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Frequently Asked Questions

For people just starting out one of the most common questions is ‘What Equipment do you use for Stand Up Paddleboarding?’ To help answer this I’ve put together this resources page with information that you might find helpful. It’s a work in progress and I aim to write a blog about each of the items below in the form of a ‘Road Test’ but for the moment if you click on the image or the description below it will link you to where you can find out more and where you can purchase these items if you so desire.

What boards do we use?

Purple SUP on trolly on beach with palm trees
Drift ‘Purple Frangipani’ 10’6″ Rigid Board

Rigid Board

The most important piece of equipment you need for Stand Up Paddleboarding is of course the board itself. To help determine whether a Rigid or Inflatable SUP is for you check out this post. My first stand up paddle board was a fibreglass ‘Drift’ rigid board which I bought in Australia and really love. When I moved to Scotland it stayed behind in Australia for when I get back there one day. If you click on the hyperlink under the image you will be taken to the website I purchased it from where you can find out more information. They also do inflatables which might be worth checking out if you’d prefer an iSUP.

Purple Frangipani Drift SUP at Lake McKenzie Fraser Island
Drift SUP at Lake McKenzie Fraser Island Australia

Inflatable SUP

The ‘Fatstick’ boards are from a British company and we purchased them in Scotland. SUP Bloke has the 10’6″ ‘Blue Lagoon’ and I have the 10′ ‘Pink Panther’. To date there are still some original design ‘Blue Lagoon’ boards left but the original ‘Pink Panther’ design pictured above is no longer listed. Both boards have new designs and the ‘Pink Panther’ has been made into a 10’6″ which I think will be a better option as the fin placement on the shorter board makes the rolling up of the board a little more difficult. Click on the hyperlink beneath the image to be taken to the ‘Fatstick’ website. They also have a selection of rigid or ‘hard’ boards. We are not getting any commission or kickbacks for either of these companies – we just want to share what we love!

Read our Road Test on the Fatstick Pink Panther here

Fatstick Inflatable Stand Up Paddle boards Luskentyre Beach
Fatstick Inflatable SUPs Luskentyre, Isle of Harris, Scotland

What do we wear?

If it’s warm enough we usually just wear shorts and t-shirt, probably because that’s just how it’s done back home!! The water in Scotland is quite a bit cooler though and while we don’t plan to fall in, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. There is a few different opinions on what to wear out there. Some people find wetsuits too uncomfortable and restrictive. To each their own, I’d rather shorts and t-shirt but sometimes it’s just too cold! Both of the wetsuits are 3-5mm which we find is a good balance between flexibility and warmth. We also have the seal skins socks as an added layer on our feet as they are the only part that goes in the water when launching and landing.

Read about wetsuits for Stand Up Paddleboarding here

Read about waterproof socks and wetsuit booties for Stand Up Paddleboarding here

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What camera equipment do we use?

For us another piece of important equipment for Stand Up Paddleboarding is a camera to record our adventures.  Initially we used our iPhones for most of our photography which we had protected in ‘LifeProof’ waterproof cases and with a lanyard on them to prevent dropping into the water. We have since upgraded to a GoPro Hero 8 and attach it to the paddle handle with a GoPro bike handlebar mount. We have also gotten a DJI Mavic Mini drone for that extra cool footage!

More recent updates to our camera equipment (as of April 2021) include new GoPro Hero 9, Telesin Dome, Telesin Tripod/Selfie Stick and GoPro Bite mount 

 

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Other helpful things we’ve found

SUP Bloke sourced a wee handy gadget for weighing our baggage. I would say it is a ‘must have’ when taking your board with you on a flight. With our SUP’s in them, the backpacks weigh around 12kg so we fill the rest of our weight allocation with clothing and general luggage. Having this scale ensures that we don’t go over our limit. We take it with us to re-weigh on the way home to account for extra things we may have purchased while away. If you’re heading to the north of Scotland in the summer months you may want to check out our other ‘must have’. Ask any Scot ‘What is the best Midge deterrent?’ and they will tell you ‘Skin So Soft’ – don’t hit the Highlands without it!

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Stay tuned as we will be adding to this page with more useful information!

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