Ever wondered if you could SUP on a windsurf board? Wonder no more! WindSUP, or windsurfing with a paddle, is a great way to get into surfing. Not only is it easier than traditional surfing, but it’s also a lot of fun.
In this guide, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about the sport of windSUP. From choosing the right board to mastering the basics, we’ve got you covered. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start paddling.
Can I paddleboard on a windsurf board?
Although windsurf boards and paddle boards share some similarities, they are two very different types of equipment. Windsurf boards are designed for speed and maneuverability, while paddle boards are meant for stability and a slower pace.
As a result, windsurf boards are generally narrower and shorter than paddle boards, which can make them more difficult to balance on. In addition, most windsurf boards do not have the same level of buoyancy as paddle boards, which means they may not be suitable for beginners or those of larger body types.
However, if you are experienced with windsurfing and have a board that is wide enough to provide good stability, you should be able to paddleboard on it without too much difficulty. Just be sure to start in calm water and avoid any areas with strong currents or waves.
Is a paddle board the same as a windsurf board?
No, a paddle board is not the same as a windsurf board. While there are a few types of windsurf boards that could work as paddleboards, most are not designed for this purpose.
Wave, speed, slalom, and freestyle boards are all difficult to paddle on because of their size and shape. Paddle boards are typically longer and wider than windsurf boards, making them more stable in the water.
They also have a more rounded nose, which helps to prevent them from nose-diving when paddling into waves. If you’re looking for a board that can do both paddle boarding and windsurfing, you’ll need to find a board specifically designed for hybrid use.
These boards are becoming more popular as people look for ways to get the most out of their time on the water.
Paddling with the appropriate size windsurf board
The width and type of buoyancy you need will depend on what kind of windsurfer board it is. If this sounds like something that interests you, keep reading.
When it comes to width, windsurf boards run a gamut from 35 cm to 100 cm. anything under 55 cm is considered quite narrow, and thus difficult to balance on while paddle boarding.
For beginners, it’s important to find a board that is wider than 75 cm for more stability. It’s also key that the board has enough volume, as this will make it easier to stand on. If a board is too narrow, it will be difficult to balance no matter how experienced you are.
The dimensions of the board, including width and volume, should be written somewhere on the windsurf board itself. With these considerations in mind, you should be able to find a windsurf board that is perfect for paddle boarding.
Board volume is an important factor to consider when choosing a windsurf board. The volume of the board indicates how much float it has – in other words, how well it will support your weight in the water.
A general rule of thumb is that 1 liter of volume will support 1 kg of weight. Therefore, if you weigh 80 kg, you will need a board with at least 80 liters of volume to avoid sinking.
However, it is advisable to choose a board with double or even triple your body weight in liters, as this will provide more stability and allow you to enjoy the sport more. With a larger board, you will also be able to carry more gear and have more fun exploring new areas.
Therefore, when choosing a windsurf board, be sure to consider not only width but also volume to ensure you have a board that is right for you.
What type of windsurf board would be good to use as a paddleboard?
To use a windsurf board as a paddleboard, you will need a board that is very wide and has good volume. Wave, speed, slalom, and freestyle boards will not work because they are too narrow and do not have enough volume to float you.
The best type of board to use is a freeride board. Freeride boards are wider and have more volume than other types of boards, making them ideal for paddleboarding.
In addition, freeride boards are designed for stability, which will be helpful when you are paddling. If you do not have a freeride board, you can also use a racing board.
Racing boards are also wide and have good volume, but they are not as stable as freeride boards. However, they are still suitable for paddleboarding.
Windsurf boards for beginners
When you are first learning to windsurf, it is important to choose the right board. The best style board for beginners is a wide board with a lot of floats. This will make it easy to stay stable on the water.
Beginner boards also lack some of the features that could get in the way of your paddle boarding session. Most beginner boards do not have foot straps, which you could easily kick or stand on, making your paddleboard attempt potentially frustrating.
Footstraps are used in windsurfing when the wind is high and the sailor wants to attach himself to the board for more control. Many beginners windsurf boards also have a soft deck (top of the board), instead of the sandpaper-like grip that is common on most advanced windsurf boards.
The soft spongy top is designed to be comfortable for your feet and provide traction when you are paddling. Once you have mastered the basics of paddle boarding, you can move on to a more advanced board with more features.
Longboards and race boards
If you’re looking for an easy way to get into paddle boarding, then using a longboard or race board windsurfer is another great option. These boards are up to 320cms in length and relatively narrow, which means they will glide very nicely across the water. Although they are more unstable than beginner boards, they are more similar in shape to a paddle board.
The disadvantage of using this style of windsurfing board is there tends to be a lot of footstraps, daggerboards, and potentially adjustable mast tracks getting in the way. All this stuff on the board means an increased chance of you stubbing your toes or tripping over. So before you get going, grab a screwdriver and try to remove as many trip hazards as possible.
