At Supping Most people quickly think of supping on hot summer days, where you can enjoy the water in the hot sun. However, there are also plenty of people who enjoy paddling in the freezing cold. They ride it all year round to keep moving and not to spend half the year in the shed.
It is also great to go on the water with cold temperatures. However, there are some things you should take into account. On this page, we will tell you more about paddling in cold temperatures and we will give you some useful tips.
Why should I go surfing when it is cold?
One of the main reasons why people choose to go on the water in the winter is that they keep moving all year round. In addition, they do not have to SUP board do not store in the shed or garage for long periods.
As a result, they only conduct maintenance when they take the SUP board use. It would be a waste of time to clean your board regularly when you are not using it. Moreover, it is good for the life of the board to use it regularly.
What do you have to consider?
Would you like to go supping in the winter or on a cold day? Then that is quite understandable. However, there are some important things to bear in mind.
Think about things like clothing, safety, accessories and preparation. Good preparation is half the battle. We would therefore like to give you a few tips on how to prepare for your trip in the cold weather. Are you reading with us?
As you have probably already heard, good preparation is essential. For example, take a look at the weather forecast for the day and check it again before you go on the water.. What if there is a storm or heavy rain? Then we advise you not to go on the water. Do you choose to go out on the water? Make sure you stay close to the shore, so you can get out of the water quickly in case of bad weather.
Another important part of the preparation is to warm up your body. In the cold weather your muscles are naturally colder than usual and this can be quite dangerous in cold water. Therefore, take a hot thermos flask with you, for example, with tea, coffee or hot chocolate, to warm up your body a little. In addition, always do a warming up before you get on the board, to warm up your muscles.
Are you ready to go on the water? First check that your safety line and life jacket are properly secured. Next, it is a good idea to let a friend, family member or acquaintance know that you are going out on the water. Be sure to include a time when you expect to be back. This way there is always someone who knows about your plans. It may also be a good idea to go with someone, so that you can help each other if something happens.
Don't feel like paddling in cold temperatures? Then definitely do not do this. If you would like to do so, we recommend that you take your safety seriously.. In cold water, the chance of an accident is somewhat greater. You should therefore always make sure that you wear a life jacket. Even people who can swim well can get into trouble when they end up in cold water.
Would you like to make a long SUP trip despite the risks? Then make sure you have the right equipment. For example, take snacks, dry clothes, warm drinks and possibly a waterproof lamp in a drybag. If, for example, you fall into cold water, you can change clothes and drink something warm to regain your temperature. If something happens during your trip that makes you come back later than expected, it is helpful to have a lamp with you, as it gets dark earlier in the winter.
Also, always carry a phone in your drybag or waterproof pocket of your lifejacket. You can then call someone in case of emergency. Always let someone know in advance that you will be going on the water and what time you expect to be back. Would you like to know more about safety while surfing?? Then click on the link to read a special article about it!
In winter SUP clothing very important, as you have to face the cold temperatures. Therefore, make sure you have clothes that keep your body at the right temperature. For example, buy a warm wetsuit or wear several layers of clothing. It is also good to take into account body parts such as your hands, feet and face. Especially your ears are very important, because on the shore it can be quite comfortable, but on the water the temperature is very different. So always provide warmth for your whole body.
Do not wear cotton clothing when going in the water in winter. A lot of people think that this is nice and warm, but once you get into the water your clothes are immediately soaked. This can cause hypothermia and we want to avoid that. Instead, wear clothes made of fleece or something similar. This fabric retains body heat better and will not get soaked easily.