Get Geared Up for Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Now that summer is here, the paddle boards are ready to be dusted off and hitting the water. In order to make sure you have everything you need to make the experience one of the best, we have rounded up some essential stand up paddle boarding gear, as well as some luxuries that will take your paddle boarding adventures to the next level.

iRocker Scuff Eraser XL

Don’t use the under the kitchen sink, dried up, old sponge to clean your SUP – that really doesn’t work anyway.  When iRocker has the Scuff Eraser XL available. This sponge makes removing scuff marks, dirt, stains, residue, mildew and algae a breeze. It is like a magic eraser, but built bigger for outdoor gear. If you want to keep your stand up paddle board looking new, be sure to pick up the iRocker Scuff Eraser XL and maybe even two as it works great on coolers, kayaks, canoes and plenty of other items as well. MSRP $12.99 irockersup.com

Jack Wolfskin Supplex Mesh Hat

We pull on the Jack Wolfskin Supplex Mesh Hat as our last piece of sun protection before hitting the water. The wide brim keeps the sun off our neck, ears, and face during paddling adventures. And we can cinch the chin cord tight to keep our portable shade from flying off if the winds pick up. With 40+ UV protection and soft, light SUPPLEX fabric, it’s protective and very comfortable to wear in hot sunny weather. MSRP $29.95 us.jackwolfskin.com

Seaview 180 Akumal Beach Towel

Like most microfiber towels, the Seaview 180 Akumal Beach Towel is highly absorbent and quick drying. Unlike most microfiber towels, this one has a soft and plush feel that’s super comfy next to the skin. Seaview also included a corner hang loop, so you can hook it on a tree while you’re out paddling and a cinch sack style mesh pouch that securely stores it while allowing it to dry. MSRP $39.99 seaview180.com

iRocker Anchor

If you are using your stand up paddle board to fish, do yoga or just chill out and float without wanted to be adrift, you will want to add the iRocker Anchor to your SUP gear kit. This all in one anchor system is in a class of it’s own. At 3.3 lbs. it is the perfect size for easy carrying and just the right weight to hold a SUP in place whether it is in sand, gravel, rocks and even mud. A stainless steel snap hook attaches the rope to any D-ring or handle on your board and then you are ready to anchor and float in place. The durable nylon storage case allows for simple and easy transporting, fits the anchor, 64′ feet of rope and the buoy. MSRP $44.99 irockersup.com

Sperry Sport Water Strider

For days in and out of the water, we like to slip on the Sperry Sport Water Strider. This all-purpose water shoe provides the right blend of cushioning, traction, and quick-drying performance you want for everything from an afternoon paddle boarding session to an evening by the water. The soft, cushioned EVA underfoot offers lightweight comfort when you’re on your feet for hours at a time, and it has vent holes that offer cooling comfort and help it dry rapidly. The Adaptive Wave-Siping technology gives the durable outsole excellent traction on wet surfaces so you don’t lose your footing when you’re in rough waters. Sizing tip: We recommend sizing a half to whole size down for a snug but comfortable fit. MSRP $54.95 sperry.com

Onyx MoveNT Life Jacket

Spend more time on the water in the comfort of the Onyx MoveNT Life Jacket. Designed for paddlers, it offers an array of features that enhance comfort so you’re in no rush to get back to shore. The sculpted flexible foam design conforms to your body and stays in place when paddling, so there’s no awkward pressure points or rubbing, and the MoveVent design allows excellent breathability so you’re not sweltering during hot summer days on the lake. Adjustable neoprene shoulder pads and side straps let you lock in the perfect fit, which is not only comfier but safer too. MSRP $59.99 irockersup.com

Patagonia Hydropeak Boardshorts

Patagonia Hydropeak Boardshorts does its part to keep us moving free and easy on our board, but it also does its part for the planet. This lightweight, quick-drying, four-way stretch board short boasts a recycled polyester blend and is Fair Trade Certified sewn which keeps us feeling good in and out of the water while considering mother nature. MSRP $69 patagonia.com

Blackstrap Brackish Hooded Top

Paddling on open water, cruising down rivers and relaxing on the shore all have one thing in common: strong UV rays. Our solution is the Brackish Top Hooded sun shirt from BlackStrap. Its lightweight 4-way stretch SUNsoft fabric, evaporative cooling attributes, and UPF 50+ rated protection with a full coverage hood keeps us comfortable in high heat and full sunlight, making sure nothing gets in the way of our perfect day on the water. MSRP $69.99 bsbrand.com

