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How to quickly locate a nice place for paddle boarding?
1. Use Dedicated Apps
There are apps developed specifically for stand up paddle boarding. Some can help you find new locations that you wouldn’t have known about otherwise and these are the kinds of apps that you should take advantage of.
The first app we’ d like to recommend to you is GoPaddling by Paddling Inc. This app can help you find popular spots as well as ones that aren’t widely known. It also allows users to add spots with pictures and brief descriptions to help others find those spots.
The spots you find on the app all come from other paddlers and you can get important information on the app like parking, where to eat and if it requires a permit to paddle there, etc. It’s one of the best apps a paddle boarder can have to quickly and easily find popular as well as lesser-known paddle boarding spots.
After finding a suitable SUP spot, you also need to know what the weather is going to be like when you paddle there. This is important as the weather has a huge impact on your paddling experience and can pose serious threats to your safety.
There’s a handy app called Windy.com by WINDYTY, SE. It has tons of practical features like having over 40 global weather map overlays and allowing you to customize it to track any combination of those maps, choosing your own colors for the different overlays you select, and importing map data.
After finding a new SUP spot, you can mark it and save it in this app. It even allows you to find webcams near the SUP spot to have a live view of the condition. And there’s many more features waiting for you to discover.
2. Use Tools
Yelp is a great platform to find SUP locations near you. You can even see the reviews of other people to find out how it’s like to be paddling in there. Most of them are very popular spots so you might not be able to find some lesser-known places on it like with the GoPaddling app.
You might not realize it but Facebook actually offers an easy way for you to find SUP locations. There are many Facebook groups for paddle boarding enthusiasts in basically every state of US.
People share SUP locations and even SUP events in these groups. You can directly ask questions about SUP locations and related information and most people are happy to help you out.
What you should know before getting out on the water
Different states have different laws and regulations for personal flotation devices(PFDs), which are also known as life jackets or life vest. But in most states it’s mandatory for children under 12 years old are to wear a PFD at all times on the water.
There are various types of PFDs and it's important to choose one that suits you best. If you don't have a PFD yet, here's how to choose a PFD for paddle boarding.
Also, in some states stand up paddle boards need to be registered to be allowed on the water. If you are not sure, just Google it and you should be able to find the States local laws for SUP.
How to keep yourself safe when out on the water
Paddle boarding is fun and safe most of the time, but there are potential dangers that you might not realize. Here are some safety tips for paddle boarding you should know:
1. Check the weather of your destination.
2. Always wear a PFD and the SUP leash.
3. Wear proper clothing.
4. Know your limits and avoid places that are beyond your capabilities.
5. Let someone know where you are going and when you will be back.
6. Bring your phone.
7. Wear sunscreen.