Choosing and Handling Your SUP Equipment

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Choosing and Handling Your SUP Equipment

Stand Up Paddle Boarding is not an expensive hobby, however there are a few essential items you need to have to practice this sports and it’s important you know how to choose the right size and take proper care of your equipment.

How To Choose a Paddle Board

The are some factors you need to take into consideration when choosing your SUP board.

For the waves, if freestyle and small waves are your passion, you should choose a small size board like Shibumi Pro Small 7.6′ or Shibumi 8.9′. If you are looking for big waves and love the long board style, big board is a must, choose a board size between 9.6′ to 11.6′.

For racing and setting up your body condition you should choose a large volume board, thick and wide. Our revolutionary board, Shibumi Shaper 12.6′ is a perfect choice for that matter.

For both waves and flat water site seeing, fishing and enjoying with your family you need Shibumi boards from size 9.6′ to 12′. These boards are great for a general workout, riding waves and relaxing.

Weight and Height of the board – Every board had a different length and weight and is not suitable for everyone. For instance if you look in the Board Types section of the site you will see that there are certain boards which are more suitable for women and children. First timers too will use a different board type from experts. There are longer boards for exercising on and for taking more people.

How Do I Choose a Paddle?

There are 3 different types of Shibumi paddle:

For the waves, you use a small blade paddle because you want less drag in the water when you take off on the wave. Choose The Wave.

For racing you need a long and narrow blade to gain more drag and get more energy from every paddle stroke so you can go faster. Choose The Racer.

For both waves and flat water you need The All-Rounder which is also good for a general workout. It is average in size and in shape is a combination of both The Racer and The Wave.

Shibumi paddle material varies
all Shibumi blade shapes come in four types of material.

For the high end user 100% carbon is the best option for you, it’s a very lightweight paddle. It’s very stiff with very good flex.
Second type is more economical and contains 50% carbon fibre.
Third type is 100% fiberglass paddle. this is a bit heavier but very durable and will last for ages
Fourth is the aluminum paddle which is the most economical and without a doubt is the strongest paddle in the market. Sports clubs and hotels will use this paddle as it’s almost unbreakable.

How do I store my SUP?

With an inflatable board washing the board with fresh water is a must after every use. Once the SUP season is over putting talcum powder on the rubber surface is very beneficial to the board as it keeps the rubber healthy.
With the hard boards, store the board in a board bag. Store it in a chilled place and not in the sun. If you are flying with the board make sure to release the air valve so that the pressure in the board form the materials doesn’t build up and eventually explode the board.

If you are planning on leaving the board in a car on a hot day, make sure to release the air valve so as not to damage the board

How do I transport my SUP?

Let’s start with the inflatable boards which of course are easy to carry and easy to transport and also to store. They come with a pump to blow them up and then when you’re done, all you need is to undo an air valve on the board to deflate it. The whole thing fits into a small backpack and comes with a paddle that comes in three pieces and a small pump.

With the traditional SUP boards you need a Shibumi Roof Rack or Shibumi Roof Protector and Shibumi Tying Strap. All of those are available to order through this website.

If you don’t have a roof rack you can use a protector alone. Open all four doors of the car; lay the board on the protector on the roof so as not to damage the board or the car. Then tie the straps through the front doors, over the board and then through the back doors.

If you do have a roof rack, put your board in a Shibumi Board Bag on the rack and tie the straps.

If you have a Shibumi board which measures up to 9.6ft you can actually fit it inside your car if you put the passenger seat back.

If you are parking your car a distance from the water you can use the Shibumi Carrying Strap which is very easy to use. Slide it on the board put it over your shoulder and your good to go.

If you’re flying on plane make sure you use the Shibumi Board Bag to protect it and wrap the board first in bubble wrap.

Safety Tips for SUP

Like the saying goes “don’t bring a gun to a knife fight”. Preparation is everything; the better prepared you are before you start SUP’ing the greater you’re enjoyment will be. Here are some safety tips to help you to avoid injury or incident.

Know how to swim

Yep, you’re going to be in the water.
You have to be able to swim. You would think that goes without saying, but not necessarily. People forget that every now and again they will fall off their board. If you are really interested in doing SUP, learn how to swim first…please!

Physically fit!

Whether it is surfing or racing or just SUP cruising that you like, you need to be physically fit, as it is a sport.
SUP’ing involves paddling which is anaerobic exercise, and balance which involves all of your muscles from the neck down. The fitter you are the easier you will find this sport. In order to prevent sport injuries from occurring stretching out the muscles before and after every paddling session is a must.

Food and energy

Before you go out in the sunshine and get on that board make sure that you eat first and drink plenty of water.
Of course, eat more than an hour before because it’s just not fun to swim after you’ve finished eating. Keep yourself hydrated as it’s easy to forget how hot it is when you’re surrounded by water. SUP requires a great deal of energy- which explains why it’s such a great workout.

Get appropriate Equipment

Make sure that your equipment is appropriate.
It should be in accordance to your weight and height. A board that is too big can turn you over because it will be difficult to control. A short paddle can cause you to run low on speed because it can’t give that much thrust. Also, get a personal floatation device, it will make you safer and it is required by law.

Check the weather forecast

If you’re a beginner, SUP earlier in the morning when the wind is calmer.
Experienced SUP’pers may prefer more wind. Check for rain too, although SUP’ing in the rain can be good fun.

Quick Tips:

  1. Always paddle against the wind, and then if you get tired, you can always paddle back with the wind direction
  2. When going paddling it is recommended to take a cellphone with you in a water-proof package.
  3. Always take some change in your pocket for buying water and food, in case it’s needed.
  4. In off shore wind, do not paddle deep, but stay next to the shore or parallel to it.
  5. Do not surf next to wave surfers or bathers.
  6. Always use a leash, even in solid waters like lakes. This will ensure the board stays next to the paddler.
  7. Always use a life vest.
  8. Try to paddle as a pair or with a group of people.
  9. Try to avoid paddling in the middle of the day in summer time, when it is very hot outside.
  10. In a beach with wave surfers, it is best to avoid surfing or paddling next to them. It is important to remember that they were here first and so they come preference.
  11. In the peak hours, do not get too close to other SUP’pers, so that you don’t have crashes which can injure the surfer and the paddler.
  12. It is important to have good swimming skills before going paddling
  13. Stretching out the muscles after paddling is a must. This is in order to prevent sport injuries from occurring

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