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SUP Upgrade: When is the Right Time to Get a New Stand Up Paddle Board?

SUP Upgrade: When is the Right Time to Get a New Stand Up Paddle Board? - YOLO Board and Bike

While our YOLO SUP boards are built to be strong, steady and bring you many happy years of use, there are several reasons why you might be looking into getting yourself a SUP upgrade...if that’s you, we’ve got you covered! In this blog, we’re going to talk about 10 reasons why you may want or need to get a new SUP board and what you need to know to ensure you upgrade to just the right that’s one for you!

1. Your SUP Board Isn’t Versatile Enough

Depending on your paddleboarding experience level at the time of your first purchase, you likely opted for a SUP board specific to your needs at the time…suntanning on the lake, perhaps? But, if you’re like most of our customers, you’ve since fallen so in love with your paddle boarding adventures that you’re ready for more.

In that case, you probably need to look into more versatile options for speed, agility, and tracking. One stellar product we can’t help but mention is the YOLO TR -- it’s like if a touring board and a rec board had a baby and took it out to the water for some adrenaline. This board is a perfect option if you’re ready for a faster and more agile ride, but you want to keep the stability and ease of using a rec board.

Whether you’re looking to surf, fish, race, or even just enjoy a relaxed paddle sesh with your furry friends, we’ve got just the right board. Let us know exactly what activities you’re most interested in trying out, and we will get back to you with tips and suggestions to make sure you buy just the right stand up paddleboard that will be the best fit for you.

2. Your SUP Model is Outdated

It isn’t 2007 anymore, and our passion for giving you the best possible SUP boarding experience hasn’t died down. Does your paddleboard have a finger well for a handle?  Or even better -- no handle??? Advances in technology have made our boards lighter, more hydrodynamic while still being stable. And of course including the LiftSUP handle makes our epoxy and Hammerhead boards so easy to carry.  We are constantly updating the quality, functionality, and practicality of our boards...not to mention the beautiful design!

3. You Require a Faster Paddle Board

As we always say: “the best paddleboard is the one that fits you and fits your needs and activities”. If you started out with a wider, stable rec board, but are now feeling more confident and want to go a little “Speedy Gonzalez”, you’re likely to need a longer board, a TR or Race board to help you pick up speed comfortably and with style! If you’re in doubt about how a longer board will feel for you, you can always visit and take that style of the board out for a test run before you make your final decision.

4. You Lack Paddle Board Storage Space

We get it, the struggle to find enough storage space is real. If you’re having a hard time finding safe and practical paddleboard storage in your house, you might want to go for a similar design, but in an inflatable stand up paddleboard. Inflatable SUP boards are rapidly becoming the go-to option for many of our customers -- they are a quality purchase that is also light-weight, easy to handle, travel with, and store. If you’ve found that the logistics of storing and handling your hard board is keeping you from getting out on the water, our YOLO inflatable board is just what the doctor ordered. Check out this article for some tips on how to choose the right inflatable stand up paddleboard.

5. You Want To Get a More Specialized SUP

While just about anyone can get on a SUP board and have an amazing time, there are special characteristics if you’re looking to get into more activities! Many factors from size, weight, shape, storage, and materials will impact how to pick the right stand up to match your level of a daredevil. We’ve got a specialized SUP board for every occasion, so let us know if you need help and we’ll help you find the right one.

6. Your SUP Isn’t Stable Enough For You

If you’re feeling like you need more paddleboard stability, or maybe you’re just in the mood to take your pup along for a ride with you, you should check out our paddle board options that will keep you both dry and happy throughout your SUP boarding adventures. You might also need to determine if you’ve got the right paddle and accessories for your particular paddleboarding use. Check out our most stable board -- the YOLO Board Fisher.

7. You Feel Like Your SUP Design is Out of Fashion

Looks aren’t everything, but they sure are nice! 😉 We can’t lie -- nothing quite beats the feeling of riding out on one of our latest, sleek SUP board models! If you’re looking for a fashion upgrade, plus new functional benefits:  smoother ride, better tracking, and picking up speed, try browsing our latest and loveliest SUP board designs!

8. You’ve Damaged Your Previous SUP Board

Womp, womp, womp... Don’t worry, accidents can happen to anyone! That said, if you’ve damaged your board in any way during your outdoor adventures, this can definitely hold you back from getting back out on your board and we don’t want that to take away from your fun paddle experiences. Whether your board just isn’t holding up like it used to due to damage, is no longer stable, has taken on water, or doesn’t make you actually smile when you hop on due to its condition, you’ll want to upgrade soon so you don’t miss out on the fun.

It’s important to us that you have an enjoyable, safe, and ideal experience, so if you’ve damaged your board, come by and visit and we’ll see how we can help!

At the end of the day, we want to make sure your new SUP board choice is just the one that fits you like a glove and makes you feel happy, refreshed, and satisfied every time you take it out for some fresh air and rays. If you’re finding that you want to change it up, we’d love to help you find the perfect paddleboarding match that will bring you just the experience you’re looking for.

YOLO, You Only Live Once...enjoy the ride.

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