Choosing a gift relating to someone’s hobby can be challenging without knowing a little about the activity itself. With paddleboarding, there are a number of factors that might influence a person’s need or desire to have certain extras. Those who adventure on coastal waves with solid boards are likely to have different preferences from those who inflate their board by their local lake.
To help you choose the right gift and understand the differences that influence paddleboarder decisions, we’re sharing the five accessories that make great gifts, whether as essentials that everyone should have or as a luxurious piece of equipment they might truly appreciate.
Not only valuable during the cooler months, a thermal flask is a great accessory for paddleboarders to have, ensuring that they have a hot drink with them on their excursions. Some will want to help their body recover its heat once they return to land, especially after venturing out on cool British waters, while others will simply want to enjoy a relaxing coffee after an exciting paddle.
Whether designed for a specific camera, such as popular GoPro models, or to simply attach a phone, camera mounts are becoming more popular among paddleboarders, helping individuals to record their sessions, review their performance, and simply capture fantastic views.
Securely attaching a camera to the board, mounts will ensure that equipment is kept safe, while also being manoeuvrable to ensure that angles can quickly and accurately be adjusted.
No paddleboarder should be out on the water without a safety leash and it remains an accessory that everyone needs. Even those with many hours of experience out on seas and lakes will still keep themselves tethered to their board, knowing just how quickly it can become separated from the rider.
Leashes come in various styles and can often differ in quality too, so be sure to pick one that will not only suit the rider’s style but will also keep their board, and themselves, safe.
Silent Air Remover
Those who have spent any time on the beach over the past few years, as paddleboarding has grown in popularity, will recognise the sound of an inflatable board being deflated at the end of a paddleboard session. The noise, however, can be avoided with a simple, silencing accessory.
With a silent air remover, once a paddleboard is out of the water and ready to be compacted, it can be deflated quietly and without disrupting others nearby, making it a welcome and discreet presence in an otherwise relaxing atmosphere.
Carrying a paddleboard is not always easy, because they are not only bulky and heavy but also long. Even for physically strong individuals, a solid board can be cumbersome to carry, especially if there is quite a distance between the car and water.
Shoulder straps negate this issue and make carrying a board much easier, alleviating much of the burden and allowing individuals to simply concentrate on getting themselves to the water!