paiwen womens paddleboards

A Guide to Women’s Paddleboards

Not All Paddleboards are Created Equal

Let’s face it, when it comes to most pieces of sporting equipment, women just make do with what men end up using, even though sometimes they are larger and heavier than what a woman would really need.

In some sport’s women’s equipment is getting more specialized, women golfers, for instance, now can use clubs that are shorter, lighter and have a different bend to the shaft than their male counterparts.

So, as you can see, there is a lot more to giving women a great piece of sporting equipment than just making it pink and calling it a day.

paiwen paddleboards for women
A paddleboard can be light, sturdy and pretty, too.

And the same holds true with stand up paddleboards.

Of course, women can use a paddleboard designed for a man, and for the most part, won’t have any issues. But, some women are more interested in finding paddleboards made by companies that directly suit their own needs and wants. That’s where women’s paddleboards come in.

How to Choose a Women’s Paddleboard

One thing you’ll notice when getting started with stand up paddleboarding is that sup boards are huge, it is not uncommon for some models to be 12 feet or longer!

That’s a lot of board to carry, especially if you are on the smaller side.

For most men, having a long board isn’t much of a problem, generally men have both high levels of arm strength and longer arms, so grasping the board at the carry handle is no big deal.

However, if you are a shorter woman, say 5 feet, then being able to comfortably tuck your fingers into the carry handle might be a lot more difficult on a board that is 38 or 40 inches wide.

So, that is going to be a major consideration. After all, how often are you going to want to get out and spend time paddleboarding if it’s a massive pain in the ass to get your board out to the water because you can’t carry the board, right?

In the past, many women simply looked to smaller boards in order to get their fix out on the water. But now, there are a number of brands that are focusing on making sup boards specifically for women.

The Best of the Women’s Paddleboard Brands

There are a few brands out there that have realized it’s really important to focus on both men and women when making paddleboards, especially as the sport has been growing. But there is one that really shines when it comes to paddleboards for women.

Paiwen

paiwen womens paddleboards
A women’s paddleboard should be easy to carry.

In my experience, Paiwen makes some of the best women’s paddleboards out there. Since the company is run by women, they intimately know exactly what some of the challenges women paddleboarders face.

The boards feature a couple of women specific features:

  • Paiwen boards are really light, at only 28 pounds, they are some of the lightest on the market
  • Paiwen boards are much more women friendly with their specs, so the boards are only 10 feet long, 32 inches wide and 4.5 inches thick, this makes the board light and manageable for women, but still provide a ton of stability
  • Paiwen boards have a decidedly feminine look, the boards are rounded and have much more classic feminine designs
  • Paiwen paddles are made to have smaller handles, to accommodate smaller hands, and work for women who are much smaller in stature

Pretty cool, right?

Just by paying attention to these details, Paiwen has been having a ton of success with women and have found more than a few fans for life!

Once you start searching for paddleboards, you are going to be able to see which boards are going to work best for you. Take the time to consider some of your own specific requirements and levels of comfort before you choose which board you want. And, if you can, try testing out a few boards, you might find a specific size is just perfect for your needs.

For all the ladies out there, do you have a paddleboard for women, or a smaller men’s board? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

Numbers to Know in Stand Up Paddleboarding

Everyone buying a stand up paddleboard; men, women, kids and even seniors have different expectations and needs. You see a board you like and imagine yourself riding on the water and all your friends looking on in awe.

It’s not as simple as that.

You also should make sure the board suits your needs. When determining your needs, consider three factors: size for your weight, size for the water conditions, and size for your convenience.

Size for Your Weight

Flotation is a combination of the length, width and thickness of the board. Study the dimensions of the boards you are considering and make sure you don’t choose a board that is too small.

The general rule is that, once you’re up to paddling speed, you don’t want the tail to drag.

Stepping slightly forward will smooth out the water release at the tail, but If the board is too small, your nose will dig in.

