SUP paddle boards offer an exciting new form of water adventure, and there is no reason that kids of any age should be left out.
SUP boards are the chosen craft for a wide variety of fun and exhilarating outdoor activities. The right board could be the start of a lifelong passion for that special little someone in your life. SUP boards not only offer a top-notch form of exercise but also strengthens skills of balance and increases confidence. You will invariably see your youngster filled with pride and drained of energy after a fun day riding the waves.
But, you will need the most suitable SUP to have the most optimal effects. If your child can’t manage their craft, it could be difficult and frustrating for them. With this in mind, you will want to choose a craft based on its simplicity and suitability to the needs of your child. Here is what you should know:
- Different Types of Board
There are many types of boards designed for a wide variety of purposes. But, for your child, the only purpose on your mind should be something that allows them to stand comfortably and move between point A and point B with as little resistance or difficulty as possible.
Some boards feature dedicated designs and shapes that make them especially suited to touring, racing, fishing, or surfing. Others are better-rounded and can be suitable for a variety of needs; this is the type that is best for a youngster to start out with.
The “all-round” SUP has a rounded nose and wide-body for improved stability. This is perfect for a diving platform, yoga board, and even fishing craft. The perfect selection of activities for any family vacation.
But, realistically speaking, all styles and designs of SUP board will be fine for a capable child. Children are lighter and better balanced than adults. Still, considering the size and dimensions of the board can make things a little easier in the long run.
- Paddle Boards Sizes
The most important point in getting the right board for your child will be the size of the SUP. Because kids are smaller, lighter, and lack the upper body strength of a full-grown adult, you can make things easier by choosing shorter boards with a wider body.
A good child’s board will typically range between 7″ and 9″ and be about 28″ to 30″ wide. These dimensions make the board easy to paddle and maneuver in smooth or choppy water. It is the narrower width of the board that makes it more maneuverable.
An older child will handle a 10″ SUP with no problem. But, your child’s SUP will be easier to paddle if it is not so long. This ease of motion can be amplified by selecting a SUP that is thinner. A 4″ board will be much easier to paddle than a 6″ board.
- Epoxy SUP or Inflatable SUP
Finally, the choice of materials will ensure that your child’s experience with the SUP board is nothing but positive. The two primary options are inflatable and epoxy SUP boards.
Epoxy boards are costly and require special care and attention to maintain properly. If you are making this investment for the first time, you can expect a steeper learning curve in caring for an epoxy board, not to mention the issues with storage and portability.
The inflatable SUP board, on the other hand, is far more kid-friendly and provides a softer surface for the many falls that happen while mastering the art of paddling from the standing position. Furthermore, the inflatable type collapses for easy storage and will be much more convenient to move and stow.