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What to Wear on your SUP

I helped put this article together for a local shop last year as a good guide of what to wear on your SUP:

SUMMER Paddling

Average air temperature : 20 Degrees C

Sea Temperature:

June- July Average temperature 12-14

August- September temperature 14-15

Type of paddling:

 first wave

Surf:

Clothing: 3/2 Full length Wetsuit, Warmest Months shorty, or 2mm Neoprene Top and Horizon Shorts.

Bare Feet

Straight Surf Leash

 

Overall something that will keep you warm when you are spending time in the water, but will also allow you flexibility whilst surfing and not get heavy when wet.

Recreational/ Touring:

Quick Dry Shorts, Base layer top or tshirt .

Possibly an extra layer depending on weather.

Top layer or light weight waterproof.

Bare Feet, or Camber shoes if getting in and out of rivers.

Coiled leash and PFD or Gas inflatable aid.

Overall lightweight clothing that will keep you cool when generating heat, but also dry quickly if you do fall in.

 

 

 

Racing

Quick Dry Shorts, Quick dry T-shirt, bare feet.

A Rash vest or thin Neoprene Rash vest in more extreme surf environments, or where weather is reducing the temperature a little.

Coiled Leash

Hydration Pack for any races over 40 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

Spring/Autumn Paddling

Average Air Temperature

Spring: 12

Autumn: 13

Average Sea Temperature:

Spring: 10 Degrees C

Autumn: 16 Degrees C

 

Surf:

Clothing: 3/2 Full length Wetsuit, or into 5/4 Full length wetsuit.

3 mm Neoprene Boots

6mm Neoprene Boots in Spring.

Straight Surf Leash

 

Overall something that will keep you warm when you are spending time in the water, but will also allow you flexibility whilst surfing and not get heavy when wet.

 

Recreational/ Touring:

Quick Dry Shorts, Base layer top or tshirt ,

Top layer with possible light weight waterproof.

Thermal shorts or dry trousers if a little cooler.

Camber Shoes or Neoprene boots.

Coiled leash and PFD or Gas inflatable aid.

Overall lightweight clothing that will keep you cool when generating heat, but also dry quickly if you do fall in. Increased need in Spring and Autumn to keep the wind off but also make sure that if you get wet you’ll stay warm.

 

Racing

Thermal Shorts, Short or long sleeved Neoprene top. In Surf environments, Baselayer top in flat water environments.

6 or 3mm Neoprene boots.

If surf is bigger or temperature is a little cooler then a Long john with Neoprene top is ideal.

Coiled Leash

Hydration Pack for any races over 40 minutes.

 

Day one we're off, not as prepared as I could have been

Day one we’re off, not as prepared as I could have been

 

 

 

 

Winter Paddling:

 

Winter Paddling

Average Air Temperature: 4-6 Degrees

Average Sea Temperature: 8 Degrees

 

Winter Essential for all forms of paddling:

 

Thick boots and palmless mitts.

 

 

Surf:

Clothing: 5/4 Full length wetsuit or 6/5/4 Hooded Suit.

Palmless Mitts

6 mm Boots.

Straight Surf Leash

 

Recreational/ Touring:

Thermal base layers, Waterproof top and Dry Trousers.

Dry suit in most extreme conditions.

Palmless mitts.

Coiled leash and PFD or Gas inflatable aid.

6 mm Neoprene Boots.

 

Racing

Thermal Shorts, Short or long sleeved Neoprene top if flat.

Long john with Neoprene top .

Palmless Mitts

6mm Boots

Coiled Leash

Hydration Pack for any races over 40 minutes.

 

 

 

Top tips for winter paddling:

 

Make sure you keep the extremities warm so good boots, and mitts are great on the hands to keep the wind off.

If I know I’m going to get wet and be working hard then Neoprene and or drysuits work well. So Surf or White Water and even Technocal race events, I dress for immersion.

 

However if I’m touring or recreationally paddling then I’ll over heat pretty quickly in these. This is where I preferred to wear quick drying, insulating but breathable gear. Layering works really well and taking a small dry bag with a neoprene or thermal top can be a good back up.

 

Most importantly with all types of paddling I wear a leash and often back it up with another flotation device, so even in the coldest environments I can always get back on my main piece of flotation.

 

Here’s a quick Video on some of the choices I’d make:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqiXQCtotRs