So, while a yoga board is designed to provide extra stability, if you’re not planning on doing much yoga on it, it’s probably better to choose a board shape that’s quicker and more maneuverable. Similarly, while you may be able to pull off your favorite pose on a touring board, its narrow shape is better suited to cutting through the water fast than balancing on your head. There’s a board out there for everyone. Read on to find out what shapes are best suited to which activities.
Why you should choose an all-around paddleboard shape
As you might suspect from the name, the all-around is a paddle board built with versatility in mind. These are the most commonly used boards by paddlers of all skill levels. Their design lends them to a variety of activities and water conditions. This means they’re great for a recreational river cruising, paddling on lakes or oceans, and SUP surfing.
All-around boards have a rounded nose and wide deck. Their shape keeps them traveling mostly on top of the water rather than cutting through it. This makes them more forgiving and stable than SUPs that are specifically designed for surfing or touring. A rounded nose means they’re wider at the front giving you more stability to move around on deck, but that also slows them down slightly when compared to boards with a pointed nose like touring boards. However, what you lose in speed you gain in maneuverability. To maintain a strong glide and tracking on the water, our all-around shape, the Waterwalker, is a hybrid all-around shape with an elongated curved nose that’s stable, maneuverable and fast.
Overall, these boards are great for paddle cruising and are suitable for a variety of activities. They’re a great choice for beginners because they’re boards you can experiment with and grow into. And because of their generous width there’s extra space on the deck for a furry friend and/or some gear, or to try a bit of paddle yoga from time to time.
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