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Best Stand Up Paddleboard Features Revealed

Hanalei, HI – WEBWIRE

Shopping for a stand up paddleboard? Here are the six characteristics the pros look for: Good quality, strong construction, light weight, stability, fast glide, and maneuverability. The most important consideration is the material of the board. Some of the higher quality stand up paddleboards are hand-shaped from extruded polystyrene foam (IXPS). IXPS is whiter, lighter and has a higher density than expanded polystyrene (EPS) or polyurethane (PU). IXPS is made from recycled planks and solves the problems of delamination. IXPS is also more environmentally friendly due to the recycled use of foam.

“I have surfed many different boards,” says Jeremy Fry, founder of Hawai’s SUPS, “and IXPS-made boards are more durable, lighter, more flexible and simply more fun to surf.” Standup paddleboards shaped by Jeremy Fry’s Hawai’I SUPS are made of IXPS, not EPS or PU foam. Hawai’i SUPS boards are hand laminated with epoxy resin and glassed with two layers of fiberglass. 

The bottom of the stand up paddle board is a 1/8 inch single concave from the nose to the middle of the board, fading to double barrel concave in the tail. This shape provides stability and a nice glide. The rails are domed to make the SUP board feel one with the water, rather than a typical thick and boxy board that makes you feel like you are on top of the water. Jeremy Fry puts the fins up a couple of inches to further increase maneuverability and the surf fun factor. Hawai’i SUPS makes 5 models in various colors and length.


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