Warm Weather Paddle Boarding Clothing Styles
There are very few places in North America that are not going to have a warm summer. While many hard core paddle boarders will try to paddle all 12 months of the year, the numbers are going to grow when the warm summer sun is out. Enjoying the sun and warmth makes everyone happy to be out on the water. But remember even if the sun’s out cold waters and cool winds can leave you shivering. However, if you pack the right paddle clothing you have nothing to worry about.
Sun Protection for Summer Paddle Board: Paddle Board T-Shirts and Natural Sunscreen
When the warm weather comes, paddlers are going to enjoy the board as well as a cool dip in the water. This means paddleboarders will need something other than a wetsuit. Having a bathing suit, a short sleeve shirt for a rash guard or other water-resistant (hydrophobic shirt) wear is going to make time out on the water comfortable and fun. Men will often wear board shorts and women a bathing suit, be it one or two-piece.
Whatever stand up paddle clothes you choose, keep in mind that you’ll be spending a lot of time in the sun. Add in some waterproof UV sunscreen wherever your skin is exposed. These days you can even find some natural sunscreen options if you still want the protection without the questionable ingredients. There are also clothes that use sun protection in their fabrics if you are going to be on the water for extended periods of time. While bathing attire with or without UV protection is good for comfort and mobility, your feet have options as well. Many enjoy paddling barefoot, but you can also purchase paddle shoes. These are great if you are in areas that tend to be rocky or rough on the bottom.
Rash guards are important as well, particularly when surfing. They help reduce friction on your skin when climbing back onto the board. Rash guards also keep friction low when paddling and work to decrease soreness caused by repetitive movements on the water. They come in all shapes and sizes including short and long sleeve options.