When you are heading out on the water to paddle board, knowing what stand up paddle clothes to wear is important. Being out on the water and not being prepared for the weather means you are not going to enjoy your paddle to the full extent you should. You want to wear the right attire for the conditions, so you are comfortable and able to enjoy your outdoor experience.
Clothes to wear stand up paddleboarding
Most people can comfortably paddle through many of the seasons. There is no limit to the temperature extremes if you are dressed properly. However, while the colder winter weather calls for wetsuits, the warmer weather has more options and is less restrictive.
Regardless of your SUP clothes, you should always wear your leash.
When Choosing What to Wear Remember, Safety First
No matter what the season or weather, wearing safety gear is a must when it comes to paddle boarding. Having a leash attached and a safety-approved life vest with you is important. Paddle boards are considered to be a vessel by both Canadian and US water patrols so all boarders must have a personal flotation device (pfd) with them on the board. While not all will wear them, it is suggested that all paddlers keep them on. Children under 12 must wear life vests at all times if they are on a paddle board. The only exemption to this is if someone is SUP surfing and then there is no requirement to have a life vest with you.
When you choose a life jacket, there are lots to choose from. They are much smaller and lighter than older styles you may be used to. There are even some that attach around your waist and are barely noticeable. Try them on before choosing to make sure it fits well and does not impede your stroke or mobility.
A swimsuit is often enough, but it depends on your plans.
Warm Weather Clothing Styles for SUP
A dry bag can come in handy…in case you need a change of clothes.
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.
When choosing clothing for a day of paddling, the best trick is to wear layers. The weather may be cooler in the morning and warm up as the day goes on. Carrying a dry bag on the board is helpful as layers come off. It allows some versatility and clothing changes as the temperatures go up and down.
The other things to consider wearing is a hat and sunglasses. Even on hazy days, it is important to protect yourself from UV rays. Hats will help keep the sun off the top of your head, working to keep you cool and protecting you from sunburn. And sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun and glare off the water. The reflection off the water can be intense and leave you squinting instead of enjoying the scenery. Plus, everyone looks cooler in sunglasses.
A hat, long sleeve shirt, and pants can help protect you from the sun.
Stand Up Paddle Clothes for Cooler Temperatures
Choosing to wear a wetsuit is not a tough decision in the winter. As it gets colder out, the suit you choose should get thicker. There are even times such as early morning and night or that you need something more than a bathing suit to stay comfortable as summer fades to autumn. A neoprene wetsuit can help do that. You don’t need a heavy-duty one but one that is matched for the shoulder season as temperatures begin to cool.
If you do not want to go the route of a wetsuit, then wear a long sleeve shirt over your bathing suit and sweatshirt over that. Leggings, long johns and gloves can be worn as well. Just be careful about the weight of the clothes and depth of water if you happen to fall in. You need to be able to swim and be safe as well.
SUP Yoga Stand Up Paddle Clothes
Being properly dressed for SUP yoga will improve your session. Be mindful of the weather so you are aware of how much you may need to layer your clothes. Keep the swimsuit or boardshorts underneath, a rash guard if needed and then warmer yoga clothing can go over the top. If it is too hot out, then go with just the swimwear and rash guard. As you can see layering is key.
With a bit of practice, you’ll figure your clothing preferences for each SUP activity.