Clothing Materials: Non-cotton, synthetic clothing is advised. Lycra, Nylon, Spandex, Polyolefin, Polypropylene. Biking, Yoga, and workout apparel for example are usually blends of these non-natural fibers. Avoid cotton.
Fit: Good, on-the-water apparel is generally snugger fitting than standard leisure wear. Keeping the apparel close to the body increases warmth and reduces wind drag.
Footwear: Bring flip flops or water shoes are highly recommended.
Waterproof Phone Case: We don't want you to lose your phone. We don't guarantee it will float!
Water Bottle: A necessity if you're paddling for long periods of time. There is no place to stop for water in the marshes.
Sun Screen: You'll be on the water for quite a while. We recommend protecting your skin.
Hat: Additional sun protection is very important on the water.
Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from glare and water shimmer.
Chums: Don't lose your favorite pair of shades if they slip off while paddling.
All items below are available for sale in our shop so don't be worried if you forget to bring something.
Check local weather prior to departure and consider a cover up or wind breaker. Bring water shoes, flip flops or sandals which will be strapped to your board during the tour – most paddle barefoot. For guys, board shorts or thin athletic pants and shirt on top + second layer (ie. Synthetic long-sleeve underneath or wind breaker).
Paddling effort & warmth
If you are race training you are generating a lot more heat than if you are out SUP sightseeing. The slower you paddle the warmer your gear needs to be. The harder you paddle the more breathability you will need.
Likelyhood of falling in the water
Very low. Mind over matter. The more likely you are to fall in the water the more likely you will need Neoprene. Neoprene insulates better when wet or immersed better than any other material. I’d say leave it at home. The Napa River is flat water and boat traffic is rare during the week, limited to 5 mph. Falling is very unlikely just keep your head up and eyes on the horizon! Don’t look down, don’t look back and trust your board. Our boards are likely 2x the size you will require. Very stable.