Half the battle of doing well in a standup paddleboard race is getting to the starting line with your head on straight and all of your gear in working order. Sometimes that’s easier said than done! Whether you’re a first timer or a veteran, it’s helpful to have a checklist you run through in your head before you walk to the start. Have you properly hydrated the week before the race? (Hydration doesn’t start the morning of or the day before; it starts the WEEK before!) Have you been eating properly? Are you rested, but keeping up some light workouts. (Rest doesn’t mean sitting on your bum all day.) Have you checked your gear to make sure there are no holes in your hydration pack and that you have plenty of nutrition to take along?
When we’re getting ready for a race, these are some of the essentials that we pack.*
If you’re traveling to an away race you will want to take locking straps with you. It’s a good idea to have locking straps with you, always, particularly if you have a surf-style board. While locks won’t 100% prevent theft, they will
Board Bags & Paddle Bags/Covers
Paddle Bag from Rareform
Paddle Blade Cover from Rareform
Changing Mat from Rareform
SUP Pockets are particularly useful for long-distance races because they give you an easy way to carry food, extra hydration, clothing layers, and any other gear you need to take with you.
GPS/ Timing Watch/Device
If you train with a GPS device and heart rate monitor, you should also race with one. It will help you pace yourself throughout the event–long or short.
SpeedCoach Without Heart Rate Monitor
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