Touring vs. All-around SUP
All-around and touring SUPs are two of the most common shapes out there. They’re easily identifiable and distinguishable from each other because of their shape. An all-around stand up paddle board has a rounded nose. Whereas a touring stand up paddle board has a pointed nose. That might not seem too significant, but it makes all the difference on the water. In addition to that easily identifiable difference, there are a lot of other design tweaks that matter.
Touring Stand Up Paddle Board Shape
The pointed nose of a touring board is what makes it stand out. It’s drastically pointier than all the other SUP shapes. That narrow nose continues throughout the full length of the board. This allows a touring SUP to cut through the waves by parting and directing the water to either side. Even a bit of chop on the water is no problem. With some balance and a solid stroke you can paddle through.
The touring SUP’s sharp angles and streamlined shape are a great feature if you’re paddling for top speed over long distances. Over the long haul, every little bit of drag adds up stroke by stroke. By the end of the day you’ll have no question about the benefits of a touring board. With its sharp, pointed nose, it’s easier to track straight (maintain a straight line without having to steer or paddle on both sides frequently). Increased efficiency means you’ll achieve a smoother and much more efficient glide on top of the water.
However, a pointier nose and narrower deck also mean the paddle board won’t be as stable. This can be challenging for beginners as they’re getting the hang standing on water. However, if you already have a season or two of paddling under your belt and you’re looking for a board built for speed and long distances, a touring SUP is the way to go!