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The First Step Toward Buying a Paddle Board

A Growing Market for Paddle Boards

As paddle boarding continues to migrate out of the fringes of water sports and into the mainstream, the number of options that are available to consumers continues to grow along side an expanding user base.  Not long ago there were only a fraction of the models and features that are available today.  Over the past several years, however, the middle ground of form and function has filled in with just about every style and specification one could reasonably imagine, and it can be tricky to know where to start as a prospective buyer.

In general, offering more buying choices to consumers is great for the SUP market as a whole, but at some point the glut of options only leaves the novice scratching their head while shopping for their first, or even second, paddle board.  There is in fact much to consider when buying a paddle board, but one of the easiest and most useful ways to break down the paddle board market is to focus on the hull of the board.  Virtually all paddle boards will have one of two distinct body types, or hulls, each of which will provide a unique experience for the rider.


There are two main body types, or hulls:

Planing and Displacement Hull



Planing Hull:  Boards of this type look like over-sized surf boards and have a flat, rounded nose that is designed to push water down in order to make the board “plane” on top of the water.  Most Recreational paddle boards will have a planing hull because this style of board is a great choice for beginners and can be used in all types of water, including the ocean.  Boards of this type are best suited for:

  1. Beginners whose main concerns are stability and maneuverability.
  2. Anyone who desires a versatile paddle board that will perform well on both flat water and the ocean.

Year after year Yolo produces some of the lightest and most attractive recreational paddle boards on the market, and Billy Lush is an authorized dealer!  Schedule an appointment today to demo any of our Yolo paddle boards!


Displacement Hull:  Paddle boards with a displacement hull are usually referred to as Racing or Touring paddle boards.  The nose of a board with a displacement hull is designed to cut smoothly through the water, pushing water out of the way instead of down, resulting in a longer glide from each stroke.  Displacement hull boards are generally longer and narrower than boards with a planing hull, but are still adequately stable.  This style of board is recommended for anyone who is interested in covering longer distances on flat waters and values speed and efficiency over stability and versatility.

Check out our selection of Boga and KMHawaii Touring boards for some of the best displacement hull models around.  Call or email us at 332-5874 or to learn more about these great products.