The odds are very good that you have seen one or two people using a stand-up paddleboard on the water where you live. This new water activity has been taking the world by storm, and not only is it a great workout for your entire body, it offers a new way to see things from the water. It is because of this popularity that companies are rushing around to get new products and accessories into stores for excited paddleboarders to purchase. If you are just getting started in the world of stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), these are just a few of the accessories that are considered a must have.
Inflatable PFD Pack
Being on the water can be so relaxing that even if you think that you are doing a pretty good job on your new paddle board, there is always the risk of a mishap. Having a personal floatation device, or PFD, is required as the Coast Guard considers your board a “vessel”. An inflatable PFD pack brings a certain style to stand-up paddle boarding and because it fits right to your body, it will not hinder your attempt to paddle board at all.
SUP Coil Leash
One of the most important accessories to have on the water is a coil leash. Even though a coil leash is not the first thing on the list when it comes to water safety, it will make things easier for you should you end up in the water and off your board. The coiled-style of the leash will keep your board from hanging in the water and getting caught on things that you might not be able to see just under the surface. Remember that while a coil leash is a must have for paddle boarders, it is not recommended for the paddle-surfers out there. Sizing tip: make sure that whatever coil leash you buy, it fits nice and tight around your calf muscle.
If you are standing on a paddle board, the odds are good that you are out in the sun. Because the sun can really pound into your skin when you are on the water, sunscreen is always a recommended accessory to have at all times. Of course, there are many to choose from, but in most cases, any sunscreen will help against the UV rays.
Have you ever been out on your paddle board and realized that you forgot something? You do not have a lot of places to store accessories when on the water, but that is where the SUPpocket comes into play. The small pockets are great for holding sunglasses, phones, water bottles and anything you might need for your trip.
Just because you are on the water, this does not mean you will not be walking on land again at some point. Be prepared and buy yourself some Indosole Shoes for when you make it back to land. These sandals are slip-on and are perfect for when you are launching your paddle board.
Just like with paddleboard reviews, all of these accessories will have reviews that you can read to get a better idea of what others think about the products before you make a purchase.