The Best Stand up Paddle Boards for Boats – the Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show

The best stand up paddle boards for boats and yachts

 

Fort Lauderdale is the megayacht capital of the world, and home to the world’s largest on-the-water boat show, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. As a result, we see more than a few owners, captains, mates and crew members in our shop who are seeking the best boards for their vessel.

 

Now, there’s no “one size fits all” board for boats. So we’ve listed a few that we’ve found to work well on vessels of all sizes.

 

The Bounce SUP SUPer Cruiser – 11’4 x 32”

Let’s face it – life on board a vessel can be tough on water toys. They can get jostled around, handled without care by charter guests, or left in the elements for extended periods of time. While most epoxy/glass boards can struggle in an environment like this, the US-made Bounce SUPs thrive.

Bounce SUP's SUPer Cruiser - nearly indestructible

Bounce SUP’s SUPer Cruiser – nearly indestructible

Typically, to get a board as durable as the Bounce SUPer Cruiser, you’d have to go with kayak-style construction – rotomolded or blow-molded plastic, not shaped like a performance SUP and weighing in the 45-55 lb range. That’s just no fun. Bounce SUPs weigh in at 34 lbs with an easy-grab LiftSUP handle in their standard construction, and just 27 lbs in their hollow construction.

A nice-gliding board, the SUPer Cruiser has excellent tracking, very good stability, and is the most durable SUP we’ve found in this weight range. $1200 in standard construction – $1450 in lightweight, hollow construction.

 

The Surftech Universal – 10’6 x 32” or 11’6 x 32.35”

The name Surftech has been associated with high-quality, top-performing stand up paddleboards for a long time, and the Universal’s a core piece of their offerings. Built to commercial standards, it features a Randy French design that makes the board at home in flat water or in surf. High volume rails add significant stability, and the full-length deck pad makes this SUP ideal for additional riders, be they 2- or 4-legged.

The Universal, meant for any and all riders

The Universal, meant for any and all riders

Stand up paddle boarding is a great sport for just about any person, and the Surftech Universal makes it easy for beginning riders to feel comfortable right away. We often see charter vessels add these to their offerings because of their blend of stability and durability, and for their ease of care.

10’6 – just $1200, and the 11’6 is just $1250, making them excellent values.

 

The Suplove Adventurer – 11’2 x 30.5”

“Well, SUP Dude, those other boards are nice, but I want a board that looks as good as my ship.” And that’s where the Suplove Adventurer comes in. A sleek, gleaming bamboo board with stunning graphic pad design options, these boards do not skimp on quality. When Suplove builds a board, it’s vacuum-bagged each layer, increasing the board’s strength and stiffness while saving the extra weight.

Gorgeous lines, colors, wood, and graphics highlight the Suplove line

Gorgeous lines, colors, wood, and graphics highlight the Suplove line

The shape is dynamic – one of the fastest surf-style boards we have tested, with good stability and very good glide. And there are few boards with their eye-catching looks, which is a nice plus…Priced between $1495-1575, depending on pad options.

 

Inflatable options

If space is at a premium on your boat, you may want to consider the new inflatable stand up paddle boards. Most manufacturers have advanced their construction technologies significantly in the last 2 years, and they’re building beautiful, durable, stiff inflatable boards in all shapes and sizes. Priced between $1100 and $1850, depending on quality, weight, and features, they’re an excellent go-anywhere option. Stop in to see inflatable SUPs from Fanatic and Mistral, two of our favorites.

Inflatable, stable, easy-paddling, durable - ideal for many boaters

Inflatable, stable, easy-paddling, durable – ideal for many boaters

If you’d like to explore stand up paddle boards for your boat, we’d love to help you find the right one. See us at:

 

3305 N Ocean Blvd

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

954-616-8046

www.facebook.com/PrecisionPaddleboards

 

See you in the shop – or on the water.

  • SUP Dude

 

With more than 300 miles of navigable waterways, Fort Lauderdale is one of the best places for stand up paddleboarding in the United States. Join us for a paddle.

 

Precision’s Stand up Paddle Board Christmas Sale

Christmas is right around the corner, and that means most of us are looking for a special gift for the special someone – or someones – in our life. At Precision, we think any occasion is a good time to give the gift of SUP, and we wanted to make it even easier this holiday season.

Precision's 11 Days of Christmas Deals

Presenting: Precision Paddleboards’ 11 Days of Christmas SUP Deals!

Now through December 24th, Precision Paddleboards will be introducing a special deal each day, good through Christmas Eve (or whenever stock of that deal runs out, whichever comes first).

Looking to surprise someone? Well, we’re happy to set up limited Christmas Eve deliveries if you’re in our neck of the woods in Fort Lauderdale.

