With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of gifts for all the paddleboarders on your list. Finding the perfect present can be a challenge, but you’re in luck! We’ve put together a great list of gifts for paddleboarders for the holiday season 2021, so you can surprise and delight the paddlers in your life. And maybe you’ll even find inspiration for your own SUP wish list. 

Significant Other

Your SUP sweetie might be hoping for a paddleboard-themed gift for the holidays. There are tons of SUP gifts that are sure to earn you some brownie points! Here are a few of our suggestions on what to get them:

The 2021 lineup of Thurso Surf SUP boards

The Max

Any paddleboarder would be stoked to get a new board and the Max might be just the ticket! This multi-purpose board is a fun addition to any SUP quiver, as it’s built to carry passengers and gear. Perfect for any family! Pile on the kids, bring your furry friends, and let the adventures begin. 

DryRobe change robe

Change Robe

There’s nothing like wrapping yourself in a change robe after a long paddle excursion, especially in the cooler months. The luxurious dryrobes have quickly become the must-have item for surfers and stand up paddlers and it’s easy to see why! These oversized robes feature a windproof and waterproof nylon shell and soft synthetic lambswool lining, perfect for bundling up and changing with ease. 

Woman paddling a SUP board on the water with mountains in the background

SUP Getaway

If your significant other was extra good this year, why not treat them to a SUP-centered getaway somewhere warm. There are many SUP retreats available around the world! Book a multi-day guided excursion or a week-long workshop in a beautiful destination. Echo Aloha SUP hosts retreats in Costa Rica, Hawaii, and Guatemala.

FCS SUP Day Bag storage bag

SUP Storage Bag

A practical and thoughtful gift! A storage bag will keep their board safe and ready for their next SUP outing. Paddleboards are thicker and wider than surfboards, so make sure to get a SUP-specific storage bag. The FCS Day SUP Cover is a great choice, with foam padding, reinforced edges, and an external paddle sling. This makes it super easy to carry around any SUP with ease. 


Any younger paddlers would be stoked to get the gift of SUP gear this holiday season! Even if they can’t use it right away, it’ll get them dreaming and ready to hit the water next season.

Child holding a Thurso Surf Prodigy Junior SUP board

Prodigy Junior SUP Board

A kid-sized board is just the ticket for the smallest of paddlers. Having a board and paddle of their own will let them progress and have more fun in the water. And the stress-free durability of inflatable SUPs is ideal for younger riders.

Salus Nimbus child's lifevest in green

Junior Lifevest 

It can be challenging to get kids to wear their safety gear. Make it fun with the playful colours of the Salus’ Nimbus children’s vest. With five colours to choose from, there’s sure to be one to fit any child’s style or favourite colour. Salus is a Canadian company that manufactures their products in Ontario.

Quiksilver children's rashguard


Keep your grom sun safe and happy in a rashguard. These tops give a little extra warmth in cooler water, offer sun protection with UV ratings, and are available in an array of colours, prints, and styles. Choose one from a heritage surf brand like Quiksilver for extra style points.

Inflatable SUP board attached to a bicycle with SUP Wheels transportation system

SUP Wheels

If your kid is old enough to go to the shore themselves, a set of SUP Wheels will give them some freedom! SUP Wheels attach to any board and make it super-easy to transport a SUP down to the water. There are many different kinds, whether they have an inflatable or hard board, or prefer to go by foot or bike. SUP Wheels have been around for ten years and are made in the USA. 

SUP Friend

For the paddle pal on your holiday list, there are plenty of gifts to choose from to thank them for fun adventures on the water. Here are our top picks:

Thurso Surf 20 Can Deck Bag for SUP

Deck Bag

Paddleboarding is thirsty work and can build up an appetite. Our waterproof 20 Can Deck Bag can clip onto their board and will keep their snacks and drinks cool, dry, and at the ready. Maybe they’ll even carry an extra energy drink for you as a thank you for such a thoughtful gift.

