Here are our 'Tips' to get you going
Choosing your 1st board can be a nightmare?
Most people start out on their quest to buy a board purely based on price.
Seeing a 'cheap deal', or a 'special offer' may seam right at the time, but normally you find the person selling is 'keen to sell' and your very keen too get a great deal also, and a whole heap of important questions get missed.
This is where the problems just begin.
It's not until you get home and get out on your new board and then realize it too small to stand on or so massively big, you cannot get it to turn.
Suddenly paddle boarding now seams allot harder than you originally though?
The end result is it gets put in the garage and never used again.
Our recommendation to start with is go see your local shop and ask for some advise:
Do not buy the 1st deal you come across, or one that 'seams too good to be true'. There is normally a catch (every time).......
Note: The cheap heavy Alloy paddle below? no leash? no brand?
Remember: Do some research before buying anything. Find out who the big brands are?
Find out who stocks them? This is normally a good sign these people have been in the industry for years and know their brands well.
Talk to a few different shops, explain you know nothing and see what sort of questions they ask and what other advice they can offer?
A good shop should ask many questions before even showing you a board, this way it ensures the board they are showing you, is the right size board and type based on the information you have answered.
Its also very advisable to 'Try before you buy', this way it ensures your new board ticks all the options before parting with any cash.
Ask about a lesson too, but make sure prior they are a qualified instructor, even better if they run a SUP school as they will have a vast knowledge to back up their qualifications and be competent to answer any further question you may have.
Other places you can source good reliable information inside New Zealand:
NZ SUP (New Zealand's governing body for Stand Up Paddle boarding)
There are some good magazines out there too, pop in your local newsagents / supermarket and find a SUPWORLD mag, this is a Aussie mag and there is a great section for New Zealand in almost every publication.
TIP:Grab a Mag? Most of the major brands advertise there in the first few pages?
Second Hand: If buying new is out of the question, then stick with the same big brands and buy 2nd hand, most shops again can assist with this as they may have 2nd hand or ex-demos to go.
Always try and buy a board that has been well looked after and has none or very minor damage. If so, ask was it professionally fixed?
Remember: The 'big brands', use the best factories in the world, and not China.
They have the best constructions and most advanced techniques in the world and employ world renown shaper's to shape their products professionally. This is very important!
Stay away from boards that are unbranded (cheap Chinese copies), or brands that seam little known about them or that no one else stocks.
These are what we class as 'here today and gone tomorrow brands', that offer a warranty as long as they last or stay in business, which is normally a few months or a season at most.
Never pre-order without trying first, regardless of price!. This is the biggest con ever!
Be warned, if your unsure, pickup the phone and drop us a line.