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Gul Cross 10'7 Inflatable SUP Stand Up Paddle Boarding Board Package - Unisex - Inflatable (SUP) stable and easy to handle

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This smaller paddle board weighs just 9kg and designed for younger paddlers, children and teens weighing up to 60kg. Two of my nieces, who are eight and eleven, and my nephew, who is thirteen, had much more fun with it than when trying to control a 10ft or larger board, especially when the sea was choppier and when paddling in surf. The next big outing was with a friend on the east coast where the water is more murky, the waves are short chop and the bottom is more mud and grave than Cornish sand. Similarly I had a wobble and style judges would have awarded me 2 out of 10 max. Think of paddle boarding as a hybrid between kayaking and surfing. You’re standing upright on a board, similar to a surfboard, but dipping one long paddle (like an oar) into the water to propel you through the water, performing strokes like you would on a kayak or canoe. The difference is in the detail. By looking at all of the individual elements of drop stitch technology GUL have been able to develop and refined process to improve all aspects of board production. Firstly, removing the process of coating the inner thread section with molten PVC - this process has been made redundant!

Gul WELD fusion technology - Double layer coating provides 30% more stiffness compared to single layer construction and 25% less weight compared to standard double layer construction. Because paddle boarding is a low-impact activity, it’s also great for individuals who deal with arthritis or are recovering from an injury, Smith says. Double layered rails - second-layer reinforced rail band - the final seal provides extra compression and increased stiffness

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You should be able to dip the entire blade comfortably into the water while standing (with a slight bend in your knees) on the board. Stand tall and strong Although I’m taller and heavier than them, I found I was also able to keep my balance – although it was less stable for me than a 10ft 6in,. The pointed shape of the nose and tail makes it easy to turn, so it’s a good investment for juniors who are building up their confidence.

Then came standing up, to this day after many more outings I have never fallen off the board. Dinghy sailing and skiing, my two favourite sports involve a level of balance so I know I am not a total disaster at staying upright but certainly very far from a gymnast.There are many different types of blow-up paddle boards, so as well as your ability-level it’s worth considering whether you’ll be paddling on flat water like lakes, touring long distances with lots of kit, racing or trying SUP yoga. It’s best to rinse your board with fresh water and store it deflated in its bag in a cool place out of sunlight. However, it’s also fine to leave it inflated between uses - with a few caveats. If the kayak is unwanted, it is your responsibility to arrange and pay for the return to our base in Truro, Cornwall. The kayak can be returned to us by a courier of your choice however, due to the size, weight and handling difficulties, couriers do charge a considerably larger fee compared to a standard small parcel. Smith says for cross training, runners can take up a 30-minute paddle boarding session anywhere from one to three days a week. And says the mental determination required for long paddling sessions is similar to that of long endurance runs. When buying a board, think about where you are going to use it the most—is it the local lakes or reservoirs, which are considered flat water? Or will you be taking it to the oceans, bays, or rivers where there are currents and tides,” Smith asks.

It’s important that you have the paddle fitted for your height. Most paddles are adjustable, too. Smith suggests placing the paddle blade in front of your toes, with the paddle handle up, and reaching one arm up so that your palm and fingertips can curl over the top of the T-grip. “You want your second hand to be halfway down the shaft of the paddle.” A 10ft 6in or 10ft 8in length board with a width of 30 to 34 inches is generally the most popular size for beginners, and for the whole family to enjoy. Is it OK to leave an inflatable paddle board inflated? Racing boards are long and narrow - designed for speed, they’re less stable, but glide through the water faster, with less drag. They’re great once you’ve gained confidence and experience. Finding the right inflatable paddle board can seem like a daunting task,” says qualified coach Jo Taylor, co-founder of Paddle Cabin on the River Medway. “But an all-rounder board is a great way to get started. They’re wide (generally around 30 to 34 inches), stable and easy to turn. We teach beginners on Red Paddle Co ‘Ride’ boards which are 10ft 6in long and 32 inches wide. They’re super stable and sturdy for paddlers of all weights, abilities, and balance.”Wear a buoyancy aid or an airbelt personal floatation device (PFD) when you paddle,” says Taylor. “It is like wearing a seat belt in your car, you don’t expect to need it, but you wear it just in case.” Ready to get on the water? Smith recommends having these essentials with you to make for a safe and enjoyable experience:

Roll on a trip to Scotland, I had hidden the SUP in its bag under various bits of camping gear and two dogs in the car waiting to see if I could find the ideal spot. Oh my goodness did I find it! Shieldaig on the west coast, complete with an island to SUP around. There was no chance I was going to fall in here, the water was full of amazing jelly fish to look down at. I also learnt to not wobble, the answer being look forward not down. Then my second vision came from above and I found out the paddle is adjustable, so with the paddle now actually allowing me to stand properly upright life was much easier. My favourite SUP moment and a turning point in balance and style, from here on SUPing has been a breeze. If you are willing to spend a little bit more than a budget model but don't want to have to baby your board whenever you are moving it around, the TOUGH-TEC Cross is the perfect choice. This board is fantastic for families, novices, or anyone who doesn't want to worry about their board getting damaged from a single moment of carelessness. While there are other boards that can match this one when it comes to toughness, none of the other products paddle quite as well, with the TOUGH-TEC actually holding its own with the top-tier boards when it comes to paddling performance. Value Large, super stable and available for a good price, the Two Bare Feet Entradia 10’ 10” is one of the best SUP boards for beginners and bigger paddlers on the market, but it’s more than just that. It’s tons of fun even for more experienced paddlers, especially if conditions are lumpy or if you have small family members that want to get on board. The kit is really nicely put together too.

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Also, just like when running, you can choose your pace and duration while paddle boarding, so you always have the option to turn a leisure paddle into an endurance event and get that intense workout and increased heart rate, Smith says. Just be careful not to overdo it if it’s your first time paddling, so you’re not too sore at the end of the day. Then you must take into consideration your size and the board size,” Smith says. “In paddle boarding we measure people via their volume (height and weight) in comparison to that of the board. We don't want someone to be on a board that is too small for their body as this will create a lot of instability for the paddler.”

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