Product Advice: Buying, Installation, Skills, Maintenance

Buying: Which inflatable beginner SUP Board?

Beginners need a stable = WIDE enough Board. The heavier (kg) the beginner ➨ the wider (cm) the board

Bodyweight lower 80 kg ➨ Board 76 cm (30” inch) WIDE 
Bodyweight between 80-100 kg ➨ Board 81 cm (32” inch) WIDE
Bodyweight over 100 kg ➨ Board 86 cm (34” inch) WIDE

Read and learn more + see our bestsellers arranged to price

Buying: Which inflatable Touring SUP Board?

Points to watch are:

  • Weight of the board. The heavier (12kg+) it becomes also heavy to bring and keep it up to a good average speed
  • Stability. The more stable the easier it is to do long distances
  • For touring with more than 1 bag onboard, you will appreciate an additional bungee rope at the tail
  • Price differences: well know brands like Red Paddle, Naish, Starboard have higher total costs (sales, marketing) than lesser known brands like FIT OCEAN or STX which are also on a top quality level

Check our Stand Up Paddle buying advice + top bestsellers inflatable Touring Boards.

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Buying: SUP Paddles

Most beginners are best off with a 3-piece adjustable alloy paddle that is robust, works for each family member (length can be adjusted, blade size medium), not expensive and fits in the SUP bag of inflatables.

Advanced and aspiring beginners paddlers might opt for a carbon padddle that is lighter (less swingweight). 80% means 80% carbon and 20% resin. Hardboard paddlers could also get a 2-piece paddle. Watch the blade sizes. Recommeneded:
Your weight  <70kg = blade < 80sq.in.
Your weight 70-85kg = blade 80-90 sq.in.
Your weight > 85 kg = blade > 90 sq.in.

Using: Shoulder Upper arm pain from paddling?
Shoulder pain, can have several reasons and can be overcome!
Here are some pointers we often hear and experienced ourselves.
Quick pain release with anti-inflamatory. Even Ibuprofen helps.

Old age
When getting older the arthrose can become a factor. And cause pain in the shoulders and upper arms while paddling. Please note there are nutrition supplements that can help.

Too long and too stiff Shaft- Too big blade of Paddle
Max. 15 cm over head. Medium stiff Shaft. Blade sizes depend on body weight. 50-70 kg max 80 sq.inch. 70-90 kg max 89 sq.inch. Over 90 kg max 100 sq.inch. The smaller the blade the easier on your shoulders

Body position on the board
Improve by bending at the waist (do not bend your back), paddle with a straigh back and just bend at the waist, feet shoulder width and pointed forward (no duck-stance)

Stroke
Keep elbow low. Like hanging on the paddle. Ellbow pointing downward instead of sideways. Hand on top is like give gas on motorbike.(palm towards shaft) instead of other way. Fingers never cramped, but relaxed (‘play piano’)

Not doing any other sports
untrained and only 1x a week over an hour paddling can be too hard on the body. Better is when in between doing some other sports.

Visit your local doctor. Tendonitis, Arthrose, Rotater Cuff ripping are serious issues. Try to avoid surgery, injections etc.

Yours truly went from severe shoulder pain and stopped paddling 6 months to full recovery, but only with: diagnosed arthrose, 3x aweek boxing lessons (incl. streching), supplements like vitamin D, Omega Oil. And still before each paddle session doing some streches first. And even after each session. Costs only a minute and keeps me pain free. Here is a great video that helped me a lot.

Buying: What to wear on the water and when?

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What size to buy ?
In general we supply sizetables on our Site and offer a return policy. And you can visit our shop as we strive to have Wetsuits and Surfshoes in every size on stock so you can try them on and find your perfect fit.

