Are you looking to level up your paddle boarding game? The search is over! With a quick addition of an accessory or two, you can paddle away in style this summer.
We have done the research for you and put together a guide on the top thirty accessories you should be adding to your SUP collection.
With some of these paddle board accessories at your disposal, your paddle boarding experience will sky-rocket, making your adventures even better. If you're looking for a gift for your fellow SUP enthusiast, look no further than this list.
Paddle boarding is only getting more and more popular. For first time paddlers to the more advanced, these thirty paddle board accessories will give you an even better experience.
An anchor for your paddle board is essential if you want to practice SUP yoga, relax with some fishing, or explore with a snorkel.
Paddle board anchors, also used with kayaks, are surprisingly light and compact. Sinking one will mean you don’t drift away in the currents.
The GILI kayak & paddle board anchor kit will do the job nicely. The 4-fluke folding option makes it a perfect option to carry onboard, complete with a rope, buoy, and carry bag. It’s highly versatile and can keep you in place in a wide variety of environments. Be it sand, weeds, mud, or rock bottoms.
With one of these in your paddle kits, you will be able to stay in one place no matter the wind, current, or wave conditions. Dropping anchor has never been so easy.
Keeping your drinks ice-cold during the hot summer months can be a bit tricky, but with this fantastic SUP cooler bag you won't have to worry. Available in two sizes, (10 Cans or 20 Cans) this essential accessory is worth its wait in gold.
This well made cooler bag comes with shoulder straps for easy carrying and water-proof mesh pockets for added convenience. You can store drinks and food for you day out on the water.
Do you struggle to carry your paddle board? At times they can be awkward to handle and move around, especially on those super hot summer days.
Paddle board carry straps can help save you a lot of hassle and backache! No more uncomfortable gripping on fingers edges and using your hip as support.
Walk to the beach or lake, with your board on your shoulder, hands-free.
Fitting paddle board carry straps could not be easier. Simply clip them on to the D-rings that should already be on your paddle board. You can then adjust the straps to match your height and give you optimal results.
The straps we stock come with a comfortable shoulder padding for an added extra luxury. You can store them neatly on your board using bungee straps, or in a dry bag if you are taking one out.
Perfect for those lazy days. Turn your SUP into a kayak! With a simple detachable kayak kit seat, you will be able to keep exploring even on days you don’t feel like standing.
This accessory is perfect to give you a two-in-one versatility. Again, you can quickly stow away the detachable kayak seat using handy bungee cords if you did change your mind mid-paddle.
Using a kayak seat is a great way to enjoy paddling across the water even on the windier days, giving you an extra level of comfort and stability.
This seat is ideal for those who want to take a break while on their Paddle Board. It can also come in handy for those who are learning to get their balance right, or for those who want to give their legs and back a rest. This is a very popular accessory.
Save your energy and get yourself an electric pump to inflate your paddle board. Hand pumps are extremely tiring and take up a lot of time. With an electric pump, you will save both your time and your arm power!
Most options also give you the choice to remove the air and compress your paddle board back down for easy traveling. This is an essential gadget for inflatable SUPers.
The GILI 12V Electric Paddle Board Pump will provide all the inflating power you need. It's compact, easy-to-use, and has a built-in variable pressure setting function.
There is nothing worse than wanting to get on your Paddle Board, but then realising that you have to manually pump it up! With this electric pump from Gili, you can be up and ready in minutes – No Stress, No Sweat.
If you enjoy fishing, you need to try fishing from a paddle board. A SUP is easy to maneuver and allows you to quietly sneak up on fish in hard-to-reach areas.
When fishing on a paddle board, it’s hard to paddle while holding your fishing pole at the same time. Finding a way to secure your fishing rod and reel can prevent your gear from ending up on the bottom of the lake or ocean.
Enjoy your SUP fishing adventure with this essential accessory!
A PFD, or personal floatation device, is a vital piece of kit. A lot of people forget to pack one, but the truth is, this could save your life.
Old fashioned PFDs are ugly, yes. But now there is a whole range of stylish options available. Most floatation devices are sleek, well-fitted, and barely noticeable in a photograph. Check out the best life jackets for paddle boarding.
Take Onyx’s PFDs for example. Their whole range is lightweight and not restrictive. They even have an inflatable option packed into a simple belt.
Personal floatation devices (PFD) don't have to be bulky and heavy. This unisex model from ONYX is perfect for SUPers.
