Tools of Summer: 6 Stand-Up Paddleboarding Essentials
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Naish Mana Wood SUP
Naish’s nine-foot-five-inch Mana Wood SUP is as suited to flatwater as it is to surf. Credit the tail rocker and concave bottom, which makes flossing along waves easier, while the wide waist adds stability and float for touring.
Quiksilver Waterman Collection’s Pipeline shirt
Don’t be fooled by the low-key looks of Quiksilver Waterman Collection’s Pipeline shirt. The polyester blend is UPF 40, dries quickly, and, thanks to a bit of bamboo fiber, won’t funk up as fast as most technical tees.
CamelBak Molokai hydration vest
If you’re SUPing outside the surf zone, the Coast Guard requires you to have a flotation device onboard. CamelBak’s Molokai hydration vest is designed to carry an inflatable one, plus sunscreen, a snack, and, of course, the included two-liter bladder.
Rip Curl’s Mirage Freeline shorts
Rip Curl’s Mirage Freeline shorts fit and feel better than the rest. Welded seams mean no chafing or hot spots, and fancy hydrophobic fabric is ultralight, super-stretchy, and fast drying.
Whiskeyjack Paddles Ocho Paddle
Whiskeyjack Paddles’ Montana-made, aspen-and-walnut Ocho is ideal for cruising around and surfing mellow breaks. The all-wood design is as forgiving as it is beautiful.
Reef Playa Keimow sandals
The attractive breaking-wave design on the sole of Reef’s Playa Keimow sandals isn’t merely for show. The wave has deep-running contours that afford the Keimow more traction than your average flip-flop.