Thursday, September 03, 2009

SUP or Big-Fatty?

Just looking for a few opinions. I've got these wee twin boys you see, who are nearing 3yrs old and I'm keen to get them out on the front of a board with me, here and there when the conditions suit (i.e. light, flat & shallow).

At the moment, I would never invest in a SUP just for myself, BUT, I certainly wouldn't mind playing around with one. The main purpose though is for family sailing. So, is the big wide 200L-ish beginner board the better bet, or a padded SUP? I would think that the beginner wide-style board would offer a lot better ease of introduction of the kids, and anyone else for that matter, to the sport, but the SUP would have that bit of extra bonus for me, and I bet my wife too would take an interest. Both is not an option.

Any thoughts?

The heavy-weight contenders:
In this corner, weighing in at a girthy 13.5kg and standing at a height of 280cm tall and spanning a massive width of 85cm: the big, the bloated, the incredibly stable... "Goya Surf".

AND, in the opposing corner, wearing the stark grey paint job and cushy EVA padding, weighing in at a wee 11.3kg, but dwarfing all who dare oppose him at whopping 345cm in height: the long, the slim, the cruisy... Quatro 11'4" SUP!

Ding ding ding!!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I found SUP pretty boring in Hood River. I think swell/waves are needed to have any fun on a SUP board. Make sure you try it on the lake you will frequent before buying...

Mark

Fish said...

Thanks Mark... It would certainly get minimal waves, if any. I see it more just for paddling around flat cottage lakes, down on the sound in Hatteras, etc...

Did you sail the SUP, or just paddle around. I reckon a hydration pack filled with beer would compliment that well.

Anonymous said...

I paddled the SUP...and as i said, it was very boring. For lakes, i imagine a SUP built for speed would be more appropriate...not sure if they exist. They are soooo sluggish! Current SUP boards seem to be built for the ocean playground, where the waves force you to move around on the board...and pick up speed!!!

That being said, sailing a SUP board may be fun. Haven't tried it.

I watched a kiter on a SUP board at the event site in Hood River. He was CONSTANTLY moving around and it looked like it required intense concentration.

But i digress. Low wind on a lake = flat, flat water. You could take a cooler of beer on the SUP and not worry about losing it!

Mark

deepfried said...

Hey Mike,

Hows things going, when are you heading back down under?

I'd go for something over 11'. I have a couple of Naish SUP's, an 11'6 for cruising and a 10'6 for in the surf. We take the kids out on them around Plimi and they just sit on the front.

The 10'6 is a bit unstable compared to the 11'6 (which is why its so good in the surf).

We've had sails on the SUPs and they seem to fine in light winds even without center boards (though definitely not high performance).

I'm totally sold on SUPing, both as a now wind alternative, fitness, family fun and for getting seafood.

Latest session here :)

http://www.sessionlogs.com/spot-3884-15/plimmerton-sup-session-by-chris

windsurfjunky said...

Hey Mike

I just had twin boys last April and bought my first Quatro last week from avon sail house..life is crazy, but fun...do you have any survial tips...do things get easier...lol..

Kevin, Niagara Ontario

windsurfjunky said...

Hey Mike

I just had twin boys last April and bought my first Quatro last week from avon sail house..life is crazy, but fun...do you have any survial tips...do things get easier...lol..

Kevin, Niagara Ontario

Fish said...

Hey Kevin,
Good to hear there are others in the same boat! Yeah, it definitely gets easier, but it depends on a lot of factors - the main factor being your wife! My wife Cheryl is very supportive and helps me get what I need to get, and in return, I sacrifice a few things. i.e., I barely do anything else sportwise, but rely on making way for her get to do the things she needs to do as much as possible.

It gets easier as it does harder. Case in point: Ours are 2.5yrs old and pretty rambunctious. Stuck in Quebec City at the moment, on 'vacation', with one of our boys with a broken femur from a dumb playground fall. These sorts of things put everything into perspective, when even the most ardent sailors can wake up and realize that windsurfing is so irrelevant.

It's definitely an adventure, and its awesome. Twins rock! Can't wait to get them on that beginner board in Hatteras this spring. I bet you are looking forward to the same some day!

Cheers,
Mike

Fish said...

Hey Chris,
The answer: 4 yrs from now. Probably going back for another 2 then.
Thanks for the advice on the stick, good to know about the size options for the SUPs.
Fish

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