6 Things You Need To Know About Winter Paddle Boarding

We know that Winter season is a really hard time for a lot of people. It can easily become months to dread, to feel disconnected and detached from nature. But just because there's snow on the ground or cold air doesn't mean it can hold you back from enjoying your time on your paddle board and feeling like your beautiful and bright Summery self.

We all wish it was 80 degrees and sunny all year long, unfortunately for a lot of us, this is far from reality. But we're here to tell you that your paddleboarding season doesn't have to end when the warm temperatures drop! Paddleboarding in the winter is an awesome way to explore places most people will never get to see, and just as a bonus, it saves you from those terribly long months of waiting for summer to get on the water.

We have years of experience on the water in less than ideal weather so listen up because we're going to let you in on the secrets.

1.) Keep close attention to weather conditions

You need to know the temps, both air and water, and wind speed and direction. Wind chill is a huge factor in winter paddling! If the outside thermometer says it’s 34 degrees but the wind is blowing 12-15 mph out of the North, your windchill is in the 20’s. That’s significant.

A good rule of thumb is “when in doubt – don’t go out” and that is critical in the colder months.

2.) Don't keep it a secret

We strongly reccomend to go paddling with a friend or partner. Wether you decide to bring someone along or not it is important to leave someone with all the information about your adventure. Tell them where you are launching from, what time and what time you expect to be back. This has a lot to do with planning your route. If someone knows where you are, they can check on you.

3.) Pack a warm-up bag

In case any water kicks up on you or (knock on wood) you fall in, it's a good idea to bring a change of clothes such as, sweatpants, hoodies, warm socks, water and snacks to keep your body tempeture at a healthy level, and some blankets for when you get back to your car.

4.) Wear proper SUP winter clothing

Personally, in the cooler months we only go out in conditions that are calm with flat water, so the falling in potential is very low. For this, you can dress similar to when you go jogging in cooler weather. Boots, wet suit (if possible), handwarmers, gloves, hats, and lots of layers. It's important to keep your arms mobile!

5.) Be home before dark

In the winter months the sun goes down a lot earlier in the day and that means the temperature will drop with it. Your local weather forecast will give you the time the sun will set, so plan to be packing your car up 30 minutes or before that.


6.) Use your leash and PFD

In the unlikely scenerio where you ignored Step #1 and you felt the strange urge to go during a wind, snow or fog storm, you shouldn't fall in the cold water. All states in the US have specific laws about pfds on bodies of water for your safety. The leash will do it's job to keep the board next to you so you don't have to swim back.

We know that Winter season is a really hard time for a lot of people. It can easily become months to dread, to feel disconnected and detached from nature. But just because there's snow on the ground or cold air doesn't mean it can hold you back from enjoying your time on your paddle board and feeling like your beautiful and bright Summery self.

Is there anything we missed, or cold weather tips you know? Let us know in the comments below!