When exploring deep waters and more remote areas, we always recommend you make use of a PFD. You will be thankful for this simple, yet highly effective, piece of gear if you fall off your board and can’t get back onto it right away.
If you are considering paddle boarding with your dog, make sure you get a PFD for your dog as well.
Already have an awesome action camera? Now you need to have the camera mounted on your board to capture the action hands-free!
There are a variety of different options available, from suction pads to adhesive permanent stick-on types. It depends on what kind of a paddle you are going for. Most SUP enthusiasts will find a GoPro paddle board mount most useful.
A suction mount will be sufficient for a relaxing flat water lake cruise. However, if you plan to go into the waves, or something a bit more intense, we recommend fitting a more sturdy and solid mount for your action camera.
Some paddle boards have built-in threads that make attaching an action camera even easier. This sturdy action camera mount is compatible with all GILI 2020 SUPs except the Air model.
Bungee cords are incredibly useful and you never know when they may come in need. They can be used to help secure boards on roof racks, for connecting boards together on the water, when docking, carrying extra gear, the list goes on.
By having extra bungee cords in your gear, you are ensuring your SUP can carry all your accessories for the paddle board.
Spare bungees are great for multiple uses. You can strap your boards together if you have more than one.
Everyone knows the importance of using a leash. Getting a specialized SUP leash is definitely in your best interests.
Unlike a conventional leash, a SUP leash is coiled which ensures you don’t get tangled up while paddling and have a minimal drag in the water.
But when fully extended, this SUP leash will still give you a safe distance between you and the board if you wipeout. The coils give up to five times the length when extended.
Some ankle leashes can get tangled up due to poor design. This one features double swivels and strong cord which works great for avoiding tangles.
Every paddle boarder will at some point go through a situation of losing a fin. It’s just bound to happen and is almost like a rite of passage.
Depending on the adventure you are having, you may want to carry a spare with you while out paddling. For example, if you are going for a long-distance endurance challenge, this would be a thing to pack in your dry bag.
Surf paddle boarders should have a spare set of fins tucked away in the car, just as a precaution in case you lose one while shredding! There are wide variety of Fins for you to choose. They all have different shapes and performance characteristics.
These fins are super easy to purchase and come with a 60 day money back guarantee.
A dry bag is a must-have for any water lover adventurer. We recommend a 15L dry bag option, that’s not too big but also practical in what you can fit inside.
Store all of your valuables, take a camera along for the ride or even pack a book to read for those really relaxing days. Adjustable straps mean they can be customized to fit anyone across the body, freeing up your hands to keep paddling into the sunset.
Having a reliable dry bag in your paddle board gear is essential. We never hit the water without one.
Is there anything better than paddling to a beat? Just picture this summer, cruising with your crew across the lake. You need to make sure you’re well equipped with a waterproof speaker keeping everyone in sync.
Most waterproof speakers come with a handy carabiner clip that you can attach to your dry bag or waist pouch. We like the Wonderboom 2 from Ultimate Ears for its size, big sound, and waterproof performance.
Be the one who brings the party to the water with this super cool paddle board accessory.
A waterproof speaker is a great SUP accessory that everyone should have. Whether outside by the pool or cruising the water on you stand up paddle board, these are super handy to have.
To work with the dry bag, every paddle boarder should also accessorize with a waterproof phone case. This added level of protection will give you peace of mind while out on the water.
A universal waterproof phone storage case large enough to fit most smartphones (up to 6’ diagonally) and have a perfectly clear front panel to give full vision and control of the phone. You can stay connected with important emails, calls, or messages while using this phone case.
For extra security, it even has a lanyard neck strap to keep your hands free for paddling.
Phones can be expensive nowadays, so it makes sense to protect them from the water. If you take your phone with you on the water, then this one of the most important paddle board accessories to get.
To complete your waterproof bag range, get yourself a waist pouch. Secure this smaller waterproof bag around your waist and keep essentials close at hand.
This is a great option if you are exploring rivers or canals and need to access your money for an ice cream stop along the way. Or perhaps you are taking your dog along for the ride. Store rewarding treats that are easy to access to give positive reinforcement for your furry friend.
We like the YETI Hopper Sidekick Dry for its strong waterproof rating and tight seals.
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Here at GILI Sports we always implore safe practice. In the summer months, when the UV rays are at their strongest, it is really important to invest in some sunglasses.
And what more can we water lovers ask for than floating sunglasses?
We love the collection from Rheos. These stylish sunglasses not only float, but they also give 100% UVA and UVB protection. The polarized lenses cut out glare giving you optimal visibility while out on the water.
