You have probably read about the immense health benefits that you can rip from paddle boarding. The opportunities to customize your board are endless with unlimited accessories options available. Whether you need to add a waterproof music system, replace a damaged fin or a surfing leash. Extend ways of enjoying your paddleboard by getting a life vest as it allows you to bring company on any paddle boarding adventure.
Some of the accessories you need
Other than your paddle, a surfing leash is an extremely important part of any paddle boarding equipment as it connects you to the board. If you fall off the board the surfing leash keeps you attached to the board. Surfing leashes are essential when catching waves or during chopping weather conditions. Trying to chase a board is exhausting. The last thing you need to be doing on your adventure is swimming for miles to retrieve your board.
There are two styles of surfing leashes for your board, the standard leash and the coil leash. The standard leash is a regular cord leash while coil leash are designed to coil up when you’re paddling and stretch out when you fall off. The length of the leash should be equivalent to the board’s length.
Personal flotation devices
Buoyancy aid is important to both beginner and experienced paddlers. You need to always be prepared for any kind of weather. You are legally required to have a life vest when paddling and you might incur penalty charges for failure of complying with this regulation, in some areas. It’s essential to choose a comfortably fitting life vest that easily allow shoulder freedom and arm movement when swimming. A poorly fitting life vest may impede your ability to swim. Choose a brightly colored life vest that makes you easy spot in water as it could save your life.
Get a good wetsuit that will extend past the warm summer paddle season into the cold winter season. Add gloves, a hood and booties during winter conditions. The thickness of the wetsuit determines its warmth.
You definitely need a pump to ensure your board is always firm and rigid enough to tackle the water. Most inflatable stand up paddleboard come with their own pumps upon purchase. There are two types of pumps, the hand pump and the electric pump. Unfortunately, electric pumps are not portable because they require a power source. A hand pump equipment consist of a pressure gauge, hose and washer. Use extreme caution when inflating your board with an electric pump, most manufactures will not honor their warranty if you damage the board while using an electric pump.
You need to keep your board in tip-top shape. The board bag is essential for storage protection. Most board damages occur out of the water and the board bag keeps the board protected. Ensure the board is dry before storing it to avoid the board from developing mold. A board bag is also convenient for transportation. Choose a reflective bag to prevent heat accumulation damage.