Why build a quiver?

as with any equipment dependent sport such as SUP, skiing, or climbing, the concept of one, all-round tool is great, but hardly practical once the desire to progress sets in. just like a mechanic needs more than one wrench, the avid paddler will want to have multiple boards for a variety of water types. with the advent of high tech inflatable boards – offering unparalleled durability and performance – there’s more options than ever. as overwhelming as the selection may seem, it’s incredible what every shape/dimension can offer to enhance your paddling experience.

Visualize your environment…

your starting point is to know what type of water you’ll be paddling. the ability to roll up and travel with inflatables opens up a whole new world of water types: rivers (both flat and whitewater) lakes, and ocean surf are all easily accessible and can even share crossover between shapes. this is a key point, having a few different boards that can do dual duty will give you the most comfortable paddling range.

Find the boards to fill your vision…

the next step should be shape and size. there’s three main factors: length, width, and rocker. a big, wide board (HOSS) is usually stable, a narrow board (NASS) is usually fast, and a board (ATCHA) with a lot of rocker tends to be very maneuverable. keep in mind, a board can exhibit more than one of these characteristics. width combined with rocker creates a highly responsive yet stable feel. long length combined with a narrow profile creates speed.

Final touches…

for the final factor, HALA has made it easy. almost all the Hala boards use a very easy and interchangeable fin system. the side-bites are on a click-fin design that makes swapping them out super easy. the same fins fit multiple boards. the center fins are also interchangeable. a longer fin will create better tracking in flat water while a shorter fin is optimal for quick turns and maneuverability. some boards do have a whitewater specific center fin called StompBox™. this is a retractable design made for running very low water.

…putting it all together

here’s a few examples of how this works.

Modern Quiver


( fishing, expedition, whitewater, touring, racing )

the HOSS is a big, very stable board that can handle a variety of situations. on flat water you can fish, accommodate a second person, or even your dog. on whitewater it’s ideal for a bigger person wanting to run hard lines.

the NASS is a speed and touring machine that comes in two different lengths. use it to fly across the water and use the rigging for touring expeditions.  

a bigger person owning the HOSS and the NASS would have the best quiver for paddling fast with stability while running class IV. this quiver gives options for a variety of high level activity in just 2 boards.

Modern SUP1


( touring, surfing, yoga, and whitewater )

the PLAYA is a racing/ surfing ‘gun’ shape. on flat water it’s perfect for touring and speed. on a river it excels as a race board. on the ocean it’ll catch a wave with the best of them.

the ATCHA is designed mainly for river whitewater. on flat water it’s ideal for yoga and working out.

for myself, a 5’10”, 175lb dude, this quiver suites me best. an ATCHA and a PLAYA are the go-tos in my quiver as they provide me with the ability to race, surf, and my fav, run hard whitewater lines.

Modern SUP2

Hala’s got your QUIVER

like anything in life, once you dedicate yourself to it, the proper tools only enhance the experience. fortunately HALA has made this as easy as it can get. condition specific boards, unparalleled durability and R & D like no one else all create a lineup that sets the bar for inflatable SUPs. owning even just two boards gives a super wide range of conditions one can paddle while performing at a high level and increasing paddling skills. so get out there and pick up that second board today.


Written by Andy O’Brien


  • Bill Kinnison

    Hey Andy,
    I have a couple of touring iSUPs already & have really enjoyed being out on them & how tough they are. My background though is behind the boat. A wake sport boat in particular. I have some ballast on board, but not as much as the modern surf boats. And frankly I’m not about to sink the boat that much anyway. I’ve seen the videos of SUPs behind the boat on Youtube & really like the idea of having an inflatable SUP to wake surf, paddle etc off the boat. I think I have a pretty good feeling for what type of shape, size, rocker would be good (definitely NOT my touring board!), but have really not seen anyone online talking about this.

    Have you ever SUPped behind a boat before? What size & shape works for you?

  • Mary

    Very helpful when anyone is choosing a board o bviously knows what he’s talking about. Great articles

    • Hala Gear

      Hi Mary,

      Andy is awesome and definitely knows his stuff. Thanks for taking the time to read it and we are happy it was useful for you in choosing a board! If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to us at Hala and we would be happy to help you. Thanks!

  • Parker Ross

    How the the Hala Nass fair in deep whitewater? I’m not worried about stability. In a downriver whitewater race a faster longer board does well if you can hit the lines and stick em. Is it as tough as the atcha?

    • Hala Gear

      Hi Parker,

      Thanks for reaching out. The Nass 12’6 will do great in deep whitewater and will have better tracking in this environment than our Nass-T 14″ would. It is very maneuverable and you’ll definitely be able to stick your lines. We recommend using a 3″ or 4.5″ fin as opposed to the 9″ race fin for optimal maneuverability. Keep your eyes peeled for the launching of our 2017 line on our website, coming soon. You can check out our new 2017 Carbon Nass 12’6 for ultimate rigidity and performance. Thanks again Parker, if you have any further questions please feel free to contact us at SUP@halagear.com


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