With the growing amount of people that have picked up paddle boarding, if you haven’t SUPed yet, you’re missing out. It’s a great way to taxi yourself across a bay and through lagoons, or to really push it and catch a wave and get a full body workout. But to do any of those things, at any pace, you’ll need the gear. First and most importantly, you’ll need a paddle, but to have a truly great time out on the water you’ll need a few things to fend of the sun and keep you out of the water and on your board.

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Own the Wave Adjustable Alloy SUP Paddle
Because without this, you’ll just be floating out there. $55

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Z/1 Classic
Not all boards come with “non-slip” grips. $105

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Mollusk Notched Cotton-Blend Boardshorts
It’s summer, leave the wetsuit inside. $70

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Patagonia Retro Fitz Roy Label
Even with sunblock, keeping your face in the shade all day is a good idea. $35

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Knockaround Premiums
They look good and are affordable enough to drop in the drink. $15

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Pendleton “National Park” Beach Towel
In case you fall in the drink. $50

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Manda Organic Sun Paste
Protection from the sun is paramount. $18

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Western Rise Hartsel Henley UPF Shirt
Sometimes sun screen isn’t enough. $58
Got the Gear First? Now Get The Board

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