Try Before you Buy. Shop Local. Yolo Board, Riviera Paddlesurf, Lahui Kai, Surftech, Bounce SUP Paddleboards
Inventory Update- December 18, 2016
Yolo Board 12′ Coastal Cruiser (Used- B- Condition)- Key Lime (1): $600
Yolo Board 12′ Inflatable (New- Orange): $895 ($100 off)
Yolo Board Original 2015 (Used B Condition- Bamboo/Green): $900 ($600 off)
Bounce SUP (Used B + Condition)- 11’4 Super Cruiser Grey Pad (2): $800
404 Racing Board (14 foot Zedonk model) (Used- B- Condition): $700 ($1,00o off)
Surftech Flowmaster 12′ (Used B- Condition)(Green/ Black Pad): $600
NSP 11’6 (Used B- Condition): $500
Riviera Voyager Classic (New) Orange and Blue/Bamboo: $1199 ($200 Off)
Riviera Original- Mint/Bamboo (New): $1099 ($300 off)
Lahui Kai 12’6 X 26″ Racer Demo (Condition A): $1499 ($500 off)
At DFW Surf we have a large inventory of new and used stand up paddle boards that we use to house our retail shop, our daily rental activities and our Surf Club. We try to maintain the newest, best performance and most durable line of boards and paddles for our customers to experience. Everything is for sale at all times in our rental board fleet including brand names like Yolo Board, Surftech, Bounce SUP, Riviera and Lahui Kai. We recommend stopping by one of our locations on Lake Grapevine or Lake Lewisville and talking with one of the pros. Here you will be able to demo multiple different boards before making a decision on what to buy. Some people are sold on our Surf Club and being able to use all different types of boards, at one of our convenient lakeside paddle locations at any time and the 10-15% discount perks. To set up a demo, see what we have in stock, new and used, give us a call: 972 427 4082.
Buying your First Paddleboard
There are a lot of things to consider when buying your first SUP board. Here’s our top 3 things to keep in mind:
Try Before You Buy!
First and foremost: have you ever been on the board before? You are probably not going to buy a car without taking it for a test drive, similarly, you need to test drive different boards of all shapes and sizes before making a decision. Today you can walk in to Dick’s Sporting Goods and Costco and buy a paddleboard, but you are not able to take it out to the lake and test it first. At DFW Surf we are one of the only companies where you can actually demo a board before you buy. Our recommendation: take advantage of free demos and try as many different boards as you can. Or you can go out a limb, read a bunch of reviews online and go with a reputable company.
Where and How Will You Be Paddling?
The biggest question we will ask our customers is what they will be doing with the board, who will be using the board and where they will be using it. Paddleboard packages are expensive and a lot of customers are looking for a board that is ideal for all family members. Do you want to do yoga on the board? Are you looking for speed? Do you need an inflatable board that you can travel with? Do you want to paddle with your dog? It’s up to you and what you need really, but one thing that we can recommend for any type of paddler is an adjustable paddle like the custom DFW Surf all kevlar adjustable.
Buy from a reputable brand . . .
that has been in business for more than 3 years. With so many new companies the paddleboard market has already become saturated and full of inferior boards that have been mass produced overseas. Think about the process of R and D (Research and Development) that a new board company has to go through. Do you really think that you can perfect a board in less than three years time? Take our advice and go with a company who has been perfecting their boards for years through R and D.
New or used Paddleboards aka SUP Boards?
For most people, paddleboards are expensive. This is a big decision that will take some time. We get calls and emails all the time- do you have any boards for $200 or $300? Quick answer, No! Couple things to understand here. Paddleboards are not pieces of plastic like kayaks. The average entry level paddleboard costs $899 and along with a paddle you are looking at spending around $1,000. Lets think about a used board here in mint condition. If a board costs $950 new including tax, then how much do you think a used board is? Definitely not $200 or $300. You are gonna be spending closer to $700-$800 depending on the condition. Every now and then we feature some amazing specials and some used board deals with even more savings and we invite you to join the DFW Surf Facebook page for these specials. Couple other things to keep in mind: every year these boards get better and more durable as companies are always looking for an edge in quality, construction and design. If you do buy a used board is it a board that will last or is it one that you might find yourself bringing back to us for ding repair? Is the board damaged? How much is it going to cost to fix? What year was the board made? In general, most early model boards were R and D boards and made from styrofoam; stick away from 2008-2012 models. We also recommend staying away from boards in their first 4 years of their company life in general including a lot of the newer wakeboard company owned paddleboards. The Advantage: 1. You can get a great deal on a used board if you shop around 2. Most used boards are no longer in production (like cars) and might actually be better than newer ones. Take the Bark Competitor for example, in 2013, Bark made a great 12’6 racing model with an amazing color design that is still one of our favorite boards to date. Today, this board is not made anymore and you can only by it used if you are lucky to find it.
Couple great options:
- Travel- one of our top selling models is the new Yolo Board inflatable 12 foot. Looking to travel? Need an easy way to store and transport your board? Our top recommendation if you were to buy only 1 board in your lifetime. Durability + travel + convenience.
- Intermediate paddlers- go with a board like the Eco Trainer if you are 120-185 lbs and go with a board like the Coastal Cruiser if you are 150-230.
- Durability- Need a board that you can take down the river, get beaten up by your kids at home, dragged on the concrete, etc? Inflatables are a great option along with brands like Bounce SUP, made in the U.S.A and Surftech.
The Cost of the Board is Generally Reflective of the Quality
I probably would not buy a board that costs less than $500 new unless it is a soft top or a kids model. If you are spending less money then you are going to get a board that lacks quality, durability and time tested research and development.
“This is similar to buying a car that has been re-designed with a new engine. It is safe to say that by year two or three modifications and upgrades will have been made to this new car model based on customer feedback and testing. In other words, don’t buy from a board manufacturer that is new on the scene. At DFW Surf we have experience on the manufacturing side of things because we have been producing paddles since 2010. After years of research and development our paddles are significantly better than the first ones we popped out in 2010.” -Tyler Marshall
Go with a name brand from one of the bigger reputable companies. Brand names like Yolo Board, Surftech, Naish and Riviera will be here for the long run. You might regret buying a cheaper board to save money and can’t get a replacement part or have a hard time selling that board when the company is no longer in business. The standup paddle market has been saturated with hundreds of different board companies; each year new companies appear and each year newer companies go out of business.
Don’t Buy a Board on the Internet!
- There is a big risk that the board will arrived damaged. Then you have to hassle with re-wrapping and returning this big piece of equipment. What a headache.
- Try before you buy. Head out to your local DFW Surf lakeside location and demo our boards. If you are still not sure about which board you want, a great option is joining our Surf Club and using your 10% off member discount.
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