Entry level boards require certain design features in order to provide the best possible, first time learner experience. There is an obsession to want to create overly wide boards, which are simple elliptical shapes which lack character and any real functionality, accept stability.
“Creating a stable SUP board, does not mean it has to be featureless. Having trained several hundred SUP instructors and worked with many SUP schools, the feedback has been universal.
The board should have a nose section which can handle chop. A wide rear section provides fantastic stability, while the narrowing toward the nose, gives a pleasant, streamlined feel to the board the ﬁrst time paddler appreciates.
A cargo net and a D-Ring for towing and securing, front and back all come together to make an exceptional entry level board for all-comers.”
MISTRAL SUMATRA INFLATABLE SUP 10`6 - ENTRY BOARDS
“Our Sumatra boards make the ﬁrst time SUP experience as good as it could possibly be. We’ve pulled the nose in tight to make upwind paddling smoother and the board more streamlined from the paddler’s perspective. A wide tail adds huge gains in stability.”