Suggestions? I weigh 200 pounds and am thinking of packing a 20 pound cooler full of root beer and sandwiches, is there an 8 footer with 200+ liters of flotation and durable enough to take a tumble at 20 knots? Not especially enamored of how long this dura tec bic 11 4 is but I can't find anything shorter with enough flotation.
And what is this "swell" you speak of?
Great Lakes Kiter
Let me tell you have one trip I want to do, start out in Lake Erie, kite up the channel thru the Detroit skyline anchor the SUP on Belle Isle, unpack the twintip, kite upwind a bit and ride for a while under the ambassador bridge, then go back to the SUP, ride up to Metro beach, join the rest of the crew at Metro, and finally get a ride back to my car.
With a SUP if I get into a wind shadow I can pack up the kite, and paddle until I get some wind and then relaunch.