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Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable, all around paddle board to paddle short to mid-range distances then the Generator by Surftech is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board has the TEKEfx construction from Surftech which is made from bamboo veneer and fiberglass, which is pretty durable. Due to its 32.5 inch width, the board is very stable. It’s construction is rather light, coming in at 2 lbs per foot weighing 23.08 lbs, which is lightweight for an 11’6 paddle board. Its shape makes the Generator an all-around board that can be used by everyone and is designed primarily for recreation. Its construction and shape combined best fit this board for short-range paddling around the beach and dock. Retailing at $1,399, the board is in the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.
On first impressions, the graphics and color are stunning, the shape design is quite thoughtful and the construction strikes as durable. The Generator has some gorgeous looks, coming with an exceptionally beautiful play on color and graphics and the bamboo makes the board really stand out. The shape design is somewhat unique for boards in these categories, offering features tailored primarily for recreational use. The construction does appear pretty strong, as something that can survive constant but delicate use. This paddle board is easy to carry being that it weighs just over 23 lbs (23.08 lbs to be exact) and for an 11’6” board that is definitely lightweight. The glide feels average, which is to be expected since lightweight construction and speed-centric design are only marginally incorporated here. And once you put it all together, the Generator is a very stable board with stunning looks, and everyone who can walk should be able to easily stand on and paddle away.
Primary UseAll-Around Use
Paddle Boards fall into two broad categories, All-Around and Specialty boards, with all-around designed primarily for recreation while speciality boards for top performance in specific disciplines
Durability is largely a result of the board construction and shape, with more durable boards typically carrying more materials (added layers, PVC, etc) and as such adding to the weight.
Stability is a product of construction and shape, where boards w/ 30”+ wide and 200+ liters in volume offer plenty of stability for your AVG adult while a board under 26” wide is a challenge.
Glide is a result of board shape and construction, w/ boards weighing under 30lbs and designed for racing offering best glide while recreational boards normally being on the slow side
Dimensions11'6" x 32.5" x 4.16"
Industry standard in board dimensions reads: L (length, from nose to tail) x W (width, from rail to rail at midpoint length), and H (height, from top to bottom of board at midpoint length).
Standup paddle boards tend to fall into 4 different weight classes: extremely lightweight (under 20 lbs), lightweight (20-28 lbs), average weight (28-35 lbs), heavy (above 35 lbs).
Volume is a key metric to determine how much weight a board can carry. Boards w/ 200+ liters offer most floatation with boards under 150 liters typically for high-performance surf
Capacity is the max cargo weight a stand up paddle board can carry, considering not only the paddler’s weight but whatever else the paddler may choose to carry alongside him/her.
Add-on’s include bungee cords, a minimalist way to haul things; connexsup, which allows for all sorts of attachments, even fishing rods; and FCS II/Connect, for easy fin instal.
HandleInternal Ergo Grip
Handles directly affect carrying ease, with external grip handles (Liftsup & EZgrab) offering most comfort, Internal Ergo Grip the mid-tier comfort, and box handles as least comfortable.
Fishing rod holders and/or paddle holders can make paddling that much more pleasant, esp. when needing holders for the rod or having a safe place for the paddle during yoga.
|9 Feet 6 Inches||30.8 Inches||4.4 Inches||142 L|
|10 Feet 6 Inches||32 Inches||4.4 Inches||167 L|
|11 Feet 6 Inches||32.5 Inches||4.16 Inches||188 L|
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