All-around vs. Multipurpose SUP
All-around and multipurpose SUPs share a similar shape. Both have a rounded nose (neither is as pointy as a touring board) which widens out slightly and tapers off at the tail. However, their dimensions are significantly different. The Max Multipurpose SUP is both longer and wider than the typical all-arounder. That increases its overall volume and carrying capacity. That added size means its great for multiple activities and multiple riders like kids and pets, or even tandem paddling with a friend or partner. However, that increase in size does come with some tradeoffs in speed and maneuverability.
Multipurpose Stand Up Paddle Board Shape
The longer and wider a SUP is the more stable it is on the water and the more free deck space you’ll find available. The Max multipurpose SUP is wider throughout the full length of the board than a typical all-arounder. It tapers sharply at the very front and rear. This expands the functional surface area of the board so it’s possible to have two paddlers active at the same time rather than one paddler balanced in the middle.
To make sure everyone is safe and comfortable and to protect your deck from pets’ paws and claws, the Max multipurpose SUP features a full-length traction pad, covering the board from end-to-end in grippy EVA foam. This added traction makes a huge difference for other paddlers sitting or standing at the front or rear of the board, or when moving up and down its length to fight a fish.
The increased stability of a wider deck throughout will help you stay on track if your passengers or pets aren’t so keen to sit still. The extra deck space also provides you with plenty of options of what you can bring along for the ride in terms of gear. If you’re hauling a cooler decked out for fishing, or lots of camping gear the Max is your best bet!
However, the bigger a SUP, the more drag you’ll experience. The Max will be slower to accelerate and less agile than an all-arounder that’s a more high performance match for your bodyweight. Once you get going, your multipurpose stand up paddle board will track straight and glide far, but it won’t be as easy to turn. It’s built for cruising with a crew rather than speed.