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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";

(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.

(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,

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(Michael Karsh)

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