As the standup paddleboarding (SUP) community grows, more products and accessories are being designed to enhance the SUP experience. The SUP gear like the paddle board and paddle (of course), leash, PFD are your essentials, but you don’t have to paddle with only the bare minimum. Whether you’re new to the sport or you’re looking to upgrade your paddling experience, you can use some SUP accessories for your enjoyment.
Today, no adventure is complete without any photos and/or videos. Whether you’re in the surfs or in the tranquil lake waters, the scenery begs to be photographed while you’re in action. With the GoPro Hero 5, you can capture quality photos and videos on your every ride. With a single press of the shutter button, you can turn on the camera and start recording automatically. It gives you stunningly smooth videos with its amazing stabilization abilities, whether it’s hand-held or mounted to your gear. This is a high-performance, waterproof (up to 33 ft.) camera that can create 4K videos and 12MP photos in single, burst and time lapse modes.
Looking to take your iPhone or any smartphone with you for your next paddling trip? Smartphones can keep you connected with people in the mainland, take photos and videos, help you map out a new route, or use certain apps that are helpful for travelers and adventurers like you. It’s easy to take your phone out in the waters with this waterproof phone case. This can fit all smartphones up to 6.0” and has clear windows on both front and back sides. Its secure snap-and-lock system ensures that your smartphone will not be in touch with water. This even comes with a neck strap so you can carry it conveniently while SUPing.
When paddleboarding for longer distances and time, staying hydrated is very important, especially if you’re under the sun. Bringing a bottle of water or some drinks is important, and to make it easier for you, the SUPBUDDY Water Bottle Holder will sit securely on board and keeps your drink stay nice and cold. Its base can stick to just about any smooth, hard surface with its super strong suction cups, assuring you that your bottle will stay in place above your board.
Avoid skin problems as you travel around and experience the great outdoors. This Sun Beater sunscreen has SPF40 with BanxBlock’s water- sweat-resistant formula. BanxBlock is a natural sunscreen brand formulated by a plastic surgeon for people with active lifestyles. The amazing thing about this sunscreen is that it also works as an insect repellant, so you can stay safe from ticks, mosquitos, fleas and gnats.
On SUP destinations, theft has become more common, so don’t just leave your investment lying around unattended. Protect your SUP board and gear with this board lock. This lock uses swiveling “jaws” that attach to you leash plug bar, and works like a bike lock. It features a high-strength, corrosion-resistant stainless steel parts. It allows you to secure your board to stationary objects like a park bench, a bike rack, a roof rack, a lamp post, a tree or anything.
This SUP Anchor Kit from SurfStow can help you stabilize your board when you want to anchor it and simply stay in an area. Having an anchor while you’re paddling to calm and shallow waters brings additional possibilities to your SUPing, as you can practice yoga or go fishing while you’re on your paddle board. This anchor can go down to depths of 15 feet, and can grip in bottom conditions such as rock, gravel, sand and mud.
Sometimes, it becomes tiresome to lug around an SUP board because it’s huge. For a quick and hassle-free way to bring your SUP from one place to another, use the Apex SUP Dolly. It is made of high-strength aluminum and two durable EVA foam wheels, making it tough and versatile enough to pull your SUP gear over different terrain on your way to the waters. It’s also rust- and corrosion-free, so you can be assured that it will last long even if you park it near fresh or salt water.
If you want to experience SUPing at night, you need to provide appropriate lighting. SUPing at night can be relaxing and eye-opening, and with SurfStow Supglo Underwater light, you can light up your paths, as well as the waters below, giving you a great view of the aquatic life underneath. It can be attached under the board with heavy-duty suction cup mounts, and is submersible up to 20 meters. This underwater light features extra bright LED lighting that can perform 5 functions: circular light, blinking light, forward-projected light, rear-projected light, and 4-corner direction task light.