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The best women’s paddle board + paddle board clothing

The best women’s paddle board + paddle board clothing

If you’re looking for the best women’s paddle board and paddle board clothing then you’re in the right place. I’ve tried out countless women’s paddle boards and I purchased my own a couple of years ago. I truly believe I’ve got the best paddle board for smaller women and I am so pleased with it!

Today, I’d like to share the paddle board I believe is best for women (particularly smaller or petite women) along with my paddle board clothing for all seasons.

The best paddle board for women

I have the O’Shea 9’8” HPx Tangerine and I think this is best paddle board for women. I’ve tried so many paddle boards over the years and this is 100% my favourite. 

This is such a great paddle board for women as it’s slightly smaller than many boards and is ultra lightweight.

This board was designed for light to medium riders weighing less than 80kg so it’s great for women and teens too.

This paddle board for women weighs just 7KG and is 20% lighter than any fusion or MSL, making it much easier to carry and transport. It’s stiffer too and there’s compromise on its durability and resistance to wear and tear and UV.

The board is compact and easy to fold. Once folded away it goes into a backpack with all the accessories and weighs 10.1kg.

If I’m totally honest, I still find this 10.1kg backpack really heavy! I do carry it for short distances but I’m carrying it a long way then I’ll pop it into our beach trolley!

Best wetsuit for women paddle boarding

I have a 2XU Propel wetsuit that I originally bought for open water swimming during a triathlon.

I absolutely LOVE this wetsuit. I feel like a Power Ranger whenever I’m wearing it.

It’s comfortable and flexible so it’s great for the movement needed when paddle boarding.

It is an expensive one but I’ve had mine for over 10 years now and it’s still looking great (although a bit tighter than it was when I was 24!!)

2XU Women's P1 Propel Wetsuit, Black/Sunset Ombre, Small Medium
  • SCS coating (hydrodynamic silicone coating) - reduces resistance when taking the suit on and off and alleviates water resistance
  • Concave water entrapment zone/ enhanced floating zip panel
  • 520% stretch lining (internal) for enhanced lateral flexibility

Best life jacket for women paddle boarding

I have the Jobe Unify Life Vest and it’s THE BEST. I love this life jacket. It’s so comfortable and soft and offers me lots of flexibility and movement.

A comfortable life vest is something that’s really important to me because I know I’d be tempted to not wear it if it’s uncomfortable. As a child I always had uncomfortable life vests and I hated wearing them. I kayaked a lot when I was a kid and my life jackets would often ruin my experience as they chafed my chin and made it difficult to move.

So I’m a bit of a softy now and me and my kids all have these Jobe life vests.

Yes, they’re expensive but they’re worth every penny!

My paddle board clothing when it’s warm

When temperatures are cooler, I’ll always wear the wetsuit I’ve mentioned above. Yes, sometimes I get hot but the thought of falling into cold water without a wetsuit keeps me in a wetsuit! It could also be dangerous to fall into very cold water without a wetsuit.

Throughout the summer months I find it’s warm enough to paddle board without a wetsuit, particularly on the river where I know it’s unlikely I’ll fall in.

When it’s warm enough, I actually don’t believe you need any specialist paddle board clothing, more just basic exercise clothing.

My paddle board clothing when it’s warm and I know it’s unlikely I’ll fall in is:

  • Sports leggings (the kind you’d wear to exercise or go to the gym)
  • A sports bra
  • A t-shirt
  • A fleece
  • Barefoot

My paddle board clothing when it’s warm and I’ll probably fall in is:

  • Swimsuit
  • Board shorts
  • Rash vest
  • Barefoot

My paddle board clothing when it’s hot is:

  • A long sleeved swimsuit (or just a bikini if it’s really hot)
  • A cap
  • Barefoot

My paddle board clothing when it’s cold

(Now this is where some specialist clothing comes in and I’ve linked it all below!)

