2014 SUP Gift Guide
It’s time for holiday shopping and we have some great options for paddlers here, in our SUP Gift Guide. From SUP accessories to paddles and apparel, there’s something for every type of paddler. This holiday season, give the gift of SUP.
Watershot Smartphone Housing is watertight, lightweight, and user-friendly. The standard version (top) includes an interchangeable flat lens, while the Pro version (bottom) includes two interchangeable lenses: the standard flat lens and a super wide angle that increases the field of view up to 110 degrees. Tie the housing to your board or dive and shoot, as the housing can handle depths up to 195 feet (60 meters). Easily switch between still shot, video, and playback modes with the click of a button. You do need to download the Watershot App (available on Google play and in the App Store for free) and we suggest getting acquainted with it before you hit the water.
Paddlers Ehiku Rademacher and Mahealani Gambill joined forces to create an apparel line that helps ladies get through their active day while maintaining a stylish edge. Mahiku’s two-tone Ikaikas are made from the brand’s exclusive quick drying nylon/spandex material with flat lock seams to prevent tearing, or uncomfortable rubbing while you’re on the move. The waistline is low cut with a hidden pocket within the waistband, as well as a thin drawstring to keep the capris in place for any activity, whether you wear them in the water or on land.
The Leatherman Shooter is a travel-friendly multi-tool that can go with you anywhere and will get almost any SUP job done. The Shooter includes a bit driver, fin key and wax comb, and, what multi-tool is complete without a bottle opener? There’s also a spring hook and lanyard hole so you can carry the tool with you wherever your SUP adventures might take you.
Protect that precious raceboard with On A Mission’s (OAM) 14’ Race SUP Day Mission Bag. With a shoulder strap, as well as handles on each end of the bag and center, your board is easy to grab, while the quarter-inch of foam throughout keeps your board from getting banged up. There’s also a fin slot and multi-pocket organizer to hold accessories, while OAM’s Signature ‘S’ Zip keeps everything stored safely. Don’t worry about your board overheating, as the bag features of UV and heat resistant external material and OAM rubber air vents, allowing the bag to breathe, even on the hottest of days.
With the quick switch of the locking mechanism on the shaft, each young paddler in your family can use this kid-specific adjustable paddle by Riviera Paddlesurf. The height can be adjusted between 54 and 82 inches, allowing this paddle to grow with your kid or be swapped between kids of different heights. In addition to the thinner carbon shaft and palm-grip, the paddle features a smaller 6.5-inch fiberglass blade and weighs only 19oz. to allow easier handling for groms.
Pack one or two SUP paddles (from 72 to 86 inches long) in the Dakine SUP Paddle Bag and throw in your small SUP accessories to keep everything but your board in one place. Features include an adjustable carrying strap with a quarter-inch of foam padding throughout the polyester bag, as well as a fold down top with cinches to keep your paddle in place when packed.
A stiff and strong paddle is just what you need in the surf, and this lightweight paddle from 27 North gets the job done well. The Kevlar looks awesome and feels even better in-hand, but most importantly, it’s guaranteed for life. The Pro Surf Kevlar is available uncut or sized from 66 up to 86 inches.
Transport your SUP the easy way with a foldup cart by Wheeleez. The Single SUP Cart can features soft foam padding to protect your board’s rails, while the 25.4 cm (10″) EVA foam wheels take the load off of you, and detach for easier storage. The cart has a stainless steel axel and the aluminum frame is marine grade anodized after fabrication, so you don’t need to worry about corrosion. There are also tie-down straps keep your paddle and board from shifting during transportation.
Every paddler needs a PFD and the Onyx M-24 SUP Belt Pack is a great option for adult paddlers (over 80 pounds) that are experienced in the water, so, weak swimmers, this one isn’t for you. The Onyx M-24 is a U.S. Coast Guard approved Type V Life Jacket / PFD with Type III Performance. The pack is a low profile design with a hanging pull-tab for inflation (CO2 cylinder included), as well as a backup oral inflation option. The pack also includes a zippered pocket in front, and padding in back for some extra comfort, while the vest features an adjustable 30- to 52-inch chest and 24- to 52-inch waist.
Designed with ocean enthusiasts in mind, the Freestyle’s Mariner Tide watch keeps tide, sunrise and sunset data for 150 beaches at your fingertips. The watch is water resistant up to 100 meters and includes the regular date, alarm, and stopwatch features as well as a countdown timer. The face is 50mm (suited for larger wrists) and features night vision, while the band is made from silicone. The Mariner Tide is backed by Freestyle’s limited lifetime warranty.
The Light Exposure Jacket by Body Glove will take you from the beach to your board. Constructed with flatlock seams, a PU coating on front and a polyester/spandex blend on back and sleeves, this jacket allows you to move without feeling any rub or irritation. A full zip front and mesh underarm panels allow the jacket to breathe and thumbholes on the sleeve help keep your hands warm whether you’re on land or on the water.
Paddle crafter and racer EJ Johnson spent the last six years designing the YOLO Elite Paddle, and it shows. Weighing in at only 17 ounces, this paddle is incredibly light, which makes all the difference during those long races and training sessions. The blade is 7.25 inches and features a full dihedral on the power side, as well as a concave at the tip, allowing for a more efficient stroke and quick release.
Featuring Olukai’s signature Drop-In Heel and mesh with moisture-wicking microfiber on top, the Nohea Mesh is a favorite among slip-in conversions. The footbed features a removable contoured footbed, while the outsole is constructed with all weather, non-marking rubber.
A completely waterproof bag, the NRS Hydrolock Grommetted Dry Bag includes two bottom corner grommets and a D-ring on the buckle so you can clip or tie your goods directly on your board. Featuring a clear urethane window and urethane coated nylon, this bag allows you to quickly find your stowed gear while keeping the bag weight to a minimum. Roll down the StormStrip top, buckle and be on your way paddling. Available in three sizes.
$15.16 – $23.96, NRS.com
Award winning director, Johnny Decesare and Poor Boyz Productions teamed up to create a progressive film featuring your favorite SUP stars. Follow World Champion Kai Lenny and friends in the 40-minute film, The SUP Movie, as they travel the globe chasing waves, getting barreled, and sharing their love for SUP.
DVD + Blu-ray Combo $29.95, TheSUPMovie.com