Winter Paddle Boarding Tips

Wait what you can paddle board in the winter? Yes you can! And if you follow some basic safety practices it is very fun and rewarding.  And yes you can use your your inflatable paddle board in freezing temps no problem at all, its not going to deflate, and its also not going to "pop" when you get it back someplace warm.

Key Highlights

  1. Self-Learning SUP: Dive into the accessible world of paddleboarding with our step-by-step guide to teaching yourself. From board positioning to basic strokes, we cover all you need to get started.
  2. When to Consider Lessons: While self-teaching is viable, discover scenarios where taking SUP lessons can enhance your experience, including group activities and skill advancement.
  3. Winter Paddleboarding Tips: Explore the enchanting experience of winter paddleboarding with our safety and enjoyment tips, including weather awareness, dressing appropriately, and selecting the right gear.
  4. Gear and Safety Essentials: Learn about the must-have equipment for any paddleboarding adventure, focusing on the importance of PFDs, leashes, and the right attire to keep you safe and comfortable.
  5. Embrace the Journey: Whether it’s your first time on a board or you’re venturing into the magical winter waterways, we emphasize the joy and freedom of paddleboarding, encouraging community support through shared experiences.

Winter paddleboarding might seem a bit daring for some, but here at Glide HQ in SLC, UT, where the temperatures drop and the days grow shorter, we find it absolutely exhilarating. Contrary to what many might think, paddling through the colder months isn't just doable; it's an enchanting experience that borders on magical, especially after a fresh snowfall. For those who've never ventured out on their SUP in winter, imagine the serene beauty of gliding over a silent, snow-covered waterway—it's a scene straight out of a fairy tale.

Embrace Winter Paddleboarding: Tips for a Safe & Magical Experience

Winter Paddle Boarding

Tip 1: Keep an Eye on the Weather

Winter conditions can be unpredictable, so monitoring the weather before heading out is crucial. Ideal conditions include calm winds since wind is the arch-nemesis of paddleboarders, potentially pushing you away from shore. While snow can add a layer of enchantment to your paddleboarding, rain combined with cold temperatures introduces unnecessary risks, potentially leading to hypothermia. Choose your days wisely, aiming for light to no wind and, if possible, gentle snowfall.

winter on inflatable paddle boards

Tip 2: Dress for Success

Winter paddleboarding attire is all about layers and protection. Depending on your activity—be it a serene paddle or more vigorous surfing—a drysuit or wetsuit with booties and gloves is essential. Opt for a neoprene base layer, adding moisture-wicking layers on top for extra warmth. Don't forget about your feet; thick neoprene booties will keep them warm. Neoprene gloves are also a must to ensure you can comfortably grip your paddle throughout your adventure.

inflatable paddle board

Essentials: PFDs and Leashes

Never hit the water without a proper Personal Flotation Device (PFD) and a SUP leash. These are non-negotiables for winter paddling. A vest-style PFD is recommended for constant wear, and a leash keeps your board within reach if you take a tumble—crucial for quickly getting back on your board in cold water.

Tip 3: Choose the Right Board

Whether you prefer a hard board or an inflatable SUP, make sure it's a board you're comfortable and experienced with. Stability is key in winter conditions, so opt for a wider, all-around board like the Glide O2 Retro, known for its ease of use and stability. Yes, you can absolutely use an inflatable SUP in winter, just be sure to adjust the PSI for temperature changes to maintain optimal performance.

Winter Paddleboarding with Glide

With the right preparation and mindset, paddleboarding in winter can be an incredibly rewarding experience. It's a unique way to connect with nature during a time when many waterways are left untouched and serene. Glide's range of SUPs, including our durable inflatables, are designed to handle the challenges of cold-weather paddling, ensuring you can enjoy the water year-round.

If you're curious about winter paddleboarding or have any questions about gear, techniques, or just want to share your cold-weather paddling adventures, we're here to chat. Winter doesn't have to mean the end of your paddleboarding season—it's just the beginning of a new, magical chapter.