Prone Paddle Boards?

John

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Mar 4, 2004
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Rehoboth Beach, DE
Do any of you do any prone paddle boarding? It looks like great exercise, but I'm wondering if it is tough on the shoulders and low back? Seems like most prone paddleboards keep their value (understandably) and I haven't seen too many used ones pop us around here.
 
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DJR

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Feb 1, 2018
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Carolina Beach NC
Do any of you do any prone paddle boarding? It looks like great exercise, especially but I'm wondering if it is tough on the shoulders and low back? Seems like most prone paddleboards keep their value (understandably) and I haven't seen too many used ones pop us around here.
Love it absolutely love it
Me n a buddy share an old Eaton 18’ unlimited
Nothing like it
Nothing at all

love it
 

SdSurferguy

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Oct 18, 2006
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USA
I also have an 18', it's a Bark unlimited. I love it. The sound and feel you get skimming at a high speed across flat water with your body just off the surface is incredible. I stick to the bay, the ocean has too much chop for my liking.

Keep an eye on CL if you want one, they pop up occasionally for really cheap. I've seen some here in Southern California listed at $200-600 range.
 

SharkB8

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Sep 21, 2011
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USA Virginia
I have a 18 unlimited bark. Hard to find and expensive on the east coast. I don’t have any issues with shoulders but my neck gets stiff. Have issues before though.
I tore up my knee a few years ago and was told no surfing for 4-6 months. I was allowed to paddle prone. I did a few miles almost every weekday. Turned me into a paddle monster. We all think surfing is a workout. All I can do is laugh.
I highly recommend trying one first. Do your homework. So many variables on what to buy. For cranking out some miles you want a unlimited. 18’ is not easy to store or transport. If just looking for a workout a “stock” at 12’ is easier to store and transport but when you stop paddling there is very little glide. Highly recommended to do the homework.
 

CosmicSlop

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Jul 7, 2015
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If you're interested in a board that you can paddle, but still surf, you may want to look into Dave Parmenter's Paddle/Surf Vehicle (PSV).

https://www.nowtro.com/paddle-surf#psv

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bluemarlin04

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Dec 10, 2018
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Hawaii
The PSV is EXTREMELY difficult to surf. It’s 5.5 inches thick with chined rails and a rolled bottom.

They are cool but I wouldn’t get if you’re not using it to go surf some really far breaks.

Prone paddling is fun. The 18 unlimiteds go a lot faster then a 12 stock like others have said. But 12s are fun as well if you’re in the right conditions cause you can connect between swells that 18s cannot.
 




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