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Gear Up for Adventure: Your Ultimate 4th of July SUP Checklist

June 23, 2024

The 4th of July is almost here! As the excitement builds for a day of sun, fun, and paddling, we have a slight warning for all you paddle enthusiasts out there. Every year, the Atoll team sees a flood of last-minute requests for small but important gear items. So important that without them, you might end up ruining your entire holiday! No joke.

That’s why this year, we decided to help you out so you can get ahead of the game by checking your gear early – as in not the day before you’re set to have fun in the sun.

Here’s your comprehensive pre-holiday SUP checklist to ensure you’re ready to hit the water without any hiccups.

Board Check

Your SUP is the most important part of your holiday gear, so give it a thorough once-over. Inspect for any damage or wear, especially around the fins and edges. It’s also a good idea to inflate your board the day before you head out to check for any slow leaks. If you spot one, patch it up so there are no issues.

And it’s a good idea to give your board a good clean to remove any dirt or grime from previous adventures. A water-ready board is a happy board!

Inflatable Paddle Board Light Blue Atoll 11 foot

Fin Check

Those little fin screws love to go missing, don’t they? (This is the tiny piece of gear we’re talking about!) Make sure all your fin screws are present and accounted for. You have no idea how many people reach out for extra fin screws right before they plan to spend the holiday on the water.

Once you have the accounted for tighten them up, but be careful not to over-tighten. While you’re at it, inspect your fins for any damage that could affect your paddling performance.

Paddle Inspection

Your paddle is your best friend out on the water, so treat it with care. If you have an adjustable paddle, check each section to ensure it’s functioning correctly. Pay special attention to the locking mechanisms – you don’t want your paddle collapsing mid-stroke! Look for any cracks or wear that might compromise its integrity.

And if necessary, grab a new standard adjustable or 100% carbon fiber paddle as soon as possible so you don’t miss any time on the water.

Safety Gear

Safety first, folks! Check that your Personal Flotation Device (PFD) is in good condition and fits properly. At Atoll, we offer CO2 cartridge PFDs, which provide a compact and comfortable solution for paddlers.

When checking your CO2 cartridge PFD:

  1. Inspect the inflatable portion carefully for any holes or weak spots. Even a small puncture can compromise its effectiveness.
  2. Ensure the CO2 cartridge is properly installed and hasn’t been discharged. A quick way to check is by weighing it – if it feels too light, it may need replacement.
  3. Test the manual inflation tube by blowing into it. If it doesn’t hold air, there might be a leak that needs addressing.
  4. Check all straps, buckles, and zippers for wear and tear. They should be intact and functioning smoothly.
  5. Verify that the PFD still fits you properly. An ill-fitting PFD can be ineffective in an emergency.
    If your PFD has an automatic inflation mechanism, make sure the indicator shows it’s armed and ready.

Remember, your PFD is your most important piece of safety gear. It’s worth taking the time to ensure it’s in perfect working condition before your 4th of July paddle.

Your leash is another critical safety item. Make sure it’s the right length for your board and free from any signs of wear or damage. A sturdy leash keeps you connected to your board, which can be a literal lifesaver in challenging conditions.

Remember, a good day on the water is a safe day on the water.

Sun Protection

The summer sun can be unforgiving, especially out on the water where its rays reflect off the surface, intensifying their effect. Proper sun protection is essential for your health and safety during long paddling sessions.

We understand the unique needs of paddlers when it comes to sun protection. That’s why we offer a range of stylish, 100% waterproof hats designed specifically for water sports enthusiasts. Our hats provide:

  1. Complete waterproof protection: No need to worry about your hat getting soggy from splashes or unexpected dips.
  2. Breathable materials: Keeping you cool even during intense paddling sessions.
  3. Secure fit: Featuring adjustable chin straps to ensure your hat stays put, even in windy conditions.
  4. Quick-dry technology: For comfort both on and off the water.
  5. UV protection: Adding an extra layer of defense against harmful rays.

Investing in a high-quality, waterproof hat like those we offer at Atoll is a smart move for any serious paddler. It’s an investment in your skin health and overall paddling experience.


When you’re out on the water, keeping your essentials dry is crucial. That’s where Atoll’s 100% waterproof Overkill Dry Bags come in. We offer a range of options to suit every paddler’s needs:

  • Waist Bag: Perfect for quick access to small essentials like keys, phone, and snacks.
  • Deck Bag: Ideal for longer trips, securely attaching to your board for easy reach.
  • Backpack: Great for beach-to-board transitions, holding all your gear in one place.

All our Overkill Dry Bags are designed with paddlers in mind, featuring:

  • 100% waterproof construction
  • Durable materials to withstand the rigors of water sports
  • Easy-to-use roll-top closures for a secure seal
  • Multiple attachment points for versatile use
Overkill Atoll Waterproof Backpack

If you already have a bag, then before your 4th of July paddle, check it for any wear or damage. Ensure the seals are clean and functioning properly for maximum water resistance.

And don’t forget to pack these essentials in your Overkill Dry Bag!

  • Water bottle or hydration pack: Stay hydrated during your paddle.
  • Small first aid kit: Be prepared for minor emergencies.
  • Waterproof phone case: Capture Instagram-worthy moments safely.
  • Snacks: Fuel up for longer paddles.
  • Change of clothes: For comfort after your water adventure.
  • Towel: To dry off post-paddle.

With Atoll’s Overkill Dry Bags, you can paddle with peace of mind, knowing your belongings are safe and dry.

Additional Items to Consider

Think about bringing a waterproof phone case to capture those Instagram-worthy moments safely. Pack some snacks for longer paddles, a change of clothes for after your adventure, and a towel to dry off.

By checking these items off your list now, you’ll save yourself the stress of last-minute scrambling. At Atoll, we’re always here to help with any gear needs, but we encourage you to prepare early so you can focus on what really matters – having an incredible 4th of July on the water!

We wish you a safe, fun-filled holiday. Don’t forget to stop by Atoll for any gear needs or replacements before the holiday rush. And we’d love to see your 4th of July paddling adventures – share your photos with us on social media!

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