Do Paddle Boards Have a Weight Limit

Do Paddle Boards Have a Weight Limit?

Stand Up Paddling is the fastest-growing water sport in the world and more and more people are discovering the joys of the water. But, let’s face it, choosing the right board can be a daunting task for beginners.

How do you decide which board to buy from the hundreds of models available? Many people ask, “What size SUP board do I need?”

What size sup paddle board do I need?

So what is the right size for your Stand Up Paddle Board? The answer to this question depends on your body weight and to a lesser extent your height. But it also depends on the type of paddling you intend to do and your experience level.

Paddle Board Size Chart

To give you a rough idea of what size paddle board you need, check out this paddle board size chart:

Flat water SUP board

LoadLengthWidth Volume
Up to 60 kg310 – 340 cm75 cm170 liters
Up to 70 kg310 – 340 cm78 cm180 liters
Up to 85 kg340 – 370 cmover 78 cm220 liters
Over 85 kg340 – 370 cmover 80 cm230 liters

SUP Board for Cruising and Touring

Up to 60 kg310 – 340 cm75 cm180 liters
Up to 70 kg310 – 340 cm78 cm200 liters
Up to 85 kg340 – 370 cmover 80 cm230 liters
Over 85 kg340 – 370 cmover 82 cm230 liters

Allround SUP Board

Up to 60 kg310 – 340 cm75 cm180 liters
Up to 70 kg310 – 340 cm78 cm200 liters
Up to 85 kgover 370 cmover 80 cm230 liters
Over 85 kgover 370 cmover 82 cm230 liters

What type of stand-up paddling do you want to do?

For surf zone paddle boarding, you generally want a shorter SUP board with a narrower nose and tail area. For paddle board yoga or fitness, stability is usually the main concern, so you would choose a wider paddle board (80cm to 90cm). For SUP trips over long distances, you would choose a paddle board that is longer and narrower so it has less drag and maintains its course better.

If you are a beginner, you are usually best off with an all-around SUP board. These stand-up paddle boards are usually between 290cm and 340cm long and about 76cm or 81cm wide. These boards also usually have a rounded nose and tail area.

sup board

But there is something else you need to consider.

The maximum weight capacity

The most important thing when choosing a paddleboard is that it can support your weight!

To help you with this, many paddle board manufacturers helpfully list the maximum weight capacity or carrying capacity of their paddle boards. Unfortunately, it has been our experience that – especially with some lower-priced boards – some manufacturers are a bit too optimistic about the load capacity of their paddleboards.

If a SUP board can’t support your weight (or the combined weight of you and your spouse, kids or dog), it will ride too low in the water, feel unstable and have more drag. In extreme cases, it may even sink beneath you.

So in most cases, maximum weight capacity is a good indicator of whether or not a board is right for you. But keep some wiggle room. A little excess capacity usually gives you a better user experience and may also allow you to occasionally take someone with you and share the fun.

But what if the manufacturer does not specify a maximum weight capacity?

In these cases, look at the specified volume of the paddleboard. With a simple formula, you can calculate whether the SUP board is suitable for you.

Don’t worry, it’s not rocket science. Just multiply your body weight by their experience factor.

Experience factor:

  • Beginner x 3.5
  • Advanced x 3.3
  • Professional x 3.1

For example, if you are a beginner paddler who weighs 80 kg, you should look for a SUP board with a volume of at least 280 liters ( 80 x 3.5 = 280 liters).

Does your height play an important role in choosing the right paddleboard?

It is true that taller people have a higher center of gravity than shorter people. So on the same board, a tall person may have a little more difficulty maintaining balance than a shorter person.

sup boards

However, tall people also tend to weigh more than short people. Therefore, we recommend focusing mainly on the right paddle board for your weight, as this is a much more important factor.

So which SUP board is the right size for you?

In summary, you should always make sure that the SUP board you choose can support your weight. Otherwise, the length and width, as well as the overall shape of the board, will depend on the type of paddling you want to do.

SUP surfing: If you want to ride the waves in the surf zone, buy a SUP surfing board. SUP surfing paddleboards are typically shorter (10′ max), narrower, and have a more pointed nose and tail than all-around models.

Allround SUP: Allround paddle boards are suitable for all types of conditions. Allround paddle boards are usually a good choice for beginner paddlers.

Touring SUPs: Touring boards are longer and often narrower than Allround boards. They have a pointed nose, and are often designed as displacement hulls. This means they “split” the water rather than “glide” on it. Touring boards have less drag than all-around boards and are better able to stay on course. This makes touring boards great for flatwater paddling, especially over longer distances.

Yoga and Fitness SUP: Many people like to combine their SUP yoga or fitness routines with paddle boarding. By balancing on your board, you also work out your muscles and core strength. SUP yoga and fitness boards are usually very wide for more stability and balance.

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