Speed, SUP and the Not-So-Beginner Beginner

Gandhi may have got a lot of things right about life and such but he wasn’t talking stand up paddle boarding when he said: “There is more to life than simply increasing speed.” The right SUP board should be combination of both stability and speed.  Today I thought I’d talk about a specific brand of board in this post, the Tahoe SUP Bliss Touring SUP and why this may be the best first board you’ll ever need.

But first, let’s discuss speed, your skill level and stand up boards.

Screen shot 2014-01-07 at 5.23.47 AMLet’s face it, the reason most paddle boarders lose interest soon after they try the sport out is speed – or lack of it. Granted, you may be looking for a stand on liquid yoga experience or using your board to navigate skinny water for the best fishing. But the vast majority of those shopping for a board are looking for speed. This is why we paddle too hard, wear ourselves out and in most instances, spend more time in the water than on the board.

And while you may be new to the sport, you are probably not new to sports. You probably bring a cross-trained body accustomed to doing a number of outdoor activities. That is especially true if you live in someplace like Bend, OR where it is almost a requirement of citizenship. So you’re reasonably fit, like spending time outdoors and more than likely have a bit of the competitor flowing in your veins, it would be an unforgivable mistake to start you out on a beginner’s board.

The touring board can be the answer. Here’s what you need to know about these types of boards and why the Tahoe Bliss Touring SUP might be the best beginner board for the not-so-beginner beginner.

The hull is designed for speed. Using the same displacement design as a boat, with a narrow nose that slices through not only flat water but even choppy conditions like a warm knife cutting butter, the Tahoe Bliss does it with style. The stroke you use to get similar speeds on lesser boards seems to be almost effortless on a touring board like the Tahoe Bliss.

The width of the board is also important. The Tahoe Bliss falls right in the middle for width profile. At twenty-eight inches, you would think this board would be less stable. It isn’t. It is also visually pleasing to stand on. It has bamboo inlays over a sleek, light-weight, low VOC epoxy resin and EPS foam core that is both functional and attractive.

One of the other key elements of a good touring board is length. While some serious racers may be looking for board longer than fifteen feet, you won’t need that sort of length with this board. Because the hull is a little thicker with a tighter profile, most paddle boarders will more than pleased with the stability the Tahoe Bliss offers all levels of expertise. This board measures at the low-end in total length at 11 foot, 6 inches but that makes it size-friendly for smaller, lighter framed boarders. This board will also accommodates larger body frames with the simple switch of the fin.

So if you already understand the thrill of speed, are in halfway decent shape and are looking to bring that experience to the open water, a touring board is best. Even if you are a beginner or plan on sharing this board with other members of the family, you really can’t go wrong with the Tahoe Bliss. Go on. Tour.

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