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1WATER SHOES: BAREFOOT WATER TORRENT


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4HYDRATION: AVILA BY


GLOVES BY MERRELL $100; MERRELL.COM Synthetic leather uppers, mesh, and quick- drying materials make these kicks good for water sports. You can surely go barefoot during SUP, but if foot protection is needed look to a pair like these made-for-water shoes.


2INFLATABLE BOARD: 4


12’6 TOUR BY HOBIE $1,399; HOBIE.COM Transporting a surfboard can be a pain. Hobie offers an inflatable option (weighing 28 pounds) that packs small enough to take on an airplane or carry to a remote lakeshore. Sold as a kit, the 12’6 Tour comes with a break-apart paddle, backpack, and a pump to inflate the board. On the water, the board is about 12 feet long and 32 inches wide—a solid platform on which to stand tall and paddle into the waves.


3SUNGLASSES: BUTTER- BOMBS BY BOMBER


EYEWEAR $47; BOMBEREYEWEAR.COM These snug, lightweight sunglasses float if dropped in water, and they offer UV light protection for bright days on a lake or saltwater bay. Available in several frame styles and with lens types varying from a light “smoke” gray to deep polarized.


HYDRAPAK $60, HYDRAPAK.COM Professional SUP racer Candice Appleby wears the insulated Avila, which totes up to 70 liquid ounces and fits atop a lifejacket. “It’s comfortable to paddle in, lightweight, easy to clean, and it can store a cellphone or MP3 player,” she says.


5PFD: PANACHE PADDLESPORTS VEST BY


STEARNS $72; STEARNSFLOTATION.COM You’ll feel free to paddle with this vest that boasts wide armholes. And, because it’s made with a durable nylon shell, you can bet that the Panache vest will stand the heat and UV rays for more than just one summer.


6WATER TOP: HYDROSILK


SHIRT BY NRS $40; NRSWEB.COM Wear this layer—which boasts UPF 50 sun protection—to help ward off the bright rays and keep you warm in a misty breeze. The wicking nylon fabric will wick water and sweat from your skin. Flat, meticulously placed seams also prevent unwanted chafing.


7PADDLE: ENDURO


TUFSKIN BY STARBOARD $99-$249; STAR-BOARD-SUP.COM A strong ABS plastic blade and glass composite staff make the Enduro Tufskin a good pick for beginners. At 87 inches, the paddle weighs a bit more than 2 pounds for easy wielding. And at $99, the paddle is a relative value. Spend a bit more for the adjustable version ($249) and you can dial in the exact length for your height and preference on a board.


8BOARD: GENERATOR AST


11’6” BY SURFTECH $920; SURFTECH.COM A solid introductory board, the 11-foot, 6-inch Generator is durable and lightweight—great for a day on the lake or at the beach. It has a grooved foam pad on top for grip and comfort underfoot. And, relatively speaking, it’s a deal when you compare it against other beginner boards.


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WHY TRY SUP? Check out this list of 10 reasons why your Scouts will love SUP: scoutingmagazine.org/sup.


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