OVERALL DESCRIPTION: You've mastered SUP over the summer, why not enjoy it year-round? If you're looking for a non snow-based winter outdoor activity, try throwing a winter SUP adventure in the mix. Having the right gear and understanding the weather is critical to this microadventure's success.
WHAT TO BRING: Bring your SUP and a paddle, plus a leash and wearable PFD. Make sure you tell a friend where you're going and how long you'll be gone. Better yet, bring your friend along! A thick wetsuit is a must for a winter SUP session, with some warm wool socks underneath your booties. Save the fur boots and chunky winter clothes for a photoshoot, they are a potential hazard out on the water, especially if you fall in.
OPTIONAL SIDE TREK: Try paddling non-accessable shorelines for views that you can't get anywhere but from the water.
KICK IT UP A NOTCH: Take your headphones out and turn your GoPro off once in a while for a meditative experience. SUP for you, not everyone else.
TIPS: Always paddle upwind first, and be sure to check the weather before you head out to make sure the wind is not increasing. Pick up a M22 Thermos for one of our favorite post winter SUP drinks:
- Hot water
- Dark Chocolate
- Cayenne pepper (A lot if it's really cold!)
QUICKSILVER PYRE WETSUIT
- Glued and blind stitched seams (GBS) to limit water entry
- Reinforced with LFS (Liquid Flex Seal) a stretchy, flexible liquid tape system
- Material: FN Lite neoprene packed with air cells for lightweight warmth; perfect for the bitter Great Lakes.