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Old 04-10-2011   #1
pocatello, Idaho
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Old sail board for a ghetto SUP?

I will admit to being well behind the times with the advent of SUP. I was pretty sure it was going to be a flash in the pan. I don't know anything about them except they look huge and cost a lot.

I do a lot of trips that are fairly easy and want something to pass the time. How would an old sailboar function as a SUP on class II?.

most of the actual sup boards I have seen look super wide by comparison so I know it won't be very stable but I don't mind swimming. I am mostly curious if there is enough float, the fins are adequate and how miserable it will be.

As far as I am aware there is nowhere to rent an SUP within 150 miles of me so that is out. I can pick up old sail boards for $0-$20.

thanks in advance for the mockery.

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Old 04-10-2011   #2
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It's Fine

They are fine on the flats, extremely challenging in anything over class II. On flatwater they are great, generally pretty fast, they get unstable when you stop paddling. A good way to get started. T

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Old 04-10-2011   #3
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Style points for sure! Why spend a bunch of $$$? I don't SUP so I don't know but you would get a beer from me for not being some trendy duche. These are like fixies for the river crowd. You could spend a G on a Surly or build one and be way cooler.
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Old 04-11-2011   #4
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It'll work, but you will like how much faster a real SUP board is when you try one. The inflatables by Saturn and Sevylor are pretty cool and around $400.
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Old 04-11-2011   #5
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Check your fin. A big old board is probably going to have a very tall straight fin, for cranking upwind. I don't know about SUP, but I can't imagine the fin would be the same, and a tall straight fin would be very susceptible to rocks.
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Old 04-11-2011   #6
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It's a great idea. My buddy Cliff's first ghetto SUP was an old sailboard. I believe it was in your price range ($0-$20).
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Old 04-12-2011   #7
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Like any sport, there are advantages to having a board designed for SUP. But yes to get started a old sailboard will let you know if you are going to like the sport or not. If you like it, then seek out a demo center close to where you live or maybe where you will be traveling to this summer. There are a ton of cool new SUP designs that should be tested by interested paddlers when time permits.
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Old 04-12-2011   #8
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thanks all. I'll try it out this summer when flows drop and boredom sets in.

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