Watch other paddlers of weight similar to your own and note the tail turbulence and trim of their boards when underway. Ask for the dimensions of their boards, or at least the length of their boards, and size yourself accordingly.

Board makers generally agree on certain dimensions.

Rave Lake Cruiser SUP Paddleboard Teal 11ft 6in

from: The House Boardshop

For example, 11ft boards are around 29in wide and 4¼inthick, while 12ft boards are around 30inwide and 4½in thick.

If you can’t test a board, are inexperienced, or If your height or weight does not fall within the “average” for paddleboarders, listen to the advice and experience of others and consult the expert at your favorite paddleboard shop.

The division between lightweight and heavyweight in windsurfing is 170 pounds. This is a good reference weight for stand-up paddleboard flotation.

Heavyweights should have the biggest boards, around 12ft, paddlers who weigh right at 170 pounds do well on 11ft boards, and very-lightweights can go as short as 10ft.

Size for the water Conditions


Odyssey Surf SUP Paddleboard w/ Paddle 10Ft 6In

from: The House Boardshop

There are three basic water conditions: flatwater, rough water, and surf.

Flatwater is the ideal condition to check for tail turbulence and trim. You can see your wake and actually hear turbulence. You will even be able to trim a board that is too small, but don’t get cocky and think this will work for you in all conditions.

The size and weight recommendations, above, work well in flatwater.

Rough water is not as forgiving. The board seems much less stable, and the nose will dig into the chop. The board that seemed fine in flatwater will seem too small in rough water.

Get a board that is approximately six inches to one foot longer for rough water stand up paddleboarding. For paddle adventures on rivers, for example, longer boards are often better for stability, so you can avoid falling into cold water.

Surfing has contrasting demands. You want the speed and stability of a bigger board for paddling out and catching waves, yet when you are riding a wave, you want the maneuverability and high performance of a smaller board.

Beginners in the surf should stick to the long board they use in rough water. It will catch the waves more easily, reducing the number of falls.

Experienced surfers will prefer smaller boards. They’ve learned the knack and timing for paddling out and catching waves, so performance when riding the wave is primary.

Occasional surfers will prefer 11ft and 12ft boards, while high-performance surfers will use 9ft 6in to 10ft 6ins stand-up paddleboards.

Size for Your Convenience

Besides riding your board, you will carry it to the water, hoist it over your head to load it onto your vehicle, and store it. Keep This in mind when selecting a board to buy.

It is no good to set your heart on a certain 12ft beauty If you cannot physically handle it, especially when the wind blows.

While shopping for your board, try picking it up and carrying it. Hoist it over your head. If you have trouble, look for a board with a hand slot or buy our handle kit to attach a carrying handle.

Smaller boards, which are lighter in weight and have thinner rails, are easier to handle when out of the water, making them especially popular with women stand-up paddleboarders.


Surftech Blacktip SUP Paddleboard 8ft x 36in

from: The House Boardshop

It is worth sacrificing some paddle glide by choosing a smaller board If it means that you can carry and load it.

You also need to consider the place where you will store your board. If it needs to fit into the locking personal storage bin in your vacation condo, make sure it will fit before you purchase it.

Having a smaller board in the locker is better than Having a big board stolen from the carport rafters. Easy carrying, loading and storing is part of the love affair with your first board.

Stand up paddleboarding is a great activity, but it requires careful thought and preparation.

When selecting the right board to buy, you must consider not only the kind of stand up paddleboarding you plan to pursue  flatwater, rough water or surfing but also your own height and weight.

Listen to other surfers, but also consult the expert in your favorite paddleboard shop before you make your selection. And don’t forget to consider where you can safely store your board when it’s not in use.

various paddleboard fins

Do You Know Your Paddleboard Fins?

Fins are the most important part of the stand up paddleboard. If there are no fins, the paddle board will simply keep moving in circles.

Several makers of SUPs make sure that the fin matches comfortably with the board, however, a rider must also know and understand the working of paddleboard fins so that they are in a better position to decide which fins they should use with their boards.

