If you or your kin are into inflatable standup paddleboarding, you know you should bring more than just the SUP to do it right. Wondering what the best paddleboard accessories are this year? We've highlighted our favorite SUP accessories to help you with ideas for gifts and great times on the water.
Show them you care [and do a little self care] by making sure you have the right SUP safety accessories on the water. Some are required and some are optional, but all are rad and will keep you protected.
Sweet Protection Elbow + Knee/Shin Pads
| You've maybe heard
the joke that it’s not
really called stand up
your favorite paddler
the protection he or
she needs before they
need it. Your elbow
isn’t stronger than
that rock, and
neither is theirs!
|A quick(ish) story about my first time
river SUPing: It was early April and
I was cruising down the Yampa River
at a pretty good pace. I was having
a grand ole time until we got to a
confluence. A lateral wave knocked
me sideways. Instead of falling on
my board, I cartoonishly stumbled
backwards and eventually crashed
into the water, where a massive rock
was hiding under the surface.
This rock not-so-gently kissed the
thinnest, weakest part of my knee:
Big smooch straight on my kneecap.
Knee pads can save you thousands
of dollars in medical money and
hours and hours of PT time, kids.
|A PDF or life jacket is required
on most waterways in most states.
Sure you can have a lame one,
but having a cool one with cool
pockets and features is even better
[and could save your life].
Type III PFDs are best for whitewater
adventures. These PFDs surround
the wearer with floatation. They
are made to keep you afloat in
more turbulent water.
Make sure you have the right fit -
the US Coast Guard calls the fit
"Comfortably Snug." You should
be able to have someone lift
you by the shoulder straps out
of the water if necessary.
Protect that Noggin'
Nuff said. Shop all Helmets here but below are some of our favorites.
|Shred Ready Standard
Full Cut Helmet
High Pressure Pump
Save your muscles for your paddle, rather than hand pumping get an Outdoor Master Shark II High Pressure Pump and just plug it in and chill while your SUP inflates. I can think of things I'd rather do in the parking spot pre-paddle than pump up my SUP.
Dry Bags: Something for everythingYou don't have to leave it at home. You can take anything you can fit on your SUP - as long as you have the right dry bags!
||When I know I’ll be out for a
day-long paddle, I usually bring
my Watershed Ocoee with me.
I can fit my phone, extra layers,
a hat, sunscreen, and several
snacks easily inside this waterproof
bag. This bag fits easily on the
front of the board and is small
enough to not get in the way or
impact performance while on
the water. Carrying a drybag
with you is also a great way to
ensure you will have your keys
with you at the takeout.
| Sea to Summit and NRS make
huge selections of dry bags to fit
your water adventure storage needs and
Dry Boxes (from Pelican) are another
great storage solution for you SUP.
You can use carabiners and your SUP's
bungee cords and D-Rings to rig your
bags and boxes to your paddleboard.
Always Rigged to Flip - just in case
Do more with Dry Wear + SPF gear
Some of our favorite drysuits on the market are the Immersion Research 7Figure Drysuit [for guys] and Level Six Freya [for gals]. If you want to extend your SUPing season, you will definitely want a drysuit - full stop.
Another piece of apparel we love is our SPF wear, these protect your precious skin cells under the sun. They're great when it's cool out but especially when it's hot out on the river, because you can dunk your shirt in the water for an instant cool vibe.
NRS Men's H2Core
Level Six Oasis
Other goodies they [you] will love
Get a Knife!
If you wear a leash, you must wear a knife. Here are a couple we like!
|NRS Pilot Knife||NRS Co-Pilot Knife||NRS Green Knife|
You can replace your center fins and your side bite click fins on your Hala Gear SUPs. This means riders can modify their ride for low water, surfing, better tracking, the options are pretty limitless!
Swap your Center Fin!
Hala 8" Center Fin
Low water, No problem!
New this year!
Hala Pocket Fin
It’s always helpful to have a set of these in your PFD in case you need to swap out a click fin quickly!