Stand up paddleboards, or SUP boards, are available for hire in many areas. They can provide a great day out for individuals as well as groups. Safety equipment should be provided when you hire a SUP board. You should also bring supplies for the day. Here is everything you need to know about SUP board hire.
The first piece of equipment required is the SUP board. These are available in a range of shapes and sizes. They are typically made using fibreglass, epoxy and a foam core. SUP boards have a greater level of thickness than surfboards and they are generally longer. For beginners, a longer, thicker and wider board is recommended.
Stand up paddles are also necessary. These can be made from a variety of materials including wood, plastic, aluminium and carbon fibre. The paddle should be taller than the person who is using the board.
SUP leashes allow for the paddle board to stay attached to you through the use of a strap around your calf or ankle. This means that if you fall off your paddleboard, it will not be swept away from you.
You may also be required to wear a life vest. This will depend on the area in which you are paddleboarding in.
As well as the equipment needed to paddleboard, you will also need to bring supplies for the day. This includes a change of clothes for when you are finished, sunscreen, drinking water, a towel, suitable paddling clothes such as a hat, shorts and vest and if the weather is cool, a thermal top and windbreaker.
Hiring a SUP board
SUP boards can typically be hired per hour. There may be a separate price for different board sizes, and you may be able to receive a discount for more people. There are larger boards that can hold more than one person. It is recommended that you try a smaller board on your own before advancing to a group SUP board. SUP boards can be made from a variety of materials, but the ones that are available to hire typically consist of a softer material to cushion the impact from falls.
To stand on the board, you should start with your knees on the board and then slowly stand up, using one foot at a time. Your feet should be spread equally apart. You should place one hand on the handle of the paddle and another on the other end. Your feet should be held in a parallel position.