, has a volume of 270 litres, and weighs 26lbs (11.8Kg). Recommended paddler weight: from 175lbs (novice) to 275lbs (advanced).
As with any other carbon board, keep in mind that carbon fibre is actually very brittle (e.g. it breaks easily on impact). The board must be handled with care. When paddling back to the beach, make sure you always stop well before hitting the beach. Never put it down on concrete - only on the stands, water, or gently on the beach (after making sure there are no rocks in the sand).
Rack 2 (right) - 4 Bic Surf Ace Tec boards
Board #1 - With the same shape as boards #2, #3, #4, this BIC Surf Ace Tec 10'6'' board (three fins) is great for lighter paddlers (under 50 or 60Kg) or anyone who wants more maneuverability. It's quite stable, at 32" wide, and it's also lighter, making it a bit easier to carry it to the beach. It is slower than longer boards, particularly if you are a heavier paddler. They can be used for general recreational paddling and surfing.
Boards #2, #3, #4 - BIC Surf Ace Tec 11'6'' are great boards, suitable for most paddlers. With a balance of maneuverability and tracking, they are quite stable at 32" wide. For paddlers up to 110Kg, although those over 90Kg may need good balance, particularly if they are tall. They can be used for general recreational paddling and surfing.
Step 1: Sign-up for a Club Locarno & Jericho Sailing Centre Association membership
For more information on Stand-up Paddling with Club Locarno, including checkouts, contact the SUP Fleet Captain at firstname.lastname@example.org
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