The most popular question I’ve been asked this year…what do I take SUPing or what board would you recommend?
So, here’s my top 5 essentials for getting on the water.
1. A SUP!
Your SUP board, of course, is essential if you want to go for a paddle on the water. You might be fortunate to own your own either inflatable or hardboard. Or you might be heading somewhere you can hire one.
I bought my Fanatic Fly Air Premium 10’8” for £475 from the lovely Lucy at SUPFit at the end of her season teaching back in 2016. Brand new it would retail about £840. I would recommend an inflatable as it’s easy to transport & store if you don’t have loads of room at home. They’re also super quick to inflate – I can pump mine up in about 5 minutes.
Other brands I’d recommend checking out: Red Paddle, Naish, Starboard & O’Shea.
There are a variety of boards and prices out there – I guess you need to think how long do you want to keep your SUP for?
2. Waterproof Bum Bag
To keep your car keys, sun cream & money for a drink if you SUP to a local pub or even your lippie as you never know who you might meet!
£8.95 on Ocean Earth Watersports
3. Waterproof mobile phone case
If you want to make your friends envious by taking lots of photos of you SUPing on the water, then a waterproof mobile phone case is pretty handy & can hang from your neck.
Mine was a gift from Yosh & only cost £5.89.
4. Surf Leggings
In the winter I wear a wetsuit, booties & gloves, & in the summer I’d wear a bikini & sports clothing.
One of my fave things to wear are surf leggings & I love my 1mm pair from Roxy I picked up a few years ago.
If you google Roxy surf leggings a variety will pop up.
5. Can of something cheeky
When I was last on the water, my friend & I decided the only thing missing was a G&T or one of those M&S cocktails in a can to make the moment even more perfect or a small can of cider is the perfect way to end a SUP.
So, what are your essentials for going out on the SUP? Anything you can’t live without? Would love to hear what you think.