1. KNOW YOUR LIMITS- Paddling in the winter can be risky, especially when the temperatures and air drop below freezing. If you’re having any doubts on going out, it’s probably best you don’t go. If you do decide to paddle, make sure to tell someone, and also bring a means of communication. I take my cell phone placed inside a waterproof cover, in case of an emergency.
2. DRESS APPROPRIATELY- Even though I’m confident I won’t fall off my board when paddling, I still dress for the worst. You don’t realize how cold the water really is, until you’ve experienced it without the proper the attire. I’ve learned the hard way, and I take the necessary steps to not let that happen again. When heading out for a paddle, prepare to wear a wetsuit, gloves, booties, and a covering for your head. Yes these things will make you sweat and restrict your paddle reach, however, it just takes a few seconds to ruin a nice time. BE PREPARED.
3. HAVE FUN- Paddling should always be fun, whether it’s 80 degrees and sunny, or 20 degrees and cloudy. Know your limits, dress appropriately, and have a good time!
Special thanks to Brian Meyer- Owner of Capital SUP | SUP Elite Racer