This summer you’ll be needing some stylish threads to keep you looking fresh under the blazing sun (hopefully we get plenty of blazing sun this summer!). Here we’ve grouped together a bunch of apparel from SUP and windsurf loving boutique brands that live the life and practice what they preach. From edgy punk rock inspired designs to more laid back conservative graphics the following brands deliver function, comfort and an individual look.
Hutch SUP Wear
Owned and run by avid paddler and entrepreneur Simon Hutchinson Hutch SUP Wear are a home grown UK brand that have been building a reputation organically. Offering a variety of different Ts, hoodies, and technical waterwear – for him and her – Hutch’s gear is easy on the eye, but functional to boot. Hutch’s technical wicking wet T SUP top is a great choice for those looking for single layer protection when out for a sweep in warmer conditions. We used this to great effect during a recent overseas trip – and not just for SUP. Light, airy and fast drying it’s a top notch bit of kit.
Daz Bristow’s Rockerline Clothing brand takes elements of punk, skate, street and watersports, chucks them all in the blender and spews out the contents to deliver a range of clothing fit for multiple riders across various disciplines and tastes. That said Rockerline are big supporters of SUP – Daz himself is known to head out for a sweep when time allows. Well made and distinctive Rockerline offer a slightly alternative wardrobe choice for UK paddlers/sailors. Rockerline’s range of hoodies are also worth a look for cooler weather, evenings in front of the campfire and shoulder seasons. Our pick is the three quarter arm baseball style T which is so soft and light it’s almost invisible!
Riders on the Storm
Although Riders on the Storm was originally born to service the windsurfers of the world we all know that breeze doesn’t puff all the time. For days when it doesn’t blow there’s SUP and brand owner Timo is super keen on stand up. Edgier designs and styles make up ROTS’s catalogue of choices but all are high end products that look the bomb on the beach, at the lake or when hanging out at the bar post SUP/windsurf session. They also supply a bunch of nifty accessories including the ROTS soft shell jacket – great for chillier evenings – and hard wearing tea/coffee mug. The Riders on the Storm soft shell jacket has already proved its worth when faced with wetter than average UK SUP/windurf conditions to the point where it’s now an essential part of our wardrobe.