Cold weather paddle boarding
Don’t lie – we know that you think cold weather paddle boarding is a terrible idea. At first, it sounds cold and uncomfortable, but we have evidence that it’s not. One of our ISLE Influencers, Holly had an epic cold weather SUP session in Colorado a couple winters ago and brought her camera with her. The photos are breathtaking and will make you reconsider cold weather paddling. Just scroll and enjoy. Holly has also outlined some tips & tricks for what to bring with you to stay warm.
3 reasons why you should go paddle boarding in the winter:
- No crowds (you get a whole body of water to yourself!)
- Serene nature
- Magnificent snowy landscapes
3 tips & tricks for paddle boarding in the cold:
1. Wear the proper outerwear
This first one is a given. By proper gear I don’t mean all of your typical SUP gear (board, paddle, leash, PFD), I mean all the gear that will keep you from freezing your butt off while paddling (warm layers, gloves, boots, etc.).
Gear that keeps me warm:
- Cold water wetsuit (5/4 thickness)
- Wool sweater for under layers
- Waterproof gloves
- Ski mask
- Waterproof boots
Keep in mind that most of this gear for extreme cold weather paddling conditions. Before you go cold weather paddling, check the weather and see what type of outerwear is appropriate. If it’s going to be around 50 degrees the day you go, you obviously won’t need a wetsuit, ski mask and a couple layers. However, it’s not a bad idea to bring all your cold weather gear just in case you need it.
2. Common sense
Paddle boarding in cold temperatures can be dangerous if you’re not prepared. Do your homework for the spot you plan to paddle. Find out the weather forecast for that day. Don’t go if the temperature is going to be below freezing, or if there will be high winds. Never go paddle boarding in extreme weather conditions alone. It’s important to find some friends to go with you, especially in rural paddle board locations.
Smiles – everybody needs to bring a smile when out on a cold water SUP adventure. Attitude is key.