From amphibious water wear that can be used in and out of the drink to post SUP lounge threads for après SUP sessions, you’ll need to stay cool under the sun and stylish to boot if you’re jetting off this winter. SUP Mag UK has gathered together a selection of must have gear that’s perfect for your winter paddling holibobs. We also roped our mate SUP Dog in to help model all that essential clobber. We’re sure you’ll agree that he certainly cuts a stylish look.
Animal beachwear (for him and her)
Animal hardly need any introduction as a world renowned brand; the UK-based company produces a range of gear, technical and street, that most SUPers would be happy to be seen in. Their ultra-stretchy Beeston boardies (for him) have been used to good effect over the past few months. Feeling super comfy and almost forgettable once on, they’re perfect for warmer water stand up antics or chilling at the beach.
For lady paddlers the brand’s Paisley bikini and Patison hot pant style shorts are flattering to wear and practical to boot – especially when the sun shines. Pack ‘em when off on your next SUP trip or bust them out when temperatures rise. You can’t do without these well manufactured garments in your wardrobe.
Price: Beeston boardies £50, Paisley bikini £30, Patison shorts £38
Cave Active Ts
Phil Plume, Fanatic UK SUP surfer/racer, is no stranger to the domestic comp circuit and his new clothing brand, Cave Active, is set to be all the rage among paddlers holiday season. Featuring simple but eye catching designs, Cave tees come in four flavours to suit all tastes and moods. If you’re super keen on sporting threads from an alternative company – and one with strong SUP ties – then hit up their website for full details.
Cave Active also have a range of beanie hats for those chillier nights and stay tuned for more being added to the Cave shop over the coming months.
Riz are Ryan James (UK’s race maestro) swimmers of choice, and for good reason. Manufactured from recycled plastic bottles, these boardies wear their green credentials on their sleeve. Oh, and they’re super comfy to boot with a bunch of features not normally associated with water wear. Zipper fly makes access easy – when you gotta go you just have to go. The front zip pouch is a neat little addition too for storing your change or other small bits when not in the drink. We’ve been wearing the Riz Endangered Bee pair and have to say: we love ‘em!
Maluku Moratai boardies
Maluku is a small surf brand from deepest darkest Cornwall who create minimalist looking attire that looks the bomb on land or afloat. Not everyone wants to wear it loud and proud so the knocked back colour schemes and designs are more for when you’re feeling subtle. Great when wet, the Maluku Moratai boardies offer comfort and style when sweeping, while quick dry material ensures you’ll be moisture free by the time you’ve packed your SUP gear away.
Hutch SUP Wear boardies
Owner Simon Hutchinson (hence the name Hutch SUP Wear) is stoked off his noggin about stand up and as such created the Hutch SUP Wear brand to outfit paddlers in stylish threads – on terra firma or out in the deep blue. We reviewed the brand’s hoody and tee a few issues ago, so were stoked to get our hands on Hutch’s new line of boardies. Comfortably fitting, quick dry material is super soft against skin while the thigh side pockets are great additions without the need for pulling Velcro – hands in pocket slouchers take note: these are for you. Retro design and colourways top off the Hutch SUP Wear look.
Gumbies flip flops
A new name to some, Gumbies is an Australian brand who put importance on comfort as well as style. Their awesome flip flops are worthy of adorning even the most discerning of SUPers feet and the extra wide grippy sole makes getting to and from your chosen SUP launch all the easier.
Whether you’re out paddling in the sun or simply chilling at the beach, a decent pair of ray deflectors is always going to be needed. Tried and tested under the harsh Aussie sun, Carve sunglasses are well manufactured with a catalogue of ultra-modern styles that scream ‘surfer lifestyle’. We tried our fair share of shades over the years and these Carve Goblin additions certainly live up to expectations – Polarised coated lenses doing away with unwanted bright glare, all the while looking stylish to boot.
Palm tech waterwear
Palm Equipment have come a long way since their halcyon days as a simple kayak brand. These days their tech threads and apparel can be seen on the backs of Sam Ross and other high profile UK stand up paddlers – and it’s little wonder why. The brand’s Horizon boardshorts have been getting a thorough going over from SUP Mag UK since late spring. Featuring an integral thermal liner, water repellent outer fabric and knee length quick drying materials, the Horizon boardshort is a winner for slightly parkier summer days when you only require the bare minimum of coverage. Although Palm’s Arun top is a drysuit baselayer, we’ve also been using this in conjunction with the Horizon short as the two garments together make an awesome flat water/race/touring outfit that will see you warm and dry (as long as you don’t take a dip!).
Price: Horizon boardies £54.95, Arun base layer £29.95
‘Tis the season for holidays and jetting off somewhere warm(er) and tropical. Unfortunately, such is the age we live in, air travel can these days be a lottery with the amount of kit you can take. Luggage allowances aside, you’ll still need space for spare fins, fin keys, leashes and other assorted SUP accessories. Enter the Stuffa One jacket. Not only is this a warm and cosy bodywarmer style of top layer, it also features a number of secret stash compartments within the inner liner. Here’s where you can hide a load of goodies and get them on the plane without having to re-pack your main luggage. Another item we used to good effect when jetting off to warmer climes.
NCW thermal long john and drybag
North Coast Wetsuits make a bunch of quality home grown neoprene suits and their thermal long john follows the trend. Well manufactured, this type of suit is perfectly suited to UK SUPers as it offers just enough coverage to keep the chill at bay during nippier sessions. Combine it with a thermal rash vest for increased performance and you have a top drawer bit of kit that’s super versatile. In tandem the NCW wet/dry bag is a well-designed backpack that doubles as drybag for when you’re at the beach. Simply stuff your wetty inside, zip it up and no more wet dog smells during your ride home. Alternatively use it as a rucksack for days at the beach to keep things moisture free.
Price: Long john thermal wetty £32.95, drybag £38.95
Cushe Footwear’s Getaway kicks are superior in comfort and super durable to boot (no pun intended). They’re the perfect foot hammocks for rambling about post SUP session and look great either dressed up or dressed down. With their breathable upper the Getaway also allows moisture to evaporate and therefore reduce that odorous foot pong.