Things to Consider When Buying a Glide SUP

Venturing into the world of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) opens a gateway to adventure, fitness, and unparalleled fun on the water. With the sport's popularity skyrocketing, choosing the right SUP can seem overwhelming. Glide is here to guide you through this journey, ensuring you select a board that perfectly aligns with your aquatic aspirations.

Rigid vs. Inflatable: Which Glide Board Suits You?

Rigid Boards: Known for their precise performance, Glide's rigid SUPs are engineered for durability and tailored to specific paddling needs. From enhanced rocker designs for river surfing to displacement hulls for touring, these boards offer a bespoke paddling experience. Ideal for those with ample storage and a penchant for performance.

Inflatable Boards: For the adventurer with space constraints or the desire for portability, Glide's O2 inflatables are unmatched. Incorporating advanced Fusion drop stitch technology and robust double-layered PVC, these boards mimic the rigidity of their hardboard counterparts, offering the perfect blend of performance and convenience.

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Paddling Style: Finding Your Perfect Match

Whether you're gliding through calm waters, navigating river currents, catching waves, or racing, there's a Glide board designed for every adventure. Beginners and versatile paddlers may gravitate towards the all-around shapes like the inflatable Retro or hard Retro, offering a balance of stability, speed, and maneuverability for various conditions.

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Board Size: Tailoring Your Board to Your Needs

Length: Longer boards excel in straight-line tracking, reducing the need to switch paddling sides frequently. They are ideal for racing or touring. Shorter boards, offering easier maneuverability, are perfect for playful days on the river, surf, or casual outings.

Width: Stability on the water is directly influenced by board width. Wider boards, such as the Lotus designed for paddle yoga, offer a stable platform for all activities. Narrower boards, while less stable, provide enhanced speed and tracking.

Volume: The volume of a SUP affects its buoyancy and weight capacity. It's crucial to consider both the volume and its distribution across the board to ensure it meets your weight and performance needs.

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Durability and Longevity: The Glide Commitment

At Glide, we pride ourselves on crafting the most durable SUPs on the market. Our unique Glide Surface Shield (GSS) technology fortifies our boards against the elements and wear, ensuring your investment lasts for years to come. Our commitment to durability means you spend less time worrying about your gear and more time enjoying the water.

Glide Into Your Next Adventure

Choosing the right SUP is about more than just the board; it's about selecting a companion for your waterborne adventures. With Glide, you're not just buying a paddleboard; you're investing in quality, performance, and the promise of countless memories on the water. Whether you're a seasoned paddler or just starting out, we're here to ensure your journey is filled with smooth sailing.

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Warranty, while we are moving away from the GSS coating we believe in our products and as such offer the best warranty in the industry. A limited lifetime warranty on our inflatable boards and a 1-year warranty on our rigid boards. Warranties may change after this article, for the most current information check our website or give us a call. What we know wont change is how happy you will be that you chose a Glide Paddle Board!

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