Paddleboarding is one of the most fun on water activities there is, but doing it safely does require a few extra pieces of equipment.
If you're shopping for someone new to the sport, they're going to need a PFD, a paddle, and everything else that goes with SUPing. There are a lot of options, but don't worry - CKS Online has brought our top gear picks for inflatable stand up paddleboarders this holiday season.
Our Top Six Must-Buy Items
1. Hala All-Water SUP Kit
Head straight to any water with Hala's new All-Water paddleboard kits. The boards themselevs are light-yet-tough without any compromises on quality. These SUP packages have everything you need for a fun day outside, including a travel rolling backpack, hand pump, and adjustable Leverlock paddle.
Even better? All Hala Kits come with a 5-year warranty, which is the best in the industry.
More Great Options: Hala Rado SUP Kit
2. Shred Ready iON Helmet
The iON helmet from Shred Ready is a fresh take on a classic design. Featuring a wide bill over the front of the helmet, the iON still comes in at a more affordable price than other helmets with this popular design.
More Great Options: Shred Ready Zeta [read our review here]
3. Hala SUP Paddle
A new paddle can change everything. Upgrade the SUP experience of your loved one and consider gifting them a Hala SUP Paddle.
The No-Twist™ clamp locks out water and grips to prevent twisting. This lightweight carbon high-strength shaft make this the most elite performance SUP paddle on the market.
Available with teardrop blade or a river blade (which has more surface area for bracing).
|There are many options that serve various
purposes, so we're here to break it all down for you!
4. Vew-Do Balance Board
For many paddlers in the USA, winter means frozen waterways, inclement weather, and generally unfriendly conditions for SUPing. A Vew-Do balance board is the perfect off season training tool to keep a paddleboarder busy in the offseason. By improving balance and engaging the same muscles you use to paddle, a balance board is ideal for the paddler who wants to stay in shape all year long.
5. Astral Airbelt PFD
The Astral AirBelt PFD is a lightweight, inflatable personal flotation device that is perfect for paddling when you don't want to be weighed down by gear. Weighing in at a mere 12 ounces, the Airbelt is worn like a belt. In an emergency, pull the yellow tab to create a floatation aid suitable to assist in an emergency. The low-profile, comfortable design makes this a must for flatwater paddlers who don't want to deal with a more bulky traditional PFD for casual paddling.
More Great Options: Astral YTV PFD [read our review here]
6. Watershed Ocoee Drybag
Simply put, the Watershed Ocoee is the best dry bag we have ever used. What makes it the best? The Ocoee contains Watershed's unique zipper system and the most durable materials on the market. Just the right size for lunch, a camera, and an extra layer, the Ocoee is ideal for paddleboarders who want to keep the essentials dry without bringing too much bulk.
For a SUP specific option, check out the Watershed GoForth. This is the same bag as the Ocoee but with a waist belt so you can wear the bag while paddling or hiking.
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To Help You Shop for Paddleboarders:
If your favorite paddler enjoys whitewater inflatable
paddleboarding, they would love any one of the
items on this list. Fully kitted means a lot of gear
added to the wishlist, help them get stocked with
this list of Gift Ideas for Paddleboarders.