WindSUP: go windsurfing, go stand-up paddleboarding | Photo: Starboard

WindSUP is one of the smartest inventions ever produced by the boardsports industry. Discover what makes a good stand-up paddleboard for windsurfers and occasional paddlers.

What is a WindSUP? Is it a windsurf board or a stand-up paddleboard (SUP)? A WindSUP is a blend between windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding. In other words, it is an SUP that you can go sailing with; a crossover board for both windsurfers and surfers. And with no foot straps - it's a two-in-one plank.

The watersports industry found an interesting way of selling SUPs to windsurfers or, if you prefer, windsurf boards that can be used by surfers and SUP enthusiasts. But, why should you own a WindSUP?

WindSUP is a great pick for surfers wishing to try windsurfing on a windy summer day, and for recreational windsurfers wanting to paddle out with the family and catch a few rollers. WindSUPs feature a mast track and a center fin or daggerboard.

There are basically two types of WindSUPs - models built with ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) decks and rails, and inflatable versions. The EVA units are stiffer and stronger in medium-to-high winds while inflatable WindSUPs are ultra portable, light, and plane surprisingly well.

The manufacturers usually recommend you to leave your high-performance monofilm windsurfing sail in the garage. There are specially designed rigs for WindSUP boards and gentle rides. They're compact, fit in your car trunk and can be assembled in half a minute.

WindSUP: boards for sailing, boards for surfing | Photo: JP Australia

The "BIC 11'6'' Wind" is a multi-purpose WindSUP for flat water paddling and surfing. It offers an excellent stability, a built-in carry handle for easy transport, and integrated deck pad for comfort and traction.

The "Red Paddle Co 10'7'' WindSUP" is and inflatable model with removable US fin box system at the rear, side thruster fins, and a central US fin box to act as a fin/daggerboard.

The "Starboard Whopper 10'" is an incredible paddle board which performs very well in the waves and at the same time doubles as a cool entry level windsurfer.

The "Naish Crossover Air 11'" features an M8 universal insert for attaching a windsurfing rig and offers outstanding sailing performance in light to moderate wind conditions. It also has a slide-in dagger fin for upwind performance regardless of wind strength.

The "JP Australia WS 10'9''" is a WindSUP which offers plenty of length and volume for extra stability. It comes with a fully retractable daggerboard that folds back into the hull.

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The WindSUP boards review has been updated on May 17, 2017.