The spring issue of SUP magazine features our first ever Board Guide–a comprehensive rundown of some of the industry’s best rides. So what if this is your first SUP? How do you choose the size, shape and style of your precious new toy? We solicited lifelong shaper and waterman Brian Szymanksi to give us his thoughts. The Starboard designer issued some sound advice. So much so that a shop owner even asked if we could PDF the article and send it to him so he could pin it up in his board room for customers. Here’s Szymanski’s take on that all-important first step. Check out the spring issue of SUP magazine on newsstands now or buy it at the SUPthemag.com homepage.