Let me tell you about a very common question that I get asked quite regularly. There is no simple answer to this question, but I will try and be of some assistance now with this post. The question usually goes something like this: I’ve been SUP surfing now for a few months and I am doing really well, the board I have is just too big and heavy and I feel I need something a bit smaller as it is holding me back and a new smaller SUP will allow my surfing to improve out of sight! What board would you recommend?
Now, there is no real simple quick fix answer to this question, but my number one suggestion would be to stop picking on your poor old board and pay a bit more attention to the person riding it ha ha. Yes, you may be ready for a new board, but getting on a smaller board too soon may slow down your surfing progression if you are not quite ready for it. If you are serious about becoming a stylish, smooth SUP surfer, here are some suggestions that will help you along your way to figuring out the answer.
If you can tick off each of these points, yes, I think you may be ready to upgrade your board. Otherwise, if you spend a bit of time working on the above-mentioned points, I can guarantee you will start to notice some impressive improvement in your SUP surfing. Just think about it, if you spend a bit more time perfecting your big old heavy board and start to really throw it around, just imagine the damage you will do when you step on a smaller, lighter board! Yeeeeow now we’re talking! Summer’s on its way, you’ve got some work to do. Get into it and remember nothing comes easy. Have fun.