Stand Up Paddle Board Accessories
When it comes to stand up paddle board accessories you want to make sure that you buy those accessories which will add to the enjoyment of your paddleboarding. Some SUP accessories are a must have – leashes and life jackets would come under that. Some accessories will help you get more out of the time you spend on your SUP or help you with transporting your board such as racks, carriers and bags.
Some accessories may be needed to replace or repair your paddle board such as fins. Other accessories will depend on how and where you are paddle boarding. What you need when you SUP surf will be different to what you need if you are SUP fishing. Your needs will also vary depending on how much time you spend on the water, you may not need a dry bag if you are just out for a couple of hours but you may need one if you are going SUP camping.
Either way you will have a lot of choice when you look at all the accessories available. We have put together a list of which stand up paddle board accessories you need and which ones you should also consider. We have also listed some of the best items available within each accessory.
There are some things which you might not class as stand up paddle board accessories but you will also need them. For example, you are likely to be out in the sun so sunglasses and sunscreen will be needed or maybe a hat to give you that added protection. There is a good chance you already have these but I just wanted to give you a heads up to make sure you are covered (literally).
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Stand Up Paddle Board Racks
It’s no great surprise that stand up paddle boards are big and as such they can be a little awkward to store sometimes. SUP racks are great accessories for helping you store your paddleboard safely when you are not out on the water. Whether you need to store your board on dry land for a short time while you take a well earnt rest or need to transport it on your car, a paddle board rack will make it easier.
Of course, you also have to store your SUP at home and there are many different storage racks for you to choose from. Take your time and plan out where you will store you boards and how much space you have. Let’s take a closer look at some the different racks available on the market today.
Freestanding Paddle Board Rack
Freestanding board racks can be used for storing anywhere from 1 board to 5 boards (or even more sometimes). They offer a very flexible choice for paddle board storage as they can be used indoors and outdoors and can be moved around when needed. This allows you to store them in your garage, in your yard, on a deck or even in a shop. For added flexibility you can also get racks which store both boards and kayaks.
One of the upsides of freestanding racks is that you don’t need to drill holes to mount it anywhere. The downside is that they take up more space than wall or ceiling mounted racks, depending on the size you choose. Your choice of racks is likely to come down to how much space you have and how many boards you need to store.
SUP Ceiling Racks
Stand Up Paddle Board ceiling racks are a great space saver for when you want to store your board on those dark days in between your days on the water. They are a fairly simple design which keeps your board out of the way and free from possible of damage.
There are a lot of racks that can be mounted on either the wall or the ceiling so you can change where you store your board if the need arises. Most of them are quite easy to install with the majority of them needing just 4 holes to be drilled. As most of them come as a pair of brackets, you can decide how far apart you place the brackets so they can be tailored to your specific paddle board if you wish
Stand Up Paddle Board Wall Rack
Wall racks are probably the most popular choice for storing your paddleboard as it keeps your board safe. You also get the opportunity to show off your board if you choose to mount the rack inside your house or apartment. As mentioned above in the SUP ceiling rack, these types of racks can usually be mounted on walls or ceilings.
If you are going to mount your wall rack outside then you will want one made with a durable material and for it to be weather resistant. You should make sure it has some kind of soft cushioning such as foam pads or foam covering as this will make sure no harm comes to your paddle board.
SUP Roof Rack
Unless you live right next to the water you are going to have to transport your paddle board to where you are paddleboarding and SUP roof racks are the most popular solution. As with storing your board, the main concern is to make sure it is free from any possible damage. It doesn’t have to be expensive to either.
Your starting point should always be establishing what you have already. If your vehicle has existing roof racks then you have 2 options. Option 1 - you can buy some rack pads, tie down straps and maybe a tailgate pad (if needed) and you are good to go. It’s easy to strap your board into place and it is a low cost option.
Your other option is to If you buy a SUP Roof rack which is specifically made for stand up paddle boards then you won’t have to buy the additional items. When it comes to roof racks there are two main manufacturers, Thule and Yakima, which pretty much dominate the market. With these you get piece of mind, knowing you have bought a good quality product which will last. With a specific SUP roof rack you can also lock your paddle board into place so when you take that short comfort break from driving, you can leave your board/car knowing that your boards are secure.
If your vehicle doesn’t have roof racks then you can buy a generic, all purpose roof rack and then decide which of the 2 options above is right for you. The great thing about this is that you are starting from scratch so you get to plan out exactly what you want and get something which really suits your needs
Stand Up Paddle Board Bag
You can protect your board from minor knocks and potential heat damage by keeping it in a Stand Up Paddle Board Bag. SUP bags are designed to fit your board and are usually made from durable material for added protection. Key features of bags are a carry strap, multiple handles and long zips to make it easy to load your board. Most of them will also have an integrated paddle holder.
Also available are SUP board travel bags which will have more padding throughout the whole bag. The extra padding will keep your board protected when you are transporting it via planes, trains or automobiles. They can also be used as storage bags as they will protect your board while it is in your garage.
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Stand Up Paddle Board Fins
Most stand up paddle boards have a removable fin which means you can remove and replace the fin to suit your activity, when they get damaged or when they just wear out. Choosing the right SUP fin for your board has the ability to either help you or hinder you when you are in the water so think about where and how you are paddle boarding. You will be surprised the difference a fin can make to your SUP experience
Stand Up Paddle Board Fins are fall into the following categories: -
All Round Fins – These are usually the fins which come with your board unless you have bought a specific type of paddle board. They are fine to start with and may well be exactly what you need but be open minded about how it is performing and think about how you use your board. If it’s good for you then stick with it until you need to replace it.
Race Fin – SUP race fins are designed for tracking and speed. Giving you added stability while helping you stay in a straight line. When you are racing you want a fin which has as little drag as possible but will also allow you to turn effectively when needed.
Touring Fin – Touring SUP fins are made for one purpose and that is to keep you going in a straight line. As you will be looking to cover longer distances while touring these fins have a wider base and a longer leading edge. This helps keep your board stable and also helps if the water is choppy.
Surfing Fin – SUP Surfing fins are actually a 3 fin configuration which consists of a larger center fin and two smaller fins which are known as side bites (one on each side of the large fin). The purpose of the side bites is to prevent your board from slipping sideways and therefore giving you more control. The large center fin gives you the stability you need.
Stand Up Paddle Board Leash
This comes under the category of one of the must have stand up paddle board accessories as it is the only thing which connects you to your board. A SUP leash will ensure your board is within easy reaching distance should you fall into the water. Once you are in the water your board can drift away from you much quicker than you think and your leash will make sure that doesn’t happen.
A Stand Up Paddle Board Leash should be at least as long as your board but usually it’s about a foot longer. You have the choice of a straight leash of a coiled leash. A straight leash will drag behind you in the water where as a coiled leash will not. As with other paddle board accessories, the type of paddle boarding you are doing can determine the leash you get.
If you are SUP surfing then you want a straight leash as this keeps your board further away from you so it doesn’t hit you as the waves crash around you. For SUP racing you want a coiled leash as this will keep the leash out of the water and reduce drag. A Coiled SUP leash is also better for avoiding any tangles around your feet or equipment. That being said, most people go for a straight SUP leash as they are more traditional and more widely used. Have a think about what suits you better.