Choose your Paddle Surf Gear well
These days we are enjoying the good and sunny weather in Tulum with our Paddle Surf Boards. All our customers, adults and children, love paddle surf experience and wonder what board they should buy to practice Stand Up Paddle Surfing (SUP) when they return back home.
So, for those who just tried the paddle experience and want to buy a paddle surf gear to enjoy the many benefits of the coolest sport, here are some tips to choose the right board and paddle.
If you are a beginner, you love the sea and just want to paddle and relax while you work out, buy a large board both in length and width. With a big size board you will have more flotation and stability and you can paddle without worrying excessively about your balance on the board. Conversely, the smaller the size of the board is, the more manageable it will be. Therefore if you are looking to practice Stand Up Paddle Surf on waves, a small and fast board is for you. If you are very athletic and not looking for relax or surfing waves neither, but for paddling speed to have aerobic exercise and strength training, it is better to get a long but narrow board.
Paddle Surf Boards can be made of different materials: foam, epoxy, polyester or even be inflatable (so you will not have an excuse to practice Paddle Surf if do not have much space at home). For those who just want to practice SUP occasionally, a foam board or even a inflatable one would be enough to do it. But if you want to practice recurrently and in a sporty way you better buy an epoxy board or even a professional polyester one.
As the Paddle Surf consist on standing on a board above the water while paddling, you should also choose a good paddle. If you are a beginner or if you want a paddle surf gear to be used by any member of the family indistinctevly, better buy an adjustable paddle, so you can tailor it depending on your progress or the high of the person who will be using it. For those who wants a more professional paddle, a fix paddle is better because is also lighter. If you want a perfect paddle you can buy one tailored for you.
Perhaps you wonder what is the correct measure for a paddle. Well … There are several techniques to determine the extent, but our advice is to follow these steps: keep the paddle straight in front of you with the shovel in the ground, lift your arm vertically overhead, and verify that the handle of the paddle is just below your wrist. That will be the perfect paddle for you.
If you live in Playa del Carmen or the surrounding areas we suggest you visit our friends of Stoked Blue Sports, a super nice paddle surf store on the First Avenue in Playa. There you will find Panga Surf Boards for all styles (all around, waves, beginners, children), all models and sizes. You also can find paddles, covers and any other gear relating to the paddle surf. The best thing is that you can try the boards before you buy them to see which one is best suited to you.