Most people see standup paddleboarding as a quick scoot around the lake before going about their day. While I enjoy the quick SUP session as much as anyone else, sometimes it’s good to make an adventure out of it. Some of my favorite days on the water have included full day SUP trips to amazing locations. These days are filled with food, friends, fun and of course, a couple cold drinks. Below is my guide to a top notch SUP day in Central Florida.
Step 1 - Location, Location, Location
Figuring out where to spend your day paddleboarding is the most important part of the planning process. I personally love places like the Wekiva or Rainbow River. Spring fed waterways filled with beautiful scenic nature; what’s not to love? Florida’s rivers offer great chances to explore areas you have never seen before and enjoy the long winding water trails that are perfect for paddleboarding.
Step 2- Gear and Gadgets
Of course, every trip starts with your Standup paddleboard, paddle and life jacket. These are the essentials. The best paddleboard trips include the things beyond the essentials though.
Gear Tip #1 – A Cooler
A 20 quart cooler is the perfect size to sit comfortable on top of your paddleboard and is easily movable. Ice, food, and drinks are necessities for long days on the water and provide the perfect break for when your arms are weak and you need to sit down.
Gear Tip #2 - Music
For me, a paddleboard trip is not complete without music. The best way to enjoy music while paddleboarding is with a waterproof speaker sitting right on top of your board. I personally love the Ecox Ecostone Speaker. Bluetooth, waterproof and floatable, the Ecox is always a welcomed addition on my paddleboard trips.
Step 3- Friends
In addition to added safety, the company of friends or family is truly what makes the experience worth doing. Being able to bond with the people you care about while on the water is a true local right of passage for Floridians. We only hope we get the chance to show you how great these experiences can be.