 

Day 1 Special SUP Deal

SUP Deal #1: The Suplove Adventurer 11’2 – brand new stand up paddle board for just $1299 AND get two free gifts!

The best place to keep up with the daily deals is on our Facebook page – or feel free to call us at 877-954-4787. We’re looking forward to seeing you in the shop, and on the water.

Used SUP Deal Fort Lauderdale Day 2

Day 2: Surftech SUP B-1 Bomber 10’6 Stand up paddle board – lightly used for just $799!

– SUP Dude

Precision Paddleboards

3305 N Ocean Blvd

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

877-954-4787

 

 

 

Channel 7 WSVN Features Precision Paddleboards NightSUP™ Spooky Tour

It’s October, and that means people of all ages are getting in the Halloween spirit. Last week, channel 7 (WSVN) joined us for a Spooky Paddle on our NightSUPs and NightYAKs – stand up paddle boards and kayaks with the proprietary NightSUP system using integrated, high-intensity LED lights. We paddled the waterways of Fort Lauderdale, under bridges and through dark passages, casting a glow from the lighted crafts. NightSUP Spooky Tours are available throughout October, every evening except Monday.

Check out the video on Style File

Out for a NightSUP tour in Fort Lauderdale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reservations are required and can be booked by calling Precision Paddleboards in Fort Lauderdale at 877-954-4787. Tours are $55 per person and last approximately 2 hours, launching at 8 PM. Join us for a Spooky Paddle, won’t you?

– SUP Dude

Precision Paddleboards

3305 N Ocean Blvd

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

877-954-4787

www.facebook.com/PrecisionPaddleboards

SUP Race Season is Here in South Florida

With the growth of stand up paddle boarding comes an increase in the SUP events and races – and we’re certainly seeing that now. This weekend, the annual Waterman’s Paddle for Humanity is taking place in Deerfield Beach, welcoming competitive and recreational paddlers from all over Florida to compete and raise money for worthwhile causes.

We often get the question from recreational paddlers, “What’s the right board to get for racing if I also want it to be my ‘everyday’ board?” And that’s the best part of race boards…they’re excellent everyday boards given the variety of waterways we have at our disposal in Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding area.

A selection of affordable 14′ race boards now in stock

What length should I get?

Here’s the deal – when you increase your waterline length, you increase your cruising speed and enhance your tracking, generally. So you go straighter, faster, and further with each paddle stroke on a 14′ board than you would on a 12’6. A couple of other items play into the decision, though:

1. What size are you? When purchasing a board, it’s good to match your size to the volume of your board. Too much board and you may sit up too high, putting your board under the control of the elements (waves, current, and wind) instead of user your control and minimizing the benefit of the bottom shape. Too little board and you’ll be constantly fighting to get the board on plane to maximize your “glide.”

2. Against whom do you want to compete? If you’re getting a race board to compete in races, well, choose the board that puts you on as level a playing field as possible with your competition. Most races have a 12’6 and 14′ category, which smaller riders typically in the 12’6 class and larger riders typically in the longer board class. A special note to female riders: we’re seeing more women join the 14′ class on lower-volume 14′ race boards. Hey, who doesn’t want to go faster, right?

3. What length just makes sense? Okay, these are big boards. Sometimes, it’s more about utility than optimizing your speed. If you’re limited in space or feel that the 14′ boards are just to big to handle and maneuver, stick with the 12’6. Most are made with lightweight foam and alternative materials, like carbon fiber, so they weight no more than a traditional surf-style 11′ stand up paddle board.

Regardless of your choice, once you step on a displacement-style board (whether it’s for racing or cruising), it’s hard to go back. The glide’s addictive…

See you in the shop – or on the water.

– SUP Dude

Precision Paddleboards

South Florida’s Stand up Paddle Board Specialty Shop

877-954-4787

3305 N Ocean Blvd

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Just North of Oakland Park on A1A

Winner:

Best Surf Shop – 2013 Local 10 “Best Of”

Best Paddleboard Shop – 2011 and 2012, Gold Coast and Boca Life Magazines, 2011 New Times Broward-Palm Beach

Thank You to our South Florida Stand Up Paddle Community!