Grab yourself a pair of these glasses now and watch how cool you look when they float on the water. Not only that, they also have a life-time warranty.
Everyone should have an action camera in their gear, and there is none better than the GoPro Hero8. The latest model from GoPro is beyond the next level with its automatic stabilizing functions, digital lens, and of course, fully waterproof features.
As always, there is a whole range of toys and gadgets to go with your GoPro. A trusted chest harness or attachment on the nose of the board is an all-time favorite for paddle boarders.
You won’t miss a single moment when you have an action camera fixed for your adventures.
While you are in between paddles, a UV protective sock is a great accessory to own. These slip on the board easily and quickly and protect the material from harmful UV rays.
Some people like to travel with their inflatable board already inflated. This sock protects your board while loaded on the roof and keeps it cool. You don’t want your inflatable paddle board getting too hot, or you will run the risk damaging the board and seams.
We like the VAMO paddle board cover for its 4-way stretch and reinforced nose and tail.
SUP socks are a great way to protect your Paddle Board from scratches and dents while travelling or storing, and also help to avoid discolouration from the the sun.
This durable carbon designed paddle not only floats, (Which is Super Important) it also folds down into 3-parts, which makes storing and travelling a much easier task.
The beauty of inflatable paddle boards is that you can deflate them and easily move them around.
After deflating your board, make use of a backpack to pack it all away inside. Here at GILI Sports, we have an option with wheels to make your life even easier!
A rolling inflatable SUP backpack is heavy-duty and provides enough space to store all your essential equipment including a fold-down paddle, leash, pump, fins, and more.
All good PaddleBoarders understand that you need to store your iSUP, and gear away when travelling to a destination of choice, or for storing away when not in use. This comfortable backpack from GILI is big enough for you to store all your accessories with ease.
Chances are you are going to want to get traveling with your SUP. There are so many incredible places to discover from a water viewpoint.
Ensure your epoxy paddle board doesn’t get damaged while you are traveling to your next adventure with a SUP day bag.
These are lightweight and can make a world of difference when strapping boards down on the roof. No one needs the trouble of pulling up to a new spot to paddle, just to find out you have got a ding because there was no protection. Always, use protection.
We recommend the Curve SUP bag for its heavyweight, water-resistant polycanvas base, which makes it super durable.
While we are on the subject of traveling, this is a must-have accessory for any stand up paddle boarder looking to branch out.
Having a trusted roof rack, roof pad, and straps at the ready is the best way to explore further afield. No more playing Tetris to fit the board inside the car!
There is a great variety available to match your car. Whether you have a rack already in place or need a soft removable rack, you will be able to find the best for you. Three-door or five-door? No problem. Soft racks like the ones from COR can fit your car no matter what.
Roof Racks a super convenient when travelling with a lot of gear. Save time, and space in your vehicle with a good quality roof-rack.
Want to level up how you carry your paddle board? Check out these racks on wheels! A SUP cart is perfect for moving your board over the sand while carrying other items, like a cool box and dry bag.
The ABN universal carry cart has solid wheels that can handle most terrain. Highly adjustable, this cart can fit any board, canoe, or kayak to make your life a whole lot easier.
If carrying your board is troublesome for you then why not make your life much easier with a SUP cart.
Having an epoxy paddle board can take up a lot of space when storing on dry land. Unlike their inflatable counterparts, these hard boards cannot be packed away into a neat little bag.
Installing a SUP rack will be your saving grace. A rack will keep your boards out of the way and off the ground. You can also store your other boards if you have more. StoreYourBoard is a popular option for this home storage solution.
If space is tight on your walls, you can also try the ceiling rack solution to store your stand up paddle board.
A Scotty rod holder is a great option for someone who wants to kick back for an afternoon of relaxing SUP fishing. This piece of kit works perfectly alongside the kayak seat attachment. We like the Scotty rod holder #280 designed for paddlers that's easy to install and universally adaptable.
Fishing is a well-known hobby that's regarded as a great way to relax. So, why not grab yourself a Scotty Rod holder and take relaxation to another level.
A bucket and tackle rack are essential if you want to head out with fishing rods. This simple piece of kit will help you out a great deal, we only have one pair of hands right?
This accessory is easy to install . You can quickly remove it after you have finished as well. Keep your rods, bucket, and other gear secure on board while you find the best spot.
We recommend the AIRHEAD bucket rack with 4 rod holders. It has a lightweight, rust-resistant Aluminium Inum construction that stows easily when not in use.
