More and more people are finding themselves choosing between buying either a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) or a kayak. There's really no right answer, but each serves certain purposes more effectively.
Here are just five situations in which you'll be glad you went for a kayak instead of a SUP.
1. You'll Be Covering Shallow Water
One of the major differences between a SUP and a kayak is that a SUP will have fins. These are necessary to provide direction, while a kayak relies on the shape of its hull. In some cases, you may find that a kayak has a rudder, but these can be raised when you approach shallower water. The problem with SUPs in this regard is that they cannot be taken near shallows or where rocks are close to breaking the surface. If you take them into such conditions, the fins could break or bend — in any case, you'll be left with a SUP that is very hard to use.
2. You'll Need Storage Space
Another structural difference between a SUP and a kayak is that a kayak will be able to offer storage compartments and netting to hold cargo. A SUP needs to be flat across the top, so it will offer very little in the way of storage. That's fine if you only go out for an hour or two at a time, but you'll find yourself unable to take things like fishing equipment and camping gear — both could be taken in a kayak.
3. You're Unsure of the Weather
Using a SUP is fantastic when the sun is shining. Instead of having to sit underneath the plastic of a kayak, your whole body is exposed to the heat. Unfortunately, any drop in temperature is going to mean that it becomes very hard to stay warm. You won't be covered from the rain, and you'll find it very hard to keep going when the wind gets up. If you want to head out on the water even when it isn't sunny and calm, you need a kayak.
4. You'll Be Going Long Distances
Some people enjoy the fact that SUPs provide full body workouts. While it's true that using a SUP uses more muscles, it can become tiring over long distances since you need to stay on your feet. A kayak keeps you comfortable, so you can use one just as easily for a multi-day trip as you could for a quick paddle around the nearest lake.
5. You're Going Alone
Ultimately, SUPs just aren't as stable as kayaks. It's relatively easy to fall of them, even if you've been using one for a very long time, if the water below you isn't calm, and that can be a major issue if you're out by yourself. Kayaks can still capsize, but this is unlikely; all in all, their reliable stability makes them ideal if you're going out alone without anyone to help you.
Talk with someone at a company like Wetspot Water Sports to learn more about aquatic sports.