Questions on Paddle Surf Boards

Erik Antonson
Erik Antonson
November 9, 2012November 9, 2016
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  • Robert

    I currently live in SoCal and have been sup surfing for two years. At 6’2″ and 210 lbs I have progressed down to a 137l Hobie CMLB that I love. The issue is what makes the board great also makes it fragile and I believe difficult to travel with. Thinking of a 9’x29 128l Starboard Pro Blue Carbon but addicted to the feel of the hobie, Would an infinity SUP (bline) be a happy medium between feel and durability or should the starboard be fine?

    • Erik Antonson

      Hey Robert. There is a massive difference in feel between a custom Hobie and a carbon starboard. I’d argue that as a board gets longer/bigger the construction makes a bigger difference in ride, and flex/lack of flex is more pronounced. That said, I always have a starboard carbon board around as I know I won’t break it. Right now, that board is the 7.4 pro. I don’t like the feel as much as I do my Hobie’s but as you said the Hobie is more fragile. There construction between Hobie and Infinity customs isn’t very different.

      If you’re looking for durability, go production and know that you’ll compromise a bit on feel. If you want feel go Hobie or Infinity custom.

      If it were me, I’d add an indestructible board to the quiver for travel and big days.

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