My dad requested that I do a sail-less standup paddleboard video to show what s.u.p. is like from a first-person perspective. I managed to do that Monday evening, in some very small waves at Nahant Beach. The hardest part was getting over my embarrassment about wearing a helmet camera in plain view of multitudes of beachgoers, while doing a slow and mellow sport that clearly doesn't require a helmet. But thanks to my extensive prior life experience of being dorky, I was able to do it. Here's the video.
The board is a 9'8" 'Suppah Slippah' from Angulo, which has a sturdy core but a padded deck. It's shaped to be stable and to catch waves easily, and it's meant for beginner and intermediate paddlers who weigh 160 lbs or less. (There's a 10'8" version for people up to 196 lbs.) From my experience demo'ing the 9'8", I think it will also work for a bit heavier rider if they have surf or windsurf skills.