What Is The Difference Between Paddleboarding And Surfing

Paddleboarding (SUP) vs. Surfing And The Differences

The most significant difference between stand up paddleboarding and surfing is paddleboarding is done with a paddle. Surfers will lay on their boards and use their arms to get out onto the water before catching a wave. It is common to see paddleboarders surfing as well but they will always have a paddle and probably won’t be doing quite as many cool tricks as the traditional surfers.

Another big difference is paddleboarding can be done on any body of water whereas surfers have to have surf or waves. Because of their size, stand up paddleboarding is less of a speed and skill activity and more of a paddling one much like canoeing or kayaking.

While surfboards and SUP’s are, for the most part, made of the same materials, they are very different in design. Surfboards are usually thinner, narrower, and can be shorter than SUPs. They are more maneuverable but less stable. SUP’s need more volume to be stable because the rider has to be able to move and paddle to use it. They are always thicker and in most cases longer and broader than surfboards.

The great thing about paddleboarding is anyone can do it. You don’t even need a rack on your vehicle to transport it around because there are inflatable paddleboards that work just as good, if not better, as solid ones. There are inflatable surfboards as well, but they aren’t as common or popular as inflatable paddleboards.

If you’re interested in paddleboards that are great for surfing, check out our post on it by clicking here!

We’ve also written a post on the best paddleboards for beginners, click here to see it!

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