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With a good roof rack system, you'll easily be able to take two kayaks on your rack. Combine this with a trailer and you've got enough room for up to 5 kayaks attached to one vehicle!
Stand-up paddle boarding, or SUP, is one of the fastest growing water sports worldwide. A combination of kayaking and surfing, the sport is essentially standing on a surfboard and using a paddle to propel you along. SUP boards are longer, wider and more buoyant than your traditional surfboard, which allows you to balance comfortably on them.
There are three basic types of paddleboards; surf, all-round and flatwater/race:
Surf stand-up paddleboards are typically shorter, with a narrow nose and more curve than the other boards. They are perfect for spending time in the surf, as the narrow shape makes it easy to navigate the waves. However, they are slower and less stable.
All-round boards are thicker, wider and longer than surf models. These versatile and multi-purpose boards are great for beginners to SUP, as they allow you to explore all aspects of the sport with just one board. An all-round board is wide enough to be stable, and they also have decent glide and tracking for flatwater paddling, but enough curve and sidecut for the surf.
Flatwater boards are optimised for flatwater, open ocean paddling and ‘down winders’. They are typically longer than all-round boards, with a narrowed nose to help the board slice through the water, increasing the glide and getting the board to go straight. Flatwater boards are wide enough to be stable for beginners, though race boards are narrower to increase the speed.
Solid stand-up paddleboards are built up of many different materials such as foam, fibreglass, Kevlar, plastics and wood. At Rack and Carry, we have a limited range of inflatable & solid boards. Inflatable boards are manufactured from layers of PVC plastic with woven fibres connecting the top and bottom inside of the board, which allows them to be rigid when inflated. Inflatable SUPs tend to be lighter than solid boards, and they can be stored easily as they can be deflated when not in use.
Board volume and length are factors to look into when selecting the right SUP board. Use a formula of your weight in kilograms and times it by two, for beginners, 1.7 for intermediates or 1.3 for advanced, and this will estimate how much volume you should be looking at for your board.
Your weight will also help to determine the length of the board. Simply enough, the lighter you are, the smaller board you need, and in the opposite direction, the heavier you are, the longer the board will need to be.
A paddle consists of three parts; handle, shaft and blade. The handles can either be ergonomically designed to fit the palm of your hand or just have a straight T-bar feel to them. An ergonomic design is more popular, but you may find yourself preferring the T-bar grip.
The shaft is considered the most important part of the paddle, and it can be made from either aluminium, glass fibre, carbon or sometimes Kevlar. The material affects the performance of the paddle. Carbon, the most common material, provides the paddle with stiffness and memory. Glass fibre can bend, which makes the paddle softer in the stroke. Aluminium is rigid and can be heavy, then Kevlar has a high impact resistance and performs similarly to carbon.
The paddle’s blade can vary in size, from large to small. A large blade displaces more water in the stroke, offering more power to the user. However, for beginners, the larger blade can be uncomfortable on the shoulder over time. As a rule of thumb, smaller blades are preferred in the surf, and gentler for all users, women especially. Larger blades are used more for distance or downwind paddling.
The height of the paddle is also something to consider too, as to maximise your performance and enjoyment when on the water, you need the correct paddle for your height. Paddles can range from being 6 to 12 inches above the paddler’s height, with surf SUP paddles on the smaller side and racing paddles being larger.
After getting your SUP board and paddle, you may want to look at other accessories. A leash is not always required, but it is a good idea as it keeps you attached to the board if you fall off. SUP leashes are especially useful when paddling in choppy conditions or in the surf.
Buoyancy aid is important even for experienced paddlers. Conditions can change, and it is best to be prepared. In some places around the world, they are also a legal requirement, and you can be fined if you don’t have one. Buoyancy aids should always meet safety standards.
Wetsuits are a worthy investment for any water sport. A good wetsuit will allow you to extend the paddle season past the warm summer days and you could even take the board out in the winter. Add boots, gloves and a hood to get the most of the winter months too. The warmth of your wetsuit is measured by how thick it is, so you may want to invest in a couple; one for summer and one for winter.
Once you have all your stuff, from the SUP board to all the accessories, you need to store it properly so you can enjoy many months and years of stand-up paddle boarding. Store the equipment out of the sun in a dry and shaded area and transport the board and paddle in a protective bag to prevent any damage.
Be careful when taking the board in and out of the water. There may be rocks or other sharp objects when you put the board down. You will also need to be aware of rocks or other obstructions when out paddling to avoid damage to your board, paddle and fin.
If your board has a vent plug, open it when storing your solid SUP board, to stop pressure building up. When using the board, make sure the vent plug is closed so no water can get in and damage the foam core.
