Prone Paddle Boards?

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by John, Apr 25, 2020.

  1. John

    John Member

    Mar 4, 2004
    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.
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2020
  2. DJR

    DJR Well-Known Member

    Feb 1, 2018
    Carolina Beach NC
    Love it absolutely love it
    Me n a buddy share an old Eaton 18’ unlimited
    Nothing like it
    Nothing at all

    love it
  3. SdSurferguy

    SdSurferguy Well-Known Member

    Oct 18, 2006
    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.
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  4. SharkB8

    SharkB8 Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    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.
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  5. CosmicSlop

    CosmicSlop Active Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    DJR, japsom, glidewaves and 1 other person like this.
  6. waveslider619

    waveslider619 Active Member

    Sep 8, 2017
  7. bluemarlin04

    bluemarlin04 Active Member

    Dec 10, 2018
    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.
    Bighouse likes this.
  8. pintail

    pintail Active Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    LA, California
    If you use one regularly, you guarantee yourself lots of extra horsepower paddling your surfboard. I love them.
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  9. Basenji703

    Basenji703 Well-Known Member

    Apr 2, 2014
    Virginia Beach, VA
    I have an 18' unlimited Eaton with a rudder. I love it, but don't do it enough. It does help with the paddling. :)
    DJR likes this.
  10. houseofsuffering

    houseofsuffering Active Member

    Nov 1, 2005
    What are the East Coast options for prone boards? I feel like most of what I see are on West Coast.

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