Beginners: We've either been them, or know them.
Set them up for success – They're going to want gear that will last and last.
Shop our collection of Great Paddlesports Gifts for Beginners.
Our Top 7 Must-Buy Items
1. Hala Gear All Water Paddleboard Kit
Beginners want their paddleboarding adventures to beas easy and hassle-free as possible. That's why Hala has expertly designed their All-Water Full Package SUP Kits to contain everything to get out and paddle.
The only thing that's left is planning the next adventure!
Do they already have a SUP? Read about SUP Paddle Upgrades >>
2. Level Six Duke Drytop
If your beginner paddler want to extend their paddling season and you don't want to break the bank, consider the Level Six Duke Drytop. The Duke offers an excellent water protection at an affordable price. Keeping their torso dry will help keep them warm, giving them more energy to play on the water and get their skills dialed in. Pair the Drytop with Hydroskin neoprene shirt and pants and get out on the water during the shoulder seasons!
3. Astral Water Shoes
The moment a paddle goes from a pair of neoprene booties to soled Astral Water Shoes is a big one.
Since 2002, Astral has offered top of the line paddling gear, including their lightweight, quick drying water shoes that have grippy soles and are ultra comfortable.
4. WRSI Helmet
Know someone that wants to upgrade from their outfitter helmet?
WRSI helmets score highly in both style and safety! With an interconnected retention system on all WRSI helmets that tightens the chin strap when pressure is applied to the underside of the brim, you can be confident that these helmets will stay firmly in place.
5. Astral YTV PFD
There's a point where we all need to upgrade from our department store mesh-back lifejacket. Enter Astral YTV PFD.
The YTV packs two zippered pockets and plenty of floatation.
6. Watershed Ocoee Drybag
There's one thing all beginners must learn: Make sure you have your keys at the takeout.
A Watershed Ocoee Duffel Drybag is a great, small starter pack for those just getting into whitewater trips. Can fit everything you'd need for a quick float.
7. NRS Bill's Bag
When maximum space and ultimate durability are a must, look no further than the classic NRS Bill's Bag. These can pack everything your paddler needs (and then some) for their first overnighter. This pack is exceptionally easy to carry to camp comfortably on their back.