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Old 09-27-2012   #1
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Saturn SUP's

Does anyone have any experience with Saturn stand up paddle boards? the girlfriends birthday is coming up soon and i would love to get her a SUP.... but i am poor. the saturn boards are going for about $400 on ebay and i am tempted to buy one, but i dont want to throw my money away... hoping one you buzzards can say go for it, or steer me clear from a mistake.... or point me in the direction of a cheap board that is not a complete p.o.s

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Old 09-28-2012   #2
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Imagine Rapidfire or Emotion Traverse, plastic and super stable
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Old 09-28-2012   #3
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If you want to have her try the new Jackson board, send me a message. They are a bit more expensive but are an ideal whitewater board.

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Old 09-28-2012   #4
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No direct experience, but just got off the grand canyon and SUP'd as much of it as I could be away from the oars on my raft (so most everything up through GC 4-5) on the NRS earl- NRS Big Earl SUP Board at and some on the NRS baron- NRS Big Baron SUP Board at

The smaller, thicker earl seemed better in almost every way. The larger baron felt like a picnic table, wasn't as stiff, didn't turn well, was harder to lean for eddy turns and diagonals, and surfed much worse.

So if you want something just stable for flat or low-performance, the saturn size/design looks fine, but if you plan on any level of performance in wh20, I think you want something shorter/narrower and thick/stiff.

This isn't bashing saturn at all, I've had a saturn raft for 4 years now and it's been great.

fyi, GC is awesome SUPing, although staying on your feet through the big waves and holes takes some time, and brown water makes catching the fin in shallow areas pretty sketchy.
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