b'STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDSBote Flood Aero 11\' $799The rugged, inflatable Flood Aero is a floating base camp. Blowing it up took six minutes, and the single touring fin required only seconds to install. On flatwater it paddled smoothly and didnt feel wobbly despite the six-inch thickness, which puts the paddler relatively high off the water but adds rigidity. The extras really make this 32-inch-wide board shine. Botes line of pur pose-built accessories (coolers, racks, rod holders) transform it into a full-featured touring or fishing rig, while hooks for a shoulder strap ($40) and three handles make for easy carrying. An on-deck Velcro strap allows you to rest your paddle without worry when you reach for a snack or pause for a photo. NSP DC Surf Wide 8\'7" $1,399For the DC Surf Wide, NSP set a strong, lightweight coconut-husk mat atop a 32-inch-wide board thats stable, responsive, and zippy. This 18-pound steed caught three-foot waves at a central California point break with ease. It maneuvered fast-moving sections like a much shorter SUP, thanks to its shortboard-inspired shape, square tail, and five-fin setup. The single-to-double-concavebot tomyields good acceleration even on soft waves. The rockered nosehandles steep drops, and the dia - mond-patterned deck pad is grippy through hard carves. NSPsells narrower surf SUPs, but the DC Surf Wide is a solid choice for big riders or folks looking to step down from a longer board. 14OUTSIDEBUYERSGUIDE2020 | FLOATSBG20_FLOAT_GOYSUPS_rlsd_448489.indd 14 3/30/20 8:15 PM'