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How to Prepare for Stand-up Paddle Boarding in Summer

June 16, 2023
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As much as we love the combination of summer and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP-ing), it’s always important to do so safely. After all, if you’re out there working up a sweat and there isn’t a cool breeze in sight, SUP-ing can quickly switch from awesome to awful. This is, of course, if you don’t know how to prepare for stand-up paddling in summer. That’s precisely why our team of SUP experts is here today – to help you have the best paddles possible. Now, with all of that in mind, we have everything you need to know, so keep on reading below!

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Check the Weather and Dress Accordingly

First of all, be sure to check the weather before you start getting ready. Trust us, you don’t want to be too warm out there, especially if you’re hoping for a lengthy SUP session. That said, take a moment to check out our in-depth guide of what to wear while SUP-ing in summer. In short, before you do anything else, check the weather and dress accordingly; it will make the rest of the day infinitely easier.

Hydrate in Advance

Equally important, hydrate in advance. Not just when you’re out there on the water, but also before you leave the house! As a matter of fact, SUP experts recommend drinking at least one liter of water before you even begin to paddle. While this has many general health benefits, it is especially helpful for staying at peak performance levels throughout your paddle. For more information on why hydrating in advance can be a real game changer, click here.

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Schedule a Check-in Phone Call

Last but certainly not least, before you head out, schedule a check-in phone call with one of your friends, family members, etc. In other words, tell them about your scheduled paddle, ask them to call you at a specific time, and then, when they call, tell them how your paddle is going. This little tip serves a few different purposes. First, it keeps your loved ones in the loop. Second, if for any reason you need something during your SUP session, you’ll have at least one person who is already prepared, knows where to find you, etc. Finally, and most importantly, if something would ever go wrong—such as heatstroke, exhaustion, severe dehydration, or any other heat-related issues—you’ll have someone on standby who is ready to help, there for you when you need them most, and, of course, planning on calling you either way. Suffice it to say, this one can be a real lifesaver. 

Read more: Self-Care Practices for After a Paddle Boarding Session

Get in Touch with Our Team at Atoll Boards

Now that you know how to prepare for stand-up paddling in summer, what’s next on your to-do list? If you’d like to learn more about summertime SUP-ing, take a moment to explore our Atoll Boards blog. Once there, you will find several insightful articles about seasonal advice, general tips and tricks, and so much more. Plus, if you’re in need of a new SUP, we can even help you with that! Our signature Atoll Boards are made with machine-laminated, dual-layer PVC – the strongest and lightest material available. As a result, our boards are beautifully lightweight, durable, and versatile, making them perfect for practically any type of paddling. For more information about our signature SUPs, paddling in summer, or anything else, please feel free to get in touch with our team at Atoll Boards. To do so, you can click here, give us a call at 877-698-8581, or send an email to Whatever your preference may be, we look forward to serving you soon. Until then!

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