Guide To Longboard Equipment

Guide To Longboard Equipment

Although the composition of a longboard is not as long to describe as that of a tractor engine, it is still useful to know the various elements that allow us, once assembled, to roll.

The board (or deck)

The deck is the part, usually wooden, on which the feet are installed, as much to tell you that it will be hard to do without it. Given the number of parameters that modify the characteristics of the board, you will be able to find a separate guide. Keep in mind that these characteristics of the board will be adapted to one practice more than another.

Trucks (or “metal stuff hanging on the deck”)

Generally, not to mention all the time, there are two per longboard, otherwise the image of the deck, you will have trouble rolling. These are the aluminum parts (for the majority) fixed directly on the deck by screws, on which we will put the wheels.

As for the characteristics of the truck, it will first of all be interested in the size of the truck. Its size is measured between the two ends, excluding the axes on which the wheels will hold. For the longboard, trucks of 150mm (15cm for less mathematical) or 180mm (I let you do this conversion) will be used, more or less. But there are many other sizes, like 130mm for skateboarding. In concrete terms, what the size will change will be the stability / maneuverability ratio. The smaller a truck is, the more it will allow great maneuverability (useful in the city for example to avoid children). Conversely, the bigger it is, the more stability it will allow (a particular interest for lovers of high speeds).

This stability / handling ratio will also be influenced by another characteristic of the truck: its angle. We are talking about the angle between the flat part of the base (which will be against the board) and the hanger (the T-shaped part with the axles for the wheels). The larger the angle, the easier the handling will be , unlike the stability. The smaller the angle, the greater the stability will be and the less the handling will be. You will understand, we can not have everything, everything depends on what we want to do. There are several angles but if your trucks do not fit you, this property is modifiable by “inclined pads”, small wedges placed between the truck and the board. The pads can be flat, in order to raise the deck relative to the trucks (and the ground), without changing the angle.

The pucks (or “speed rings”)

These are the small metal rings, very simple, all stupid, downright insignificant in fact. You’re going to ask yourself “but why am I going to read all this then? And for the pleasure of reading what I write to you! Not really, just like the bearing spacers, the speed ring will still be interesting and it is easy to forget to install them when you start. It will be placed between the nut and the bearing, and between the bearing and the truck (so two per wheel), to prevent the bearings from touching one or the other to avoid creating unnecessary friction. In the same way, thanks to them you will be able to tighten your wheels to avoid the game.

Inflatable Sup or Rigid Sup?

Inflatable Sup or Rigid Sup?

Inflatable Sup or Rigid Sup?: An important question to ask when buying a SUP. Rigid inflatable or? We have selected five benchmarks.

Fragility/Shock: Despite what you may think, inflatable Stand Up Paddle are stronger and less fragile than rigid. Indeed, no paddle strokes problem on the rails or small

Stability/strength: Although inflatable SUP is becoming more stable and rigid with the manufacturing technique in “drop stitch” (son mesh polyester or nylon which stiffens the SUP when under pressure) and the layers reinforced PVC canvas, rigid SUP offers more stability.

Sliding performance: Regarding performance, the prize goes to the rigid, as well as the pleasure of skiing is better quality. This is explained because the rigid SUP is made with polystyrene bread that can work forms and “shape” of the nose (front of the board), the tail (back of the board), the rocker, of the hull or rails. Inflatable SUP manufacturing techniques are meanwhile more limited and allow less room to maneuver.

Convenience: In terms of size, the inflatable far outweighs. The board can thus be stored in a car trunk, unlike the rigid which is one of the most cumbersome and difficult to transport boards in the universe of surfing.

Rules: You should know that the level of regulations, the rigid up to 2 miles from a shelter, unlike air which cannot go more than 300 meters.

Price: Inflatable sups are generally slightly cheaper than rigid, you can check it on

How to Choose SUP Paddle

How to Choose SUP Paddle

How to Choose SUP Paddle: aluminum, carbon fiber or?

Wood, carbon or aluminum, balance your heart. Normal, you are on a SUP, there’s a swell! Short…

SUP paddles of aluminum

stand up paddle paddles the aluminum is in the entry. These are the cheapest SUP paddles, but also heavier, less flexible, and less solid in the long run. Avoid if you have a regular practice.

