Paddle Board Accessories - Most Frequently Asked Questions Answered

Last updated on Apr 6, 2022 by Goosehill

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What does every paddle boarder need?

What are D-rings used for on a paddle board?

How do you carry things on a paddle board?

Do you need to wear a life jacket on a stand up paddle board?

What are the bungee cords on a paddle board for?

Do I need a paddle leash?

How to inflate a paddle board?

Do you need a paddle board bag?

Should you wear shoes on a SUP?

What does every paddle boarder need?

You don't really need that much gear to get out on the water. Below are some essential accessories to have for a day of fun on your paddle board. 

Essential Gear
1. Your paddle board
2. SUP paddle
3. Life jacket(Life vest/PFD)
4. Pump(for inflatables)
5. SUP fin(s)
6. SUP leash
7. Rescue whistle

What to wear
It's important to make sure you dress correctly for the water temperature on a cold day. For warm weather, wear something that can dry quickly.
What to wear on a warm day:
● Sun-protective shirt and sunscreen(on sunny days or on the ocean)
● Board shorts or swimsuit
● Water shoes or neoprene booties. Sandals if you are going to the beach.
Cold weather:
● Neoprene top and shorts
● Wetsuit
● Gloves for paddle boarding
● Synthetic cap
● Synthetic socks

Other optional gear
The gear below are not essential. Some can help make your SUP trip easier and more enjoyable for you.
● Dry bag
● Water bottle/food
● Camera mount and GoPro
● Phone with waterproof phone case
● GPS
● Maps if you are paddling in a place you are not familiar with
● Compass
● Fishing gear
● Knife

What are D-rings used for on a paddle board?

The D-rings on your paddle board can be used for many things. Depending on the position, the D-rings can be used to attach different things like a kayak seat, the leash, anchor, cooler and so on, onto your board. 

How do you carry things on a paddle board?

There are a lot of ways to carry your stuff with you on a paddle board. Most inflatable board will feature a bungee system at the nose of the board for you to attach and fasten your belongings. You can also bring a dry bag with you and attach it to the D-rings on the board.

Do you need to wear a life jacket on a stand up paddle board?

It's always recommended that you wear a life jacket when riding a paddle board, even if you are a good swimmer. And in some places, it's mandatory  to wear a life jacket for activities on the water.

What are the bungee cords on a paddle board for?

The bungee cords on your paddle board is mostly for carrying things on board. Whenever you go out on the water on your board, you'll need to bring along stuff like a water bottle and that's when the bungee cords on your board come in handy. And at some point, you might want to bring along more stuff on board and the bungee system is what makes it possible. 

The front of the board is the ideal location to secure your stuff. You can easily reach your gear from a kneeling position in the middle. The front bungee system typically comes in one of three basic configurations: the X, the double X and straight, each has its own merits and drawbacks.

Do I need a paddle leash?

Most inflatable paddle boards use an ankle leash. An ankle leash is a vital piece of equipment which helps to prevent your board from going away from you and keep you afloat if you are not wearing a life jacket.

How to inflate a paddle board?

You like the convenience of using an inflatable paddle board over a hard board. Should you want to inflate your board before you go out on the water, you can. You also have the freedom to pump up your SUP at your location. Still, when it comes to how you inflate your paddle board, you’re a little torn what the best method, and just, What is the best way to inflate a paddleboard? 

The answer has to be, the quickest way with the least effort. What is the best way to inflate your paddle board? You have 2 options that both Have pros and cons to them.

1. Manual Pump can be used anywhere but takes effort to use. 2. An Electric Pump required no effort on your part, but you do need to be near a main source to power it.

Do you need a paddle board bag?

If you own an inflatable paddle board, it probably came with a paddle board bag when you bought the board. It allows you to pack the board with all the accessories and makes it easier for you to transport and store the board and all the accessories.

Do i need to wear shoes for paddle boarding?

It's important to wear shoes if you are paddling on a cold winters day because it keeps your feet warm. For warm weather, it all depends on whether if you want to keep your feet dry. 

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