flat deck

Flat Deck or Dugout Style Board?

Which Style do you need?

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So you are looking at a new board but are confused on a Dug Out style board or a more traditional Flat deck board, so in this write up we will break down the two and hopefully help clear up the difference between them. 

Flatdeck

This is your more traditional stand up paddle race board and what was mostly around in the early days of SUP racing. 

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PRO: 

  • Flat deck Stand up paddle boards allow for good movement on the deck of the board, this is very good for in the waves or having to step back and do fast kick turns. 

  • You never have to worry about the cockpit of the board filling up with water and waiting for it to drain out. 

  • Flat deck boards are easy to get back on if you happen to fall off. 

  • They are very good for Technical racing and any kind of beach racing where waves or transitions are involved. 


CON’S":

  • Centre of gravity is higher so in some cases you might have to ride a wider board to get the same stability as a dugout

ONE Flat Deck options consist of,

EDGE 2.0

EVO 2.0

Unlimited 17’7





Dugout boards

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PRO:

  • They have far Superior  water flow around the board as the higher side means the boards can roll around more with out getting water on the deck.

  • Allows the board to have more volume in different ways,

EG: the Storm 2.0 with the high volume nose and pin tail which makes a far dominate board for upwind and down wind and easy of use.

  • Can allow for more power to be applied to the paddlers stroke due to the extra stability of standing lower to the water. 


CON’S:

  • Can be slightly harder to get back into if you fall out. 

  • Can take water in inside cockpit if used in and out through the surf which is not ideal. 

ONE Dugout Style options are,

STORM 2.0

EVO PRO

EDGE PRO

Unlimited 17’11


Overall both styles of boards can be very good and in most cases the key is to look at the conditions you will be paddling  as one will stand out over the other. We feel for general paddling for speed and performance the dugout designs can out preform the flat deck boards in a lot of areas besides in wave situations and when it comes to DW the Dugout design can be far better making DW and upwind paddling much easier.

Both Style of boards have certain elements they excel.

Ask any professional paddler and more then likely they will advise you to have 1 of each, then you will cover all aspects of paddling and be ready for everything.

If you are still undecided as to which way to go make sure you contact your local ONE dealer or Distributor and they will also hopefully be able to assit with even more info on what might be right for you.

We hope this helps you in choosing between Dugout or Flat Deck style boards, or simply just get 1 of each then you are set.

Happy Paddling