SUP and surfing both evolved out of ancient nautical cultures around the world, but are most associated with the fishermen, sailors, and warriors of Hawai’i. Today, the sports have both become hugely popular around the world and reached new markets, which means there is more gear than ever to choose from. If you’re shopping for a new board to put on your surfboard rack or SUP roofrack, here’s how you can break down the difference between various types of boards.
What To Put on Your Surfboard Rack
For those new to either surfing, SUPing, or both, however, the difference between SUP and surf boards might seem a little confusing. After all, the two seems pretty similar at first blush, and that’s before you even get into the different materials used, different lengths and styles, and extra features that might come in handy depending on what type of surfing or SUPing you’re hoping to do.
You can think of the basic difference between surf and SUP boards like the difference between speed boats that are made to be fast, light, and maneuverable, and flat-bottom or pontoon boats that are designed to be more larger, more stable, and easier to drive.
Surf boards are designed to make tight turns and glide over the edges or surface of waves. They are usually much shorter and lighter than a SUP board, especially if they’re for shredding or gunning— types of fast, agile surfing on the biggest, toughest waves.
What to Put on Your SUP Roof Rack
SUP boards, on the other hand, are powered in part by the rider paddling with the current or wave forms, rather than angling into a position where the wave propels you. That means they tend to be longer, bigger, and heavier, giving the rider more stability. Within those two general categories, there are many more types of surf and SUP boards to choose from.
Two of the most popular and well-known varieties of surfboards are shortboards and longboards. In general, the longer that a surf or SUP board is, the easier to is for a novice to control and paddle with, and can also give the rider more space for fun tricks like “hanging ten.” A shortboard, however, will be able to turn faster and tighter, and handle bigger, more technical waves. Either will be able to fit on most surfboard racks.
SUP boards come in many varieties, too, from models with extra features for fishing to sleek racing models that will cut through the water. SUP boards can also be made out of different materials. Some are made of the same type of fiberglass or epoxy used to build surfboards, while others are inflatable and made from layers of PVC that can be inflated until hard, like a tire. Most SUP boards will fit onto your car’s surfboard rack no problem.
Even More Choices For Your INNO Surfboard Rack
What you choose to buy to put on your surfboard rack depends on quite a few factors, including your budget, skill level, whether you prefer surfing or SUPing, and what style of surfing or SUPing you want to do. Someone who enjoys paddleboard yoga, for example, may want a big, firm SUP that has plenty of surface area for poses and is less likely to flip.
If you live near the beach, a hard epoxy board may give you the durability and instant satisfaction you’re looking for day after day. Those who need to store a SUP between occasional uses, however, might prefer an inflatable board that can be stowed in a garage or beach house. For those in landlocked states who still like getting out on the water, a SUP is going to be much more useful to you than a surfboard will be without any waves.
The INNO Racks Locking Surfboard Rack can hold not just one, but up to 3 short boards or 2 longboards. For other types of boards and boats the INA445 Surf/Sup/Kayak/Canoe Locker. It can hold 1 Kayak/Canoe, 2 Wind Surfboards, 3 Shortboards, 2 Longboards or 2 SUPs. You can also purchase surfboard pads to give whatever you’ve loaded onto your surfboard rack a little extra cushion.