12 Paddleboards and Accessories You Didn't Know You Needed
Hit the water in style with these stand-up paddleboards and accessories you or the SUPer in your life will love.
Since it first made (modern) waves in Hawaii in the early 2000s, stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP, has been one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. You don't need a large body of water to enjoy it, and it can be as relaxed or intense as you make it. Rank beginners can quickly get the hang of it, and it's being considered as an Olympic sport. If you're a SUPer, these fun products bring some chill to hot paddling days (or some warmth to cold days).
Tote your float with the Compact Inflatable SUP from Red Paddle Co. At just under 10 feet, it's the smallest SUP on the market. That allows it to pack down into its backpack for hiking or easily fit into the trunk of your car. Made for intermediate to advanced paddleboarders, it folds down the middle and rolls tight and is as tough and sturdy as it is compact. The entire package weighs only 27.9 pounds, including the pump and five-piece high-modulus carbon paddle. The Compact's three fins are detachable and can be replaced or switched out with other performance designs.
BUY IT: Backcountry, $1,889
Take your tunes to go as you go with the flow with the SUPSmart Speaker. This water-resistant, five-watt speaker attaches to your board via a suction cup and connects to your media device and phone via Bluetooth so you can still make that important conference call when playing hooky. Clear sound and thumping bass take the party to the water.
BUY IT: Amazon, $69
Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink? Not with LifeStraw's Go Water Filter Bottle. Fill the bottle with any freshwater you're SUPing on, attach the lid and filter, and hydrate away worry-free. LifeStraw's two-stage filtration removes 99.9999-percent of bacteria, pesticides and everything else you wouldn't want to drink. It has a lifetime of 1,000 liters, weighs just 5.9 ounces and holds 22 ounces of water.
BUY IT: Amazon, $36.85
Feel the burn in your muscles and not on your skin with the Columbia PFG Terminal Tackle Hoodie, a lightweight, quick-drying hoodie that offers all-day sun protection. Flip the hoodie over your cap to protect your neck and ears even if it gets wet. This is a great option when reapplying sunscreen is a hassle or where certain types of sunscreen are prohibited.
BUY IT: Columbia, $40
This 11-foot inflatable SUP comes with everything you need to get on the water. The Performer 11 sets up in about five minutes and rolls up into a backpack for storage. Its 34-inch width makes for a stable paddle along with its triple-fin design. The entire system weighs 40 pounds when packed into its 35-inch-tall bag, so it can fit into smaller vehicles or be toted to lakes and rivers. Durable construction stands up to abuse, and shock cord on the bow secures gear.
BUY IT: Amazon, $495.98
Carry cameras, drones, phones and anything else you don't want to get wet in Red Paddle Co.'s Stand-Up Deck Bag. Using YKK Aquaseal zippers the bag keeps your gear safe in its 22-liter hold. Three external mesh pockets secure water bottles, and its daisy chain and shock-cord straps allow other items and bags to be attached to it.
BUY IT: Amazon, $199
Can't decide between kayaking and paddleboarding? Enjoy the best of both worlds with the Perception Hi-Life. This hybrid craft has seating like a kayak and a deck for paddleboarding, allowing you to mix up your adventure. The 11-foot board has a raised seat for smooth, comfortable paddling and a low profile to make climbing aboard in the water simple. Plenty of deck space allows for multiple passengers and pets.
BUY IT: Amazon, $799
The SUP-Now Paddleboard Sling makes carrying your awkward board a breeze. Adjustable to accommodate boarders of all heights, this sling has a thick, padded shoulder strap and Velcro straps that also carry your paddle. An included detachable mesh bag holds personal items.
BUY IT: Amazon, $21.99
Snuggle up in Red Paddle Co.'s warm Changing Coat after coming off the water into the chilly air. Fleece lining keeps you cozy, and the breathable outer softshell keeps the elements out while allowing the interior to dry. Thermal layers keep heat in while letting moisture out. Large buttons and chunky YYK zippers make fastening easy, even with gloves or cold fingers. Large, fleece-lined hand pockets warm hands, and a chest pocket holds personal items.
BUY IT: Amazon, $131.35
Stay safe on the water with Dakine's Inflatable Life Preserver that wraps around your waist with a low profile until you (hopefully never) need it. The U.S. Coast Guard-approved, Type V device inflates with a CO2 cartridge with the pull of its cord. The durable airbag repacks into its pouch, and after replacing the cartridge, you're ready for your next paddle.
BUY IT: Backcountry, $99.95