SUP magazine Holiday Gift Guide

If you hadn’t noticed, time is running out to find your special paddler something special to make their next session that much better. You’ve seen Gift Guide’s before but we couldn’t help but hook you up with some SUP-slanted ideas for the Holiday Season! The following are a few simple solutions to make your shopping that much easier….


Indo Board Pro

The Indo Pro is ideal for bigger riders (6 feet tall +) because this model offers room for a wider stance, resulting in lots of stability. Great for getting some training done when you can’t get out on the water, or if you just want to increase your stability and leg strength. [42″ x 15″ deck, available in Natural and Multi-color finishes; 350 pound maximum weight limit; 8.5″ diameter roller] ($190, IndoBoard.com)

Quiksilver 2M Retro Front Zip Vest

Quiksilver’s standup paddling wardrobe is money. We like the 2mm vest best, as it’s made of Fiberlite Neoprene with glide skin surface and is glued and blindstitched, so the seams won’t shred your skin. The front-zip design makes for easy changing and the retro logo rocks. ($69.95, Quiksilver.com)

OluKai Kia’i Trainer

The standup fitness revolution is on. Ladies looking for a crossover shoe for cross-training SUP workouts will be stoked on the Kia’i Trainer from OluKai. A quick-drying mesh upper dries faster than a Kona wind and the tough, closed mesh lining keeps your ankles from rubbing raw. The trail-running aspect of your workout will thrive with the aggressive tread and dual-density footbed, which is removable. The Kia’i Trainer is the official footwear of the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association and part of the proceeds from sales goes to the Hawaiian Junior Lifeguard Program. Available in more colors. ($110, OluKai.com)

Surftech SUP Board Bag
Give the gift of protection with a Surftech board bag. Constructed with 3/8” foam padding, the bag has a heat-reflec­tive tar­pau­lin bot­tom, polyurethane coated rip­stop nylon and heavy-duty cor­ro­sion resis­tant zip­pers. The bag is also built with 3/16” rail guard around the zip­per to pro­tect the tail of your board and it also comes with an exte­rior stor­age pocket that’s sure to come in handy, as well as a remov­able tar­pau­lin chang­ing mat and padded shoul­der strap. Available in more lengths. ($105-159, Surftech.com)

Ōiwi Long Sleeve Wahine Jersey

Stay protected and stylish while paddling in Ōiwi’s Puakenikeni Wahine Jersey. Offering UPF 50+, the 4-way stretch fabric is sewn with flatlock seams so you won’t get any nasty rubbing. The jersey also has a puakenikeni blossom design outlined in brown to complement the bright yellow material and add some feminine flair. Also available in short sleeve. ($65.95, ŌiwiOceanGear.com)

Riviera Danny Ching Pro Carbon Fiber Paddle

If you want to paddle like a pro, or at least feel like one, Riviera’s PRO, designed by the champion paddler himself, starts by dropping the weight to a mere 18 ounces, thanks to a well-honed carbon-fiber construction that adds strength and durability to a unique blade design. Modeled after Ching’s 2010 World Championship custom wood outrigger paddle–one that Ching and his father, Al, had spent seven years refining–the PRO has a slightly smaller blade with a width of 8.5 inches so you can easily paddle at higher stroke rates without sacrificing a stable, predictable pull–perfect for catching bumps or flat-out racing. ($350, $210 in fiberglass composite, RivieraPaddleSurf.com)

On It Pro Xtreme Cream

All the pros are using it- On It Pro’s Xtreme crème reduces surface friction by over 15%, helping to decrease paddle fatigue. Acting like a protective gloss coat, the crème resists dirt and salt, keeping your board looking fresh. The polymer base bonds with epoxy or polyester resin for a long-lasting effect and great for an easy wipe down. ($19.95, OnItPro.com)

Sweetwater Wear Elite Performance Bottoms

Look sweet when you’re getting salty in the Sweetwater Wear’s Elite Performance Bottoms. Offering compression and comfort, the bottoms are made from high-end Italian, ultra-thin, breathable performance fabric and are super quick-drying.. The Elite Performance Tights are the only thin compression watersports bottoms that are welded (rather than sewn) for superior strength and super flat seams that won’t cause any uncomfortable rub. They’ll also keep you protected with UPF 50, UVA and UVB protection. Available in 3 lengths: Jammer, Capri & Full-length Tights. ($180 SweetwaterWear.com)

Bully’s Hot Tank

It’s a shower to go. If you need a quick rinse after your session, Bully’s Hot Tank is an affordable insulated jug that will keep your water warm for hours while you dominate the lineup. There’s no need to make the trek down the beach for a cold shower when you have the Hot Tank in your trunk. ($33, BullysSurf.com)