Inflatables Vs Fibreglass SUP – what to choose?

Not sure what type of SUP package to choose out of a Hard Board or an inflatable? We hope this article will help you choose…

Inflatables VS Fiberglass

Do you have storage issues?
If you do then an inflatable is an best solution. Drift inflatables come with a bag so they can be easily folded up and stored in a small space in your apartment, or more importantly, in the trunk of your small car so you can transport it and go paddle. Plus you can avoid the oversize charge and headache when flying.The Drift Air inflatables comes as the full kit which includes paddle board, leash, adjustable paddle, bag, pump and fin.

Jane from Drift took her inflatable paddle board to NZ, which she got to adventure some magnificent places. This is the added bonus of the inflatable SUP with the Drift AIR inflatable bag being also a backpack which is great for traveling

Do you have young children that will be on the board also?
Want a safe option then the inflatable paddle boards are a safe option compared to fibreglass in regards to if you or your child was to fall.

Do you want an all round paddle board for flat water, Ocean and Surf? 
When surfing or paddling distance, a fibreglass/hard board is the way to go.The Drift Fibreglass Range is designed to be used in all conditions. Inflatable Boards are perfect for Recreational flat water and exposed waterways but not so much surf.

Have storage and roof racks?
While inflatables make for convenient storage, they do take time to set up. Fibreglass boards you just tie it to the racks, drive to your paddling destination and paddle (unless you leave an inflatable inflated all the time). Inflatables generally take about 7 minutes (or more) to pump up however you can leave these inflated and tie onto your roof rack also.

Want a good all round board?
If you are wanting a board which does it all (flat water, ocean paddling and surf) then a hard board would be your best option to take advantage of all types of paddling.

Some other points to take in
– iSUPs are more durable, especially in whitewater (fibreglass hitting rocks would ding and damage your board)
– Fibreglass boards are faster
– Our Inflatables are very durable and are not like an inflatable toy. The Drift AIR has drop stitch construction meaning you wont get any bend and are extra buoyant. There are lots on inflatables on the market however you want to make sure you are getting good quality (i.e 3 layer PVC, 6 inches in thickness not any less and to make sure they are super rigid)

About Drift Inflatable paddle boards:

There are a lot of inflatable paddle boards in the market but you need to know that you are getting quality and a good solid rigid board. Drift Inflatables are designed to be super rigid in which when inflated you won’t feel like you are on one. They have drop stitch construction which are fibres throughout the construction of the board to create stiffness. They are all machine laminated not handmade,

Check out our Inflatable Range which includes everything to get you on the water:

 

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Where to place your SUP centre fin

WHERE DO I POSITION THE MIDDLE FIN ON MY FIBREGLASS/SOFT-TOP/EPOXY STAND UP PADDLE BOARD?

The most common fin system on SUP boards has a track that is longer than the fin itself. This design allows you to customize the performance of your board via the fin placement either further toward the nose, or tail of the board.

1. FIN POSITIONED ALL THE WAY FORWARD TOWARDS THE NOSE

Surfing
Putting the fin all the way forward in the fin slot will make your board feel more maneuverable and make it quicker to turn. The negative is that the board will not track in a straight line as well, and may feel like you’re moving slightly slower. This fin placement is one you’d want to consider this position if you are paddling in smaller or crowded waters, or when surfing.

2. ALL THE WAY BACK TOWARDS THE TAIL

Long distance paddle boarding, or when you want increased straight line tracking

This will increase the stability of your board, and will also increase the boards tracking and speed. Negative is that it will be slower to turn. This is a good placement if you’re paddling longer distances and want to maximize the tracking of your board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIN SLOT

Any condition where you want a mix of tracking, and maneuverable
This fin placement will give you a mix of all the performance characteristics of the other fin placements, and is the one most favoured by paddle boarders. Positioning your fin In the middle of the fin slot will give you a mix of control, stability, tracking, and speed on your board.

Tips on how to Paddle board

How to Stand Up on your Paddle Board

Always start out in calm, flat water and keep in mind you could be falling! So unless you’re in the tropics, a wetsuit may be a good idea.

  • Get the board out into in water so the fin is free from hitting the bottom.
  • Start out on your knees and take a few strokes on each side of the board.
  • Slowly, stand up with one foot at a time and stay in the middle of the board with your feet parallel to the stringer – about shoulder width apart.
  • Always look ahead at the horizon and not down on the board when standing as this helps with stability.
  • Keep a slight bend in the knees and your core centered over the board.

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Basic Strokes: Forward Stoke

There are a few basic philosophies on paddle technique, but all revolve around using your paddle as a lever. Your top hand will be driving the lever and the bottom hand will act as the fulcrum point. So with that in mind, we provide the following strokes and tips.

  • Keep your bottom arm straight and relatively still.
  • Pull your top arm toward your body to extend the paddle forward.
  • Rotate your top shoulder forward and extend your reach.
  • Insert the paddle into the water as far forward as possible and bury the paddle into the water.
  • Rather than pulling you paddle through the water, think about pulling past your paddle.
  • To stay in a straight line, take a few stokes on one side then switch to a few strokes on the other. Always remember to switch the position of your hands when your paddle changes sides.

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Basic Strokes: Turning with the Forward Sweep Stroke

  • To turn left, place the paddle in the water on the right side. At the same time, turn your torso to the left side.
  • Keep a low stance and pull to the right, towards the tail with the paddle, while twisting and leaning to the left with your torso. You’ll feel the board shift to the left quickly.
  • Basic Stokes: Turning with the Reverse Sweep Stoke.
  • To turn right, place the paddle near the tail and pull toward the nose while shifting your torso to the right. This will spin your board’s nose to the right hand side. The more you bend your knees, the easier it will be to turn the board.

Beginners Beware: Don’t make these common mistakes

  • Always hold the paddle from the top of the handle. Lots of people always want to hold the paddle like a broomstick, with both hands on the shaft. Don’t do it! Always grab it from the top handle with one hand and the other on the shaft.
  • Keep your feet parallel and spread shoulder width apart. Everyone wants to get in a surf stance, but that makes paddling on the flat water ten times harder. Plus, you will fall. Save your surf stance for the surf, and keep your feet parallel with toes pointed toward the nose.
  • Make sure your grip on the paddle is shoulder width apart. Short grips will give you a powerless stroke.
  • Dip the blade fully into the water and take a long stroke, letting your large back muscles do the work. Many people put the full brunt of the stroke on the arms. Let the big back muscles do the brunt of the work.

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SUP – The World’s Fastest Growing Watersport

The fastest growing watersport in the world, stand up paddle boarding came from humble beginnings back in 2004 when it first touched down on U.S. shores. It’s now overtaking nearly every body of water in the world. You can do it in oceans, lakes, rivers, and bays – even a swimming pool if you so desire. It’s a great full body core workout, and it’s a whole new way to experience the water in the outdoors. People of all ages, skill levels, and experience can be up and riding in no time. There is even room to throw a small child or man’s best friend on board!