Stephanie Myers

Stephanie Zalucha
Growing up in Michigan on the Great Lakes, Stephanie has a passion for the water and gets hooked on any water sport that allows her to appreciate her surroundings. When it's windy, she kiteboards but otherwise, SUP is her go-to activity. When the water freezes over, she prefers snowboarding/snowkiting but most of all, traveling to warmer locations. .
  • NAME: Stephanie Myers
  • HOME TOWN: Traverse City, MI
  • BEST SURF TRIP: Maui and French Polynesia. I learned to surf on Maui (better for learning than Great Lakes which I'm still working on and yes, we have waves!) and it's also great for kiting. My favorite place to SUP is Moorea and Bora Bora. It's a flatwater paddler's paradise and there are waves if you can get to them!
  • BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: An amazing group called "Women's SUP Night" which I started in 2011 and am thankful to have in my life! In SUP, winning my age group in the TC Waterman SUP Race and placing 2nd overall. Also, catching my biggest freshwater wave on a SUP, not bailing, and being told by one of the "grandfathers" of that spot that I got the wave of the day!
  • SHOUT OUTS: My husband, Matt, who is my co-adventurer in life and taught me to surf and kite, Roxy keeps me warm, Liquid Force - who supports my husband, and ISLE!!!!!


Knowing the volume of your sup is important in that it relates to your weight and what amount of volume is required to support your weight.

The metric system tells us: 1 liter of volume will float 1kg of weight.

However the amount of volume needed is relative to weight & skills. Thus we multiply a Skill Level Factor x our Weight in kilograms to get a recommended Volume in liters.

Skill Level Factor for Beginner = 2.0

Skill Level Factor for Intermediate = 1.7

Skill Level Factor for advanced = 1.3

Use this simple formula to find your target volume

(your weight in lbs x .44) x Skill Level Factor = Target Volume (Liters)

Example: You are a beginner looking at boards and you weight 195lbs. What volume is right for you?

(195lbs x .44) x 2 = 175

Board Volume (Liters) = 175

If you are a beginner rider and you weigh 195lbs. Your board should have a volume of at least 175 Liters to support your weight.

Suggested Weight

We use the boards volume to compute how much weight each board can support for a given skill level.

These are general suggestions and other factors such a width and thickness determine how the board will support your weight.

As an example:

The 9'6 Classic has 127 liters of volume.

The suggested weight chart shows:

As a beginner your weight should not exceed 141 lbs

As an intermediate rider your weight should not exceed 166 lbs

As an advanced rider your weight should not exceed 217 lbs