Help designing and making a stand up paddle board

Hey guys,

I’ve been looking into making a standup paddle board but I dont know all that much about em… I know they’re wider (29-30") and thicker (~3.5-4") with a relatively flat rocker. But, thats about it. I go to Clemson which is on a lake so I’d like to make it for the lake but I also want it to be able to handle small-medium surf. Also, I need it to fit in my apartment next year so I’m thinking that I dont want it any longer than 10’, but if it could be ~9 feet that’d be sweet. Any help designing this board would be much appreciated. Thanks -Cam

The best design for an SUP would be one that doesn’t float.

Be a man!  Paddles are for ping pong!

good one

Look it, I’m not lucky enough to live near a beach or go to a school near a beach. I just want something that I can do at school and be on the water because it’s what i love. If you’re just gonna be a smarta$$ then dont respond. I know there’s people on here like kokua who are great guys and mentors and give input and advice where they can and they don’t go making jerk comments on people’s threads. maybe you should learn a lesson from em…

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thanks a lot man! i appreciate it, that’s an awesome rescource. mahalo -Cam


Thin skinned, much?

I’ll respond if I feel like it. It’s a public forum and you have to accept that not everyone will agree with you.

if you do build an SUP, it’s good to know that you don’t plan to use it where people surf.

FEEL FREE to take your SUP into a surf break. That’s what they are for.


Be respectful of the line-up, but do not take any crap from locals. They’re still in the adjustment period with SUP’s


Have fun. You may want to check out surf shops in Wrightsville Beach and Charleston for design ideas.



If you don't live or go to school near a beach then please FEEL FREE TO IGNORE Flipper's post. 

Unless you can already shred and paddle, stay out of the lineup.

Paddling around a lake is perfect for neophyte SUP'ers 

Cursed as I am to live 2 hours inland from a break that rarely gets over thigh-high, an SUP has been a good alternative for getting out on the water. I’ve made a couple, the last a 9’6" that works pretty well on the local lake and in small surf. See Attached.


rtnc- Can you send me the board file for that pdf? Thanks, Cam

Can’t attach .brd files here. PM me your email address and I’ll send it to you.



I'd like to re-state my position from an earlier post on SUP's in the line-up.

A crowded surf break is not the place to learn how to SUP surf. Not only is it dangerous to other surfers, it can really hurt the reputation of SUP's in general. This we don't need.

So, learn to surf on waves that are off to the side of an established break before you venture into the pack, and always be mindful of others. Everyone is there to enjoy themselves, so let others get their waves, too.



I’m not planning on taking the board to the beach… I’m going to be using it at a lake… and if I do take it to the ocean I definitely wouldn’t be taking it to any crowded breaks b/c i’m still what i would consider a beginner as far as my surfing abilities so crowded breaks make me nervous.


I would like to clarify my position about SUPs.

NO craft of any kind belongs where people are surfing if that craft is propelled by a paddle.

Sole exceptions being those breaks in Waikiki that have always accomodated canoes and such.

I’m in the preliminary stages of having SUPs banned at local beaches.

Please let us know how it goes. This should be interesting!




Many places in California have already enacted rules stating that paddle craft are not allowed within “x” number of yards of surfers and swimmers. Totally reasonable, IMO.

Wood_Ogre- Thanks for all of the info! I weigh about 155 lbs. so what would you reccomend? As far as the rocker goes, I’d imagine that I will need a board with a bit of rocker as I will be paddling on the lake where it can be somewhat windy… Any other input or advice? Thanks, Cam

Stand up paddle boards for lakes and rivers are different than wave boards. 1st you need enough volume it is important to give you flotation . So how much you weigh is important. For width I consider 29 inches to narrow for most people 30 inch min 32inch max. I have 30, 31 would be beter. The thickness will depend on the volume you are looking for. A shorter board will paddle slower as will a board with a lot of rocker. Hard rails paddle faster, round rails have a lot of surface area and there is a lot of suction thus slower. Again volume should be your 1st consideration, In your case length is second consideration. After that you can adjust your width and thickness to hit your needed volume. For rocker flat is faster but if you are going to be paddleing against wind and chop the nose needs more kick so rocker is dependent on your water conditions. Thats as far as I can go with this without knowing your weight. Stand up zone is a good sight for information. Also go to C 4  and to nash paddle board to get some ideas on weight and volume. Dont let the crauler get to you they only surf. There are many of us out here who have vary strong roots in surfing but also windsurf, kitesurf, stand up paddle,canoe paddle, sail and enjoy all aspects of water sports. So build it and go paddle. Health wise Stand up paddleing is the best. IF you can paddle an hour each day it can totally change your life.!!       Ahue Hou -Wood_Ogre