Many terms from our paddle board dictionary are known from surfing or other board sports and should help you to buy a paddle board. With us you will only find terms that are frequently used in connection with a paddle board.

Paddle Board Review – Small Paddle Board dictionary


All-Around Board: Paddle board which is suitable for several applications from shallow water to wave riding. You can find more details in the information about the paddle board selection.


Buoyancy: The force that makes the paddle board float.

Blade: Paddle-Blade. The end of the paddle board paddle that is used to paddle.

Bottom Turn: Curve in the wave trough and then ride against the wave again.


Carbon: Carbon fibre; special fibre with high strength used in paddle boards and paddle board paddles.

CFK: Plastic reinforced with carbon fibre.

Choppy: English expression for wind or choppy waves

Coil Leash: Spiral leash that does not drag in the water.

Cruising: comfortable paddling

Cut Back: Sharp turn on the crest of the wave

Cargo Loop: Brackets or eyelets on the board to attach something.

Crosie Step: Do running movement on the board forward or backward. In flat water paddle board e.g. to make a quick turn


Deck Pad: The PVC non-slip pad on the board.

Displacement hull: The shape is modeled after a boat hull and offers better gliding and straight-line stability, it cuts through the water.


Epoxy resin: Epoxy resin is used to produce particularly light laminate from glass fibre fabrics.

EPS: Foamed plastic (polystyrene). Also known as Styrofoam.


Fin: Plastic fin on the tail underside of the board, removable or glued. The board can be guided more controlled over the water by the paddler. Guide surface at the tail of the board which provides directional stability. The fins guide the board and reduce lateral drift, thus ensuring straight-line stability. Long Paddle boards have only one fin, while shorter Paddle boards usually have 3 or 4 fins.

Fin Box / Fin Box: Box on the paddle board underside to hold the fin in the board. The most common version for Paddle boards is the US-Box.

Foot: English unit of measurement in surfing. One foot corresponds to 30.5 cm


GFK: Abbreviation for glass fibre reinforced plastic


Handle: A recess in the middle for paddle boards or a loop for inflatable paddle boards. For transporting and lifting the board.


Inch: unit of measurement in surfing. One inch corresponds to 2.54 cm

iSUP / inflatable paddle board: Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board. The handling is slightly different from hardboards. They score points especially for transport, robustness and low risk of injury.


J-Stroke: Paddle cable which allows to keep the Paddle board directionally stable.


Edges: The edges of the boards are very different and fulfil different tasks. Straight, long rails let the board run straight ahead, the round curves make the board more agile.

Kickturn: Fast turn, which in combination with a crossstep allows you to run backwards and thus turn on the spot.


Lycra Shirt: Lightweight shirt that is designed to protect against the sun and hypothermia.

Leash: Fishing line that is attached to the tail of the paddle board. After the paddle the most important paddle board accessory.

Leash Box: An eyelet on the tail of the board where the leash is attached.


Neoprene: Foam with high thermal insulation, from which a suit is made Short description: Neo. An important paddle board accessory.

Nose: Tip of the Paddle board


Paddle: Necessary to move forward with a paddle board. Paddle board paddles are available in different materials like aluminium, fibreglass, carbon or wood.

Pintail: hatchback

Pivot Turn: See Kickturn

Power Face: The side of the paddle blade that builds up the pressure in the water. Often shaped as a light paddle and tilted forward.

Paddle board: Abbreviation for Stand-Up Paddling or Stand-Up Paddle.

Paddle Board Yoga: Yoga exercises on the Stand Up Paddle Board

paddle boarding in gusty winds


Raceboard: Paddle board for competitions with a narrow, stretched shape

Rocker: Bend the Paddle board upwards at the stern and the bow. Less rocker means increased speed, more rocker improves the steerability. When paddling stand up, the bend protects the nose from piercing,

Rail: Edge of the Paddle board.

Race Board: Board for fast gliding. Mostly the boards are over 12”, because longer boards simply run better – “length runs”.

Reach: The information about how far in front you are penetrating the water with your paddle. The first part of the paddle stroke is the most effective. The further forward the paddle is plunged into the water the faster you can paddle.

Ready to go: Are you ready for your first paddle board adventure? The perfect starter SET with paddle board, paddle and leash:


Shaft: part of the paddle board paddle between blade and handle

Set: Waves come in groups (sets) of larger and smaller breakers.

Shape: The shape of a Paddle board.

Stroke: Paddle pull


Tail: Tail of the Paddle board.

Touring: Paddling in flat water over longer distances – also with luggage.


Volume: The volume (air for inflatable paddle board) determines, in relation to the weight of the surfer, how much buoyancy the paddle board provides, i.e. also how much the board can carry, and thus also has an effect on its position in the water.


Wipe-out: Fall during extreme manoeuvres in waves (or other actions such as jumps)

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