What Is A Displacement Hull - SUP Education Series

Getting used to a stand up paddle board can be a challenge. You will easily notice muscles inside your body that you didn’t even realize where there as they start to throb from the full body workout of paddling your SUP. In this post, we are going to talk about stand up paddles boards and what a “displacement hull” means to you.

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The Displacement Hull Design

There are a couple of different hull designs for stand up paddle boards. Once you get used to seeing them around, or even standing on one, you will start to notice the difference. For the majority of the SUP world, the displacement hull is considered the “road bike” of the water.

The reasons behind that correlation is that a displacement hull will give you quick acceleration, top end speed and an efficient glide in optimal conditions. With one quick look, a displacement hull looks rounded shape on the bottom and the nose comes to more of a point in the bow.

Why The Displacement Hull Works For Speed

The idea behind the design is that the nose of the board is going to cut, or pierce through the water all the while keeping the board on track. The design will also aid in reducing drag through chop and promote more of a glide, while giving a higher top end speed.

Generally, the rocker line is flat and you will notice greater volumes when compared to a surf style board. The volume gives the board more float above the water, which is how it will reduce the drag, overall. Just from reducing the drag, the rider will notice better glide ratios and faster speed on the top end.

Do You Need a Displacement Hull On Your SUP?

This question can be answered by personal preference mostly. However, the size of this design encourages stability and might be ideal for heavier paddlers. Since narrow boards are generally faster, but less stable, the displacement hull design might be a better option if you want to feel more stable while out on the water.

Remember, purchasing a stand up paddle board with a displacement hull adds quick acceleration, top end speed and efficient glide in optimal conditions making the board a perfect fit for long distance paddlers.