CLOTHING FOR SUMMER SUP BOARDING
Probably our favourite time of year and the most popular time of year for paddle boarding – Summer. In terms of clothing, its probably one of the easiest months to dress for as well.
With average air temperatures of 20 degrees in most European countries, you can be safe in the knowledge, you probably won’t be getting too much of a chill when you hit the water!
For both males and females, we recommend board shorts and some sort of light-weight tee-shirt, not forgetting a hat such as our cap shelter your face from the sun and easy layer for when a cooler breeze blows.
BE SUN SMART WITH YOUR PADDLE BOARDING CLOTHING
Spending the whole day paddle boarding is an amazing activity to enjoy during the summer months but always keep in mind how long you spend out on the water. You are more vulnerable to sunburn as the sunlight will reflect back up from the water so be sure to protect yourself with sunscreen and carry layers during longer tours or when paddling through into the cooler evenings. Our Red Original on water clothing is all 50+ UPF to protect you from the rays.
It is especially important if you are paddling on the coast where a breeze may mask just how hot your skin is getting as you ride your SUP.
WHAT SHOES TO WEAR PADDLE BOARDING?
This is again going to depend on temperature. The grip on the top of our boards is designed for bare feet, so if it is warm, you don’t need to wear any shoes paddle boarding. If the temperature drops and you still want to get out on your SUP, then light barefoot trainers or neoprene boots are a good option even in Winter.
Be careful of outdoor shoes with grips because stones might get wedged in which could damage the top of your board. We advise you don’t wear heavy shoes because in the unfortunate event you fall in, they will make it more difficult for you to get back on-board your SUP.
WHAT TO WEAR FOR SUP YOGA
For SUP Yoga, you need to be comfortable and have the freedom to move and stretch with ease. Consider the seasonal dress tips above but in most instances, your normal yoga or gym wear is going to work fine.
There are now plenty of brands with stylish and comfortable leggings which are perfect for SUP YOGO practive and day to day paddling. One of our favourite brands is Lulu Lemon – these guys offer a great range of leggings, joggers and tops and are designed for performing yoga moves and for paddling longer distances.