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Advice for Ocean going ISup

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Created by Pete5 4 months ago, 17 May 2018
Pete5
3 posts
17 May 2018 12:46AM
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Hi,
I am looking for some advice. I want to purchase a sup to do some training out on the ocean.

I weigh about 100kg and live at the beach. I surf a lot when there are waves but on calmer or small chop days I am looking to do some training on a Sup.
Basically from home I would like a board that I can punch upwind for a few km then turn around and head downwind back to home.
Generally the sea around my area is a little bit choppy but I wouldn't be looking at anything too challenging. Just on small wave days and perhaps with a little bit of wind. When there's bigger surf I will go surfing..

Unfortunately I think I have to go for an I-Sup due to storage issues. At a pinch I could try to work something out with a hard board, I am not really sure on this point, I just watched a video on YouTube that basically said an I-Sup is not going to cut it for doing the punch upwind and come back downwind thing that I am thinking about. But other videos say the more expensive I-Sups are ok.

Any advice on what I should be looking for (type of Sup/I-Sup), length, width, brand etc?

I am pretty open on price. I guess I am thinking about 1000 bucks but if I have to pay more for something worthwhile I will do it. Hopefully I don't have to though.

Many thanks in advance for any helpful comments......

MiniDorries
QLD, 127 posts
17 May 2018 11:38AM
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Pete5 said..
Hi,
I am looking for some advice. I want to purchase a sup to do some training out on the ocean.

I weigh about 100kg and live at the beach. I surf a lot when there are waves but on calmer or small chop days I am looking to do some training on a Sup.
Basically from home I would like a board that I can punch upwind for a few km then turn around and head downwind back to home.
Generally the sea around my area is a little bit choppy but I wouldn't be looking at anything too challenging. Just on small wave days and perhaps with a little bit of wind. When there's bigger surf I will go surfing..

Unfortunately I think I have to go for an I-Sup due to storage issues. At a pinch I could try to work something out with a hard board, I am not really sure on this point, I just watched a video on YouTube that basically said an I-Sup is not going to cut it for doing the punch upwind and come back downwind thing that I am thinking about. But other videos say the more expensive I-Sups are ok.

Any advice on what I should be looking for (type of Sup/I-Sup), length, width, brand etc?

I am pretty open on price. I guess I am thinking about 1000 bucks but if I have to pay more for something worthwhile I will do it. Hopefully I don't have to though.

Many thanks in advance for any helpful comments......


A 14' race board really is the best thing for training. depending on your balance, all board brands have multiple widths. i personally use a 14' x 24" Sunova All-round Faast, they also have a 25.5" and 27" wide

LastSupper
VIC, 108 posts
17 May 2018 8:33PM
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Newtons law says ! Anything with air in it will paddle like a pig upwind !

Area10
1350 posts
19 May 2018 9:58PM
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Forget an iSUP for either upwind or downwind. They stink at both (and own three so I should know!). In fact, forget iSUPs for ocean paddling altogether. They bounce and flex and stick and are generally hard work unless you are talking 10 knots or less.

Maybe a 2-piece SUNOVA race board?

Pete5
3 posts
28 May 2018 1:34AM
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Just wanted to say thanks to everyone, I ended up buying my first SUP board and I gave up on the idea of an iSUP. (Again, I really appreciate the people who posted here and wrote to me directly for telling me not to get one).The board I got is a bit basic, being 12"6' but I got a Hardboard in the end. I have been out three times on it now and loving it !!!

pumpjockey02
200 posts
28 May 2018 1:57AM
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Pete my first board was a 12 6 enjoy, its a bit of a pontoon but fun to paddle.

Area10
1350 posts
28 May 2018 9:51AM
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Smart move Pete5. Enjoy!



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