  • My swimsuit
  • My wetsuit
  • Aquafleece
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof socks
  • Watershoes
  • Woolly hat

Best women’s shoes for paddle boarding

When it’s warm enough I’ll always paddle board barefoot. This is always fine if I’m on the beach or beside a grassy river but if I’m paddling somewhere where it will be awkward to get out of the water barefoot then I’ll wear my Teva sandals and attach them to my board using the velcro straps. (I like the Teva Midform sandals as they have a nice wedge on them!)

Teva Women's Midform Universal Sandal, Desert Multi, 3 UK
  • Quick-dry webbing made from recycled plastic using traceable, verifiable REPREVE polyester yarn by Unifi supports your foot and stands up to abuse
  • Injection-molded strap ends for quick and easy grip and adjustability, Easy hook-and-loop closure comes on and off quickly and gets the fit just right
  • Robust EVA footbed for enhanced comfort built for all-day wear

Paddleboarding shoes when it’s cold

When it’s too cold to go barefoot then I wear watershoes and if it’s really cold I’ll wear waterproof socks underneath them. I have the funmoon barefoot watershoes and I really like them. Waterproof socks are actually intended for cold water swimming but they’re also great beneath watershoes for extra warmth.

funmoon Barefoot Water Shoes Mens Womens Quick Dry Aqua Shoes Unisex Swimming Shoes for Men, Beach,...
  • 【Perfect Material】The water shoes for men was made of breathable Ultra Light fabrics with fine stretch on uppers, flexible and comfortable. Foot safty, high-quality rubber sole, which protects...
  • 【Unisex Amphibious Aqua Shoes】 Kinds of colors and sizes available, the sole was made of Non-slip rubber, durable and durable, anti-slip texture on the bottom, to enhance grip, easy to fit a...
  • 【Unique Design】Comfortable upper: The shoes are made of four-sided elastic material, which fits the feet softly, comfortable, breathable, quick-drying and not stuffy. Flexible elastic design:...
PAWHITS Wetsuit Socks 3mm Neoprene Socks Thermal Anti-slip Diving Socks for Men Women Diving...
  • Made of 3mm premium composite material of SCR neoprene and imported nylon, high-elastic and have a remarkable thermal insulation performance and a long life span. They can effectively slow down the...
  • All seams of our wetsuit socks were glued and blind stitched. That is more complicated than general sewing, which can lessen water leakage, maintain better thermal insulation and enhance their...
  • Note: 1. do not climb rock or walk on smooth plank road with it because of the hard PU rubber material. 2. Diving sock isn’t a completely water-proof product, but a diving equipment to match...

Best changing robe for paddle boarding

I have the Red Pro Change robe and I love it. It’s so snug and cosy and it’s great for putting on when you’re cold after a paddle. As the name suggests, it’s also great for getting changed beneath whether you’re on the beach, by the side of a river or in a car park!

I’ll often pop this on ontop of a damp swimming costume and drive home wearing it so I don’t need to even bother getting changed.

I also highly recommend the Red Changing Robe Stash Bag which compresses your robe into a tiny bag. It’s then easy to carry and cuts down on unnecessarily bulky bags. You could then easily take it on your board with you or it just makes it easier to store. I keep mine in the boot of the car all year round because it doesn’t really take up any space!

Red Original Unisex Pro Change Robe EVO, Short Sleeve (X-Large, Firestone Teal)
  • EXTRA COMFORTABLE: super soft next-to-skin inner fleecing insulates and works to draw water off the skin, with advanced moisture wicking technology
  • ADVANCED FABRIC TECHNOLOGY: feel dry, warm and comfortable in the waterproof and breathable robe made from premium technical fabrics
  • SIZE GUIDE: Based on Height (Medium 5’4”- 5’10”) - (Large 5’11”- 6’3”) - (Extra-large 6’4”- 6’8”)
Red Original Red Paddle Co Compression Stash Bag for Changing Robes (Green), One Size
  • STORE CHANGE ROBES EASILY: with our handy compression bag, which can store up to an XL Pro Change EVO
  • COMPRESS BAG AND CONTENTS SMALL: with the two compression straps and air dump valve
  • DURABLE RIP STOCK FABRIC: stitched and taped at the seams for abrasion resistance

Best waterproof bag for paddle boarding

I have two waterproof bags I use when I go paddle boarding.

