Primary use
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To assist in board selection, choose your intended primary use of the board.

Dedicated Wave
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Dedicated wave boards are for paddlers seeking boards specifically designed for wave riding.
All Round/Wave
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All Round / Wave boards are for paddlers seeking a board which has enough glide and stability for flat water paddling and will still excel in the waves.
All Round/Cruising
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All Round / Cruising boards are for paddlers seeking a board which is designed for glide and stability in a variety of conditions.
Exploring/Touring
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Exploring / Touring boards are designed for glide and maximum stability.
Race
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Race boards are longer boards specifically designed with speed and glide for flat water or ocean racing. The wider Race boards also serve a excellent touring boards.
Experience
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Experience level will help to determine which board is most suitable.

Entry Level
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New to SUP.
Intermediate
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Some experience with SUP. Comfortable paddling in a variety of conditions.
Advanced
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1-2+ years experience with SUP. Frequent, experienced paddler with strong skills.
Expert/Pro
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Expert or profession level with several years of experience and a high level of skill.
Weight
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A rider's weight will help to determine the size of board and how stable a board will be for a given paddler.

<50kg / 110lbs
50-75kg / 110-165lbs
75-95kg / 165-210lbs
95-120kg / 210-265lbs
>120kg / 265lbs
Water conditions
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Water conditions can greatly influence the stability and performance. Narrower and shorter boards can be ridden in glassy conditions while choppier conditions require wider or longer boards to obtain the same level of stability.

Glassy
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Glassy water conditions can be describe as flat water with little or no swell or chop.
Choppy
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Choppy water conditions can be describe as water with uneven swell or wind chop.
Lateral Stability
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Lateral stability describes how "tippy" the board is from side to side and how stable the board will be in choppy or wavy conditions. Lower stability surf oriented boards will offer more maneuverability than more stable boards. Lower stability All Round and Race boards will be faster than wider and more stable boards.

Low
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Lower stability boards offer more performance for lighter weight and advanced and Expert / Pro Riders. Low stability boards are not recommend for most Entry Level and many Intermediate paddlers.
Medium
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Medium stability board are suitable for most people in most conditions.
High
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High stability boards are suited for Entry Level paddlers, heavier paddlers, or those frequently paddling in choppy conditions.