Summer 2018 Paddle Boarding Gear Guide

SAN DIEGO, California - Whip out your boardshorts and bikinis, it’s summer time! Nothin’s better than summer and we’re so stoked that our favorite time of the year is finally here. Here, we’ve put together a list of SUP gear, SUP accessories, SUP boards and all the must have's for everyone from a beginner to the advanced SUP'er for the 2018 Summer SUP season, so there's sure to be something in this guide for everyone!

Take a look at the 2018 Summer Gear Guide below:

 Paddles & Accessories


summer 2018 gear guide surftech prana paddle
2-Pc PrAna Paddle

With a matching pattern to the Aleka SUP this 2 piece full carbon paddle is sure to make for fast and stylish paddling. Blade: 86 Sq. In. Shaft: 180 - 220cm Shaft Diameter: 26mm Material: 3K Carbon Handle: EVA Sidewall: ABS

ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Heat Molded Blade Non-spin notched shaft Dual-carbon stringer blade Matte finish Carbon cord around ABS.

summer 2018 gear guide fusion stereoactive
Fusion StereoActive

The STEREOACTIVE is the world’s first portable floating watersports stereo, designed for the challenge of life on the water. The combination of world-class industrial design, high quality music reproduction, intelligent functionality and an extensive feature set has resulted in a rugged portable stereo that is prepared for anything. Sources include Bluetooth, radio tuner, USB and iPhone & Android audio playback and charging. Let STEREOACTIVE provide the soundtrack to your next SUP Adventure.

summer 2018 gear guide slingshot foil
Slingshot Hoverglide Surf/SUP Foil

The Hover Glide FSurf/SUP Foil is designed to deliver surfers an advanced wave riding experience. The aluminum design is affordable but more importantly, it increases stability and eliminates the “twitchy” behavior that full-carbon foils typically exhibit. With the FSurf/SUP Foil, you can ride rolling swell on the outside, catch whitewater on the inside, or when you’re ready, paddle into breaking waves like you would with a regular surf or SUP board.

summer 2018 gear guide buoy wear hat
Buoy Wear Floating Hat

The Buoy Wear floating hat always rises to the occasion…literally. While it won’t save your life (warning: it’s not a PFD), it will save you from ever losing a hat to the water gods again. No matter how long it’s been in the water or how deep it is submerged, this hat will float back to and above the surface of the water, so you can always be sure to retrieve it after an epic fail. Unlike other hats, it holds its shape when wet and is made entirely out of antimicrobial, U.V and water resistant, and quick-dry materials.

summer 2018 gear guide sunscreen
Stream2Sea Sunscreen

Feel good about using Stream2Sea’s Mineral Sunscreen for Body SPF 30. All of our mineral sunscreens and natural body care products are made of natural ingredients, biodegradable and tested safe for fish and coral larvae. This protects you, your family, and our planet’s waters.

summer 2018 gear guide restube pfd
Restube Sports PFD

The robust pocket with its splint closing system and the exchangeable belt system can be mounted directly to the harness or at the belt. It is for rough use and perfect for kite, wind and wave surfing or SUP. The RESTUBE sports also can be used for any other water related activities. More often professionals are using it for additional personal self protection out there in the field.


 Boards - Inflatables


summer 2018 gear guide surftech runabout
Surftech Runabout Air Travel

The Runabout Air-Travel features a printed graphic deck that will make any boating enthusiast excited to get out and show this board off at the yacht club. This All-Around board is packed with features and details that will keep you looking for more. ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Deck tie downs Padded carry handle Drop stitch material Backpack bag, pump, fin and repair kit.

See our review of the Runabout HERE.

summer 2018 gear guide sic airglide tao fit
SIC Maui Air Glide Tao Fit

The TAO Fit is designed specifically for the paddler who wants a board to take out for a cruise or into a SUP yoga class. It has been specifically adapted based on the experience and input of Seychelle Webster, who is not only an elite racer on SIC’s global race team, but also an accomplished wellness, SUP yoga / fitness instructor. The features on this board are derived from her years of teaching and testing. From this SIC has designed the TAO Fit to create the ideal board for paddlers and fitness folks alike.

summer 2018 gear guide boardworks shubu solr
Boardworks Shubu Solr

This board is great for all around water activities, while the shape allows for all paddling abilities. The convenient package comes with a paddle, rolling backpack and pump, which makes it easy to get on the water and store at the end of the day.