It’s been an amazing couple of months for us at Precision Paddleboards, and we just wanted to say thank you to our customers and the local stand up paddle community! Without you, the list of incredible happenings would not have, well, happened :)

  • Last month, Local 10 News named us the “Best Surf Shop” in South Florida. That’s pretty awesome…since we don’t carry surfboards. It speaks to how appealing stand up paddle boarding is to people of all backgrounds and ages, and what a great fit SUP is for Fort Lauderdale and South Florida.
  • The Miami Herald published a feature-length article, online and in print, highlighting our NightSUP tours and boards. We may be biased, but NightSUPing may be the most unique outdoor experience in Fort Lauderdale.
  • We became the first internationally-accredited stand up paddle school in Florida for stand up paddle lessons and classes. The Academy of Surfing Instructors Level 1 and Level 2 classes were rigorous and challenging, and they provided us with even more fantastic tools, tips and techniques that we’ll pass along to improve the SUP experience for all of our guests.
  • We opened our downtown Fort Lauderdale tours and rentals location, Paddle Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, at Esplanade Park next to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on the historic New River.
  • Our Precision Paddleboards Stand Up Paddle Academy, led by the incomparable magical unicorn Ashley Clarkin, hosted our 3rd Annual “Riverwalk on Water Battle for the Paddle” charity fundraiser downtown, coaching 16 teams that battled on behalf of their favorite charities.

And now…we’ve agreed to bring the Precision SUP style to Pompano Beach. Coming in May: join Precision Paddleboards dockside at the new Oar House at 200 E McNabb Road.

Our Newest Precision Paddleboards SUP Rental and Tour Location – The Oar House in Pompano Beach

 

So, a heartfelt THANK YOU to our friends, customers, fans, employees, and everyone who has shown us such amazing support. We truly appreciate it and hope that we continue to be your favorite choice for al our your stand up paddle sales, rental, lesson and tour needs.

See you in the shop – or on the water.

– SUP Dude

Precision Paddleboards

3305 N Ocean Blvd

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

877-954-4787 (4SUP)

www.Facebook.com/Precisionpaddleboards

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A New Place to Stand Up Paddle in Fort Lauderdale

We are pleased to announce that Precision Paddleboards and Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale will be opening Paddle Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, a stand up paddle board lesson, tour and rental concession in downtown Fort Lauderdale March 9th. Located alongside Esplanade Park, Paddle Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale allows guests to launch from the floating docks at the park and tour the scenic and historic New River.

Paddle Riverwalk Trailer

Paddle Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale’s Stand Up Paddle Trailer

 

Since Paddle Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale instructors are provided by Precision Paddleboards, guests will learn paddleboarding skills from Florida’s only internationally-accredited stand up paddle school. With NightSUP tours available, it brings a unique stand up paddle experience to downtown Fort Lauderdale residents and visitors alike.

Paddleboarding the Riverwalk in Fort Lauderdale

Fun on the river paddleboarding with Paddle Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale

To join us for some fun on the New River, please call 877-779-9299 or email us.

See you on the water!

– SUP Dude

Precision Paddleboards

3305 N Ocean Blvd

Ft Lauderdale, FL 33308

Custom Art Stand Up Paddle Board Raffle Winners!

Before the grand reveal, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped us raise THOUSANDS of dollars for very worthy causes: the Broward Education Foundation, Ocean Minded’s Beach Clean Up Committee, and ArtServe. To Suplove, Fanatic, and BOGA, you have our appreciation for your generous board donations, making it possible for 100% of the funds raised to go straight to the causes. And to the fantastic artists, Jay Bellicchi, Ashley Clarkin, Tom Frezza, Gabriel Gimenez (GG), Sarah Nohe and Chelsea Wilder, your works were incredible, and the boards looked absolutely fantastic because of your efforts.

And now…the winners:

BOGA’s bullet, painted by Chelsea Wilder and Tom Frezza, benefitting the Broward Education Foundation: Tanya Bower!

And the winner is…

Jay Bellicchi’s SUP’r, benefiting ArtServe: Bill Elmore!

Winner of the Bellicchi board

Suplove’s 10’6 Odyssey, painted by Ashley Clarkin and Sarah Nohe: Tanya Bower!

Suplove raffle winner

Fanatic’s 9′ Pro Wave WE, painted by GG: Trent Stevens!

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Thanks to EVERYONE for your support! We’ll update the total amount raised this weekend once all pennies are counted :)

See you in the shop – or on the water.

– SUP Dude

Precision Paddleboards

3305 N Ocean Blvd

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

877-954-4787

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www.twitter.com/PrecisionSUP

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South Florida’s Stand Up Paddle Board Specialty Shop

Custom Art Stand Up Paddle Board Raffle

We are absolutely thrilled to announce the return of our annual custom art stand up paddle board charity fundraising raffle in Fort Lauderdale. In 2011, we raised nearly $2500 for the Broward Education Foundation. This year, we’ve expanded both the number of charities we benefit and the number of boards available for you to win – and WOW, what awesome works of art we have for you.

So here’s the scoop. If you want to win one of the boards:

– Enter by purchasing raffle tickets for each individual board you want to be entered to win

– Click the linked board name (below) to go to the boards’s “event” page.

– Scroll to the booking form at the bottom has tickets for that individual board ($20 single, 3 for $50). Complete the form and select the number of tickets you want.