Recommendations for using a windsurf board as a paddleboard
- First, make sure the board is at least 75cm wide. This will provide stability and make it easier to balance.
- Second, the windsurf board should have a volume of at least 160ltr. This will ensure that it floats well and doesn’t sink.
- Third, make sure the board has a fin. This will help with tracking and stability.
- Fourth, check the board for any damage that could cause issues on the water.
- Fifth, check the grip of the board. If it feels slippy, wear wetsuit boots to improve traction.
- Finally, only use the windsurf board as a paddleboard on flat water and in light winds.
By following these recommendations, you’ll be able to enjoy paddleboarding on your windsurf board with confidence.
How to convert a windsurf board into a stand-up
If you’re an experienced windsurfer who wants to convert your board into a SUP, it’s possible. However, it’s important to keep in mind that windsurfing boards are longer and have attached sails and other components. As a result, the process of converting a windsurf board into a SUP will take some time and effort.
Remove the sail and all of its fittings
Removing the sail from a SUP board is a simple process that can be completed in just a few minutes.
The first step is to unclip the sails from the mast. Once the sails are free, they can be removed from the board.
Next, remove the mast foot from the board. This can be done by unscrewing the bolts that hold it in place. Once the mast foot is removed, the mast can be pulled out of the board.
Finally, remove the boom from the mast and store all of the sailing equipment in a safe place. By taking down the sail, you’ll be able to enjoy your SUP board without having to worry about the wind.
Close the holes
When you take your windsurfing board apart, you’ll be left with a few holes. The best way to cover these up is with polyurethane foam, which you can find online or at your local home improvement store.
Just make sure to get the kind that’s good for use on polyester resin surfaces. Once you have the foam, simply cut it to size and glue it in place.
This will provide a solid base for your new hardware and help keep your board looking its best.
Get an EVA mat and cut it to fit the board
An EVA mat is a must-have for any stand-up paddle boarder. Not only does it provide a comfortable grip and padding for your knees and feet, but it also helps to protect your board from scratches and dings.
When shopping for an EVA mat, be sure to find one that is the same size as your board. If you can’t find a custom-fit mat, you’ll need to cut it down to size yourself.
Simply trace the outline of your board onto the mat, and then use a sharp knife to cut along the line.
Raise or lower the rocker
Adjusting the rocker on your windsurfing board is a simple but crucial step in converting it for SUP riding. The rocker is the bottom curve of the board, extending from the tail to the nose, and it plays an important role in determining how the board will perform in different conditions.
For SUP riding, you want a board with a flatter rocker, which will provide more stability and easier maneuverability. To adjust the rocker, simply cover the bottom of the board with black plastic and let it sit in the sun for a few hours.
Then, use some rope to apply tension to the tail and nose of the board and wait a few moments before releasing. The heat from the sun will cause the board to become more flexible, allowing you to adjust the rocker as desired.
Finally, remove the plastic and enjoy your new paddleboard.
Is stand-up paddleboard windsurfing a real sport?
The answer is yes, it is a real sport. Just as standard paddle boarding is a sport, it is indeed possible to go stand-up paddleboard windsurfing. The boards used for this activity typically have a bit more thickness than traditional windsurfing boards, taking more from the paddleboarding aspect of the sport.
You can use either sail or a kite while stand-up paddleboard windsurfing, which adds an extra level of challenge. And just like any other kind of windsurfing, you have to be very careful of the wind and waves.
If you are not experienced, I would recommend taking a lesson before going out on your own. But if you are looking for a new and exciting way to enjoy the water, stand-up paddleboard windsurfing is worth trying.
Can you buy a paddleboard/windsurfing board hybrid?
If you’re interested in paddleboarding but aren’t ready to give up windsurfing, you may be wondering if you can purchase a paddleboard/windsurfing board hybrid. While there are no official hybrids on the market, there are a few boards that come close.
The Tamahoo inflatable windsurf board, for example, has a 320-liter volume and a width of 32 inches, making it closer in design to a paddleboard than a windsurfing board. It’s also buoyant, able to hold up to 270 pounds, and comes with a tail ring for attaching a leash.
Another option is the Naish Inflatable WindSUP 9’6″, which has a length of 9’6″ and a width of 32″. This board is designed for both beginners and experienced windsurfers alike and can be used in both flat water and waves.
Whether you’re just getting started with paddleboarding or are looking for an all-in-one solution, an inflatable hybrid board may be the perfect option for you.
To sum up, if you are looking to purchase a board that can do it all, an inflatable hybrid board may be the best option for you. With these boards, you can enjoy the sport of paddleboarding while still being able to hit the waves and go windsurfing. Just be sure to take some lessons first so that you know how to handle the board in different conditions.
Last updated on July 4, 2022 by Duncan Barrett