Many newcomers to the sport of stand up paddle boarding buy a board and stop there, but there are 8 SUP accessories that we think every stand up paddle boarder should own. While paddling out is always fun, each of these items will undoubtedly add to your safety and enjoyment when you’re out on the water…
In this post, we’re going to share 8 of the best paddle board accessories that no one should be without in 2012. So without any further ado, let’s jump right in and check out this must-have gear…
Top 8 SUP Accessories for 2020
#1. MTI 16g Inflatable Belt Pack Life Jacket
Forget bulky life jackets — the minimalistic MTI 16g Belt Pack Life Jacket is a compact and comfortable personal flotation device that stays completely out of your way. This PFD easily inflates with a simple pull of the T-cord, giving you safety and peace of mind without ever knowing you have it on. It also includes a safety whistle and handy D-ring attachment point for securing small accessories.
A recent addition to the company’s top-rated lineup of paddleboarding safety gear and one of our all-time favorite SUP PFDs, MTI’s 16g belt pack is a must-have accessory that can save your life.
#2. Waterproof YETI SideKick Dry Pouch
YETI’s brilliant SideKick Dry is an incredibly well-designed waterproof pouch that’s super lightweight and will keep your stuff bone dry while you’re out on the water. Featuring a unique closure system that consists of a magnet-lined rubber seal and fold over velcro flap, the SideKick Dry is essentially an airtight vault that still gives you quick and easy access to your phone, keys, camera, and other small items.
This versatile pouch can also be used with the new YETI Panga Backpack and MTI’s 16g belt PFD mentioned above, making it an incredibly useful SUP accessory that you can use in a variety of ways. Being a YETI product, it’s built like a tank and backed by a 3-year warranty.
For additional waterproof storage options, be sure to check out our list of this year’s best dry bags.
#3. BPS Storm Premium SUP Leash
A good SUP leash is another critically important piece of SUP safety gear and it’s a paddleboarding accessory that absolutely everyone needs to own. These days, many SUP boards include a leash, but there are still a lot of paddlers who don’t use one…
The BPS Storm Premium SUP leash is a coiled 10′ leash that is made of the highest-quality materials and backed by a lifetime warranty. The coiling of the leash eliminates leash drag and the padded neoprene cuff is so comfortable that you’ll forget you have it on. Lastly, the BPS Storm leash is available in a wide variety of colors which means you’ll easily be able to color-match it with your board.
#4. BLACKFIN Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker (by iROCKER SUP)
We all know that everything is better with some tunes and iROCKER SUP’s new BLACKFIN Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is the perfect partner to bring along on your next paddle.
This great sounding speaker is 100% waterproof, submersible, sand/dust-proof, and it even floats. The internal 4GB memory holds up to 1,000 songs which means you won’t have to bring your phone along and the handy dual-pairing feature allows you to enjoy your tunes in stereo.
Packed inside of this affordable little speaker is a rechargeable battery giving you up to 5 hours of play time and there’s also a built-in speakerphone with caller-ID and microphone.
#5. SUP Cooler
Whether you’re into SUP fishing or just need something to keep drinks and snacks cool during your paddling adventures, a SUP cooler is an essential SUP accessory that paddlers of all types can enjoy.
To learn more about the pros and cons of each type of cooler and to find the best one for your needs, we highly recommend checking out our SUP coolers buyer’s guide.
#6. Rheos Gear Floating Sunglasses
Protecting your eyes while you’re out on the water is crucial and Rheos Gear’s floating shades are just what the doctor ordered. Featuring ultralight construction and extreme durability, these stylish polarized sunglasses provide UV400 protection and a tough, dual anti-scratch coating. They’re also completely shatterproof and come with a lifetime warranty.
Available in a wide variety of models and colors, these great looking sunglasses are an ultra-comfortable and affordable option that you’ll enjoy wearing every day, and the fact that they float means you’ll never have to worry about losing them while you’re out paddling. For more details, be sure to check out our detailed Rheos sunglasses review.
#7. GoPro HERO7 Black Waterproof Camera
Next up is the awesome GoPro HERO7 Black waterproof camera…
Just mount this tiny camera to the front of your SUP and enjoy capturing all of your memorable paddling sessions in stunning HD quality. The HERO7 Black records insanely beautiful, professional-quality photos and video, and it features built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology.
GoPro’s HERO7 Black shoots 4K60 video and 12MP photos and the new HyperSmooth Video Stabilization provides gimbal-like stabilization. This versatile little camera is a worthwhile investment and you’ll enjoy the memories it captures for a lifetime.
#8. Red Paddle Co Silent Air Remover
iSUPs are designed for extreme inflation pressure and because of this, inflatable paddle board deflation results in a dangerously loud blast of air that can produce noise levels of 130 dB and more — something that can cause permanent ear damage and long-term hearing loss.
Red Paddle’s new Silent Air Remover effectively reduces noise levels by more than 61%, making it an essential safety accessory that can help to prevent serious damage.