What Do Fins Have to do with SUP?

paiwen paddleboard fin
Photo: Paiwen Fin

The number of fins as well as their size is dependent on the size of the board itself.

If the set up is single fin, the fin will be larger in size as compared to the fin in a three-fin set up or a two plus one set up. This is because the holding power is taken from a single fin instead of two or three.

Surface Area

The surface area is dependent on the size of the board as well as its make and size.

There are other factors that also affect the surface area. These include the state of the water in which you are paddling and your personal choices in this regard.

Paddleboard Fin Configurations


Amundson All Around SUP Fin 3/4in

The center paddleboard fin in a three-fin configuration is the same size that of the outer fins. In a two plus one setup, the center fin is larger than the outside ones. In many two plus one setups, the two outer fins can be removed in order to convert it into a single fin paddle board.

A single fin offers the necessary power for holding the board and preventing the tail form from sliding around. A multi-fin also carries out the same function besides others. They help the rider in increasing the speed of the board when water is forced through them.

Some people refer to the three-fin set up as thrusters since the water thrusts through them and increase the speed of the board. Multi-fin setups provide great interaction between the rider, the paddleboard and the water which results in a great surfing experience.

There is a down side to the multi-fin set up though, they increase the drag which is not good in flat water surfing. Other than the center fin, the rest of them are not pointing towards the direction of the travel. Rather they are facing the centerline of the board. The more this angle or cant, the easier it is for the board to turn. However, it also adds to the drag. The rider cannot feel the drag while surfing because there is energy coming from the waves as well. But in flat water, drag can be very problematic.

Flat Water Fins

Mostly, boards that are designed for flat water paddling contain a single fin.

There is a surge in the production of paddleboards that feature the flat water fin. Many people, however, prefer the all-around boards so that they can paddle away from the surf. These boards are usually available with fins that are designed for using in the surf. The boards can be amended to provide more thrust and fun.

A flat water paddleboard fin keeps the board straight. When you are paddling across a lake, this feature becomes extremely helpful.

There are three main types of flat water fins available in the market: racing, touring and down winders.

Touring Fins

Amundson All Around SUP Fin 3/4in

The main objective in the mind of the designer who creates fins for touring boards is to keep the board straight at all times. This is done by extending the board horizontally.

With a large base and more surface area, it is very difficult for the board to pivot.

Racing Fins

Amundson Tour/Race Fin 9in

Racing fins are very different. They are designed with the purpose of providing more speed as well as easy and swift maneuverability.

Shape wise, the fins used in the kind of board are similar to both the surfing fins and touring fins lying somewhere in between the two.

Most paddle board fins are made from carbon fiber. This allows them to be thinner while simultaneously providing the required stiffness. There are other materials like hexcore that are much lighter in weight and make great fins.

Downwinder Fins

The downwinder fins are the most unique. They are smaller than the surfing fins and do not allow the board to spin during a rough session. They are oriented vertically which allows greater maneuverability and speed adjustment.

Riders can also change fins depending on the conditions; racing the board with one, taking a cruise with the other, and surfing with the third.

Now that you know your paddleboard fins, you will be able to tailor your SUP to suit your own needs. Meaning, you’re going to have a lot more fun out there on the water!

paddleboard fishing

Newest SUP Craze: Paddleboard Fishing

There is nothing like waking up before the sun rises and spending time on the water. The thrill of getting out there and trying to catch the largest fish in the lake is a wonderful experience. While many of us are familiar with this classic hobby, a new way to enjoy fishing might just surprise you.

The normal method of fishing for most is either fishing from the bank or a pier and catching fish from a watercraft like a john boat or bass boat.

But a new craze in fishing has taken the angling world by storm. Sup fishing or stand-up paddleboard fishing is a new and exciting way to enjoy the art of fishing.

This wacky blend of fishing and surfing is a cost efficient way to fish. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on fishing boats, you only have to invest a few hundred dollars with these new generations of anglers.

