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Everything You Need to Know About Wetsuits!

The Surfpirates Wetsuit Guide, so you can easily find your wetsuit online!

Hey Surfer! When it comes to surfing, good equipment is essential. And on top of the list is of course the wetsuit. Whether you're looking for a classic wetsuit, a special wetsuit for women, a short neoprene shorty for women or a high-end ION wetsuit - we at surfpirates.com have everything your water sports heart desires!

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No wind, no problem - Find your perfect SUP board at Surfpirates

Surfpirates is known by many water sports enthusiasts for its large selection of kite, windsurf and wingsurf equipment. If the wind doesn't play along, there is a great alternative to these wind sports. Stand Up Paddling. For more than 10 years we offer articles around SUP'n in our assortment and help beginners as well as advanced paddlers with our expertise. But what is behind this sport and what equipment do you need to perform it? We have the info for you!

What is Stand Up Paddling?

The first Stand Up Paddle Boards were built in Hawaii to offer surfers the possibility to train in calm water without waves. You stand on a paddleboard, which is usually a bit wider, and paddle forward with a paddle. This kind of movement trains the balance and is a great workout. At the same time it is a lot of fun and can be done by young and old. In recent years, SUP'n could thus develop into a trend sport.

Where can you use Stand Up Paddle Boards?

Stand Up Paddling is possible in almost any body of water. Whether
  • on lakes
  • rivers or
  • on the sea

You should always inform yourself about the local conditions and keep an eye on the weather and the wind. Beginners in particular should manage their strength well and take enough provisions with them for longer trips. Depending on the conditions or skills you need different paddleboards. How you can find a suitable SUP board for you, you can find out right here.

What are the differences between SUP boards?

Basically, we distinguish SUP boards in two upper categories.

On the one hand, there are the inflatable SUP boards and the fixed SUP boards. Both have their advantages and disadvantages and we are happy to advise you if you are unsure which SUP you should buy.

  • For beginners:
    If you are looking for a SUP for beginners, the choice is more likely to fall on an inflatable SUP board. It is cheaper, can be stored relatively space-saving in a backpack and this also makes it much easier to transport. A disadvantage of inflatable SUP boards is the stability, as they are less rigid than solid boards and this leads to a poorer ride. This is also noticeable in performance, as you will progress slower with an inflatable SUP board.
  • For more performance: if it's performance that's important to you, it's a good idea to look for a fixed SUP board. They glide through the water easier and the riding experience is a better one as a result. They are also more durable than inflatable SUP boards, as they are easier to repair. You should also note before buying that the entry price is higher than the inflatable SUP boards. In addition, transportation is more difficult due to the size and weight, and storage also takes up more space.

Which board shape suits me?

Another subdivision of paddleboards comes from the discipline. If the board is to be used for various activities, an all-round SUP is recommended. It is particularly suitable for beginners as well as for use on lakes, rivers or canals. For longer tours, the touring SUP boards are designed. They are narrow tapered towards the front, so they keep track better and glide straight easier. Other disciplines include paddling in waves and windsurfing on Stand Up P addle Boards.

What equipment do I need for Stand Up Paddling?

A board and a paddle are the basic things you need for Stand Up Paddling. On our website you will find already configured Stand Up Paddle packages with which you are perfectly equipped. You can also find single paddles in our assortment. From the cheaper GRP paddles to the very light carbon paddles, everything is available. If the water is rough or you go into the wave, a leash keeps your board close. You don't want to miss out on paddling with your SUP board even in colder temperatures? Then we have warm wetsuits, neoprene shoes and neoprene jackets to keep you warm on your board.

Start your unforgettable SUP adventure on the water today with premium equipment from surfpirates. Our expert team at surfpirates is guaranteed to find the right SUP for you. Let us advise you and contact us easily via our online contact form!