The world’s fastest-growing water sport, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) combines a low-impact, full-body workout (as evidenced by Laird Hamilton’s core) with something impossible to find in the gym—sunshine and outdoor adventure. Plus, it’s beginner-friendly, allowing most any reasonably fit guy to explore his local river, lake, or ocean in his very first session. It’s time to catch the wave.
1) C4 Waterman Muñoz Mongoose 12'6"
Designed by surf pioneer and legendary board shaper Mickey “the Mongoose” Muñoz, this is a fast, stable, and maneuverable SUP that cuts through chop and tracks well on open water. Explore your local lake or—with six onboard cargo attachments for hauling gear—camp Huck Finn-style on that offshore island you’ve been eyeing.
2) Werner Soul M
Built with the same performance DNA as Werner’s full-carbon Nitro paddle, the Soul comes equipped with a fiberglass blade and incorporates fiberglass in the shaft. The result is heavier but feels every bit as peppy.
3) Revo Guide S
Cut down on glare off the water with Revo’s legendary high-contrast polarized lenses, which also repel sweat, oils, and water with a SurfacePro coating. The sporty Guide S frames feature anti-fogging fast-flow vents and stay glued to your noggin in rough waters. Add a leash for insurance.
4) Volcom Sub Stripe Long Sleeve Rashguard
The classic stripes of this medium-weight polyester rash guard feature 50+ SPF UV protection for long, sunny-day paddles. Flip up the hood when the breeze kicks in.
5) Hurley Phantom Create Block Party
A DIY design approach where you customize the colors and patterns of several elements (like the drawcord and fly) puts the “fun” in these very functional boardshorts. Four-way stretch allows you to move freely, and seamless construction prevents chafing.