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Top Gifts for Stand Up Paddle Boarders

Updated on March 3, 2016
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Deborah lives in Orange County, California and often writes about the lifestyle and places of interest in Southern California.

Stand Up Paddleboarding has become a popular sport in many areas, including Southern California.
Stand Up Paddleboarding has become a popular sport in many areas, including Southern California. | Source

Stand Up Paddleboarding is a Popular Water Sport

Are you looking for gifts to give a Stand Up Paddleboard enthusiast? On the other hand, you might be looking for paddleboard gifts to give yourself. This article gives you information about everything you need to have in order to take up this fun, relaxing sport.

Along the coast of Orange County, California, paddleboarding has become a popular activity for men and women of all ages. Paddle boards give you a great workout, but are generally easier to learn to use than a traditional surfboard. It is a quiet, peaceful sport that allows participants to glide across the water.

Standup paddleboarding, also referred to as SUP, has become so popular in Southern California that the city of Laguna Beach offers an aerobics class for women that involves a combination of beach exercises and an hour of paddleboarding. It is a full body workout that helps participants build strength in their upper body, legs and core while spending time outdoors on the water.

In fact, when I recently asked a friend of mine what her children would be doing this summer, she said that they would spend at least one week in a stand-up paddleboarding day camp. Her children are only ages 6 and 8. This is a sport for all ages!

Virtually no day goes by when I do not see someone paddleboarding along the coast of Southern California.

Get a Full Body Workout on a Paddleboard

Sevylor Samoa Standup Paddleboard Set with 80" Paddle
Sevylor Samoa Standup Paddleboard Set with 80" Paddle

This is a complete paddleboard set, including the paddle. Everything you need to get started in this fun, healthy sport! It is a fabulous workout, yet it is easier to learn than traditional surfing.


Crossover Boards are a Great Option for Surfers

Some people like to combine their stand-up paddle board with a surfboard. This allows them to surf in from the open ocean or to mix up their sports a little.

The advantage of this is that you need one board for both sports. The disadvantage is that the crossover board is smaller than a traditional paddleboard. As a result, some people have trouble getting the hang of standing up on it at first.

If you are already an accomplished surfer, however, this should not be a problem for you, and a crossover board will allow you to enjoy both sports without the need to own two boards.

If this describes you, check out the board below.

A Crossover Board is Ideal for Experienced Surfers

Ozoboard Cross-over Stand Up Paddleboard and Surfboard (7-Feet 6 x 24-Inch, Light Gray)
Ozoboard Cross-over Stand Up Paddleboard and Surfboard (7-Feet 6 x 24-Inch, Light Gray)

If yu want to try both surfing and paddleboarding, here is one board that you can use for both sports. However, if you don't know how to surf, you might find this board a bit challenging for paddleboarding.


Paddleboard Clothing

What should you wear when you paddleboard? A lot depends on the time of year, the weather and the water temperature.

If it is a warm day and you are comfortable swimming in the water, then a typical swimsuit will be adequate. However, you may want to add a t-shirt or coverup for better sun protection.

If the water temperature or air temperature is cool, you can still go out on your paddleboard in a wetsuit. In either case, you want to choose clothing that is comfortable and allows you to stand up and move your arms freely.

What most people wear is a rash guard or wet suit shirt and board shorts. This keeps their torso warm and makes it easy for them to move their feet and maintain their balance.

Paddleboard Accessories

Want some gift ideas for the person who already owns a paddleboard. Here is a rundown of a few items they might appreciate having. Check out the paddleboard and water sport accessories below.

Sometimes people are able to buy a board, but they still need a paddle. In other cases, people have lost their paddles when they lost their balance on the board. In either case, being able to order a paddle by itself can be quite helpful.

Most paddleboarders carry their boards to the beach. However, they can be heavy and bulky, so it is a good idea for many people to have a way to roll their board as close to the water as possible. This is especially important if the nearest parking is a long way from where you plan to launch your boat. You don't want to be exhausted before you eve get to the water!

This Makes It Easier to Get Your Board to the Water's Edge

EZ Roller Trailer for SUP Stand up Paddle Board Wheels
EZ Roller Trailer for SUP Stand up Paddle Board Wheels

A trailer is ideal for the person who has to walk a long distance across the beach to get to the water. Sometimes the nearest parking can be a long distance from the water. In this case, a paddleboarder will really appreciate owning this trailer.


Wetsuits are Excellent to Wear in Chilly Weather

For people who paddleboard off the coast of California, especially during the winter months, owning a wetsuit can keep you more comfortable, as the water temperature can be quite chilly, even if the air temperature is warm.

Although most of the people I see wearing full length wet suits are surfers and divers, a few paddleboarders will use them too. However, it is more common to see paddleboarders who are wearing the short wet suits. They keep the torso warm, while giving full range of motion to the arms and legs.

Personal Accessories for Paddleboards

If they are spending a lot of time out on the open water, there are many other accessories which a paddleboarder would appreciate. For example, they will want a high quality, water-resistant sun screen, protective sunglasses, and possibly items like shorts and a hat.

While paddleboarders here in Southern California usually wear swimwear, it is not unusual to see them wearing t-shirts, shorts and hats that provide them additional protection from the sun.

Any type of protective clothing that can be worn in the water is likely to help the standup paddleboarder enjoy their sport even more.

Would you like to try paddleboarding?

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Stand up paddle boarding has become a popular sport for both men and woman who want the experience of being able to simply glide across the water.

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      PaddleboardsForSale 4 years ago

      I wouldn't mind a few things on this list for Christmas!

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @LornsA178: I have never tried stand up paddleboarding, but many of my daughters' friends have!

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      LornsA178 4 years ago

      My daughter would love to paddle board, she is so adventurous, not me though...

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you! I have several friends who swear this is the best exercise and the most fun they have ever had.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I would love to try it. You have a great selection of boards.