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Why Let Winter Cold Stop You from SUP-ing?

IT IS THE HOLIDAYS, TRAFFIC, PEOPLE RUSHING AROUND FOR THOSE LAST-MINUTE GIFTS (inflatable Paddle Board iS a Great Present… I’m just saying…), YOUR JACKET ZIPPED UP AND THE SMELL OF PINE TREES IN YOUR LIVING ROOM.  

NOW IMAGINE A WARM SUMMERS DAY, YOU ARE OUT ON THE WAVES OR A CALM LAKE CRUISING AROUND ON YOUR IROCKER SUP. SOUND LIKE FUN? THEN LET’S GRAB OUR IROCKER, PUT ON THE WETSUIT IF NECESSARY AND GET OUT OF TOWN. A MERRY CHRISTMAS CAN BE VERY MERRY IF YOU ARE OUT ON THE WATER AND THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE AND NATURE FILLING YOUR HEAD. THIS IS OUR MERRY CHRISTMAS WISH FOR ALL OF YOU. RELAX, ENJOY, SMILE, PLAY AND OF COURSE BE MERRY.

 

Some people may be thinking that the first cold winters day means it’s time for stand up paddle boards to be put to rest. We aren’t those people!

Some people have the luxury of traveling someplace warm for the winter season. We also aren’t those people. But it doesn’t matter because the fact is, winter SUP is just as fun as summertime SUP if you’re prepared.

Up in New York, an annual polar plunge at the Bronx Zoo draws global attention and proves how fun and exhilarating winter water sports can be. The concept behind the plunge is embracing the winter cold instead of running from it.

More and more, with the growing popularity of SUP, the idea of polar SUP is on the rise. So here’s an idea: how about if you and your SUP buds jump in the winter water and paddle out for some cold weather fun?

How to Prepare for Cold Water iSUP

Like any other winter sport, your gear will make the difference in fun and misery. We’re all for fun so let’s talk about what you’ll need.

For starters, get yourself a good wetsuit or drysuit. A wetsuit lets in a bit of water that will take on your body temperature and keep you warm. A drysuit has rubber banding at the wrists and ankles and prevents any water from entering.

Different technologies with similar benefits — you’ll stay warm in cold water!

Next, check your board’s PSI. Your iROCKER will shrink in cold temps. Consider adding a little air and test the water a bit to find your ideal PSI. Some like it stiffer. Some like it a little more flexible. Find your sweet spot and go with it.

Think about safety. Just like summer, you want to think about your safety. Get your mobile phone fully charged, put it in a dry case and take it with you. If you get stranded or injured, you’ll be able to reach help.

Also, pack snacks and water. Yes, you can get dehydrated in winter just as you can in summer. Be prepared.

Finally, remember that winter is also a good time for a semi-annual board clean and wax. If you haven’t given your iROCKER a good clean lately, do this now. Here are some additional winter tips for ideal care of your board.

We hope you aren’t one of “those people” who will let winter cold keep you off the water. Show us your iSUP grit with pics of you out in the cold on your iROCKER. Just use the fields below to share.

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