The first is a small waist bag I use for my phone and my keys and if I’m just going for a quick paddle then this is the only one I take. I like the way it sits comfortably around my waist and as it’s slim on my hips and doesn’t get in my way with any added bulk. (These come in a pack of two which is a bit annoying because I only needed one but these are the best I could find. So at least if you order them you can gift one to a friend!)

I have a second, larger dry bag I’ll take with me when I’m going for a longer paddle and I’ll usually put some snacks and drinks and a fleece inside it. I have elastics on the front of my board so I can secure this larger bag onto my board.

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Unigear Dry Bag 2L/5L/10L/20L/30L/40L Waterproof Dry Sack Roll Top with Phone Case and Long...
  • ✅100% WATERPROOF GURANTEE: Made of stiff 500D PVC material and designed with roll-top closure, Unigear waterproof bag protects your phones, camera, clothes, documents and snacks from Water, Sand,...
  • ✅ANTI LEAK AND ANTI TEAR: Features fully welded seams by high-frequency tech, our dry sack provides a stronger and more durably waterproof construction. Abrasion resistant for long lasting, perfect...
  • ✅EASY AND COMFORTABLE TO CARRY: Comes with a single strap for 2L/5L/10L/20L dry bags, two straps for 30L and 40L.Extra-long and adjustable for convenient carry & comfort. Multi styles to carry for...

Best gloves for paddle boarding

I highly recommend getting yourself a pair of neoprene non-slip gloves if you’re planning to go paddle boarding in cold temperatures. As soon as your hands get cold it’s so hard to hold onto your paddle and it will cut your time on the water short.

I have very small hands so I actually have kids neoprene gloves. I like buying things like this from Amazon so you can order a few pairs and easily send back the ones that don’t fit.

RZJZGZ SLINX 3mm Neoprene Wetsuit Gloves Thermal Non-slip Wear-resistant Swimming Surfing Fishing...
  • 1. Perfect protection: This diving gloves with anti-slip design on palm and warm thermal materials to protect your hands from hurt by rocks or other sharp objects and keep warm while underwater,...
  • 2.Premium Material: Slinx five finger dive wetsuit gloves made with 3MM premium neoprene for durability that will last and does not penetrate, to give you a flexible and comfortable fit, you have less...
  • 3.Comfortable Underwater Experience: These gloves are constructed with 3mm softy double lined Neoprene to give you a flexible and comfortable fit. The gloves can be used for long time even frequent...

Best electric pump to inflate your board

I made do with a hand pump for almost two years but I finally upgraded to an electric pump. Why oh why didn’t I do this sooner! I was finding I was so tired before I’d even got on the water and the thought of pumping up my board was putting me off from going for a quick paddle.

I have the Outdoor Master Paddle Board Pump and I highly rate it.

I plug it into my car which is fine for me because I almost always drive to wherever I’ll be paddleboarding. 

If you don’t drive when you paddle board then it’s worth getting a rechargeable paddle board pump such as this one. They’re a bit more expensive but well worth it so you don’t need to pump it up at a plug or car.

OutdoorMaster 20PSI Electric SUP Pump Paddle Board Pump The Dolphin - Quick Air Inflator & Auto-Off,...
  • PORTABLE, LIGHTWEIGHT BUT FASTER & LOWER NOISE- With about 0.9kg small size and carrying handle strap, the Dolphin sup electric pump is portable to handle or storage in your backpack, which is also...
  • MAX 20 PSI HIGH PRESSURE POWERFUL INFLATION SYSTEM - This Portable Electric Sup Air Pump Compressor / Air Inflator inflates a 260L inflatable paddle board about 10 minutes to reach up to 15 PSI. The...
  • AUTO-OFF & CONSTANTLY WORKING FOR EASY INFLATION - Leaving Dolphin Electric Paddle Board Pump to auto turn off when the desired pressure is reached during inflating, which could prevent your SUP...
Upgrade 20PSI Electric SUP Pump with 6000mAh Rechargeable Battery for Inflatable Paddle...
  • ✨【SMART 20 PSI ELECTRIC AIR PUMP】Portable electric SUP pump with intelligent digital display and control buttons fully integrated into the handle to set the desired target pressure and monitor...
  • 🔋【Double Power Supply】1. equipped with a DC 12V power connector, the portable electric pump can be operated immediately by connecting the cigarette lighter to the car's power supply; 2....
  • 🛶【INTELLIGENT TWO STAGE INFLATION】The first stage pumps quickly at 350 litres per minute and exerts an aggressive pressure of 85 litres per minute once it reaches the second stage. Once the set...

