SUPing is easy to learn, involves only a few pieces of gear, and, perhaps best of all, delivers a full-body workout. We found some of the best gear to keep you floating all day.
Dakine Womens Sea Garden rash guard
If you’re going to be out all day surfing or cruising flatwater, a lightweight, quick-drying, sun-blocking (UPF 50-plus) shirt like the Sea Garden ($45) is essential.
E-Case iPhone case
Whether you’re looking to snap photos or answer calls, the E-Case ($30) offers unrestricted access to your phone. Submersible in three feet of water for up to 30 minutes, it let one of our testers capture underwater shots of manatees while SUPing along Florida’s Crystal River.
Boardworks Surf Sirena stand-up paddleboard
This beautiful twelve-foot-six-inch board ($1,499) has a wide, stable, confidence-inspiring platform, making it ideal for new paddlers. While it’s designed primarily for flatwater, it can handle mellow surfing.
Garmin Forerunner 910XT watch
Navigate unfamiliar waters, keep track of your speed and distance, or just see where you went when you get home. If it’s on-water data you’re after, the 910XT ($400) is your new BFF. A true multisport watch, it’s just as good at crunching stats while you’re running, hiking, swimming, and biking.
Body Glove 3T Barefoot Zap shoes
These minimalist kicks ($50) protect your feet from sharp objects while letting water drain through the soles. They provide surprisingly great balance, thanks to a snug fit, grippy outsoles, and the funky three-toe design.
Kaenon Kat-i sunglasses
Lightweight and polarized to cut down on glare, the comfy, cat-eye-shaped Kat-i’s ($219) have some of the sharpest polycarbonate lenses we’ve ever tested.
Helly Hansen Skagerak bikini top and bottom
A comfy, secure swimsuit is often all you need in the heat of summer. You can mix and match from three available styles; we preferred the fuller-coverage shorts here. ($50 each)
SeasonFive Barrier capris
We loved these wind- and sunproof capris ($70) for cooler-weather outings. They kept our legs cozy, and the proprietary fabric dries in minutes.