– Submit your payment by PayPal.

We will send you a confirmation with your raffle ticket number(s) – then stay tuned for the raffle drawing and winner announcements on December 20th. Winners will be responsible for shipping and packing costs, if applicable.

Without further ado, the fantastic customer art stand up paddle boards:

Precision Paddleboards Charity Raffle Features 4 Custom Art Stand Up Paddle Boards

 

Board #1: Suplove 10’6 x 29.5″ Bamboo “Escape” painted by Ashley Clarkin and Sarah Nohe

Donated by Suplove, Ashley and Sarah’s “jellies” board benefits the Broward Education Foundation’s scholarship fund.

Suplove’s 10’6 Bamboo Escape has been transformed with vibrant, colorful jellyfish by artists Ashley Clarkin and Sarah Nohe.

 

Board #2: BOGA 9’5 x 29.75″ “Bullet” painted by Tom Frezza and Chelsea Wilder

Donated by BOGA, Tom and Chelsea’s “Shaka Love” collaboration benefits Ocean Minded.

BOGA’s donated bullet has been transformed by Tom and Chelsea into a wild, tropical scene.

 

Board #3: Fanatic 9′ x 28″ Fly Wave Wood painted by renowned Miami street artist “GG”

Donated by Fanatic, “GG” displayed his signature, edgy street style pop-art to benefit the Broward Education Foundation.

GG’s signature character, Fado, shows off his surfing skills on this Fanatic-donated 9′ Fly Wave.

 

Board #4: Riviera 10’6 x 32″ painted by Jay Bellicchi

Accomplished graffiti artist “Remote,” also known as Jay Bellicchi, used ancient geometry to connect the sea, sky and paddler on this killer piece, which benefits ArtServe’s Eco Art Program.

Jay Bellicchi’s exceptional skill is on display on thsi piece, donated by Precision Paddleboards to benefit ArtServe

 

Thank you for supporting these worthy causes and our local artists. Please, share this post and the raffle details with your friends – let’s make an impact on Fort Lauderdale, and all of South Florida!

See you in the shop – or on the water.

– SUP Dude

Precision Paddleboards

South Florida’s Stand Up Paddle Board Specialty Shop

3305 N Ocean Blvd

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

877-954-4787

www.facebook.com/PrecisionPaddleboards

www.pinterest.com/iPaddle

NightSUP Hits the Fort Lauderdale Papers and Waterways!

If you’ve been following us on Facebook or persuing our site, you’ve probably noticed our fondness for the NightSUPs, high-intensity, integrated-LED stand up paddle boards that illuminate 8-20′ of water around your board. Well, today the Sun-Sentinel noticed, and they posted a great article featuring some of our boards and customers (special thanks to Charles Nicotra for his notable quotes) .

The NightSUP tours have been so popular that we recently brought the innovators behind the Cape Ann SUP nightSUP kit down to South Florida to make Fort Lauderdale the NightSUP headquarters throughout the fall and winter months. If you’d like to join us, we have regularly-scheduled tours launching from our Green Fish Grill location on Federal Highway every week, and we’re always open to scheduling a tour for your group at your convenience. Check out our Events Calendar to book your space, email or call the shop at 877-954-4787 and we’ll get you all lighted up on the water.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding at Night on the NightSUP

There are only two good times to paddle. All day, and all night.

It’s different. It’s awesome. It’s NightSUP.

See you in the shop – or on the water.

– SUP Dude

Precision Paddleboards

3305 N Ocean Blvd

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

877-954-4787 (4SUP)

www.facebook.com/PrecisionPaddleboards

We’re Hiring

Precision’s expanding – and that gives us the opportunity to add talented team members. If you’d like to apply for any of the positions below, please email us and we’ll be in contact with you.

Position: Board Concierge – Part Time

On weekends and holidays, we offer to take boards to the beach for our customers or to load them on their vehicle for take-away.  Our board concierge is responsible for providing exceptional customer service, must be able to lift up to 40 pounds repeatedly (as with all SUP-related positions), and smile frequently, even when it’s hot outside.

Position: Rental Associate – Part Time

Precision has additional rental locations at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort and Green Fish Grill. Our staff members at these locations provide guests with general paddleboard instruction and ensure the safe launch and return of rentals. Must be an intermediate to advanced paddler with excellent customer service skills. Teaching or coaching experience preferred.

Position: Store Sales Associate – Part Time

We love SUP. We love spreading the stoke – and making sure our customers leave with the right board for them. Our store sales associates must be willing to learn all there is to know about SUPs and be able to communicate it effectively and concisely to our customers.

See you in the shop – or on the water.

- SUP Dude

Precision Paddleboards

3305 N Ocean Blvd

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

877-954-4787