Outfitting for Your Stand Up Paddle Board Excursion

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Outfitting for Your Stand Up Paddle Board Excursion

Embarking on a stand up paddle board journey is not just about having the right board, but also about wearing the right paddle board gear. Dressing appropriately and packing the right gear for your paddle board adventure can make or break your experience. You want to ensure you’re comfortable, protected and ready to tackle the waters or just post-up and relax. If you're keen on gearing up just right for your paddle board ride then you're in the right place! Follow our comprehensive guide below to ensure you're well-outfitted for an enjoyable paddling experience on your paddle board or SUP-kayak hybrid.


CHECK THE CONDITIONS

Before you jump onto your paddle boards, it's imperative to evaluate the weather and water conditions. Will the sun be blazing or is it a chillier day? Understanding the potentially changing weather for the duration of your excursion will inform you on packing your set-up optimally.


SAFETY FIRST

Personal Flotation Device (PFD) Life Jackets: Safety always comes first and a PFD is both a legal requirement in many areas and a smart choice for any water sport, especially when on your stand up paddle board.


Anchor Kit: When you find that perfect spot on the water, an anchor kit can keep you stationary, allowing you to chill or do yoga with ease.


Leash: An added safety feature while paddle boarding is to where a reliable leash. A leash will ensure you keep your inflatable paddle board or hard board close, especially in rougher waters.


WHAT TO WEAR

Paddle Board Pants or Shorts: It’s your choice depending on the conditions, either way opt for materials that are quick-drying and allow ease of movement. Athleisure wear is always great. Or even bundle up if it's a bit cold out and you're confident to not fall in

Sun Protection: Protect yourself and stay comfortable all day on the water, or any time you need personal shade, with the SunJoy UV Hoodie. Our moisture-wicking, anti-microbial fabric, and loose active fit will keep you focused on fun knowing you're covered, literally. It offers a snug shield against both the cool temps and the sun’s damaging rays ensuring a comfortable and safe excursion on the water to keep you out longer. 

Footwear: A good pair of water shoes will protect your feet and provide a good grip on the board, whether you're on Inflatable Paddle Boards or Hard Paddle Boards.


ACCESSORIZE WISELY

Sun Protection: Sunscreen is essential while outdoors to shield your skin from harmful UV rays and prevent sun damage. Our water hat is a favorite to keep you cool while protecting your face and neck from the UV rays. Along with sunglasses, a retainer strap and waterproof sunscreen you’ll keep the sunburn at bay.

Hydration Pack: Paddling is a workout; keep a hydration pack or a secured water bottle to stay hydrated. Make sure you bring enough water. Usually, during about 2 to 3 hours of activity, aim for around 17-20 ounces of water.


STORAGE SOLUTIONS

Bags: When embarking on a paddle boarding tour, having reliable storage solutions is paramount. Dry bags are a stellar choice to ensure your belongings and electronics remain dry and secure during your aquatic adventures. Also, don’t forget to protect your food and drinks as well on those hot, long touring days or picnic rendezvous with our Cooler Bag.


Now that you are in the know about how to kit-up for your paddleboard adventure, it's time to hit the waters with confidence on your stand up paddle board. Remember, the right gear will not only keep you comfortable and safe but also elevate your paddling journeys to the next level. So gear up, paddle out, and let the water adventures begin!


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