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Old 10-10-2012, 03:22 PM   #1
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Standup Paddleboarding

Was thinking about picking one up since they will likely be on sale since its the end of the season here in Michigan.

Anyone paddleboard much?

Do you like it?

Any advice about looking for a board?

As strange as it seems, I've heard really good things about inflatable ones and I think I would use it a lot more since it would be so much easier to transport.

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Old 10-10-2012, 03:26 PM   #2
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:27 PM   #3
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I used to do it in NJ all the time. I don't know anything about the boards but can say it's an awesome way to get some exercise on a nice day
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I see people doing that around here. Kinda want.
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:30 PM   #5
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I do it all the time. Its good exercise and my dogs love riding on it.
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:30 PM   #6
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The REI stores near me run SUP classes and excursions all the time. They supply all the gear, including the boards.

If something similar is available to you, that may be a great way to try out various boards before you buy.
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:31 PM   #7
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They're normally around $1,000 but I keep seeing this inflatable one pop up on woot for $450 or so and it gets really good reviews. I never would have though an inflatable one could be rigid enough, but most people say it feels just like a solid core one.

I may pick it up next time it pops up (if at all).

Here's a link to it:

http://www.woot.com/offers/tower-inf...e-board-bundle
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:38 PM   #8
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Check craigslist, people sell them used for half price all the time...
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:49 PM   #9
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I see a lot of tourists renting these in Bend, OR to float down the river that runs through town. About half of them look really uncomfortable with a "how in the world is this supposed to be fun" look on their faces.
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:52 PM   #10
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SUP blew up at the beaches here in the past 2 years. It's fun-ish, and a great workout, but you need to be serious about it if you're willing to drop $1000+ on a board and another $200+ on a paddle. I've demo'd boards two different times but I would never see myself buying one. I highly suggest trying both inflatable and rigid before you take the plunge. Also, start with a wider board. One of the boards I tried was a racing model and while it cut through the chop with no problems if I stopped moving or tried to make a sharp turn I was in the water in no time.
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SUP blew up at the beaches here in the past 2 years. It's fun-ish, and a great workout, but you need to be serious about it if you're willing to drop $1000+ on a board and another $200+ on a paddle. I've demo'd boards two different times but I would never see myself buying one.
Yeah, for that kind of price I definitely wouldn't but for $450 all in I might think about it, especially considering that you could probably sell it for $300 after a few years.
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