Choosing a windSUP board has been one of the most frequently asked questions on social media SUP groups and forums by stand-up paddleboarding enthusiasts looking to choose their first board. In a world where ‘versatility is the new loyalty’, an inflatable windSUP (a combination of a paddeboarding and a windsurfing board) is often being purchased as the first board by users who want a two-in-one option for flat and windy weather conditions.
We caught up with Hubert Tobis, Founder ofUone, a premium Polish stand-up paddleboarding and watersport brand specialising exclusively in inflatable boards, to touch on consumer trends and take a look at the popular model in the Uone quiver, the Windsurf 9’6″ SUP Board Eco appreciated by the brand’s customers, including renowned windsurfing schools on the Hel Peninsula in Poland.
We were also joined by Wojtek Tadla, an accomplished Polish SUP athlete, who has been using the Uone board for SUP freestyle.
Wojtek Tadla on Uone Viper
Hi Hubert, what makes the 9’6″ model popular among Uone boards?
One of the key drivers is versatility of the board that can be used both with a paddle and a windsurf sail during more windy days. It’s good to pay attention to the shape of the nose of the board, especially when it’s a longer one as not every board will glide as effortlessly upwind.
The Windsurf 9’6″ comes with a central sword, very agile and mobile, and a mast insert for windsurfing allowing to use it in various weather conditions. This appeals to not only windsurfing enthusiasts but also paddlers looking for their first board with additional features.
The 9’6″ model is a short board, highly maneuverable board, that also performs well on waves (can be easily used for SUP surfing) and whitewater SUP.
This is also a super stable model that can be used as an entry board for learning stand-up paddleboarding adding that safety component (no sharp edges as oppose to hard boards) which is important especially when being used by kids.
We’re stoked to see our 9’6″ model being used in renowned windsurfing schools across the country. With the Wing SUP taking off (literally!), our windSUP boards are used for teaching kids and adults this relatively new discipline in light to moderate winds.
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