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Hodor wants to paddle too! (Advice please, if you would)

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Created by bigpaddler Saturday, 20 May 2017
bigpaddler
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Saturday , 20 May 2017 4:04AM
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Hi all.

I'm an absolute N00b looking for some advice to start paddling.
I've enjoyed a SUP taster session last summer and would love to get my own board for general splashing around in (very) small surf, mill pond flat seas and inland. With a hope to develop into a bit of surfing here and there.
I bust my ankle playing rugby after a 20year break and I think this would be an awesome supplement to boring physio, and I just enjoying messing around on the water.

There's a problem though..... I 'm a 6'4", 160kg monster, and everything I've been looking at will just sink frankly or support a family of 12.

I've been looking for an appropriate low-end board and inflatable appear to suit my budget/skill.

Two that appear appropriate are the Tower Xplorer or Aqua Marina Monster

The Tower claims to support 300+kg and the Aqua Marina 160kg, I lean towards the Tower more as previous experience of "max loads" generally tends to be optimistic.

I wonder if anyone here has experience of single paddling these larger boards? Will they handle like a bus?

Any advice on starting at this end of the board range or suggestions for more suitable boards (budget) or places to look will be gratefully received.

Thanks

Hodor!

DavidJohn
VIC, 15573 posts
Saturday , 20 May 2017 9:43AM
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I would recommend a hard board over an inflatable any day and as far as the Tower Xplorer or Aqua Marina Monster I don't think they are sold here in Oz so you might not get many replys about them.

I would strongly recommend demoing before buying and at your weight board width is the most important thing with 34" being a good starting point.

supthecreek
1105 posts
Saturday , 20 May 2017 7:52AM
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You are a challenge Hodor... but if you have any skillz at all, I believe you should be fine on the Starboard Avanti 11'2
Its only 230 liters BUT it is 36" wide.... and I think that is enough to handle the big man!

The Avanti surfs and paddles great... it always amazed me how well it handled ALL types of surf.

Your weight will put you right at about "intermediate" float factor
230/160 = 1.44 factor ( 1.3 = advanced, 1.5 = intermediate, 1.7 = beginner)

I was 130 kg when I started on my Avanti.
It was skimming across the water.... it was floating me high and dry.

You'll fall a lot at first. Everyone does. I fell 100 times the irst day

hang in there..... it will get better!

HumanCartoon
VIC, 2057 posts
Saturday , 20 May 2017 10:56AM
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I'd endorse the Starboard Avanti, width will be your friend.


Couple of other options:

Starboard Atlas Extra - wider version of the Starby Atlas at 12' x 36" x 250 litres
Blue Planet 10'8 x 36" Boss at 236 litres (I think) or
Blue Planet Sumo 11'2 x 40" 300litres if you can find one.

you ask "Will they handle like a bus?" At your size you will need width, and that slows a board down. So will 160 kg so on top, so you will have to accept that you won't be flying across the water. That said the Avanti and Atlas are surprisingly nimble, can't speak for the Blue planet ones.

bobajob
QLD, 1246 posts
Saturday , 20 May 2017 4:14PM
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DavidJohn said..
I would recommend a hard board over an inflatable any day and as far as the Tower Xplorer or Aqua Marina Monster I don't think they are sold here in Oz so you might not get many replys about them.

I would strongly recommend demoing before buying and at your weight board width is the most important thing with 34" being a good starting point.



And if you are as you say, a monster, your claws will shred an inflateable.

BTW - my online advice is not worth the paper its written on.

McGuane
317 posts
Saturday , 20 May 2017 2:15PM
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Good comments above.
The Starboard Atlas Extra could do the job: star-board-sup.com/2017/board/12-0-x-36-atlas-extra/
And the Avanti looks good, but may be a challenge at first...

Smash1
NSW, 559 posts
Sunday , 21 May 2017 11:23AM
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Hodor, start big and just get out there and paddle paddle paddle. You will see the weight plummet and your board sizes do the same.
Also..... get on the 5.4 diet (www.fivepointfour.com.au) and the weight will also plummet.
Next thing you know you will be shredding on a Sunova Acid :-)

mickyj
VIC, 58 posts
Sunday , 21 May 2017 12:15PM
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Smash1 said..
Hodor, start big and just get out there and paddle paddle paddle. You will see the weight plummet and your board sizes do the same.
Also..... get on the 5.4 diet (www.fivepointfour.com.au) and the weight will also plummet.
Next thing you know you will be shredding on a Sunova Acid :-)


G day Hodor
I started on an Avanti , i am 6'3'' and back then weighed in at 135 kegs.A couple of kgs less than you but the Avanti still had plenty of float for a bit more weight. in my opinion i believe the Avanti surfs better with more weight on it as you need to bury your foot over the fins to get it turning. Once you get Hooked the weight will come down and you will be on your journey trying to find the next sup to progress to. I still have mine and will never sell it as its a great sup for choppy on shore crap.
I think there are lots of options to look at and many different opinions but if i remember correctly , it was`nt finding a sup that was the problem , it was the wet suit. Good Luck



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