Best Stand Up Paddle Boards

Paddleboarding participants are propelled by a swimming motion using their arms while lying, kneeling, or standing on a paddleboard or surfboard in the ocean
This article refers to traditional prone or kneeling paddleboarding
A derivative of paddleboarding is stand up paddle surfing and stand up paddleboarding
Paddleboarding is usually performed in the open ocean, with the participant paddling and surfing unbroken swells to cross between islands or journey from one coastal area to another
Champion paddlers can stroke for hours and a 20-mile (32 km) race is only a warm-up for a well-trained watermen ?[1]
Ships Artist, John Webber, accompanied Captain James Cook to The Sandwich Islands in 1778, and in the lower left foreground of his 1781 engraving is depicted a Paddleboarder/Surfer Rider
Thomas Edward Blake is credited as the pioneer in paddleboard construction in the early 1930s
While restoring historic Hawaiian boards in 1926 for the Bernice P
Bishop Museum, Blake built a replica of the previously ignored olo surfboard ridden by ancient Hawaiian aliʻi (kings)
He lightened his redwood replica (olo were traditionally made from wiliwili wood) by drilling it full of holes, which he then covered, thus creating the first hollow board, which led to creation of the modern paddleboard
Two years later, using this same 16 ft (4
9 m), 120 lb (54 kg) board, Blake won the Pacific Coast Surfriding Championship, first Mainland event integrating both surfing and paddling
Blake then returned to Hawaii to break virtually every established paddling record available, setting 1⁄2 mi (800 m) and 100 yd (91 m) records that stood until 1955
In 1932, using his drastically modified chambered hollow board, now weighing roughly 60 lb (27 kg), which over the next decade he would tirelessly promote as a lifeguarding rescue tool, Blake out-paddled top California watermen Pete Peterson and Wally Burton in the first Mainland to Catalina crossing race—29 mi (47 km) in 5 hours, 53 minutes
During the 1930s, Blake-influenced hollow boards (called “cigar boards” by reporters and later “kook boxes” by surfers) would be used in roughly equal proportion to solid plank boards for both paddling and surfing until the new Hot Curl boards led wave-riding in a new direction
For paddleboarding, however, the basic principles of Blake’s 1926 design remain relevant even today
Paddleboarding experienced a renaissance in the early 1980s after Los Angeles County lifeguard Rabbi Norm Shifren’s “Waterman Race”—22 mi (35 km) from Point Dume to Malibu—inspired surf journalist Craig Lockwood to begin production on a high quality stock paddleboard—known as the “Waterman
” Its design, that has arguably won more races than any other stock paddleboard, remains a popular choice today
Shortly after, L
A, surfboard shaper Joe Bark and San Diego shaper Mike Eaton began production, and soon with Brian Szymanski’s North County Paddleboards (NCP) became three of the largest U
paddleboard makers, eventually producing nearly half of the estimated 3–400 paddleboards made each year in the U
lifeguards Gibby Gibson and Buddy Bohn revived the Catalina Classic event in 1982 for a field of 10 competitors
Concurrently in Hawaii, the annual Independence Day Paddleboard Race from Sunset to Waimea was drawing a few hundred competitors, many using surfboards due to lack of proper paddleboards on the Islands
As paddlers began ordering boards from the Mainland, local surfboard shapers like Dennis Pang (now one of Hawaii’s largest paddleboard makers) moved quickly to fill the local niche
On both fronts, paddleboarding has been consistently gaining momentum and popularity
In 1996 the sport of paddleboarding was making a comeback
Once the domain of only dedicated watermen and big wave riders in the 50’s and 60’s, the sport found a new set of acolytes on the North Shore of Oahu and in Honolulu at the Outrigger Canoe Club
At that time Hawaii’s top paddler was Dawson Jones
After completing the 32 mi (51 km) Catalina Classic, from Catalina Island to Manhattan Beach, Jones returned to Hawaii inspired to establish a race across the Ka’iwi Channel
In 1997, the race that is now known as the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships was born
Today the race sells out with both prone and stand up paddleboarders (SUP) from around the world who compete in solo and team divisions
Paddleboards are divided by length into three classes: Stock, 14 Foot, and Unlimited
Stock boards are 12 ft (3
7 m) long, and best for paddlers around 180 lb (82 kg) or less
Stock boards are easy to accelerate and fast in choppy water
But with their short waterline, they lack the calm water top speed of 14 foot or Unlimited boards
14 foot class boards are arguably the best all around board
At 14 ft (4
3 m) in length, they combine many of the best characteristics of stock boards with nearly the calm water speed of Unlimited boards
Only about half of all races have a 14-foot class
Unlimited boards are the fastest boards afloat
Their speed comes from their long waterline and this also gives them a longer glide per stroke
Though usually 17 to 18 ft (5
5 m) long, the class is defined as “anything that floats” and boards over 20 ft (6
1 m) have been built
They can be difficult to handle in choppy water and their length makes them harder to transport and store
Modern Unlimited boards have rudders that are steered by a tiller between the paddler’s feet
There is an additional board class, the 10′ 6″
These boards are not used in the long ocean races that are run with the Stock, 14 Foot and Unlimited boards, but are used in surf and sprint races
10′ 6″ class boards are known by several names: Ten-Six, Sprint Board, Surf Racer, or Racing Mal
Paddleboarding can also be done on various pieces of equipment, including surfboards
Paddleboards are made of fiberglass, epoxy, and/or carbon fibre and are generally quite large, ranging from 8 ft (2
4 m) to 21 to 18 ft (6
An emerging paddleboard technology is an epoxy surfboard, which are stronger and lighter than traditional fiberglass
Cost of new boards range from $1,500 to $3,500 for custom boards
Used boards that have been well kept are in high demand and can be sold fairly easily on paddleboard listing web sites
Some of the best known surf breaks:
Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships
Catalina Classic Winner Kyle Daniels
Paddleboard race
Craig Richmond(right) discussing paddleboard design on the beach
Thomas Michael O’Shaughnessy, Jr
guinnessworldrecords
com/world-records/1/fastest-crossing-of-the-english-channel-by-paddleboard
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W83ClvpMDUU

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