Or whoever is reading this article, here I have compiled a wish list of the best gifts for the SUP Lover in your life.
These are all things that I either have or want, and I know they are sought after by other stand up paddle boarders.
#1 A Go Pro
There is nothing worse than doing something cool or seeing something so beautiful and not being able to document it. The Go Pro Hero 5 Session is the perfect gift for the adventurer in your life
These amazing little cameras can do it all – and they are waterproof! Take amazing videos of you paddling down the river, or time-lapse of the sunset, snap a picture of a turtle or a dolphin if you are lucky enough to see one!
Some people’s favorite part about me being a paddle boarder is seeing videos or pictures of me out doing it. A Go Pro will give your favorite paddle boarder the best possible quality video.
If you are lucky I bet they will share their incredible footage with you.
Go Pro Accessories kit can be an awesome gift for someone who already has the camera. This can come with things like a backpack or a chest mount. Something to mount the camera right onto you paddle board and more. These kits will really amp up the videos and photos you are able to take out on the water.
#2 Paddleboard Deck Bag
Something that has recently become more popular is a deck bag, not a dry bag but a bag that actually hooks onto the deck of your SUP. This is brilliant, you can put your waterproof phone case in there, your speaker, a water bottle, maybe even a snack
These bags come in all different shapes, sizes and even in the way they attach. You could get a deck back that actually ties on or hooks to the straps or hooks already on your board. Don’t have that capability? Get one that is suction cups that stick directly onto your board anywhere you would like.
SUP Now has a great mesh bag that suctions onto the board. It has a carrying handle for when it is not on the board, and lots of room for your stuff. Also, it comes with a waterproof insert that fits perfectly inside to hold your phone and keys! Never worry about your items on your board anymore.
#3 Waterproof Portable Speaker
Sometimes out on the water I like to listen to the birds, the water flowing and nature in general. Other times? I need some jams! I love to get out there with friends and play some of our favorite songs while we paddle. Singing along while you float around is one of the best feelings
Waterproof speakers are ever so popular these days for all things.
This is not just a gift for your paddling but a gift that will work for all adventures. Whether you are out on the boat, at the pool, in the backyard or even wanna have it in the shower. These speakers are good for so many things.
Very versatile gift, a portable speaker is something you and your friends will all enjoy. JBL is a quality brand that I now people love. A lot of personal friends of mine have JBL speakers of all kinds and their waterproof one is especially popular with your adventurous friends. This one comes in different colors as well, how fun.
#4 LED Under Water Board Lights
Now these are special. Not something that everybody has but totally cool nonetheless. There are tons of different companies making these lights now. They stick onto the bottom of a paddle board and light up the night
These could also be considered a safety feature as they make it so at night you are visible. To other boaters and people out on the water. Also, now the fishies can see you too
Poho Surf Shop created these special for your favorite paddler boarder.
#5 Onyx Waist PFD – Life Jacket
Onyx has created one of the coolest products in the safety industry. So often while paddling people opt out of wearing a life vest. This is understandable when you don’t have any room to move your arms and actually get good motion for paddling in a standard one.
Even the great invention of a paddling life vest with bigger arm holes can be uncomfortable. Plus then you get those weird vest tan lines – who wants those
This Invention is a belt like PFD that wraps around your waist and inflates when you pull the plug on it. These are sleek and people will not even now you have a life jacket on. Great for anybody, tall or short, this is making safety cool.
Hopefully these belts will get more people wearing life vests. Because safety is very important but I understand completely that people do not want to wear a tradition vest. I now I sure don’t.
Some other simple gift ideas
The Garmin Vivoactive Watch has been popular with paddlers and other people who spend time out on the water. It has a great tracking system that hooks right up to your android or apple smart phone. It is waterproof making it perfect for being out in the middle of a lake. This watch will even track your active activity – helping to gauge how much work you really are doing while you paddle around.
An Anchor, for any paddle boarder who is wanting to workout or do yoga its helpful to keep the board in one place. These anchors are becoming more and more popular as people want to try out their skills on the water. It can be hard to balance let alone if your board is floating away with the current. These anchors are lightweight and come with a pack able case for easy transport.
Waterproof Phone Cases or Waterproof Bags are awesome choices as well. Everybody wants to be able to take their belongings and especially their phone out on the water. So get them a bag to keep their items safe and dry inside. These are also a versatile gift as you can take them camping, or to the pool, anywhere that might get wet! Maybe a waterproof backpack just in case it may rain on your hike.
This holiday season make sure to get your SUP Lovers the best gift possible!
And if you are buying me a gift, these are all just my size ;).
Happy Gifting, and don’t forget – get out on the water!