Another great advantage to using a SUP to fish off is their ability to go into even the lowest water level situations without getting stuck on the bottom. This allows SUP fishermen to go into remote areas of lakes and rivers and catch some of the largest fish.

This sport which become really popular in Colorado has made its way down as far as the Florida coast. Now many outfitters and sporting good supply stores are starting to carry these specially designed paddleboards, along beside their traditional fishing boats.

There are four common types of paddle boards available on the market today to help you get started paddleboard fishing. So let’s take a look at each of them.

Hard Molded Paddle Board

This type of SUP is most common and similar to a traditional surf board. Although much wider than a surf board, the hard molded paddle board is very durable and is the most easy to navigate in fast waters.

Many anglers like this SUP option because they feel more confident in the water and the hard molding provides added protection against sharp rocks and other underwater obstacles.

Hard Epoxy Paddle Board

This is the second most common SUP out there and has many of the same features of its hard molded cousin, but can be bought at a fraction of the price.

The downside to the hard epoxy SUP is that it’s less sturdy and might be damaged more easily.

Soft Foam Paddle Board

This SUP is one of the most easiest to use and it is really light weight which makes storing it a breeze. These SUP’s can be purchase for a few hundred dollars less than other kinds of SUP’s.

The drawback to the soft foam models is that they often get damage in rough terrain and can easily break apart.

Inflatable Paddle Board

Just like the soft foam paddle board, the inflatable SUP is very light and can go just about anywhere. The inflatable SUP is great for those who enjoy both hiking and fishing because they are easy to carry.

Many people prefer the inflatable SUP over the foam and epoxy SUP’s because they are more durable and if damage they can be repaired much easier.

The only real draw back of the inflatable SUP is that it is harder to handle in the water because of its higher buoyancy rate.

Each of these boards should be able to give you a nice stable way to get out on the water and really enjoy a few days fishing.

stand up paddleboarding

Stand Up Paddleboarding: Greatest Exercise Ever?

Get Fit With Stand Up Paddleboarding

Stand up paddleboarding is one of the most popular sports in the world right now.

Not only are paddleboards popping up everywhere from luxury resorts to local lakes, a ton of people are using paddleboarding as a way to get an amazing full body work out.

Builds Core Muscles

Paddleboarding targets the muscle groups in the mid section of the body, the stomach and back. Since a board floats on the water, that added need for balance is really effective in building the stomach and back muscles.

As compared to traditional methods of working out like crunches, which involves training muscles in isolation, paddleboarding trains groups of muscles at once.

Total Body Workout

Stabilizing the paddleboard provides a full body work out because, as we’ve already seen, your core muscles are already at work keeping balance. While balancing, it is the abdominal and core muscles that are helping your body stay balanced on the board.

This kind of balance enhances the back, legs, arms, feet and even toes during the process of paddling, since all of those muscles are working together.

Paddleboarding is very effective for the whole body since it touches on the core muscles including the lower back, the arms and the upper thighs.

Just the act of paddling requires full movement the body including the core, arms and legs, ensuring that very few muscles are missed while on the paddleboard.

Low Impact

Unlike with jogging or a lot of other cardiovascular sports, paddleboarding doesn’t have a negative impact on your joints.

It is one of the very best low impact sports that still really gives the feeling of a total body workout. With the feet facing forward and the back straight, your hips and joints are not going to be stressed while paddling.

Stand up paddleboarding also helps in keeping the body joints in a neutral position. It does not expose you to ligament and tendon injuries because you are not making any heavy movements.

Improves Muscle Tone

Paddleboarding also enhances fat burning and muscle toning. When exercising on the board, the body muscles undergo rhythmic contraction which will enhance muscles strength and flexibility.

People who paddleboard on a regular basis tend to lose weight and can be able to maintain their body balance effectively without necessarily watching on their diet.

It’s easy to see why paddleboarding is becoming so popular as a fitness option. It allows for a low impact total body workout that improves core muscles and overall muscle tone.

What do you think, has stand up paddleboarding helped you get more fit?

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