The 3 Main Types of Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP)
Paddleboarding is a great outdoor activity that can go from completely recreational enjoyment like flat water paddling or SUP fishing, to high-end athletics, like whitewater SUP or paddle surfing. Having the right paddleboard for the activity of choice is important. But remember it’s you the paddler that has to decide what it is you want to do. Once you have that figured out you can better understand how each type of material could work for you.
Epoxy was the traditional material used in surf and paddle boards before all of the more recent advances in inflatable technology. It’s just like a surfboard and the materials they are made of. Specifically, an epoxy board is usually made of EPS foam, many layers of fiberglass and then a topcoat of epoxy resin.
Because of the stiffness of materials used in production, the hull of epoxy SUPs can be molded to help improve things like glide and tracking. This in turn makes them good for long distance touring. It also makes them good for surfing bigger waves.
However, epoxy boards have their issues as well. They are difficult to transport as they need a larger vehicle or expensive, specialized, external racks to move and store them. They are also the least durable of the paddleboards and can get scratches and dents easier than the other two. Because of their rigidity, they require lots of storage space.