There are some things you just can't live without. A bed, food, water, a board, a paddle. OK, so you don't need SUP to live, but it sure as heck helps us all live better. Good gear goes a long way to that end. SUP's new online series, "Gear You Need," highlights the best SUP equipment out there, from unsung heroes like traction pads to obvious winners like paddles.
The series kicks off with an oft-overlooked item that has saved our skin more than a few times: SurfCo Hawaii's EZ Plugs. Chances are you don't know what these are. You should. EZ Plugs are a simple plastic eyelet that you glue onto your board to add bungee cord to strap down everything from dry bags to water bottles to your GoPro.
Application is easy: sand the board where the plug will be placed, sand the bottom of the plug, add ample glue and then hold in place for a minute or so. That's it. Once they're set, these little guys are bombproof. We used them on a rugged feature trip to Oregon where we paddled 60 miles down the coast in four days. All our gear was strapped down using EZ Plugs. We put them through the ringer and even managed to pull a couple off due to overloading and our poor gluing job. But we literally couldn't have done this trip without them.
If your board doesn't come with tie-downs or you want to mount a leash point for your GoPro on the nose of your board or you need backups, EZ Plugs are your best friend.