The Women's SUP Essentials of 2015

Get the most from your time on the water.
Amy Jurries

Women's SUP Essentials
(Michael Karsh)


Bic ACE-Tec Performer SUP

The 26-pound ACE-Tec ($1,150) is happy cruising lakes, running river rapids, and paddling into an overhead set. The 31.5-inch width and refined rocker deliver glide in flatwater, and the three-fin thruster setup surfs well in a range of conditions. 10'6" and 11'6"; bicsup.com

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(Michael Karsh)


Spy Allure sunglasses

The lenses on these polarized shades ($130) maximize the transmission of good rays, boosting clarity and color contrast while (Spy claims) improving your mood and alertness. spyoptic.com

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(Michael Karsh)


Chaco OutCross Evo 2 shoes

The breathable, quick-drying mesh upper keeps your feet cool and blister-free, while the grippy rubber outsole won’t slip on even the wettest surfaces. $110, chacos.com

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(Michael Karsh)


Patagonia Reversible Cutback top

Patagonia’s nylon-spandex bikini top ($55) has a generous band under the bust that prevents gape, and the halter fit and adjustable ties hold everything in place. patagonia.com

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(Michael Karsh)


Mi Ola Striped boy shorts

Surf, swim, paddle, or soak up the sun—these shorts ($120) provide the right amount of stay-in-place coverage. A side drawstring adjusts the waist so there’s no sag. mi-ola.com

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(Michael Karsh)


Dakine Emalia leggings

The Emalias ($84) feature a comfortably wide elastic waistband, to ensure they won’t come flying off in a wipeout, and are versatile enough to go from board to beachfront bar. dakine.com

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(Michael Karsh)


Torch SUP Paddle

A light-up SUP paddle ($250) seems like a gimmick, until you want to extend a perfect day on the water. LEDs run the length of the nylon blade and put out 720 lumens to keep your surroundings visible after the sun goes down. torchpaddles.com

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(Michael Karsh)


Aquapac TrailProof duffel bag

This roll-top drybag ($90) safeguards 90 liters’ worth of gear at the beach or on top of your board for overnight SUP missions. aquapac.net

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(Michael Karsh)


MTI Fluid 2.0 PFD

A Coast Guard–approved flotation device is mandatory unless you’re surfing. The Fluid ($135) has a zippered pocket on the top lid for necessities, plus attachment points for bringing a water bottle on long excursions. mtiadventurewear.com

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(Michael Karsh)

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