Kristie Leong M.D. is a family practitioner who believes in the power of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle to prevent and fight illness.
The Paddleboarding Rage
Paddleboarding is one of the hottest activites and one of the fastest growing water sports in the United States. The popularity of paddleboarding has grown exponentially in the last decade. From paddleboarding camps to paddleboard yoga classes, there are endless ways to enjoy the sport. It's a great way to stay fit too.
Although you only need a board and a paddle, it’s helpful to have other accessories that make paddleboarding safer and more fun. Is there an active paddleboarder in your life? Let’s look at some of the best gift ideas for a serious paddleboarder.
1. A Deck Bag
A deck bag is a storage space designed for a paddle board. Your recipient can mount it on the board or attach it to the board and use it to store water, sunscreen, and other essentials. If the paddleboarder already has a paddleboard, this bag will be the perfect addition to their summer gear,
What should you look for? A good deck bag should be durable and waterproof, so it won't leak when you're out on the water. It should also have plenty of room for everything a paddleboarder needs on an excursion. This includes things like sunscreen, water bottles, a phone charger, and maybe even a snack.
There are many styles of deck bags. Some have shoulder straps, so a paddleboarder can wear them like a backpack, while others attach directly to the board with bungee cords or clips. Some have reflective strips or bright colors, so the paddleboarder is easy to spot in low-light conditions. Consider how serious the paddleboarder is about the sport to gauge how much space they'd need and how much it would be worth to spend on the bag.
When paddle boarding, the sun is your enemy. The glare on the water can make it difficult to navigate. If you’re looking for the best gifts for paddleboarders, sunglasses are a must. If you’re shopping for someone who already owns a paddleboard, there are two important considerations to consider: style and ultraviolet (UV) protection. Do they prefer prescription or non-prescription glasses? It's also important that the sunglasses you choose for your recipient block 100% of the sun's harmful rays.
Paddleboarders run the chance of things falling into the water, so you could consider gifting them a sunglasses strap as well, or perhaps just not spending hundreds of dollars on a pair.
3. A Personal Flotation Device or Life Jacket
The best gift you can get someone is a life jacket—whether it's for boating, swimming, or kayaking. PFDs (Personal Flotation Devices) help keep a paddleboarder afloat until help arrives should anything go wrong while out on the water. In many places, they are also mandatory to have with you while on the water. Not all paddleboarders wear a life jacket when they should; it's an extra layer of protection and makes the sport safer, so getting someone one isn't a bad idea.
A quality paddleboard life vest will be designed with high-visibility materials and have reflective strips for increased visibility during low light conditions like dawn and dusk as well as in foggy weather conditions where visibility may be limited due to low light conditions or lack of sunlight. When you give a life vest, you're giving the gift of safety. What better way to show you care?
4. Waterproof Phone Case
Paddleboarding is an active, water-based sport that requires full immersion in the water. While it can be fun, it also has its challenges—like losing a phone in the ocean. Not only is that a challenge for several reasons, but it's also a loss that can cost a lot to get back!
One of the most important and expensive pieces of gear we carry on us day to day is our phones. Paddleboarders want to protect phones from both water damage and instances like falling on the board and hitting it. The last thing they need is a wet smartphone. So, give your lucky recipient a waterproof phone case to protect their phone against moisture.
5. Waterproof Headphones
If you know someone who loves to paddleboard, a pair of waterproof headphones are the perfect gift idea for them. These waterproof headphones are guaranteed to be a hit with anyone who likes to listen to music while on the water and are much smaller and lighter in weight than a speaker.
Waterproof headphones come in a variety of styles and types. Some hook over the ears, go behind a paddleboarder’s head or fit directly into the ear canal. Some models feature built-in speakers while others offer earbuds that fit inside your ears. Others come with wireless Bluetooth capabilities, so paddleboarders don't have to worry about tangling the wires when they're out on the water paddling around!
If your loved one has recently taken up this exciting new sport, they will surely appreciate the items on this list. They're designed to make paddleboarding safer and more pleasurable! Happy shopping!