SUP paddles fiber

The fiber paddles are most common in stand up paddle. Made of fiberglass, these paddles offer the best price/weight possible, are strong enough and pleasant to use on your stand up paddle. Without a doubt the material that suits the majority of practitioners.

Paddle SUP carbon

carbon paddles are expensive but very light. These are the Rolls Stand Up Paddle. Very solid in normal use (ie in the water!) Are however not frankly made to take a pension. A mention if you have a little brother a bit player. Not be necessary either if you do not have the ambition to break a record, to win a race or browse the entire Rhone canal before lunch. After it’s up to you, we can see the guys down jacket The North Face in the subway.

The shape of the blade of your paddle

You can still claim a heart-shaped, not on the manufacturer to follow you in your delusion. In terms of the shape of your paddle Stand Up Paddle, simply to know one thing:

With a finer paddle, you get tired less rowing, but will not have much power.

With a larger paddle, oar will be more challenging but you will have more grip in the water, possibly more speed. Which is quite logical after all.

Recap, if you really have nothing followed

So already you do me 50 lines, then you can go back and adjust your choice of a paddle to your level:

If you are a beginner or an occasional basis, we recommend an aluminum paddle. Not only is it the cheapest but it is also adjustable in size, so you can lend. Not bad for a walk with family on the water.

If you are a regular practitioner, go for a paddle in fiber. A relatively small weight without damaging your wallet, what else?

If you are an intensive practicing Stand Up Paddle, a fiber paddle will seem you may be limited. Turn to the carbon, truly the lightest and most flexible materials, so the less traumatic for your muscles and joints. On intensive use, you feel the difference.

Choosing the Stand Up Paddle

Choosing the Stand Up Paddle

Choosing the Stand Up Paddle

Inflatable or standard?

The inflatable SUPs, even if they are versatile enough, are primarily intended for beginners. Their great thickness and round tail make them very stable and thus more manageable. They are also easily transportable, thanks to their low volume when deflated.

You will be able to take your surfing Paddle during your beach holiday or your outings on lakes such. They do not require special transport structure which makes them extremely convenient, whether you are experienced or a beginner, the inflatable SUPs are an incomparable way to save space and weight!

What form?

Bewak offers several forms of tail: The Pintail, extremely thin, will fully control your Stand Up Paddle on the big waves, very hollow.

The Swallowtail (or Fishtail) wide, will more easily take the speed on flat water, very convenient on the lakes for example. At sea, this type of tail will be more suited to small waves, the tail is too large to control the big waves.

The Round tail has the distinction of being very wide, so it will not crack the wave as a pintail, which is thinner. It will be more suitable for small to medium waves, which are less hollow. This type of tail is néamoins versatile, it adapts very well to the conditions.

What size?

The Stand-Up Paddle longest are generally wider too, and therefore the most stable. They will suit beginners practice for leisure or the trekkers.

The SUPs shorter as surfing, are also often finer and therefore more nervous. To use one, you must already know tame the wave, the risk of being carried away by his power so may endanger your and break the Paddle Board.

For experienced surfers, a SUP short is perfect for a thrill for speed and figures. The SUP Inflatable 12’6 “Race is itself reserved to speed, even if the length to suggest that it is a board for leisure, this thin board will spin the wave at incredible speed.

How to Choose Stand Up Paddle Board

How to Choose Stand Up Paddle Board

How to Choose Stand Up Paddle Board : Stand Up Paddle (SUP) is a very accessible sport or leisure. No need to have a perfect balance or an athlete’s condition to get started. But how to choose paddle boarding?

A paddle board is chosen primarily based on its use. Once this last set, we can look at the features of the model to narrow the choices.

Ride

For the ride, you need a board Stand Up Paddle versatile. But who said versatile does not mean efficient. Quite large.

Race

race boards are long, narrow planks. Often thick little wide, it offers less lateral stability. Their tapered bow and V hull offer little resistance to the wind. High performance in a straight line, they are not too handy.

Surf

The paddle allows surfing or at least changes in waves. This requires a shortboard, handy and fairly stable.

Important features of a paddle:

The length :

A plank is long more it goes quickly. On the downside, the longer it is, the less it is manageable.

The width :

A large board will be more stable. But it also drags the water is going slower. To work the muscles of the buttocks, do not take too wide plank …

Volume :

A paddleboard must be fitting with your weight. The volume consists of buoyancy. And do not forget that sometimes you will appreciate taking your child with you.

