Walden Stand Up Paddleboard - Surfboards: Reviews

Walden Stand Up Paddleboard – Surfboards: Reviews

Walden Stand Up Paddleboard - Surfboards: Reviews
Mark Anders

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SURFING’S NEXT FRONTIER

Instead of stroking with their arms, stand-up surfers use a long-shafted paddle and a huge board to catch waves—from the tiniest Cardiff shin-slappers to beefy Makaha bombs. It’s not easy, so learning on a superstable board like the 4.5-inch-thick, 12-foot-long Walden is best. You’ll also want a lightweight, carbon-fiber paddle, like C4Waterman’s Pohaku Beach Boy Paddle ($335; standuppaddles.com). 12′; waldensurfboards.com

Bonus: It’s a great antidote to the blues on flat, waveless days.

Bummer: You’re going to need the muscles you develop from stand-up paddling just to carry this 30-pound behemoth to the beach.

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