After being in salt water, wash your SUP equipment, and regularly check the board and paddle for dings and cracks. If you spot anything that could potentially let water in, get it fixed immediately.
A kayak allows you to reach scenic beachside campgrounds, quietly explore an estuary, enjoy breath-taking views that can’t be seen from shore, get in a morning workout around the lake or just play in the water with the kids.
Just as there are many ways to use kayaks, there are many choices of boats. How do you know which kayak is best for you? When you’re trying to decide on a kayak, focus on a few key ideas:
Where do you want to paddle? Is it a lake, a seacoast or a river? This will help you start to narrow your choices.
Sit-in or sit-on-top? Do you prefer the protection of a traditional sit-in, or the openness of a sit-on-top? If you’re open to either one, that’s fine, too.
Kayak weight and your budget: Materials, which directly impact the boat’s price, are the biggest factor in the weight and durability of your boat.
Shape and size considerations: These affect handling and cargo space.
Boats aren’t categorized by water type, but it’s still helpful to start here and think about which environment you plan to explore before you choose your boat.
Lakes: We’re talking the local lake here, not Lake Superior. If the weather is fair and the destination is near, you can go with any sit-on-top or recreational sit-in boat and have fun. If whitecaps appear, then a purely recreational boat can get overmatched.
Coasts: This is where wind, waves, currents, tides and more all come into play. So having a sit-in touring boat with a rudder, fixed tracking fin or a skeg (a dropdown fin) is wise. If you live in a warm environment where you don’t mind going for a swim, or you plan to do some kayak surfing, a sit-on-top can still be a fine choice.
Rivers: We’re not talking about technical rapids—white-water kayaks are beyond the scope of this article. If you’re floating on a river, you want a stable, sturdy craft that turns quickly. That might be a short, stable recreational sit-in or sit-on-top boat or day touring sit-in kayak.
Rivers and lakes: If you plan to use your boat in both flowing and still waters, go with a short recreational sit-in or sit-on-top kayak. These crossover boats typically have a skeg. That setup will help you turn responsively when the skeg is up and track efficiently when the skeg is down. A short boat with a rudder would also be an option, but rudders are typically found on longer boats.
Kayaks are classified in many ways, including where you sit in them, how you use them, their structure and whether they are built for a specific purpose.
Sit-on-tops are primarily recreational boats for lakes and easy flowing rivers. You’ll also see them in warm coastal waters, and a few longer sit-on-tops have enough storage for an overnight trip. If you’d feel too claustrophobic inside a cockpit or you don’t want to learn how to do a "wet exit" if you capsize, you’re a sit-on-topper. If you’re not sure yet, consider the following:
Legend Kayaks™ is a proudly South African manufacturer of world class watercraft. They have been making polyethylene kayaks since 2006, with their product range now expanding to canoe's, stand up paddle boards (SUP's) and catamarans. They have a solid base of kayaks ideal for beginner paddlers, as well as crafts for the more serious. Their most distinct advantage is their passion for creating the ideal fishing platform for their clients application. They have a large network of kayak shops around South Africa, and the world, distributing their kayaks. They strive to engage with their customers to create a lasting relationship.
Legend Kayaks is driven by a passion for fishing. They have the experience to make the ideal kayak, customised with the perfect accessories and fittings to target the species of your choice.
Every fishing application has an ideally suited kayak with accessories and fittings to compliment these waters.
Although we recommend keeping it simple, when starting out. It is important to get good honest advice when purchasing your fishing kayak. Buying a Legend Kayak is for life!
Over the years, Fluid have created some of the most innovative designs on the paddling market, from recreational to whitewater. What Fluid really want to share with people, however, is a love for the lifestyle.
As a South African company Fluid understand that where there is sun and water there will be enthusiasts relishing the great outdoors. Fluid kayaks enable you to do just that, regardless of whether you are simply having some fun in the sun, or finding your own adventure. Fluid aims to grow a love for paddling and the outdoors with their extensive range of kayaks. Fluid’s whitewater kayaks are built with technical insight, engineering know-how and most importantly, a first-hand knowledge of what it means to run heavy water. Their recreational kayaks come in all shapes and sizes, ensuring everyone can get on the water, while their fishing kayaks have all the essential outfitting and necessities to help you get out there.
Aqua Marina is one of the most popular SUP brands and has delivered over one million boards worldwide in the past few years. We are proud to offer an affordable, high quality line of water sports products designed to meet the widest range of use in today’s most popular water sport disciplines.
Aqua Marina has created a range of inflatable stand up paddle boards that combine modern technologies, high-performance material and dedicated workmanship, allowing all levels of riders to reach and even surpass their maximum potential. Aqua Marina is creating products that allow its users to break all the existing boundaries and play like a real PRO.