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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a non-inflatable, rugged, affordable paddle board that is great for beginners then check out the Elements Cruise from NSP. The Elements Cruise is a board that can take quite the beating. It's a great board for those who want a board that is built to last. The board has an all around shape and is best for short distance paddling around the shoreline. Weighing 27.4lbs, the Elements Cruise is at an average weight and isn’t too difficult to carry around and the 32in. width allows the board to be nice and stable. One thing to keep in mind here is that this is a smaller board so if you’re a larger paddler you might want to get something a bit bigger.
The NSP Elements Cruise is the latest from NSP targeting for the rental SUP market. This board is slightly smaller than the typical rental boards that you’ll see but it is still very stable and as expected, has a very rugged construction. The graphics are beautiful with a minimal and elegant look to them which is something that rental paddleboards have lacked in the past. If you don’t want to be hauling around a large rental board as they typically are and tend to weigh at the higher end of the scale, check the Elements Cruise by NSP out.
Paddle Boards fall into two broad categories, All-Around and Specialty boards, with all-around designed primarily for recreation while speciality boards for top performance in specific disciplines
Durability is largely a result of the board construction and shape, with more durable boards typically carrying more materials (added layers, PVC, etc) and as such adding to the weight.
Stability is a product of construction and shape, where boards w/ 30”+ wide and 200+ liters in volume offer plenty of stability for your AVG adult while a board under 26” wide is a challenge.
Glide is a result of board shape and construction, w/ boards weighing under 30lbs and designed for racing offering best glide while recreational boards normally being on the slow side
Dimensions10'2" x 32" x 4.875"
Industry standard in board dimensions reads: L (length, from nose to tail) x W (width, from rail to rail at midpoint length), and H (height, from top to bottom of board at midpoint length).
Standup paddle boards tend to fall into 4 different weight classes: extremely lightweight (under 20 lbs), lightweight (20-28 lbs), average weight (28-35 lbs), heavy (above 35 lbs).
Volume is a key metric to determine how much weight a board can carry. Boards w/ 200+ liters offer most floatation with boards under 150 liters typically for high-performance surf
Capacity is the max cargo weight a stand up paddle board can carry, considering not only the paddler’s weight but whatever else the paddler may choose to carry alongside him/her.
Add On'sBungee Nose, FCS deck plug
Add-on’s include bungee cords, a minimalist way to haul things; Connexsup, which allows for all sorts of attachments, even fishing rods; and FCS II/Connect, for easy fin instal.
Handles directly affect carrying ease, with external grip handles (Liftsup & EZgrab) offering most comfort, Internal Ergo Grip the mid-tier comfort, and box handles as least comfortable.
Fishing rod holders and/or paddle holders can make paddling that much more pleasant, esp. when needing holders for the rod or having a safe place for the paddle during yoga.
|10 Feet 2 Inches||32 Inches||4.875 Inches||203 L|
|11 Feet 2 Inches||32.5 Inches||4.875 Inches||226 L|
|11 Feet 6 Inches||33.5 Inches||5 Inches||250 L|
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