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12'6" board to big for 10 year old?
« on: June 03, 2019, 02:00:57 PM »
I want to upgrade my daughter's board from a cheap soft top to a touring board.   We live on a lake so paddling will almost exclusively be flat water.  Problem is I can't find any kid sized touring boards.  I can find 12'6" boards that are nice but don't want to try buying one if it'll be too hard to handle for her. What do you guys get for the kids who want to paddle more than short distances?

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Re: 12'6" board to big for 10 year old?
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2019, 03:11:23 PM »
Interesting, Im dealing with this right now. My two girls who are eleven are graduating from their 84 to something bigger. One has her eye on my old NSP 11 board, and that will be a little large for her.  The other I dont have a board for yet.

I was looking at maybe a Bic 92, but there are a lot of other boards that will work. I think a 126 is large for a ten year old girl. Im saying this because I have one, and its big for the kids. There are 1011 foot flat water boards out there, even raceboards for kids. It all depends on how much you want to spend. One suggestion is the Bic Wing 11. I dont think Bic is selling it under its own brand now but SIC and Oxbow (both owned by Bic) are. You can probably get a used one pretty cheaply too. Bic made a bunch of them. Theyre also made with the Ace-  Tec construction which is more impact resistant than most. Bic also has a 10 Cross board of the same construction. Its slower than the Wing but a fine casual board.

Keep us posted. If I see any other models that will do you well, I will post.
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Re: 12'6" board to big for 10 year old?
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2019, 03:18:06 PM »
So I run a kids race team out Northern California. A 12'6 x24 or anything narrower is fine for any kids that wants to race or paddle around. My 9 year old daughter is on a custom 12'6x20 infinity blackfish.

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Re: 12'6" board to big for 10 year old?
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2019, 03:20:42 PM »
12'6x20

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Re: 12'6" board to big for 10 year old?
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2019, 03:25:37 PM »
Where are you located? Here in SoCal there are a ton of kid size touring / race boards available. When my daughter was 10 she'd paddle anything and have fun. She did her first race when she was about 13. She raced a 12'6 by 25" wide race board on a lake no problem. It was her first race. I wouldn't just get her a board for now. A 12'6 she could grow into. There are 10' and 11' touring boards around that are designed for lighter people, but they are hard to re-sell.

Total girl racer..
https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/spo/d/san-diego-stand-up-paddleboard-sup/6902952509.html

Cheap touring and stable..
https://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/spo/d/carlsbad-stand-up-paddle-board-sup-tour/6901453016.html

Perfect for now, but a tough re-sale..
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/spo/d/san-juan-capistrano-youth-stand-up/6886268776.html
same with this one
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/spo/d/laguna-hills-sup-9-6-sup-atx-stand-up/6886179632.html






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Re: 12'6" board to big for 10 year old?
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2019, 03:45:39 PM »
I want to upgrade my daughter's board from a cheap soft top to a touring board.   We live on a lake so paddling will almost exclusively be flat water.  Problem is I can't find any kid sized touring boards.  I can find 12'6" boards that are nice but don't want to try buying one if it'll be too hard to handle for her. What do you guys get for the kids who want to paddle more than short distances?

where are you located? how much are you looking to spend?

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Re: 12'6" board to big for 10 year old?
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2019, 03:48:57 PM »
Hi Inland

Sunova makes a wonderful kids board  10'6 x 22
very light and easy to handle
Easy price as well.

We have some in stock in the US.
It can be at your house in 7-10 days

Click my email below for more info, or to order


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Re: 12'6" board to big for 10 year old?
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2019, 04:14:42 PM »
A narrow, light 12'6" is great for kids who want to paddle fast, most of the really good Big Winds race kids started on them. For just messing around, anything works. I assume you're saying "touring" because you want to give her something with some performance. Flat out race boards do that, and if your kid is short and light then they won't be unstable.

First time I raced with Fiona Wylde she was on some skinny 12'6. I almost beat her. Of course she was probably ten or something, but still...
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Re: 12'6" board to big for 10 year old?
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2019, 06:00:10 PM »
I'm grappling with the same questions for my 9yo son. Hard to know how much to spend to see if he's really interested.

There's a craigslister in Burien, WA, selling a 10'6" Starboard All Star with Jr. Paddle for $750. Also a Zoner in forum Classifieds selling a kid's 404 race board (9'?) in Dana Pt, CA for <$400. Those boards looks slick to me, but a 12'6 probably has higher resale and are easier to find.
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Re: 12'6" board to big for 10 year old?
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2019, 06:55:28 PM »
A 126 board that is under 25in wide will be great for any child. They are easy to find. I have bought and sold several kid size birds in the last year. I have 35 kids on my team. The issue with buying a 10 or a 11 foot board is that they will put grow it with in a year or two. And if they do want to race they will be at a disadvantage on a smaller board.

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Re: 12'6" board to big for 10 year old?
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2019, 06:41:25 AM »
like pono said--narrow and light

great pic, skate--very cool

and dont forget paddle--might even be more important than the details of a board
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Re: 12'6" board to big for 10 year old?
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2019, 10:29:27 AM »
like pono said--narrow and light

great pic, skate--very cool

and dont forget paddle--might even be more important than the details of a board

A quality kids paddle is equally as important. Black project has the grom.

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Re: 12'6" board to big for 10 year old?
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2019, 11:03:45 AM »
nice!  sure looks like all's working nicely with your grom!

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Re: 12'6" board to big for 10 year old?
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2019, 05:38:38 PM »

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Re: 12'6" board to big for 10 year old?
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2019, 06:23:36 PM »
Good point about the paddle. Any favorites besides the Black Project Grom?
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