October 9th, 2015
Stand Up Paddling is one of the fastest growing beach activities in recent memory. It’s fun, it’s easy and it gets you out there even when the wave machine shuts off entirely (ie. our whole last month in SoCal!) Since summer is in full swing and people are hitting up their local bodies of water with boards and paddles in hand, I thought I’d let you folks in on some crucial SUP accessories that I have personally scoped out. Here’s my list of the 5 best SUP accessories for this season:
Be prepared for the worst with the SUP survival PFD (personal floatation device). This bugger inflates with a rip cord and CO2 cartridge just like those fancy ones on the airplane. Besides giving you some added security, it also includes a zip pocket for securely stashing your keys, fishing license, sunscreen or shades.
In certain harbors or beaches, the water patrol will require you to carry a PFD anyways so why not cover all your bases with this compact lifesaving device. Otherwise you can lug around a heavy foam jacket or risk getting a ticket.
During extended sweeping sessions your feet are sure take a thrashing. Pruney, sunburnt feet are standard, and when you add rocks, urchins or coral in the mix it’s never good for your lower digits.
The Xcel 1mm split toe boots give the most sensitive of feet full protection without being overly cumbersome. They are lightweight, breath well and help you stick to your board. Shoots!
The Quiksilver Waterman Poly Pro zip Paddle jacket is perfect for all types of Paddling. The cut is slightly looser with a crew neck so it’s breathable and non-constricting. A full zipper at front allows you to zip it down when it gets hot, or zip it up when the onshores start blowing.
This jacket is made from a water wicking, poly pro material that blocks out both harmful UV rays and chilly ocean breezes. Like a lot of the Waterman line the Zip Paddle Jacket also includes a handy utility pocket at back perfect for sunscreen, ipod , ham sandwich or anything else you need to keep closeby.
The FCS SUP leash is the only stand up paddle leash that combines elements of both a standard leash and a coiled SUP leash. Unlike other leashes out there the FCS SUP leash features a non-coiled end that extends over your board. This means less tangles and no more tripping over a bunched up leash end close to your feet.
Whether you are surfing your stand up or taking it on a marathon paddle, the Dakine traction will keep you glued to your board and feel great under your feet.
The specially formulated EVA won’t add a bunch of weight to your board and will help absorb the shocks caused by rough seas and choppy waters. A lot like the cushions in your shoes, the Dakine deck pad will offer a more comfortable ride especially for extended sessionss
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Towel changing just got a whole lot easier!
Love it, hate it the FCS PONCHO is really handy. You might get some smirks at first, but you’ll have the last laugh when you are the quickest one in and out of your suit. No more fumbling with obnoxiously small towels or accidentally flashing the car park. This plush terry towel poncho will keep you dry and keep you covered.
It’s especially crucial on cold days when you lose your finger dexterity and have to change with your ol’ “Soup Strainers.” Throw it on and it will cut down the icy sea breeze as you’re climbing into your pantaloons and shirt. It’s great for dudes and ever better for ladies! You will be thankful, you will be warm, and you will be about as stoked as Lauren Enever is in the picture below.
Laura Enever sports the FCS PONCHO in her Surfline feature:
Ain’t that just the perkiest outfit y’ever seen? A terry-toweling modesty cap supplied by Laura’s sponsor FCS provides the laughs in this photograph.
“It’s really cute, it’s really sexy,” says Laura, dryly, although she stresses its importance and convenience when hiding her nudity in carparks. “When you are a girl you have to worry about tops and bottoms,” she says.
In this case she couldn’t be bothered taking off her wetsuit after the surf. Hence the combo of rubber + cape. C/o Surfline.
For a limited time Dakine is giving away a free traction pad with any $50+ Dakine purchase!
They gave us a box full of assorted pads ($32 value a piece!!) and now we are hooking you folks up until we run out.
Dakine is known for their super grippy, yet soft EVA pads that can be found under the feet of the world’s best surfers.
Just take a look at the Dakine Pro team: Parko, Taj, Damo & Ceej, John John, Bruce & Andy, Simpo, Machado, Evan & Eric Geiselman, Ian Walsh, Granger Larson, Ian Gentil, Hank Gaskell, Kalani Robb, Sofia Mulanovich, Mike Lossness, Miguel Pupo, Pancho Sullivan, Shea Lopez, Eziekiel Lau, Tonino Benson, Albee Layer, and Matt Meola just to name a few!
Like all their products, Dakine leashes are second to none as well. They feature double self-lubricating swivels, a super plush neoprene cuff with key pocket, and a stronger reinforced urethane cord. Besides being the most comfortable leash you will ever wear, these leg ropes come in a bunch of unique and awesome color ways. Get your new Dakine leash here.
A little known fact to most, not only does Dakine use the best materials and construction for all their products, but they also fully back them with a LIFETIME WARRANTY. They are so sure you will be stoked on your purchase they stand behind it!
So check out all Dakine products here and get your free pad before supplies run out!!
Warren Smith designed these custom shades to include unique elements such as a special grommet at left, polarized lenses, and a ivory acetate frame. These like all Raen glasses are handmade from the finest materials. In this video Warren Smith stops by San Clemente where he talks about the WIW and punts a couple of solid airs at the beach breaks.
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