CHOOSE THE RIGHT SUP!
Inflatable Paddle Boards – Why You Should Buy One, And Which One To Choose
Want to try something new this summer? Inflatable paddle boards are light, portable, and easy to use.
Outdoor sports has become not only necessary, but also the ‘in’ thing to do. In fact, stand up paddleboarding, or SUP as it is more widely known, is now one of the fastest-growing sports in the world.
For those of you who want to try something new this summer, SUPing is a great sport to try. It is relatively easy to get started, is a great full-body workout, and it is something that adults and children can master. It is also very accessible with the numerous beautiful beaches that our island has to offer, and once you buy an inflatable SUP board, the sport is free!
How to choose the right SUP paddle board for you
Like any sport, you need to make sure you choose the right equipment to suit you. SUP boards come in all shapes and sizes and choosing the right SUP board depends on your age, experience and requirements.
inflatable paddle boards are less expensive, lighter to carry to the water, and much more portable for travelling. They all come with a backpack, so you can hike off the beaten track and SUP away to your hearts content away from any crowds.
It is important to choose the right size paddle board to suit you. Bigger SUP boards are generally easier to ride, they are more stable on the water, and are easier for beginners to balance. The downside to having a bigger board is that it is heavier to carry to the water, and are slightly less responsive to turning manoeuvres.
If you’re a heavier paddler, you will need a bigger board that is thicker and wider. A smaller person will balance easier on a narrower board. A wider board will be more stable, but a skinny board will paddle faster.
Best Inflatable Paddle Boards for beginners: Aqua Marina’s All-Round Range
Aqua Marina, one the world’s leading SUP Board brands, have an All-Round range that are ideal SUP boards for beginners. There are four boards in the range, which vary in size, with a weight load capacity from 100kgs to 170kgs. All-Round models are inflatable paddle boards, and can be fully deflated and stored in the back pack provided, when not in use.
Pumps, backpacks and paddles are included when purchasing any of the All-Round range. They come with an adjustable bungee cord to easily tighten luggage, removable slide-in centre fin, and steel D rings on the deck pad for an optional seat. There is a double action pump for easy inflation, a zip backpack for easy storage, a Sports III Aluminium Paddle and a safety leash.
The Aqua Marina Breeze is a great all-round starter model for people looking to start paddle boarding for the first time. It is the smallest model in the All-Round range, making it ideal for smaller people. It has a weight capacity of 100 Kgs.
The Aqua Marina Monster SUP board is the largest model in the All-Round range with a payload weight capacity of 170 Kgs. It is not only suitable for larger people, but also for those who wish to carry more luggage. It also has a solid neoprene carry handle specifically designed for a comfortable grasp.
Best Inflatable Paddle Boards for Intermediates: Aqua Marina’s All-Round Advanced Range
The All-Round Advanced Boards are very similar to the All-Round range. They are eye-catching, portable, and the Drop Stitch Light Technology makes them the most valuable inflatable SUP on the market. There are four boards in the range, which vary in size, with a weight load capacity from 105kgs to 180kgs. All-Round models are inflatable paddle boards, and can be fully deflated and stored in the back pack provided, when not in use.
They are slightly larger than the standard All-Round range, so they could be more challenging for beginners to manoeuvre, and they have a Tail Kick Pad to facilitate quick turns – which is ideal for intermediate or advanced paddlers. The All-Around Advanced boards are designed for use across a wide range of conditions, by all kinds of riders. The shorter models are better suited to catch some waves, while the longer wider models are aimed at heavier paddlers or families who will be paddling together on one board.
Pumps, backpacks and paddles are included when purchasing any of the All-Round Advanced range. They come with an adjustable bungee cord to easily tighten luggage, removable slide-in centre fin, and steel D rings on the deck pad for an optional seat. There is a faster pump to cater for the bigger volume, an upgraded zip backpack for easy storage, a Sports III Aluminium Paddle and a safety leash. They also feature a solid neoprene carry handle specifically designed for a comfortable grasp.
The Aqua Marina Coral SUP Board is designed with ladies in mind. It has an eye-catching coral colour and has a payload capacity of 105kg. The Beast and Magma are the two mid-size models with payload capacity of 140kg and 150kg respectively, while the largest SUP board in the range, Atlas, has a payload capacity of 180kg.
I hope all this information helps you to start SUPing very soon. It's good for the body and it's great for the soul! If you need any more information feel free to pass by our shops in Nicosia and Paphos or give us a call on 96563820 / 99621820.