Cold waters – What for Stand Up Paddling/ Canoe/ Sailing a Drysuit and not a Wetsuit ?
For SUP, Canoe, Sailing we prefer a dry suit. Because they are light and you do not sweat as much. They are also easy to put on. You can use a wetsuit (wetsuit/diving suit), but considering that you don’t fall in so much, you get very warm and sweat. A Drysuit with neoprene arm, leg and neck fasteners (instead of latex cuffs, which are sometimes very tight) and still is 99% waterproof. Additionally we wear neoprene shoes (unisex)/ gloves (unisex).
Offers Drysuit MenOffers Drysuit Woman
Offers Shoes high topOffers Gloves

Cold waters – Why for Windsurf, Kitesurf, Foil, Wakeboard a Wetsuit?
For water sports where it is quite normal to fall into the water, such as windsurfing, kitesurfing, wingsurfing, water skiing etc. we prefer a 4 or 5 or 6 mm wetsuit. You are and stay warm when you fall into the water. They are robust when you make a crash landing. You can use a dry suit, but the problem is that in a crash landing a hole could come in and water would run into the dry suit and cause problems. Additionally we wear neoprene shoes (unisex)/ gloves (unisex). Tip: if in very cold winter water, choose a 5 mm thick wetsuit.
Offers Wetsuit longarm men / Offers Wetsuit long arm Woman
Offers Shoes high topOffers Gloves

Warm waters – What to wear in (early) summer for Stand Up Paddling, Windsurf, Kitesurf, Foil, Wakeboard?
In early summer the weather can be great, but the water can be cold. The problem is that if you fall in it, you might have a cold the next day. Therefore we prefer a 2 or 3 mm thin wetsuit, also called Shorty. These have short arms. The legs can be short or long. In a thin suit you do not sweat as much and you are and feel protected. Additionally we wear neoprene shoes (unisex)/ gloves.
Offers Wetsuit shortarm Men  /  Wetsuit shortarm Woman / Shoes low cut

In high summer with warm water we prefer only a boardshort. To protect against the sunburn we wear a lycra, which is a UV-resistant shirt that dries easily. In addition, we wear neoprene shoes.
Offers Shoes low cut

Buying: Which Kite and kiteboard for beginners/ freeriding?

There is a lot of information available online. We summarized it in tables to help you buy the right gear.

For starters, you need:

Which Kite and kiteboard for beginners/ freeriding?

Example
Meet Roger. He is tired of tennis and want to learn to Kite. He is 85 kg. He lives in Switzerland, so he will go Lake Como, on holiday to Egpyt and Brasil.
Maybe he will get addicted and also go in Fall to Lake Neuchatel.  So we recommend him 2 kites: a 12m2 and a 9m2 and 1 Kitebar.
And a Twintip Kiteboard 150 cm to quickly progress.

Links to our best deals for: beginner-Kites  Beginner Twintip-boards

Buying: Which Windsurf Board and Sail for Beginners? What do I need?

There is a lot of information available online. We summarized it in tables to help you buying the right gear.

For starters, you need:

Which Sail and Windsurfboard for beginners/ freeriding?

Examples
Meet Ulli. He wants to learn to Windsurf. He lives in Switzerland so he will go on a Swiss Lake, Lake Como, on holiday to Egpyt and Brasil.
Maybe he will get addicted and also go in Fall to Lake Neuchatel. Het is 85 kg. So we recommend him a 5 m2 beginner sail and a 300 liter dedicated beginner board with daggerboard. 

Meet Urs. He can already windsurf but had a break and now wants new equipment. He is 90 kg and wants to be planning on Swiss lakes. We recommend him a 140 liter freeride board and an 8.5 m2 sail

Links to our best deals for: beginner-Sails Beginner Boards Freeride Sails Freeride Boards

Buying: Which Kitefoil, Kite and kitefoil board for beginners/ freeriding in Kitefoiling?

Which Kite and kiteboard for beginners/ freeriding in Kitefoiling?

Controling a Foil Kiteboard is different then a non-foil Kitboard and you learn the fastest on a dedicated Kite Foil equipment.
(not crossover Surf/ Kitefoil equipment).

For starters, you need:

  • Foil Kiteboard + Foil
  • Kite +Kitebar + Pumpe
  • Wetsuit + Harness

Example
After one Season Roger is addicted to kiting. He sold his tennis rackets and he also want to go out in Super light winds.
He will try foil. So we recommend him to first try with his 12m2 kite he normally uses with his twin tip. And get a Kite board with some volume and a 1450 cm sq. foil.

Buying: Difference between Canoe and Kayak?

A kayak has seats and the paddle is double-bladed. A Canoe is like the classic indians, you kneel and paddle has only one blade.

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