Stand-up paddleboarding is one of the hottest trends in outdoor recreation, thanks to its relatively low impact and inherent scenic water views.
It’s also quite the workout, utilizing arms, legs and core to propel yourself forward at whatever speed you see fit. Here are a few key items to get a weekend SUP warrior started and glide down the Chattahoochee in style this summer.
Weighing in at 20 pounds and able to hold up to 250 pounds, the Bote Breeze Aero 10’8” Classic Teak Inflatable Paddleboard is functional and stylish. Whether a first-timer or seasoned pro, you’ll appreciate how compact the board is for travel since you can deflate it. The board comes with a paddle, fin, repair kit, pump and bag, so all you need is a good body of water and some muscle.
Not all sunscreens are created equal. A quick-absorbing and water-resistant one, such as those in Supergoop!’s PLAY line, will have more staying power to keep you protected longer. Water-resistant up to 80 minutes, this one is made with sunflower extract rich in beta carotene, which helps keep out UVA, UVB and infrared-A rays.
Don’t risk dropping your car keys and cellphone into the lake or river while you SUP. Stash your essentials in this stylish dry bag that’s waterproof and has a clip closure to help keep everything snug and safe while you’re out on the water. It doubles as a place to put your wet swimsuit once you’re done with the paddleboarding session, too.
A ditsy, floral print and clean, classic cut keep this bikini from Summerful in balance. Reversible to a pretty lilac, it’s a suit that is working just as hard as you are on the board. Bonus: the racerback top will show off how sculpted you are from paddling. The bottom style is for those who don’t mind showing off a little rear, too. The style is exclusive to Everything But Water.
Everything But Water
It used to be you either had to go barefoot or got your sneakers soaking wet. But a new crop of advanced footwear, such as the Loyak W’s from Astral, are the perfect in between. Flexible and self-draining, these water shoes will help you transition from board to car and back again. Plus, they can take you to a well-earned beverage after your paddle.
STORY: Lauren Finney Harden
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