I have a surftech 12ft softop surfboard. Is it suitable for use as a stand up paddleboard?
I never could get the knack for riding the waves w/ it. Its just kind of going to waste. Before I step up to an actual paddleboard I would like to give it a try on the softop I own. I am 6ft 1in 250lbs.
I started out on a 12′ Surftech Munoz which is similar to your softop and could not stand for more than 2 seconds at first. You can try it as a stand up but at your weight you will probably sink it while standing and will just get frustrated. The width of the softop is 26.5″ wide while most 12′ stand up boards are at least 29″ wide…big difference in stability. The rails on your softop are round and bottom has lots of V which also makes it hard to stand on. If you weighed 170 lbs then maybe the softop will work or if your skills are really good you can do it. On the flip side, a number of people learned on a softop and when they got a board made for stand up surfing they progressed really fast.