Paddle board Accessories: the absolute must haves for 2020

Hello there, fanatic! Looking for some great paddle board accessories to make your paddling tour even better? In this guide I’ll show you some of the best must have accessories for stand up paddling.

I will not discuss any paddles, pumps, backpacks or other essentials in this guide, since I assume you already own them.

Want to know what I’m talking about without scrolling all the way down? Here’s the list (click to scroll):

  1. Restube – for your safety
  2. Paddle board carrier
  3. Dry bag – to keep your stuff .. you know .. dry
  4. Paddle board seat
  5. Waterproof phone case
  6. Paddle board Anchor
  7. A cooler
  8. Bonus. Not telling you.

Safety first: Restube

When it comes to safety, I always recommend people to check out the Restube products. Personally, I don’t like wearing a life jacket. I’m a good swimmer and it just doesn’t feel nice being on the water with a life jacket on. However, sometimes the water can be unpredictable which causes you to fall off of your board. If you somehow end up hitting the board or a rock, problems will occur.

Restube is an inflatable back up for when things go wrong on the water. It’s perfect for every type of water sport, not only paddle boarding. You can easily attach it around your waist. If necessary, pull hard on the trigger and the Restube inflates. The product is reusable when you replace the gas cartridge. Very handy! Restube has as a large assortment. For paddle boarding, I would recommend buying the Restube Basic or the Restube Classic

Want to read more about Restube? Click the link to our Restube Guide.

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Paddle board Carrier

Do you find it difficult to carry the board to the water, or from your car to the beach? Lots of people do, so luckily there is a solution for this: the SUP carrier. It’s a simple, yet brilliant product that doesn’t even cost a lot of money (around $25) but will save you a lot of struggle. Are you using a hard board, or do you keep your paddle board inflated during the summer? Definitely buy a carrier if you have trouble carrying a paddle board.



Dry bag

Yep, this keeps your stuff dry.

Do you want to bring you valuable possessions with you on the water? Perhaps your phone, keys, camera, or even clothes? Having a dry bag is the solution for this. These are light weight bags that keep your valuables dry. They come in different colors and sizes and are easy to carry. Most of the time they have adjustable shoulder straps but if you buy a small one, you can put them under the bungee cords of your board.

Tip: do NOT make the same mistake as I did, buying them for just a few dollars on a random market. A couple of years ago I forgot to bring my dry bag to my holiday destination and decided to buy one locally. This didn’t end up well. My passport got soaking wet and I had to throw away my phone.

Since dry bags come in literally every color and size, I’m just going to link to the page that has the best reviews and the most options.



Paddle board seat

Imagine, the weather is perfect, you’re on a lake and want to relax for a while. What do you do? Yep, you sit down on your paddle board and start kayaking a bit. After a while your back starts hurting a bit, since you’re not comfortable.

Well, there is a solution for this: a kayak seat that can be mounted on your paddle board. This can be done very easily. You can attach the seat to the D-rings that are on (almost) every paddle board. Normally a seat has two straps in the front and two in the rear that give a wide range of adjustability.

I like sitting on my board every now and then. Being able to continue paddling in a comfortable way makes this one of my favorite paddle board accessories.

Tip: do you know there are SUP paddles that can be transformed into kayak paddles? The handle can be pulled off so that you can attach another blade. This will transform your paddle into a real kayak paddle. Nice huh 😊?



Waterproof phone case

Nowadays we no longer leave our house without our mobile phone. If you go paddle boarding, I would even recommend bringing your phone with you. If you run into trouble, at least you can contact someone to help you out. But not every phone is waterproof. I would therefore suggest to buy a waterproof phone case.

You can strap this bag around your neck, which is great if you’re wearing a bikini or a swim short. You can even use your phone while it is in the case. A great, handy must have product if you’re bringing your phone with you on the water (which everyone does).

Looking for a Dry Bag as well? Some Dry bags come with a free waterproof phone case! Click to scroll back up.



Paddle board anchor

You might have never thought about this, but an anchor comes in very handy every now and then. For people who like to be stationary for a period of time, a paddle board anchor is great. You can use this anchor for multiple purposes, like:

  • While SUP fishing
  • While practicing paddle board yoga
  • While resting / relaxing on the water
  • If you want it to be stuck at the waterfront

You can also attach the anchor to your kayak, if you own one. Try one and see for yourself how many times you use this. Believe me: it will me be more often than you think.



A cooler

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If you’re not paddling to set a new speed record but like to relax on your paddle board during a Saturday, you CAN NOT go without bringing a cold beverage. Keep your drinks ice cold during your paddling adventures and bring along a cooler.

The bag works with suction cups but they only work well on a hardboard. If you’re using an inflatable board, use your bungee cords. It is big enough to use it as a lunch box or for picnics. The bag also comes with a shoulder sling to set your hands free.

Since I’m using my paddle board mainly to relax and enjoy the water, I absolutely love this product. Nothing like cracking open a cold drink while enjoying sunset on the water.



Paddle board accessories: Bonus!

I laughed myself to tears when I first saw this product. After thinking about this for a while, I realized: this is just awesome! I don’t have kids (yet) but I can imagine paddle boarding with your offspring is one of the most fun things to do. To convince them to go on a trip with you: do this by transforming your paddle board into a Dophin (or Duck, Orca, Shark or Swan)!

One small problem. If you’re outside the US it looks like you have to pay shipping costs. Quite a bit (around $20). If you don’t care about that, this is a no brainer! Right?



Conclusion

There are a lot of great gadgets that make your paddle board adventure even better. I’m very curious to what you guys bring along for a day of paddling! Drop a message below or send me a picture on Facebook or Instagram and let me know if I missed a must-have paddle board accessory!

Oh and by the way: as you may have already noticed… English is not my native language. Did you see any mistakes, please let me know. I’d be happy to correct it. Thanks a lot! 🤙

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Review written by: Tom

Hi! My name is Tom. During the year I try to be on a paddle board as much as possible. By reading this blog you'll stay updated on everything I test on the water :)