Wondering if you paddle board in winter or cold weather?
Can an inflatable paddle board be used in winter?
You will find many articles talking about storing your inflatable paddle board for the winter. However, if you have a Glide paddle board there is no reason to store your isup. Instead, continue paddle boarding. We know it sounds like a bad and miserable idea, cold weather paddle boarding yuck! Wrong! Cold-weather paddling can be some of the best paddle boarding you will ever do.
Cold water temperature paddle boarding.
Some parts of the US and the world will have cold waters even in the middle of summer. And it is in these spots that you will find some of the most incredible places to go paddle boarding, such as the San Juan Islands. Or Bear Glacier Seward, Knik Glacier, and so many other spots. Although you will be in cold temperatures you will be rewarded with some of the most scenic spots to go paddle boarding and have amazing opportunities for spectacular wildlife viewing.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the weather forecast, bring clothing that will let you stay warm once you are off the water, and while cold weather paddle boarding wear a wetsuit of the proper thickness or a dry suit. When paddle boarding in colder water take extra safety measures including although not limited to knowing the wind direction, air temperature, and water temperature having a hot beverage, and letting friends or loved ones know where you will be paddle boarding and when to expect you back.
I also like to use a Garmin Inreach device and have one in my essential safety gear. Not only for when paddle boarding in freezing water or cold weather paddle boarding although for any type of remote paddle boarding or offshore paddle boarding.
What's that? Yes, you are right that was cold water paddle boarding, not winter paddling.
Winter months and winter paddling.
Glide paddle boards are made to withstand the real world regardless of the season. With our unique fusion technique and premium military grade PVC with a quadruple layer construction over a specially designed drop stitch woven core, our boards are excited to go in the water even when you may not be.
Some of the best river waves are found during the winter months when the storms are fresh and snow is falling and melting giving the rivers enough moisture to swell. The same is especially true for the end of the winter season. However, nothing beats surfing in a blizzard.
Make sure to wear a wetsuit to keep your body warm, a helmet when you sup on a river wave and or a dry suit if the wetsuit still leaves you wanting the heat, sun, and weather of summer. Neoprene booties and gloves will help keep the warmth in when your hands and hit the freezing water or you are doused by ice-cold rain. And when you do fall into the uncomfortable and dangerous cold waters it will be come clear why the proper safety gear is needed. You will also understand how fun it is to be out on the wave as the cooler air blows past.
Winter sup yoga?
When you have a Glide Lotus the best yoga sup on the market you will have a board that is well suited for winter yoga. The board is designed so well you will have confidence going through your yoga routine in warm weather, winter or snow. Rest your body and mind on a Glide Lotus sup no matter the season from fall to summer. Bring some extra clothes in a dry bag so you can stay warm as you begin to cool down from your winter sup yoga session.
Touring cold weather paddle boarding.
Cold weather paddle boarding and winter paddle boarding are some of the best ways to get out and keep in shape while getting to see from a perspective not a lot of people will ever see. Some lakes are better suited for paddle boarding in winter than during the summer months. The Great Salt Lake is one of these lakes. The cold weather of winter keeps the insect population from being an issue while the cold water keeps the lake's unique smell under control. This lake never freezes over and is such an amazing spot to paddle board no matter the season although especially so in the winter.
With any sort of winter stand-up paddle boarding be sure to have the right gear, a dry bag that will keep everything from your cell phone to extra clothes completely dry.
Winter sup camping.
And you thought we were crazy talking about just winter paddle boarding and cold weather paddling. Winter camping and winter sup camping are amazing ways to get out of the city and to relax. Go out to where your cell phone can't bother you and relax. This is however where a Gramin in reach or another similar product is recommended. We will give it to you even if you decided to stay in a cozy cabin where you can escape the cold weather and relax by the warmth of a fire after taking the paddle board out.
The calm and serene beauty of a forest in winter is something that everyone should experience at least once. To wake up to a fresh blanket of snow and crisp air is a beautiful thing. Especially if you have a dog with you to watch them explore and bound through the snow-loving every moment of it.
Winter paddleboard adventures are more dangerous than your average day paddle boarding in the summer and will require more protection when cold weather paddling. We want you to stay safe and know your limits, always double-check the forecast, and let people know where you will be going.
Most importantly, stay safe and have fun, once you try it you will be hooked on the amazing experience of winter and cold weather paddle boarding. Let us know where you went paddle boarding now the seasons are changing at #glidesup on Instagram. Have fun and paddle board rain or shine.