How to Choose A SUP Board & Paddle that's right for you!


Trying to understand which stand up paddleboard is for you can be very confusing! Length, width, thickness, volume, rocker, weight, displacement, etc... What does it all mean?  I'm potentally about to spend hundreds of dollars - how do I make sure I won't be disappointed with the board I end up purchasing???  The easiest answer is:


When you visit SUP NTX, we will ask you several questions about your intended plans with a SUP:  Who will be using it?  What are the riders' heights and weights?  What are your intended uses - flatwater, surf, touring, racing, fishing, etc?  What are your criteria like price, weight, and length?

Once we understand your needs, then we can walk you trough several examples that are excellent examples of the type of board that will work for your needs.  With a large selection at SUP NTX, there will be at least 3 or 4 that are great matches.  You will be able to actually hold, lift and feel these boards in person.  You'll get a feel for their true weight, how easily you can carry it, and whether or not it appeals to you in "real-life".  Then, you can actually take the boards out and try them!

Now that we have identified boards that meet your needs, you can take them out for a paddle!  Only by actually paddling a SUP will you know what feels perfect for you - the exact combination of glide, stability you are looking for in a board that works for you in terms of its weight, appearance and price!  When you demo boards, you rent them (rates are $20-1 Hour, $35-2 Hours, however, you can apply your rental fee toward the cost of a board.  Therefore, your demos end up being FREE!

Perhaps you've already encountered it - retailers and manufacturers frequently describe every board as something like: "perfect for flatwater or the surf - perfect for women or bigger paddlers - perfect for the beginner to the expert paddler."  Of course, you already figured out that can't possibly be the case, right?  Well, it's not.  A 140 pound woman who wants to cruise her local lakes or marinas is looking for something completely different in several regards than a 180 pound man looking for something to paddle and surf.  Even though both may need the same length board (a 10'6" might work well for both for example), the boards they need are very different!

When something is not right for you, we'll tell you!  Our number one priority is making sure you end up with the perfect board for you, your needs and your budget!  Word of mouth is our most powerful advertising, and we are proud of how strongly the SUP community feels about sending new paddlers to us for advice and guidance.  See what people have to say about their customer experience shopping for a SUP with SUP NTX.

Choosing a SUP can be confusing.  That is what we're here to help with.  Come on in, meet us, feel the boards.  Let us help you gain an understanding of what will work for you, then lets help you take one home!  You're a part of the SUP NTX family the moment you walk in our doors, and we'll be here for you when you need us for your purchase and beyond.

SUP NTX is a small, family owned business opened in 2009.  A true hub for the stand up paddling community, SUP NTX is North Texas' largest and oldest stand up paddle company. SUP NTX's unparalled selection, knowledge and customer service have afforded it the type of word of mouth that no big-box retailer can ever achieve. Support those who truly support their customers and their sport - SUP NTX-Stand Up Paddle North Texas.