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more_cowbell 06-24-2011 10:41 AM

Stand Up Paddleboard - good for tripping?
Stand up paddleboarding seems to really be catching on where I live. But has anyone used or seen them used for packing gear for camping?

I'm wondering:

-how much weight in gear can be taken and is a larger board needed to do this?

-how is gear strapped down (seems like most boards have nothing to strap things down with)?

-what kind of water conditions are needed?

Or is this just a dumb idea compared to what can be done with canoes/kayaks

Ryan Conroy 06-24-2011 10:52 AM

Hey I got an inflatable standup paddle board with the intention of doing some packrafting type expeditions with it.

Most will have tie downs as far as I know, mine does and it is a mid grade inflatable.

Weight should not be an issue unless you are packing more than 50 pounds or are very heavy. Mine is I believe 10'10 and can support 250 pounds. Obviously the bigger boards could hold more gear and travel faster.

The main problem is weather. If you get bad wind it can blow you off frequently but worse make it very slow to move, or even not possible at all. At some point the wind can be challenging and fun especially if it's with you but past a certain point it is just frustrating. For short trips on nice days, awesome. But some of the trips I was planning where I would have to cover long distances many days in a row where you wouldn't be able to rely on the weather - whole other story.

They are lots of fun and I like not cramping my legs, and they are a really good core and balance workout. But for the most part I use it for having fun and crabbing. I'm getting a Feathercraft kayak for the long trips.

dwd 06-24-2011 01:58 PM

this guy just traversed the length of vancouver isle, lots of good info for you there.

more_cowbell 06-24-2011 08:16 PM

woah - that guy is hardcore. I can't imagine crossing some of those streches on a paddleboard. Thanks for the link.

blackfly 06-24-2011 08:46 PM

There is some guy doing the mississippi on one:

more_cowbell 06-24-2011 09:22 PM

Okay - clearly I have barely scraped the surface of what you can do with these.

Like go to the office.....

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