BOTE Inflatable Belt PFD

When the waters are calm, but we still want the safety of a PFD, we reach for the BOTE Inflatable Belt PFD. The belt’s low profile, deflated design stays out of the way when we’re busy getting after it on the SUP and it secures easily with a waist buckle that adjusts for a customizable, snug fit. Pull the red tab to engage pressurized CO2 if things go awry, and it transforms quickly into a buoyant bubble for us to stay afloat. The BOTE Inflatable Belt PFD’s sleek design packs in 29.5 pounds of buoyancy should we take an unanticipated spill off our board, and is able to be reused with a rearming kit. MSRP $88 boteboard.com

iRocker Electric Pump

If you are a regular SUP’er you likely already know the value of an electric pump and if you are not, purchasing an electric pump will not only save you time and effort, but will prove it’s worthiness the very first time you use it. Our go to for the last two years has been the iROCKER 12v electric pump, it has fit every board we have used and inflated each of them in under 15 minutes. So if you want to give your arms a break, pickup the iRocker Electric Pump and use the power of your car battery to inflate your craft. For power, it plugs into a cigarette lighter or has alligator clamps that connect securely to your battery’s terminals to deliver a smooth flow of air. Using it is incredibly simple, just set the electronic pressure gauge to your desired PSI and press start; once that PSI is reached, it will automatically stop and then you are ready to hit the water. There is also an optional battery pack, for when you are hiking your board into a hidden waterway where there is no vehicle power available. MSRP $129.99 irockersup.com

Bote Highwater Sling Pack 20L

Load up the Bote Highwater Sling Pack 20L before your paddle trip to keep your items nearby, organized, and dry. This 20L pack offers just enough room for a days worth of supplies, while the durable 100% nylon seam-welded construction and double-sided TPU coating handles wear and tear and fights off moisture to remain waterproof. The fully waterproof TIZIP® zipper helps maintain the waterproof performance as well as providing exceptionally easy access to gear. Once you get to the water the Highwater Sling Pack easily lashes to your vessel via multiple exterior lash points so that you can paddle with peace of mind knowing that everything inside is dry and secure. MSRP $165 boteboard.com

Costa Paunch

Canceling the water’s glare and providing 100% UV protection, the Costa Paunch Sunglasses keep our eyes protected and our stand up paddle boarding adventures headache free. Our views stay crisp behind the polarized lenses while the coating repels splashes and the textured Hydrolite rubber nose pads to keep these frames comfortable on our face. At the end of the day, the sleek design moves seamlessly from board to bar stool for those post paddle brews. MSRP $187 costadelmar.com

DryRobe Advance Long Sleeve

From frigid early morning water drop ins to cool rainy summer evenings, we stay toasty and dry in the DryRobe Advance Long Sleeve. The 100% recycled nylon waterproof and windproof outer shell repels wind and rain, while the super warm synthetic lining keeps you cozy without weighing you down. It can be used multiple times on the same outing before it even begins to feel wet or cold. Perfect for staying warm before paddling, warming up after paddling, taking a break from the water or even using it to cover up while changing. The DryRobe is really built for the rough and tumble active lifestyle and if you keep this stashed in your car, you will find that you use it for many more things far beyond just stand up paddle boarding. MSRP $215 dryrobe.com

Kula 2.5 Bucket Cooler

Whether your SUPing party calls for cold brews or happy punch the Kula 2.5 Bucket Cooler will be by your side to help you effortlessly keep all of your fellow SUPers hydrated. The 2.5 gallon capacity is well suited for groups, while the bucket design and superior insulation will ensure that the refreshments inside stay ice cold even in the scorching hot sun. The one hand lid latch keeps the lid securely shut and the tote handle helps you easily move it to any area. Kula has gone above and beyond with their Kula 2.5 Bucket Cooler. And not just because it has tons of bells and whistles, but because it does what a cooler needs to do with exceptional precision. From the thick walls, a gasket lid, and 2.5 gallons of storage, the Kula 2.5 keeps in the cold longer and better. With a tough shell, impressive insulation and a carrying handle, the Kula 2.5 Bucket Cooler is the ultimate companion for any summertime stand up paddle boarding adventures. MSRP $220 boteboard.com

Bixpy J-2 Outboard Motor Kit

Ready to take your SUP adventures to the next level? The Bixpy J-2 Outboard Kit will motorize your stand up paddle board with its innovative jet propulsion system. Consisting of the powerful Bixby J-2 Motor, the waterproof and wireless PP-378 Outboard Battery, and the Bixpy Flip and Lock Fin Adapter, this kit quickly and easily locks into your fin box to power your board without any effort. The motor itself runs for approximately 80 minutes at top speed and up to 12 hours at slower speeds and operates via wireless remote control with 12 forward speeds and three reverse speeds. At top speeds, the Bixpy J-2 motor will have you cruising on your board at about 4.5 MPH. The Bixpy Outboard Kit enables you to stay out longer, explore new waters, fish more or just get home effortlessly at the end of a long tiring day on the water. MSRP $1228.99 irockersup.com

Mark Ranum: Mark is an outdoor adventure seeker, living in the beautiful state of Michigan. He loves trekking hundreds of miles through the wilderness, whether on two feet or two wheels, always looking for the next new trail or road to see where it will take him.
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