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Winter Paddling – What to Wear?

Winter Paddling – What to Wear?

Winter Supping – what to wear?

This is a question I get asked a lot! I paddle all year round and love the winter months the most!! Some of the most glamour paddles are in winter with less boat traffic, low wind and when the sun warms your back it’s simply divine!

Listed below are some essential items to acquire so you can paddle all year round and get mileage out of your sup addiction!

Neoprene Booties: I prefer booties that cover the ankles available from surf shops, online or camping stores. Your feet will suffer the cold the most so these are a must.

Thermal Dive Socks: I love these. They are light under the sole so your feet still feel grippy, wash well in the machine. Check out the dive shops or online.

Gloves: Cycling gloves will help to keep your hands warm, reduce callouses, and prevent slipping along the paddle if it rains. Light weight thermal gloves from hiking/ camping shops for extra cold mornings.

Tights: Quick dry full length tights. The same type that you would wear to the gym.

Tops: It’s best to layer up. Believe it or not you will get warm and you will need to take something off. Long sleeve T-shirt or rashie and light weight waterproof or semi water proof wind jacket.

Wetsuit: I’m not a fan of wearing them for flat water paddling as they can get too hot. If you really suffer the cold try to get a thin two piece suit (2mm) thick. As a two piece you can remove the top and tie around your waist if you start to burn up.

Head: Beanies! I love them!! They’re cool and cosy!

Ugg Boots: I bought a cheap pair from a department store and keep them in the car. It’s divine to slip your feet into warm uggies after a SUP. Who doesn’t love em!

Change of gear: This is an obvious one but try not to forget to bring a change of clothes especially if you’ve planned to go for a pub feed by a cosy warm fire after your paddle.

Wet Clothes Bucket: These are so handy and they are cheap. Keep an empty plastic bucket in the car to throw your wet gear into.

Tip: Take a thermos full of warm water to pour over your feet after paddling, It’s the best thing ever! NOT HOT though as you could cause some serious pain pouring hot water onto cold feet.

If you’re looking for some winter SUP buddies join our facebook group and paddle out with some of the social crew.  We have some great winter sessions planned so keep posted for all the details and enjoy some of the most stunning conditions for supping!

SUP Tonic Team!

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