Fins:

One rear spoiler enough to embark on the paddle. To go right, we will place the most backward in the case. To gain maneuverability to go in waves, we can advance it.

To begin, remove the two side wings (when present). If necessary, choose a longer fin to the center fin. It promotes the lateral stability of the board. A larger spoiler gives you more lateral stability. A good spoiler for measuring ride between 22 and 28 cm.

Rigid or inflatable?

Rigid boards are more efficient (better penetration), but also more fragile and a lot bulkier an inflatable paddle. Some over 4 m, the total length of a beautiful car. Inflatable SUP is lighter and deflates to fit into a bag. But their more rounded forms offer more wind resistance.

What inflatable paddle for this summer?

What inflatable paddle for this summer?

What inflatable paddle for this summer?: The practice of paddle grows more and more, both on the lake, calm sea, or surf everyone finds the paddle that suits him! Today it is even easier to transport, store, discover the latest inflatable paddles.

How to choose the right paddle?

What is important is the size of it and therefore its volume, usually a 10’6 “is a versatile size is 10’6” with a large volume that brings you stability, a smaller size will be suitable for small templates and surfers because less volume but more manageable, while a larger favors stability maneuverability course your template is taken into account.

How to choose a paddle: Sup surfing, walking, running

Once you have tasted the stand-up paddle fun also called SUP you will run to buy one! But not easy to navigate through the different proposed models. To find the right board, you need to think about using that you will do.

The different types of the paddle

The paddle for surfing

The stand up paddle for surfing is generally narrower, shorter, lighter and the rear and thinner nose. They are designed for quick turns and are mainly used by experienced surfers. Its boards are not designed for long distances because much less stable it is difficult to keep a straight trajectory.

This type of practice requires physical preparation as for surfers because the gestures are much more violent.

For a stroll in the paddle (Touring):

These versatile boards are usually much broader, longer. Their size and volume make them significantly more stable than the wave boards. Perfect if you spend your time paddling in calm waters on lakes or sea outside the surf zone.

The inflatable paddle finished transportation problems:

The inflatable SUP arrived to solve specific problems in storage and transportation. Many people live in apartments or have little spacious cars, these boards are their adapted. The much lighter inflatable paddle is easy to carry storage bag. The inflatable SUP overalls are used in rivers because unlike the rigid SUP they are not fragile and can go on the rocks.

FYI: The complete packages for inflatable SUP exist (board, pump, paddle, bag transport), they are convenient because you can take it everywhere with you to discover the joys of skiing.

Paddle for the race:

The race paddle is increasingly present, create new competitions worldwide. Much longer and narrow with a pointed nose, they are equipped with large fins to keep a straight path. The basic idea is: the longer the paddle is long and narrow, the more it slips, the more it goes quickly. A narrow SUP also allows to row more effectively because your upper body moves less to paddle but attention is much less stable.

WHAT IS THE INFLATABLE STAND UP

WHAT IS THE INFLATABLE STAND UP?

WHAT IS THE INFLATABLE STAND UP?:  Stand up paddle or SUP Paddle is a sport of rowing standing on a large and wide plank with a paddle. There are different categories of boards to meet your different needs. Ride, surfing, racing, fishing, river or just spend quality time with family and have fun moments of fun on the water. Everyone can practice stand up from 7 to 77 years, that one is a man or a woman. This sport is democratized growing on all the beaches of the world. It is a sport which can work on all body muscles. It is a sport loved by women who appreciate the ride and cardio side of the sport between friend and/or family.
The inflatable stand up is a board that is inflated at high pressure (1 bar pressure) with a hand pump or electric. Easy to carry and store, this board is solid and sustainable over time and will accompany you everywhere on the road.

HOW TO CHOOSE TO STAND UP PADDLE?

Our products are intended for the whole family. We realized different models to meet your demands. If you are looking for a Stand up for your boat as a boat schedule, we recommend the small and compact Rocket Fish with great stability.

The models have intended waves for surfers and also to introduce your children. The 7’5 is a special model child, narrower than other boards it will allow your child to be more comfortable to paddle and so share together an enjoyable and fun time.

Looking for a board for the whole family, we recommend the Malibu range 10 and 10’6. The 10’6 be bulkier and allow you to mount several on the board. Finally, if you want to make long walks, go to the beach with The 12.6 Discover!