Activities The Great Outdoors All About Standup Paddleboarding Gear Share PINTEREST Email Print The Great Outdoors Paddling Hiking Climbing Skiing Snowboarding Surfing Fishing Sailing Scuba Diving & Snorkeling Learn More By George Sayour George Sayour is an American Canoe Association–certified kayak instructor. He regularly leads workshops on paddling basics, techniques, and safety. our editorial process George Sayour Updated July 21, 2017 As far as paddle sports go, standup paddleboarding doesn't have very much gear at all. A paddleboard and a paddle will get you on the water. But as with all sports today, materials, designs, and components are always changing and improving the sport. Also, as any outdoor enthusiast knows, collecting gear becomes a hobby as we bond with our existing equipment while at the same time desire for newer and often better upgrades to our boards, paddles, and accesories. Here are some resources that will help you learn all about the standup paddleboarding gear you'll need to SUP in comfort and the way you want to. 01 of 08 Standup Paddleboarding Equipment and Gear List The Pelican Rush 11.6 SUP with Gear. George E. Sayour While all you really need is a board and a paddle, there are other SUP equipment that you might want to consider having. A pfd and a leash are two such items. Learn about some other items you might want to bring along and include with your SUP equipment. 02 of 08 How to Choose a Paddleboard Standup Paddle boarding in Manhatten. © by Mario Tama / Getty Images In this day and age you can just walk into a big box retailer and buy a kayak, paddleboard, or canoe. Gone are the days where you have to actually go to a paddling outfitter. If you know what you're looking for, this might be an alright route to go. However, there are paddleboards designed for different types of paddling. Learn all about it in this article. 03 of 08 Choosing a Standup Paddleboard Paddle Werner Spanker SUP Paddle. Photo © nrsweb.com, used by permission You might not think there is much to a SUP paddle. It is, however, one of two crucial gear items to enable you to paddle. Furthermore, the height you are above the water when paddleboarding necessitates you having the right length paddle. Learn how to choose a SUP paddle here. 04 of 08 How iSUPs Setup Setting up a Ten Toes iSUP on some bushes. George E. Sayour iSUP stands for inflatable standup paddleboard. They pump up to a rock hard state in a matter of minutes and they pack down into a bag in about the same amount of time. If you don't have a garage or space for a full on 12 foot SUP, an iSUP might just be for you. Learn how to setup and stow away an iSUP with the advice and tips in this article. 05 of 08 The Anatomy of a SUP The Pelican Rush 11.6 SUP. George E. Sayour Fins, nose, tail, leash plug, and grab handle are just some of the components on a standup paddleboard. Learn all about the anatomy and parts of a SUP in order to be able to speak intelligently with others in the business. 06 of 08 Parts of a SUP Paddle Child SUP Paddle. © by Getty Images / Stephen Simpson SUP paddles are rather simple. But, part of getting into a sport is knowing the the component names and their design considerations. Here is what you need to know about the parts of a SUP paddle. 07 of 08 Convert Your SUP into a Kayak Paddling a cross between a paddleboard and a kayak. Photo © George E. Sayour Sometimes people don't know whether they want a paddleboard or a kayak. Space constraints and budgets can keep them from owning both and forcing these paddlers to have to choose. Well, there is an answer to this problem. Plastic standup paddleboards can actually be converted into kayaks. Local outdoor stores can do this for you or you can make the modifications yourself. Here's how. 08 of 08 Final SUP Gear Considerations These resources will get you going in the sport of standup paddleboarding. Of course, nothing beats getting involved in the paddling community and learning from others. Part of the fun of the sport is the collaboration between paddlers. So, get out there and meet other SUPers. You can check out their gear and even try it out on the water to help you know what it is you are looking for in your next paddle or SUP.