Whether it’s summer on the Gold Coast or there’s a winter chill in the air, a successful SUP trip comes down to equipping your body and board with the right gear. What to wear while paddle boarding completely depends on the type of SUPing you plan to do. There are countless adventures around Australia perfect for you and your iSUP and we’re simply here to equip you with the right gear to ensure a successful trip.
Most novice stand up paddle boarders are new to the world of SUP apparel and accessories. Years ago, your only options were a swimsuit, leash, fins and a trackpad. Fun advances in the paddle board industry have introduced a wide variety of practical and fun options. Our iRocker crew put together a complete guide for how to dress for your trip and add-ons to bring with you.
How to Dress for a Hot Weather Paddle Sesh
Clothing yourself for a SUP trip down the Brisbane River or the Alley at Currumbin Beach is way easier with warm weather and bright sunshine. Even though you don’t have to worry about freezing water and wind, you do need to protect your body from the intense heat and sun.
- Throw on your togs under thin clothing for when you’re in the mood to take a dip in the water
- Look for a floating neoprene sunglass strap to keep your shades attached to your body during your whole ride
- Breathable tops and bottoms with SPF protection in the fabric are a must to protect against the strong sun
- A wide-brimmed hat will keep your skin safe from strong UV rays
- Keep your feet safe from sharp rocks with quick-dry water shoes if you plan to travel to a place shallow enough to walk in the water
- Choose a sunscreen with an appropriate SPF level that’s appropriate for the intensity of the UV rays
- Don’t forget to bring lots of ice, water and a water bottle that will remain cold for your entire paddle session
- Healthy snacks like granola bars and fruit will keep you energized
Stay Comfortable in the Cold Weather With Advanced Gear
The team of iRocker SUP experts are big fans of braving the freezing temperatures for an exhilarating day on the water. With that being said, it’s important to take every precaution to keep yourself safe. Simple prep will make your day out on your iSUP warm and comfortable.
- If you expect the weather to be seven degrees Celsius or colder, a drysuit is your best bet. Remember to throw on layers because a drysuit doesn’t provide insulation.
- A good wetsuit or thermal is one of the best investments you can make. Four mm to seven mm wetsuits provide the perfect protection against chilly water and brisk winds. At the same time, thicker wetsuits can also decrease mobility.
- A thermal shirt and pants will keep you comfortable for the duration of your trip. SUPing in cold water is a big commitment and a challenge often reserved for pro-level paddlers (If you’re reading this for advice, then that’s probably you!) Shop around for the perfect top and bottoms that’ll keep you warm and prevent overheating.
- Neoprene mittens and booties do a great job of regulating body temperature in cold climates. Look for booties two mm to eight mm thick to provide the perfect layer of insulation against the freezing water. Find mittens with grips made specifically for stand up paddle boarding or kayaking.
Affordable Accessories to Improve Your iSUP Experience
All you really need for a fun day on the water is your iSUP and the right clothing, but there’s something to be said for the perks of a waterproof speaker or kayak bundle. Check out some of our favorite add-ons for your next iSUP adventure.
Practical Ways to Stay Safe and Comfortable on Your Next iSUP Adventure
The most important aspect of stand up paddle boarding is equipping your board and body with the right gear that maintains mobility. If you’re just getting started in this fast-growing sport, choose a board built for balance and maneuverability to make your day even better. Our favorite board for new riders is the iRocker Wide Cruiser.
Think you’re ready for a new challenge? Take your paddle boarding experience to the next level with the BLACKFIN Model X. It’s perfect if you choose to use your SUP to surf, race or kayak. Take a look at our iRocker and BLACKFIN board comparison chart here to find the board that’s right for you.
Whichever board you purchase and level of skill you develop, there’s nothing as important as investing in the right gear to protect yourself. From blocking your skin against Australia’s strong UV rays or making sure your fingers don’t get frostbite, the iRocker team is here with the smartest recommendations to ensure a safe SUP adventure.
Have a few questions before you buy? We’re here to help. Chat with our team of paddle boarding professionals here. Loving your new gear? Drop us a review on our Facebook page!