See our review of the Shubu Solr HERE.

summer 2018 gear guide pau hana oahu nui
Pau Hana Oahu Nui

What’s better than paddling, paddling with your friends on a giant inflatable paddle board. This is the Oahu Nui and it’s built for fun. The Oahu Nui transforms the popular Pau Hana Oahu nose rider into an all-purpose inflatable for group adventures. Be it a day on the beach or a picnic on the water, the Oahu Nui brings together friends and family to experience the joys of paddling together.

summer 2018 gear guide am super trip
Aqua Marina Super Trip

There are not many outdoor activities where the whole family can join in. Super Trip inflatable SUP extends the family fun to the next level with its extralength 12‘2"(370cm)and width 34"(87cm). Designed for 2 adults plus 1 kid up to 397lbs/180kg, this family SUP is perfect rig for lakes, seaside, and rivers. A lovely mix of quick, agile and stable and ideal for family use or for clubs.



 Boards - Hard Tops


summer 2018 gear guide surftech aleka
Surftech Bark Aleka

The Aleka Tuflite V-Tech is the perfect SUP for any paddler that seeks versatility. Joe BARK shaped the Aleka to be stable enough for flat-water cruising, but it will also perform well in small to medium surf. The prAna collaboration adds an amazing aesthetic with patterns matching their 2018 Swim Line. This SUP is specifically designed for a paddler interested in sport and fitness. It is narrower and less stable than entry level boards making it more efficient while also allowing the user to properly engage entire core strength with every paddle stroke.

See our review of the Aleka HERE.

summer 2018 gear guide sic tao surf
SIC Maui Tao Surf

The TAO Surf Series shape is inspired by traditional surf design. Its full nose and rounded pintail help you to drop into waves, carving down the line with ease. The wider widths make the board stable, which comes in handy when punching through the shorebreak or standing out in the lineup. These boards also make for nice cruising boards with a moderate rocker line which tracks and glides nicely through the water. The boards can run multiple fin configurations (single fin or thruster setup). The overall volume is designed to accommodate the whole family, small or large.

summer 2018 gear guide boardworks solr
Boardworks Solr 

This board is great for all around water activities, while the shape allows for all paddling abilities, it’s great on both the ocean and flat water. The convenient package makes it easy to get on the water and fun for the whole family.

summer 2018 gear guide naish nalu
Naish Nalu

The Nalu 10’6" GTW is the one-board solution for riders wanting versatility, stability and waveriding performance. It features classic longboard outline, recessed deck and full rails for increased stability and wider range of use. The single-concave nose flows into a double-concave midsection and V tail, making it adaptable to everything from flatwater cruising, to ankle-slapper waves, to double-overhead surf.

See our review of the Nalu HERE.

summer 2018 gear guide bote rover
BOTE Rover

It’s a stand up paddle board. It’s a microskiff. It’s everything in between. No matter what you call it, one thing’s for sure, it’s a BOTE. The Moto Rac is the core feature of the Rover. It is the single accessory that makes the leap from paddle to power. *Moto Rac & paddle included.

summer 2018 gear guide starboard all star
Starboard All Star

From entry level to elite racers, the Starboard All Star 14’ x 24.5” is the world’s most successful, user-friendly and versatile race design. The 2018 shape features defined rocker lines, keeping the board 2-3 board lengths faster then the competition. Downwind performance is further improved thanks to added volume in the nose, and a flatter tail makes buoy turns faster then ever while the hull maintains ultimate control in breaking waves.

See our review of the All Star HERE.

summer 2018 gear guide slingshot foil board
Slingshot Air Strike

The Air Strike combines the amazing efficiencies of foiling with the wide-range performance of stand up paddling for an experience that will completely redefine your level of fun in the waves. The Air Strike SUP foil surfer is the big brother to our Skywalker surf foil board. It features Slingshot’s signature EARLY TAKE-OFF tail, which catches more energy from the waves and whitewater to propel you to speed and on-foil faster.


Make sure to head to your local retailer to find all these items and more during this Summer season!

Last modified onFriday, 20 March 2020 16:58

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