The Question: What’s Your Favorite Unexpected Piece of SUP Gear?

Hometown: Denver, Colorado

Occupation: Co-founder SUP Colorado, musician, festival organizer

Answer: "A river-rescue knife. I feel naked without it because I use it for anything that comes up unexpectedly. Otherwise I'm a minimalist; I take nothing but the absolute essentials."

Hometown: Centennial, Colorado

Occupation: Owner of AKZ Land Paddle co.

Answer: "Waist-mounted PFD. It's passive and comfortable to paddle with. I like it for the freedom."

Hometown: Tahoe City, California

Occupation: Photographer

Answer: "Extra zinc and a very light, cotton button-up long-sleeved shirt for sun protection. Being a fair-skinned gentleman, I don't want to get fried."

Hometown: Doylestown, PenNsylvania

Occupation: Sales Manager

Answer: "The Astral Sea Wolf PFD is not too cumbersome and allows me to store lots of gear. It also has the quick-release belt for running whitewater."

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Occupation: Writer and Jewelry Maker

Answer: "I have lots of fun paddling with my dog so I use a doggie PFD with a handle. It makes it super easy to get her on and off the board."

Hometown: Minturn, Colorado

Occupation: Photographer

Answer: "A 12-volt pump for inflatables is a game-changer. It speeds up the whole process of getting on the river and you can give it to other people to help them out."

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