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SUP question

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So I’ve rented a stand up paddle quite a few times and now we are thinking of getting our own inflatable ones.

My big question is, where do people leave the pump while on the water?? (If you don’t go by car) I see so many people on the lake with practically nothing on their board and I can’t assume everyone comes by car?

I don’t know how heavy a pump is, but can you just put it on the board with you??

Another thing I’m wondering about is what size to get... I’m very petite, 1.53m to be exact so should I get a one for kids?? I know it’s harder the smaller the board, but I’m pretty good with balance and so far, never fallen off a board...

Advice is appreciated!
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Re: SUP queestion

Maybe try a gas station. They have air pumps.
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Re: SUP question

The kid's one is usually also weight limited. Less stability on the water but easier to carry to the water.
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Re: SUP question

If you go by car, you can buy a pump that plugs into the cigarette lighter in the car.
I used to leave the foot pump in a bag on the shore. You can either get a lock-up bag and attach it to a post or otherwise just hide the bag in a bush!
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The kid's one is usually also weight limited. Less stability on the water but easier to carry to the water.
I was wondering about the stability. If you fall in the water, isn't it rather challenging to get back up on a squishy surface instead of firm? I've only seen the hard boards. I do see many people with what looks to be a small waterproof bag on the board, so that might be an option for OP with a small pump. Small, portable pumps don't weigh much at all.
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I was wondering about the stability. If you fall in the water, isn't it rather challenging to get back up on a squishy surface instead of firm? I've only seen the hard boards. I do see many people with what looks to be a small waterproof bag on the board, so that might be an option for OP with a small pump. Small, portable pumps don't weigh much at all.
Ha ha - they‘re not like a partly inflated Li-Lo !

Inflatable stand up boards are almost like the real ones carved out of stone...
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Re: SUP question

Unless you are planning to leave the lake at a different point than you started?
I just leave my bag, pump etc on the shore.. I sometimes lock it with a little luggage lock to a nearby bike rack.(mainly so it doesn't look abandoned). I never take it back to the car.
My bag is big, like a suitcase so can't come with me but I don't really see it an attractive item for thieves . I only take a dry bag on the lake with me, phone, money etc..

The rigidity of the board matters more if you are heavier.. Also the fins for lateral stability.. I'm 80kg and I tried a lightweight board and couldn't stand on it for 30 seconds. My board now is totally solid, i never fall in and i can jump to move my feet position etc. But the trade off is that it's big and heavy, probably 30kg so it's a workout getting from the car and pumping it up.
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Re: SUP question

Thank you for the super useful advice!
Hmmm...I guess a little lock is the answer and if the pump is not too big, my boyfriend can maybe carry it on his board as our dog will be on my board

Good point re board weight etc for my boyfriend. I however, weigh 42kg so I don’t think I can carry a 30kg bag on the tram!
Will Google some more boards...
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Unless you are planning to leave the lake at a different point than you started?
I just leave my bag, pump etc on the shore.. I sometimes lock it with a little luggage lock to a nearby bike rack.(mainly so it doesn't look abandoned). I never take it back to the car.
My bag is big, like a suitcase so can't come with me but I don't really see it an attractive item for thieves . I only take a dry bag on the lake with me, phone, money etc..

The rigidity of the board matters more if you are heavier.. Also the fins for lateral stability.. I'm 80kg and I tried a lightweight board and couldn't stand on it for 30 seconds. My board now is totally solid, i never fall in and i can jump to move my feet position etc. But the trade off is that it's big and heavy, probably 30kg so it's a workout getting from the car and pumping it up.
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Re: SUP question

OP, your typical SUP inflatable board is rated to 120kg, should be more than enough for you. I think even smaller ones rated for 90kg is still ok. Smaller boards are not only cheaper but they are lighter to carry and faster to pump. In my experience, "before and after effort" makes a huge difference between doing SUP regularly or a 1x/month event.


About the pump, your inflatable board will come with a bag. Just leave the pump inside the bag. In my place, we have a grassy area where we all prepare and people simply leave their bags there. My valuables I bring with me in a small dry bag. I've been doing SUP couple of years now and I've never heard anyone had a pump stolen.
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I was wondering about the stability. If you fall in the water, isn't it rather challenging to get back up on a squishy surface instead of firm? I've only seen the hard boards. I do see many people with what looks to be a small waterproof bag on the board, so that might be an option for OP with a small pump. Small, portable pumps don't weigh much at all.

If you pump them to 15 PSI, they are not squishy at all.
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If you go by car, you can buy a pump that plugs into the cigarette lighter in the car.
I used to leave the foot pump in a bag on the shore. You can either get a lock-up bag and attach it to a post or otherwise just hide the bag in a bush!

My electric pump is a gift from the gods! We go SUP as a family, 4 of us. Kids and the wife can pump their boards to 6-8 PSI and then need my help to get to 12. I'm already wasted before I even start.
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OP, your typical SUP inflatable board is rated to 120kg, should be more than enough for you. I think even smaller ones rated for 90kg is still ok. Smaller boards are not only cheaper but they are lighter to carry and faster to pump. In my experience, "before and after effort" makes a huge difference between doing SUP regularly or a 1x/month event.


