Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP's)
Choose one of our 12' SUPS for easy paddling or the 11' Malco for all-out SUP performance
Stand Up Paddleboards
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The "Orca" was designed for stand up paddling which requires maximum flotation and stability. It's at home on a lake or in the surf. It has a flat bottom and enough rocker that it is at home paddling into a wave.
12-0 Ocean SUP
Thickness 4-3/4 in.
The "Lake Superior" was designed for stand up paddling in lakes and calm water. It has less rocker than its cousin "The Orca" because it doesn't have to contend with waves.
12 0 Lake SUP
Thickness 4-3/4 in.
Recommended max Paddler Weights for Orca & Lake Superior:
Beginner: 230 lbs.
Intermediate: 260 lbs.
Advanced: 290 lbs.
The "Malco" 11 foot SUP was designed by Malcolm Schweizer. It has a little concave in the nose and a slight "V" in the tail. Plus, the new rib design lets you build the rails two different ways (built up solid rails or wood strip hollow rails)
The Malco has good hull speed for "flat-out" paddling as well as the ability to plane for surfing. You can paddle fast for long
distances, but still be able to easily surf once you are there. It is designed with paddling in mind - it's not just a big
surfboard that comes with a paddle.
Recommended max Paddler Weights for Malco:
Beginner: 200 lbs.
Intermediate: 230 lbs.
Advanced: 260 lbs.
The "12'6" or 14' Catalina Race SUP" is designed for long distance exploring and all-around fitness. A fast rocker line and bottom shape makes it a worthy race SUP. It also features a recessed deck in the stance area to lower the riders center of effort for increased stability and paddling power. The Catalina has NO STEP at the transition to the recessed standing position to trip on or ding your shins when you fall.
Recommended max Paddler Weights for Catalina Race SUP:
Beginner: 130 lbs.
Intermediate: 160 lbs.
Advanced: 190 lbs.
The Catalina SUP builds up like our other fish bone frame kits. This Stand-Up Paddleboard is designed to deliver speed and stability. The basic kit contains the CNC-cut ribs and spar. Other materials needed to complete the board include wood for the decking, fiberglass, fin, and vent.
The "9ft. 6in. Stu's Sup" is a short surf SUP that was
designed for people that want a shorter, more agile SUP. The Stu is meant to be an open drops and hard turns like a
surfboard but give the wide stability of an SUP.
Width 30-5/8 in.
Nose 18-5/8 in.
Tail 20 in.
Thickness 4-3/4 in.
The new rib design lets you build the rails two different ways (built up solid rails or wood strip hollow rails) for even lighter finished weight.
The Stu has a fair amount of nose and tail rocker which make it far more suited to ocean paddling and surfing than to flat
water speed paddling.
Recommended max Paddler Weights for Stu's SUP:
Beginner: 170 lbs.
Intermediate: 200 lbs.
Advanced: 230 lbs.
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Kits For Stand-UP Paddleboards
Frame Kits consist of the ribs and spar pieces that make up the frame. They also include a fully illustrated instruction manual that covers every step of the
build in detail. This manual will be emailed to you when you order the kit and you can also view it here. You will need wood for the outside planking as well as glue, fiberglass and shop supplies like sandpaper. You can buy or build a fin to be glassed on or mounted in a fin box.
For specific frame dimensions, click on the Frame Kits below for each board.
The wood kits contain all the wood you need to build the board you choose. You'll receive Paulownia planks for the decking (see photo at far right). These planks are sawn into strips by the builder. Our paulownia is just slightly heavier than balsa but much stronger. It is very clear with few knots but each plank has exceptional grain personality. Each plank is 8' long, 6" wide, and 1 1/8" thick (4.5 board feet).
You'll also receive Balsa sticks (see photo to the right) that measure 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 36" each and are sawed into strips by the builder to laminate the surfboard rails. These sticks are strong, and have very nice color. The actual weight varies from stick-to-stick, but even the heaviest sticks are lighter than any other wood.
These kits contain all of the epoxy and 4 ounce fiberglass cloth to apply two layers of cloth on the deck and one on the bottom. There are two epoxy choices that come in the kits. The first is SilverTip made by System Three. SilverTip is a medium-low viscosity liquid epoxy resin system that cures to a brilliant blush-free film. Mix ratio by volume is 2:1. This resin cannot be shipped by air, so if you are outside the continental US, please choose our Poxy-Shield option.
The second epoxy choice is Glen-L's Poxy-Shield Epoxy resin and hardener. This is a 5:1 epoxy that is clear, pale amber low-viscosity resin that forms a surface that is clear, tough, and mar-resistant. Depending on conditions, a waxy blush may appear on the surface which can easily be cleaned off with water.