We have already mentioned the importance of a good PFD. However, investing in a specialized fishing life vest will be a smart move.
The Anglatech fishing jacket is a perfect option. It is breathable and comfortable with its mesh and neoprene materials. Unlike the standard PFDs though, a fishing life vest gives you pockets. These pockets are invaluable when out on the water fishing. You can stow away essential gear that can be easily reached while handling your rod.
A good fishing life jacket is a super important accessory to have. Whether you're fishing on a Stand Up Paddle Board, or on the Canal-Embankment, one of these is a great investment in your safety.
Every avid fisher should have one of these already in their gear collection. A tackle bag will serve your paddle boarding fishing trip a lot better than a dry bag with the organization needed.
We recommend you make use of a smaller tackle bag to help save space while on your board. Using one along with a waterproof waist pouch or dry bag would be a good idea to keep your belongings separate from bait and hooks.
The lightweight and portable fishing bag from Piscifun is designed for the angler to access all their important gear quickly and easily while fishing.
This is a great little tackle-bag that comes in really handy for all the quick to reach fishing accessories you need when fishing.
Make sure your tackle box is well stocked up. While you’re at it, why not get some special fishing bobbers to match the rest of your set up?
Floats or bobbers help keep track of your line and are one of the final touches to complete your fishing SUP gear.
Try the QualyQualy fishing bobbers for their high visibility and reasonable price.
These 5 sensitive fishing foam floats are ideal for almost any kind of fishing and the bright colors make it super easy to see on the water.
If you're going out fishing, then we recommend you to get a fishing cooler Box. You want to keep your drinks and food fresh don't you?
Making use of bungee cords, you can easily secure a small cool box on deck along with all your other gear.
There is a wide variety of coolers available so you will be able to find one to match your specific needs fairly easily. We like the Igloo BMX Family of coolers for their sturdy construction and excellent insulation.
Everyone needs a cooler box when fishing. Load up with your favorite refreshments, and never have to worry about them going warm or soggy.
For any paddle boarding adventure, we always make sure we pack our snorkel and fins. There is nothing better than a beautiful summer day and discovering what is in the water with you with these key items.
There is a whole range of marine life to discover, whether you are exploring oceans or lakes. Try the ZEEPORTE mask, fin, and snorkel set. It transports easily and has an attractive price tag.
You never quite know when you will need a snorkel and fin set. Of course they're great fun for exploring the water, but also come in handy for searching dropped items.
There are a few essential pieces of equipment you need when paddle boarding. arrive at your destination unpack sup backpack and use an electric sup pump to set up board in minutes. bring a PFD for safety connect ankle leash so not separated from if happen fall. obviously, you'll need a paddle!
Additional equipment might make your day on the water more enjoyable. Pack up your waterproof dry bag with sunscreen and a cell phone in case of emergency. Consider filling a deck cooler with cold drinks to enjoy while you float - or to share with friends! If planning on a day of SUP fishing, attach your rod holdera to an action mount and throw on a SUP anchor so you can moor in your favorite fishing hole. You can even convert your paddle board to a kayak with a SUP to kayak conversion kit. Our cup holders are also a really popular, and convenient, accessory to have out on the water!
In the winter months you will need SUP shoes such as a neoprene shoe or bootie. Do not wear regular street shoes that will be heavy, interfere with your balance, or even damage your board. Consider waterproof sport shoes with good ventilation and the ability to drain water quickly so they don’t get waterlogged. A pair of slip-on water shoes fit snug and allow for more flexibility. You can consider glove-like water shoes with each individual toe able to grip the board. Water sandals or deck shoes also work as long as there is good grip and flexibility.
Avoid street shoes that can get waterlogged and possibly damage your board if a rock gets carried in the sole. Great shoes include waterproof sport shoes, slip-on water shoes (aqua socks), glove-like water shoes, water sandals, or deck shoes. Ensure your choice has a snug fit so it doesn’t interfere with your balance and also has good grip to keep you on your board.
A grapnel anchor is the best anchor for a paddle board. The galvanized flukes fold to prevent damage to your board, while grasping the sand, mud, or rocky terrain with ease. Attach the snap hook to a D-ring on your board and toss it overboard. The yellow rope is easily visible and a buoy marks its position. An anchor travel bag can be secured with bungees to make for easy transport to your destination.
So what are you waiting for? Get on your board this summer with these awesome accessories for paddle boards and have adventures that you will remember for the rest of your life!
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