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Why volume is so import when buying a Stand Up Paddle board.

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There are so many dimensions on a Stand Up Paddle board to talk about, length, width, thickness, and lets not even get into rocker, tail and nose shapes. The one I really want to chat about is #VOLUME. Width is very important also but volume seems to be even more key in my mind (wider is more stable). For the weekend warrior or first time stand up paddler, volume is going to make you paddle experience either allot of fun or very challenging. According Wikipedia, Volume is the quantity of three-dimensional space enclosed by some closed boundary. In regular speak that means that the larger the volume the more stable the board is. When learning to stand up paddle, a high volume board is the key to learning easily. Volume will also be your best friend if you are on the heavier side.

On the flip side large volume boards are more heavy, hence slower to paddle and turn. They also don’t go as straight as low volume boards. If you are looking to purchase a Stand Up Paddle Board I would recommend learning on a high volume board first. Check out http://www.standuppaddletobago.com/learn-to-sup.html for lessons on high volume boards.

Once you have mastered the beginner board, then look at purchasing a more intermediate board with a mid range volume profile. That way the board you purchase will be more versatile and you will be able to use it for longer.

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There are a number of websites that actually offer formulas for working out what volume of board you should have. These are based on your weight, conditions where you plan to use the board and experience on a Stand Up Paddle Board. Here is a good example

Beginners – your weight in pounds (lbs) x .91 (ie 150lbs x .91 = 135 liters)

Intermediates – your weight in (lbs) x .78

Advanced – your weight in (lbs) x .59

Here in the Caribbean (at least down here in Tobago) we have many different conditions to use our board in, from flat water to open ocean. Because we need a versatile board I would recommend someone getting a board that can handle choppy seas. So that means adding more volume. That means we should add 20 to 40 litres of volume to the above formula. Unless you are an advanced rider just go with the higher number. It will make your next stand up paddle board purchase a more fun investment.

Over the next few months we will be bringing in some mid range Stand Up Paddle Boards to Trinidad and Tobago for purchase. If you are interested please contact us at info@standuppaddletobago.com

Keep smiling.

Duane Kenny

Why should I learn to Stand Up Paddle from an Instructor?

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Ok Stop looking at the girl and look at whats wrong with her paddle?

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One of the best advantages of stand up paddling is that it’s easy to learn. Most people who have basic fitness and balance can learn to get up on a beginner stand up paddle board and make a good go of it. In fact over time they will learn the basic nuances on their own, especially through the use of youtube and other sites. So why should you take a beginner lesson with an instructor.

1) You will learn all the basics quickly and correctly. There is no quicker way to learn than for someone to spend an hour showing you what to do. When you make mistakes they can show you immediately what to change, so that you learn the right way from the beginning.

2) You will learn advanced techniques that you may not get anywhere else. Most instructors have years of board experience, in both waves and racing. Hence their knowledge on improving your skills will get you farther faster in your stand up paddle adventure than you ever thought possible.

3) Less aches and pains. Most people paddle incorrectly or stand wrongly on the board. By teaching you the correct way to paddle we can increase your enjoyment of the sport, while decreasing the soreness you are going to feel the next day.

4) Safety is key. Learning how to handle a board in and around people, boats, weather, tides and waves is learned from years of experience or can be taught by an instructor in a lesson.

5) Have more Fun. If you learn something correctly you will inevitably have more fun, as you will spend less time figuring it all out.

If you are looking for a great instructor to teach you both the correct basics and advanced techniques to Stand Up Paddle then contact Stand Up Paddle Tobago (www.standuppaddletobago.com)

or book a lesson right now by clicking this link BOOK NOW

Now get out in the WATER!

 

Our Family Stand Up Paddle Boarding Adventure

 

The Murphy’s had a family get together in Tobago this month. They decided to come to Pigeon Point to try their hand at Stand Up Paddling. Here is a short video showing off their adventure.
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Hans Conquers Stand Up Paddle

We don’t always get Tobago locals over to Stand Up Paddle, but once they start they seem to get hooked. Han’s manages the Bar at Magdalena Grand Resort and after learning the basics, he has come back to paddle every week at Pigeon Point. Here is a little video from his lesson.
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