Creatures of Leisure SUP paddle bag

SUP Paddle Cover 

We always think of the board, but a SUP paddle deserves some love too! This nice, padded zip cover from Creatures of Leisure will keep their favourite paddle clean and safe from any dings or scratches.

Thurso Surf SUP Kayak seat

Kayak Seat

Have a seat on a SUP! The Kayak Seat clips onto our Thurso Surf SUP boards and is compatible with some other brands too. It is a great way to turn a board into a kayak and will give your friend another way to enjoy their SUP on the water. 

Cover image of SUP International Fall 2021

Magazine Subscription 

The gift that keeps on giving! Send them a subscription to a SUP or paddling magazine to delight them year-round. There are a few title to choose from, including the Canadian-based Paddling Magazine for those that love all paddling watersports (SUP, canoe, kayak) or SUP International Magazine if they are strictly SUP-only.

Stocking Stuffer

Need a few more little gifts to check everyone off your list? Here are some fun things you can buy that any water-loving person would be happy to receive!

Thurso Surf polarized sunglasses

Polarized Sunglasses

Stay cool and keep those eyes comfortable on the water. Our lightweight, polarized sunnies feature our signature woodgrain graphic and look good on everyone, on and off the water. Choose from either Seaweed or Sky. 

The Paddle Board Bible book cover

SUP Book

The holidays are a nice time to curl up with a book. Send them a copy of The Paddle Board Bible: The Complete Guide to Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Published this year, The Paddle Board Bible is full of up-to-date tips and tricks and how-tos for every paddleboarder out there. 

Thurso Surf waterproof phone case

Waterproof Phone Case

For the techie paddler on the go, a waterproof phone case is sure to please. They can take calls, text, and post to social media right on their board, without having to worry about getting their phone wet. Trap a bit of air inside and your phone won’t sink to the bottom. For a bonus gift hack, head over to our SUP Explorer Map and scroll to the bottom. If you take the time (3-5min) to share your favorite SUP spot with the Thurso Surf community, we’ll even send you a Waterproof Phone Case for FREE while supplies last!

Woman carrying a paddleboard with a SUP Carrier strap

SUP Carrier 

Adventurous types like to carry their boards to new locations, but boards can get heavy after a few feet. The SUP Carrier Strap solves that problem! Clip it or loop it and go! It is small, compact, and compatible with almost any inflatable or hard SUP board. 


We hope this list takes the guessing game out of what to give the paddleboarder on your list this season. No matter what you choose to give, any SUP-themed gift is sure to be well-received. Best of luck with your holiday shopping!

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About the Author: Jordan-na

Jordan-na Belle-Isle is a Toronto-based SUP instructor, lake surfer, and writer. Born in Montreal, she has been sporty her whole life and discovered stand-up paddleboarding in 2013. Since then, she has been active in the SUP scene, paddling and surfing the Great Lakes year-round. Jordan-na is a patient and encouraging instructor. She obtained her first SUP instructor certification in 2017 and has been teaching ever since. She has worked with Surf the Greats and Toronto Island SUP, running everything from group classes, to one-on-one training, to winter SUP safety clinics, to team-building events for clients and partners such as Google, Brown Girl Outdoor World, L’Oreal, Swim Drink Fish, and Ryerson University. She currently holds an Advanced SUP Instructor certification with Paddle Canada and is Bronze Cross certified with the Ontario Lifesaving Society. A recognizable face in the Great Lakes SUP and surf scene, her image has been used in a national campaign for Tourism Canada and she has been interviewed by several media outlets such as SUP Connect, Breakfast Television, Daily Hive News, and the Toronto Star. She was also the subject of a short documentary film titled ‘In Winter.’ A skilled writer with a masters degree from the University of Toronto, her work has appeared in Explore Magazine and she is a regular contributor to the Thurso Surf blog and Surf the Greats Journal. She is a co-organizer for Lake Surfistas, a grassroots group that connects, empowers, and educates women who surf and SUP the Great Lakes year-round.

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