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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
If you’re looking for a very stable, non-inflatable, fishing-specific board to paddle short distances then the Big EZ Angler from Pau Hana is worth a look. This stand up paddle (SUP) board comes in the Ricochet construction, which is highly durable and the board has both ups and downs. Due to its large width of 36 inches the board is incredibly stable, just what you need for fishing. Its construction is extremely durable and strong, however it causes the board to be a bit heavier. The board has 3.43 lbs per foot which is on the heavier side for a board at 11 feet. Its shape makes the Big EZ Angler a board that can be used by everyone and was designed primarily for SUP fishing, however, it can easily double as a board that the entire family can enjoy. Retailing at $1,599, the board sits just above the popular mid-tier market in terms of affordability.
On first impressions, the graphics and color are good, the design is thoughtful and the construction appears rugged. The Big EZ Angler has some nice looks, coming with an interesting mix of color and graphics, intended to be quite lively. The design is unique for boards in these categories, offering features tailored primarily for reeling in big fish and holding a ton of gear on board. The construction appears extremely durable and long-lasting, as something that can survive a beating. This paddle board is very difficult to carry which is no surprise since it weighs 37.7 lbs and the glide feels slow and heavy which is to be expected since lightweight construction and speed-centric design are not at focus. The board comes with 29 sea mounts which allows for a plethora of options on packing on gear and keeping it stable. And after you put it all together the Big EZ Angler is a very stable, fishing-specific SUP that everyone who can walk should be able to easily stand on it and paddle away.
Primary UseFishing 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' x 36" x 5"
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's29 Sea Mounts
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.
|11 Feet||32/36 Inches||5 Inches||225/260 L|
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