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F.A.Q. about buying a Hovie SUP

How is my new SUP board shipped?

All of our SUP boards are shipped in a special shipping box made just for the product you purchased. The fin and any add on gear will come in the same shipping box.

What method does my board ship?

Our SUP boards ship using a worldwide shipping broker / LTL door to door. You will be provided with a tracking number and emailed updates on your shipment until you receive it.

Does my board come with a storage bag?

No, but most of all our models we have a bag we can sell as an ad on purchase.

Does Hovie SUP make local deliveries?

YES! We will deliver within a 50 mile radius of our Sarasota, FL showroom. The cost is $50.00 for the first board and $25.00 for each additional board delivered at the same time.

Can I pick up my order from Hovie SUP?

Yes, we are located in Sarasota FL and all orders can be picked up in our corporate showroom/warehouse.

Does Hovie SUP ship internationally?

No, but Hovie SUP does have distributors worldwide, so, with an Inquire here; we can direct you to a dealer that is close to you.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Technical Questions

How difficult is stand up paddling?

Part of the appeal of stand up paddling is that it is a relatively easy activity to learn for people of any age or fitness level. If you can stand up on land, you will be able to stand up paddle. If you’re a girl, and you can wear high heels, you can stand up paddle board. Variables like wind, chop and the width of your board will contribute to challenges that can make your sup session more difficult. Because of its versatility, sup is a sport that will continue to grow with your skill level. We at Hovie SUP design and build very stable Paddle Boards.

How do you hold a paddle?

Make as large of an equal-sided triangle as possible, with your arms being two sides of the triangle, and the shaft of the paddle as the third side. Your top hand goes on the grip of the paddle, and your bottom hand on the shaft. When you paddle on the right, your top hand is on the left, and the shaft of the paddle is across your body, with the blade in the water. BTW, the blade always faces up, like a spoon, which looks wrong to most people at first. Some paddlers switch sides with every stroke, but most will prefer to take three to five strokes before switching sides. Find your own rhythm. Start paddling, and when you feel ready, switch sides. It will also depend on currents and wind conditions on how many strokes per side you will paddle.

How much weight can a stand up paddle board hold?

This all depends on the board’s volume. Stand up paddle boards, like people; come in all shapes and sizes. Some boards are wide and short, some are tall and narrow.. Board designers have considered that paddling is a sport that appeals to all sizes of people. They also know that many people get into paddling to lose weight and increase their fitness level. And some paddlers like to paddle with their kids or pets on board. Hovie SUP builds boards for all levels and weights of paddlers. A few of our models will support up to 350 lbs.

How much do stand up paddle boards cost?

Production and custom made sup boards have evolved tremendously in less than a decade. Competition has driven board designers to create more and more durable composites and streamline manufacturing methods that are driving prices down. Very high quality mixed use boards start out at around $1000 and can go as high as $3500. Race or downwind boards can top $4000, but many are in the $2000 range. Moderate quality flat water recreational board’s start at $500 or so and go up.

What size stand up paddle board should I choose?

First, you and your board seller will help identify what kind of waters you will most often be paddling in. There are many considerations: your own size, your goals, and your plans for who will share your board will all be taken into consideration. Board size affects both glide and stability. The general rule of thumb is width equals stability, length promotes glide.

Why does my board have only one fin and my friend’s board have three?

Boards with one fin are usually larger boards that made for cruising and are not intended to surf. Boards with three or more fins are better suited for surfing, but can also be good for paddling in flatwater. Like boards, fins come in many shapes and sizes. Bigger fins help stabilize a wobbly board. Fins contribute to lateral resistance, which is a fancy way to say that fins keep the board moving forward on a straighter track. Impress your friend with this tidbit!

How many calories does a person burn while stand up paddling?

You will burn more calories than nearly any other exercise activity. Just standing up (on land) burns about 350 calories in just two hours. That’s because when we stand, we burn many more calories than when we sit. When a person stands while keeping themselves balanced on a stand up paddle board, tensing and releasing their muscles, our calorie burn jumps up to about 250 calories per hour. Start paddling, and that number continues to go up. Racing, downwind or surf paddlers burn even more: An amazing 1000+ calories per hour is not abnormal. A paddler flying downwind at an average speed of 9 miles per hour is moving quickly, and getting that kind of maximum calorie burn. Run fast on a treadmill and you’ll burn about 650 calories per hour. Cruise for an hour up the coast or stretch out for an hour of yoga on your board, and you’ll also burn well over 500 calories per hour, but with a lot less stress on your joints.