The little things count: 5 SUP accessories that will change the way you paddle
Paddle boarding is a fun, active way to spend the day with family and friends. One of the best things about it is that you don’t need much training or experience to be able to enjoy the activity. In fact, all you have to do to get started is find a board and try your hand! However, you might not realise that there is also a huge range of SUP accessories out there to help make your time on the water more enjoyable. In this article, we pick out some of our favourite SUP accessories that you can use to improve your paddle boarding experience.
1. GET IT ON THE ROOF
Who says you have to pump up your SUP every time you go on an adventure? Leaving your board inflated and using a roof rack to transport it is an excellent way to cut down the time it takes to get out on the water. These self-inflating roof bars fit any car and includes everything required to fix your SUP in place, no need for roof rails and they fold down neatly in a carry bag when not in use!
2. PUMP IT UP
The standard manual pump that’s comes in your kit will always do a great job of inflating your SUP, but when pumping up more than one board this can become a real workout. This is where an electric pump comes into its own, allowing you to sit back and relax while the car does all the work! Simply plug in to a 12V socket.
3. SAFETY FIRST
Water can be unpredictable and, at this time of year, very cold. We always recommend that a buoyancy aid is worn whenever you paddle, and that you carry a phone in a waterproof case at all times. Never underestimate water. This Aquaplanet Buoyancy aid looks great, keeps you warm, has pockets for your phone and comes in three adjustable sizes.
4. LEVEL UP YOUR PADDLE
If you’re looking to get serious with your SUP, a paddle upgrade is a must. The difference in water control between a lightweight carbon and an aluminium paddle is unbelievable, and makes the perfect gift for any SUP fanatic this Christmas.
5. TAKE A SEAT
Why not paddle with a different point of view by converting your paddle board into a kayak? With a kayak seat and paddle you can simply clip the seat onto your board, sit down and relax!