Remember KITT, the iconic 1982 Pontiac Trans Am? Hoff’s trusted sidekick, all buzzed up with gear and gadgets that always helped up Michael when he was backed into a corner? Add some MacGyver to the mix and you’ll get the basic TV programme our engineers were watching when growing up. Now, for the weather part ...
SipaBoards are in no doubt a game changing product on the market. Self inflating, LED lit, electric and smart, they bring a lot of innovation into stand-up paddling. Now, while you still can’t call one of our boards through your wrist watch like Hoff could, it is the only SUP that can help you out of a tricky situation, when the weather changes :)
What’s with the weather, anyway?
What’s with the weather, anyway? Well, if you intend to go out on a paddleboard, you need to know and understand the conditions. Be mindful, even if the weather is OK, it can change and you should always plan your rides according to the forecast. Even if the weather isn’t ideal, you should consider your surroundings and check: 1. Wind direction If there is a considerable (one you can detect) and steady offshore wind, understand that it will be easier going out than getting back in. If the offshore wind is gusty or picking up, you might reconsider your ride, chances are you’ll be pushed out. If the winds aren’t blowing out to open sea, adjust your ride direction to start against the wind and come back with it. 2. Rain (or snow) If you like it wetter than most, rain or snow can be fun times to go out and immerse into the SUP experience. But only go out if you know your area well and there is a zero risk of lightning (a carbon oar is never a clever idea on a still lake in a storm). 3. Tides When tides turn, so do the currents and you can get pulled out of your way quickly. Another thing is that tides can change inshore areas. You can get stranded or cot out of your way, having to return on a different route or even by foot. 4. Traffic Maritime traffic is regulated and stand-up paddlers should steer clear of any boats. We stand-up paddlers are not very visible to boats due to our very small surface and move much slower than other vehicles in traffic lanes. Always make sure that you are in the “pedestrian” zone. 5. Gear You should always check your board and your gear before going out. Check the vents, inspect how the safety leash is attached, screw in your fin, check if the paddle is firmly set to the desired height. For electric SUP fanatics, also make sure you go out with full batteries and that your remote is working. 6. Are YOU set? Make sure you are energised and ready to hit it! Go out fresh, stretch first, wear sunscreen, keep your water close and push out for an epic ride. You’re the one getting the work done!
Mind the offshore winds and make sure you don't get pulled too much out into the open.
If however the weather starts changing, turn around, turn the engine up and power back to safety - SipaDrive® has your back all the way. If you’re thinking of buying a motor assisted SUP, ours are the best ones out there. And it’s an electrifyingly great experience, having faster rides, longer tours and safe returns. Stay safe & Keep on paddling!