Basic Guide for What to Bring Paddle Boarding

Embarking on a stand-up paddleboarding adventure, especially if it's your maiden voyage, can feel like navigating uncharted waters. Fear not, for Sam Tyler, our resident SUP safety guru, has crafted the ultimate checklist to ensure your first paddleboarding experience is nothing short of spectacular.

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Key Highlights

  1. Clothing Essentials for SUP: Importance of choosing attire that balances comfort, protection, and functionality for paddleboarding. Recommendations include swimsuits, light shirts, hats, sunglasses, and water shoes.
  2. SUP Gear Checklist: A beginner-friendly list covering everything from the board to safety and convenience items like life jackets, ankle leashes, SUP pumps, and waterproof bags.
  3. Accessories for Convenience and Fun: Highlighting extra items that enhance the paddleboarding experience, including coolers, anchor poles, seats, and the joy of bringing a dog along for the adventure.
  4. Embarking on Your SUP Adventure: Encouraging beginners to start their paddleboarding journey with confidence, knowing they have everything needed for a safe and enjoyable experience.

Gear Up: Clothing Essentials for SUP

Choosing the right attire for your paddleboarding escapades is crucial. Your outfit should strike a balance between comfort, protection, and functionality. Here's what we recommend for those warm, sunny days on the water:

  • Swimsuit: Opt for what feels right—be it board shorts, bikinis, or a one-piece. Consider layering with light athletic shorts for added sun protection.
  • Light Shirt: A breathable, long-sleeve shirt or rash guard will shield you from the sun's rays without weighing you down.
  • Hat: A full-brimmed hat or your favorite cap is indispensable for face protection against the sun.
  • Sunglasses: Polarized shades are your best bet to reduce glare and keep your eyes shielded.
  • Footwear: Water shoes or sandals are essential not just for the journey from shore to water but also for potential underwater explorations.

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What to Bring: SUP Gear Checklist

Stepping onto your board with confidence starts with packing the right gear. Here's a beginner-friendly list to get you started:

  • Paddle Board: Whether it's the versatile O2 Retro or the expedition-ready Quest, select a board that resonates with your paddling aspirations.
  • SUP Pump: Choose between the convenience of an electric pump and the quiet operation of a manual hand pump.
  • Life Jacket: Essential for safety, check local regulations to ensure compliance and peace of mind.
  • Ankle Leash: A crucial piece of equipment to keep your board close, especially in open waters.
  • Cell Phone: For emergencies, navigation, or capturing those unforgettable moments. Remember to waterproof it!
  • Waterproof Bag: Protect your valuables from water with a reliable dry bag or simple ziplock bags.
  • Sunscreen and Bug Spray: Non-negotiables for your comfort and protection against the elements.
  • Water and Snacks: Stay energized and hydrated to fully enjoy your paddleboarding experience.
  • Whistle: A compact, yet powerful tool for signaling in emergencies.
  • Rope: Handy for securing your board or tethering to fellow paddleboarders during breaks.


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  • Cooler: Glide makes an incredible cooler that also can double as a seat! The Glide Cooler is available in multiple colors.
  • Anchor PoleThe Anchor Pole is perfect for staying in one spot or being used as a push pole.
  • Paddle Board SeatWant to add a seat to your board without the cooler then this is a perfect option.
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And my favorite accessory for paddle boarding!  

A dog: Nothing is better than spending a day on the water with your dog. Make sure to check out this article on having a SUP Pup adventure.

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Setting Sail: Embarking on Your SUP Adventure

As you venture into the captivating world of SUP, this checklist is your starting point. With each outing, you'll fine-tune your preferences and discover what works best for you. Whether you're curious about mastering the basics or eager to explore the finest inflatable paddleboards on the market, Glide is here to support your journey.

For further insights into paddleboarding or to secure your very own Glide Inflatable Paddle Board, reach out to us at or call 888-927-9405. Here's to smooth sailing and unforgettable adventures on the water!

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