When it comes to riding ocean waves, most stand-ups perform like a slab of driftwood. Rusty's is a welcome exception. It's built like a jumbo surfboard—tapered at the nose and slightly concave underneath, giving the 11.3-footer we tested the maneuverability of SUPs a foot shorter. We caught waves easily, even weak knee-high peelers. Yet, at 4 inches thick and 31 wide, it's stable enough for most. 9.3 feet to 11.3 feet; $1,325 to $1,500; board workssup.com. PAIR IT WITH: C4's Stand Up 1-Piece Carbon paddle; the all-carbon design is light (1.4 pounds) and powerful, with an oval shaft for better control in surf. $325; c4waterman.com
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