Round Nose vs. Pointed Nose Sup – What’s the diff?

Big Winds Kite, Wind and Stand up Paddleboard shop in Hood River offers this video on the difference between round nose and pointed nose paddleboards
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Big Winds gives us the low down on whether your first purchase should be a round nose stand up paddle board or a pointed nose.  What’s the diff?  Tune in and find out!

Which Sup should I buy?  Do I want one with a ROUND NOSE or a POINTED NOSE?

Always informative, Big Winds lays down the guidelines on whether you’re looking for a round nose sup, (traditionally called an “all-round paddle board”), or a pointed nose (“racing/touring”) board.

In a nutshell, the question is this:  Are you ever going to put that board into the surf?  If the answer is NO (as in, “HELL, NO! I’m a flat water paddler!), then your best bet for glide and stability may be the pointed nose touring boards.  The reason:  the touring boards are designed to cut through the water efficiently so there is LESS effort on your part.   The traditional round nose boards are, mostly, designed with a bit of rocker in the nose (that is, the nose lifts OUT of the water at the front) in order to handle chop and/or waves.

The touring boards come in different sizes.  11’6 is what TJ recommends for most women and/but if you’re looking to share your board with your spouse or other friends, one might opt for the 12’6 board which will float a variety of characters (and maybe even a sup with your pup!).

Take a look at this short video to see the difference for yourselves and, whatever you choose, remember to enjoy the GLIDE and look UP to see how beautiful the world IS from atop of a sup.

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Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.