Are bamboo paddle boards any good? As a manufacturer of bamboo paddle boards, I strongly believe in using bamboo in paddle board construction. So… the short answer to that question is YES, bamboo paddle boards can be good.
BENEFITS OF BAMBOO
There are many reasons to use bamboo in paddle board construction.
A quality bamboo paddle board makes use of the advantages that bamboo provides. Because it’s such a strong material, a company like Wappa uses a layer of bamboo to replace a layer of fiber glass. Doing this, decreases the weight of the SUP without losing any of the board’s strength. In fact, bamboo is twice as strong as fiberglass!
Using bamboo also helps to lower a paddle board’s environmental footprint. Unlike fiberglass, bamboo is an organic product that can be harvested every three years. Bamboo can be grown in degraded soil, and it helps to prevent soil erosion. Bamboo also decreases a board’s eco footprint because it reduces the amount of epoxy required during construction.
Now that I’ve extolled the virtues of using bamboo in paddle boards, it’s time to urge some caution. Simply put, not all bamboo paddle boards are the same.
When shopping online, it’s easy to think one bamboo paddle board is as good as the next one. Afterall, from an image they pretty much all look the same. As a result, many shoppers purchase a bamboo SUP based on lowest price and they often end up disappointed.
Reasons for Disappointment
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
When looking for a bamboo paddle board, here are a few suggestions for things to consider as you progress through your decision-making process.
Paddlers looking for a paddle board that is lightweight yet strong, need to consider a bamboo paddle board from a quality brand like Wappa. Next to carbon fiber, bamboo offers the best strength to weight ratio in the market place. If you have to have the best of the best, go with carbon fiber. It’s a superior material to bamboo. However, if you want the next best thing for less than half the price, then you should consider bamboo. Nothing else compares.
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Written by Wappa's founder Layne Pennell, the blog's aim is to educate and share his love of stand up paddle boarding with anyone interested in SUP.
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