I am considering buying new SUP. I have two options now: Starboard Widepoint or Fanatic Stubby. both are 8'10".
The weight is ok. I have Fanatic AllWave Pure which I manage to ride waves for the past half a year (0.3 feet).
Now I want to switch SUP. Which one of the two considered to be better?
The Widepoint gets my vote because you'll catch the waves earlier and have more glide.
My first real board was a widepoint, and my friend has learned on the same widepoint. It has a great shape and turns pretty well. I don't have any knowledge/experience with the Stubby...but as David said, the tommo (flat nose) shape of the stubby probably means that it will not have the glide of the widepoint. I have a "minion" which is a "similar" shape to the stubby. It was a ton of fun - it provided good buoyancy for its smaller length, but if they are the same length I would expect the widepoint to be a less stable but much more fun board.
What do you weigh? Why do you want to change? What is it that you hope the new board will do for you?
my weight is 72Kg. I want to enter into wave surfing. This is my second year using SUP. I currently have Fanatic AllWave Pure 9' (160Lt).
The point is that the Fanatic has 130Lt and the Starboard has 143Lt on same length.
Eran I have a starboard and the boards are great and well constructed, Starboard however are somewhat of a premium over here in Australia,
and the fanatic seem to be cheaper for some reason. I love my starboard but it was double the price of my naish and one of the most expensive boards on the market. If you have been riding waves for a year then why not try some sunova boards as they seem to cover more of a wider range of wave boards from surf board style to stubby style boards. After a year you are more up to the demo stage where you approach a dealer and say hey can I demo a few boards for a week as Ive been sup surfing for a year now. Or you could attend an event near you with lots of boards for loan.
I also like the SMIK boards from WA, oh and if you buy the starboard save a few bucks and get the carbon model its worth it.
One of my mates has a Stubby (8'8) and I've had a go on it. I'm a fan of the tomo shape for crumble and onshore stuff, if this is your break(s) then I'd say at least keep it in the loop choice. However, it feels a bit "stiff" hard to explain. It turns but doesn't want to move much unless you are quite aggressive with it. So, for ease of use I'd be sticking with a "trad" shape like your wide point option.