About the pump, your inflatable board will come with a bag. Just leave the pump inside the bag. In my place, we have a grassy area where we all prepare and people simply leave their bags there. My valuables I bring with me in a small dry bag. I've been doing SUP couple of years now and I've never heard anyone had a pump stolen.
Thanks for all the information you shared! When you say “rated for”, do you mean meant for people with that weight? Is the pump too large to carry in the bag onto the board? My boyfriend wants to starts and end at different spots sometimes, in which case we couldn’t leave it in the bushes.

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My electric pump is a gift from the gods! We go SUP as a family, 4 of us. Kids and the wife can pump their boards to 6-8 PSI and then need my help to get to 12. I'm already wasted before I even start.
May I please ask how much your kids weigh and what kind of board they have? Did you buy the electric pump separately from the “package” because all the inflatable boards seem to come with the whole package including the pump.
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About the pump, your inflatable board will come with a bag. Just leave the pump inside the bag. In my place, we have a grassy area where we all prepare and people simply leave their bags there. My valuables I bring with me in a small dry bag. I've been doing SUP couple of years now and I've never heard anyone had a pump stolen.
100% agree. We take our valuables in a dry bag with us and leave the carrying bag on the shore (public grassy area, usually well attended) with the pump.
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Re: SUP question

We try to pump ours up and the car and then carry the board to the water wherever possible. I wouldn’t want to haul the pump with, too big. But we go with our dog so that’s a big part of our space requirements. If we have more people present than are using boards then we can just leave stuff on the beach with the rest of our group of course.
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Re: SUP question

I am not much heavier than you, and I have a regular SUP that comes with a pump. Do buy one that has a knapsack-type of bag, so it leaves you with free hands. I go everywhere on public transport, so ease of carrying is very impt. If you are fit, then pumping them manually shouldn't be a problem. Good cardio as a warm up to paddling anyway. Also, most SUPs come with bungee cords so you can put everything into a waterproof bag, then strap everything down. Also I can easily carry this fully-pumped SUP with one hand from house to lake, which takes about 8 mins and up a slope. Other hand carries the paddle and modesty towel.

In pic, I had a 2-seater kayak on an Ikea grocery cart. Makes moving heavy items a breeze. Garfield was carrying the SUP. Brains versus brawn.

During this trip, we paddled 14km from Olten to Aarau (both drop-offs close to bahnhof). Highly recommend this trip. PM me if you want more pics or advice.
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When you say “rated for”, do you mean meant for people with that weight?
If a SUP is rated for 130kg (like mine), it means that the maximum weight the SUP can safely hold is 130kg. But since you are just 42kg, the SUP can carry 3 of you.
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Re: SUP question

Oh wow, thanks so much for the pic and the link! Is that the exact SUP that you have? We did wonder about the price range, they can cost up to 1k!

Yes we are both pretty fit and do long strenuous hikes but have only done SUP on an hourly rented basis. The plan is to do it more often and got from point A to B. Will PM you tomorrow with some more questions!


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I am not much heavier than you, and I have a regular SUP that comes with a pump. Do buy one that has a knapsack-type of bag, so it leaves you with free hands. I go everywhere on public transport, so ease of carrying is very impt. If you are fit, then pumping them manually shouldn't be a problem. Good cardio as a warm up to paddling anyway. Also, most SUPs come with bungee cords so you can put everything into a waterproof bag, then strap everything down. Also I can easily carry this fully-pumped SUP with one hand from house to lake, which takes about 8 mins and up a slope. Other hand carries the paddle and modesty towel.

In pic, I had a 2-seater kayak on an Ikea grocery cart. Makes moving heavy items a breeze. Garfield was carrying the SUP. Brains versus brawn.

During this trip, we paddled 14km from Olten to Aarau (both drop-offs close to bahnhof). Highly recommend this trip. PM me if you want more pics or advice.
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Thanks for all the information you shared! When you say “rated for”, do you mean meant for people with that weight? Is the pump too large to carry in the bag onto the board? My boyfriend wants to starts and end at different spots sometimes, in which case we couldn’t leave it in the bushes.
The free pump that comes when you buy a board is light but bulky, but it is possible to carry it on board with you. If you see yourself doing SUP more, then maybe you can buy a more compact pump.

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May I please ask how much your kids weigh and what kind of board they have? Did you buy the electric pump separately from the “package” because all the inflatable boards seem to come with the whole package including the pump.
My kids weigh somewhere between 40-45kg and their boards are rated up to 90kg. I bought the electric pump separate. It wasn't cheap but for me really worth it.
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Are there any problems with carrying these things on a roof rack - a short distance of a few kilometres?
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Are there any problems with carrying these things on a roof rack - a short distance of a few kilometres?
I've only done it a couple of times and it was fine.. You can get specific straps / pads etc..

My stuff is all Fool-Moon brand but imagine plenty of others exist.. Or you could just make your own.

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