Experience the first snowflakes on paddle: SUP in winter
Stand Up Paddling is the summer sport par excellence. On hot days it offers the perfect cooling. But paddling is not only possible in summer! Also in winter you can enjoy the nature and explore the area on the board. Here you can experience how even the biggest frostbites can enjoy paddling all year round.
Going beyond the comfort zone
Water sports in winter, is that even possible? Of course! And best of all: not a single wave will disturb you while paddling. The fact that there are only few boats on the lakes in winter makes it much easier to find and maintain your balance. So the dreaded falling into the water is almost impossible and even beginners can paddle in peace. Nevertheless, there are some things that you should pay attention to when getting on your board in winter.
SUP clothing for a carefree paddling experience
There is no bad weather, there is only the wrong clothes! This motto applies to all outdoor sports and also to stand up paddling during the cold season. It is best to wear dry suits. The cuffs on the arms, legs and neck prevent water from getting into the suit and keep you dry at all time. It is also advisable to wear warm thermal underwear and functional clothing to stay warm at all times. Under no circumstances should a wetsuit be worn, as it is only suitable for water sports that take place in the water and not on the water. This can lead to rapid hypothermia. Feet, hands and head should also be protected. Here neoprene shoes, neoprene socks, neoprene gloves and a neoprene cap offer themselves.
The right kind of clothing is the key! (Source: Unsplash / Holly Mandarich)
In the unlikely event that you fall into the water, you should dry yourself out as soon as possible. It is therefore advisable to stay close to the shore and only paddle in the company of others. During strong wind heights, paddling is not recommended and brightly coloured clothing is an advantage.
After your first stand up paddling in winter, you’ll be prouder than ever before! Once you’ve tried it out, you’ll notice that SUP can even be a year-round sport. Unless, of course, the lake is completely frozen …
SUP lovers and frostbite watch out! Stand Up Paddling is also possible in winter! With the right clothes and the right equipment you are optimally prepared to undertake a beautiful paddling trip into beautiful winter landscapes.
Source cover image: Unsplash / Holly Mandarich