Best flask for your cuppa!

Bodum travel cup

Now this might just be the most important item on the list! You’ve got to have a flask for your cuppa!

I tend to take 2-3 insulated flasks when I go paddleboarding.

I take an insulated water bottle so I’ve got cold water when it’s hot.

I take a small, leak-proof flask for a coffee while I’m paddling. I like the Bodum travel mugs. I’ve had mine for years and it doesn’t leak and is easy to clean.

And I take this 1.2 litre thermos filled with hot water which I leave in the car along with some coffee and tea bags, so I can make a fresh cuppa when I get back to the car and offer one to anyone else I’m with. Sometimes I’ll fill this with soup too which is the best snack after a chilly paddle.

Proworks Insulated Water Bottles with Straw, 500ml Metal Water Bottles for School, Office & Home....
  • KEEP YOUR DRINKS ICE COLD FOR 18 HOURS OR HOT FOR 6 HOURS – Our revolutionary Thermo Shield insulation isolates its contents from the outside world, ensuring the original temperature is preserved...
  • ECO FRIENDLY AND 100% FOOD SAFE – Formed from highest quality rust-resistant 304 food grade stainless steel inside and out, maintaining the taste and purity of your favourite drinks, while providing...
  • LEAK-PROOF AIRTIGHT SCREW TOP STRAW LID – Precision engineering and premium quality materials combine to ensure that our lightweight, rugged bottles will be a reliable companion in the most...
Bodum 11068-01 Vacuum Travel Mug, 0.35 L - Small, Black, S (Pack of 1)
  • The inner cup is made of high-quality double-walled stainless steel
  • Better insulation performance so that hot drinks stay warm for longer and cold even longer
  • Heat resistant and non-slip silicone ring for a firm and safe handling
Thermos Stainless King Flask, glossy black, 1.2 L, 33.6 x 11.99 x 33.6 cm, 183267
  • Thermos vacuum insulation technology for maximum temperature retention, keeps hot for 24 hours and cold for 24 hours
  • Durable stainless steel interior and exterior with insulated stainless steel serving cup
  • Cool to the touch with hot liquids and sweat-proof with cold

Should you wear a waterproof watch when paddleboarding?

As long as you’re paddle boarding with your phone (which you always should be – read about for a waterproof bag recommendation) then wearing a waterproof watch isn’t totally necessary but it is recommended.

I always wear a waterproof watch when I’m paddle boarding so I can quickly and easily check the time. I also like to measure my heart rate and calories burned, but that’s just me being geeky, it’s not a necessity.

I wear a Withings Steel HR watch (I have a full Withings Steel HR review here). I really like this because it looks like a simple, elegant and stylish watch but it actually does everything a bulky activity tracker does.

I often go for a quick paddle before I pick my kids up from school so it’s really important I keep an eye on the time.

You may also need to know the time so you know what to expect with tides and it’s particularly important if you’re paddling in the winter when it can quickly get dark.

I also find I can easily lose track of time when I’m paddleboarding. Time goes so fast when I’m on my board so I like to wear a watch!

If you don’t already have a waterproof watch then I wouldn’t say you need to rush out and buy another expensive piece of kit. But I would set an alarm on your phone to remind you when it’s time to get out of the water – just in case you lose track of time. This also means you won’t need to keep checking your phone as you know you’ll get the alert when it’s time to get out.

Withings Steel HR - Hybrid Smartwatch - Activity Tracker with Connected GPS, Heart Rate Monitor,...
  • DAY and OVERNIGHT HEART RATE - Enjoy heart rate tracking day and night plus continuous tracking during workouts.
  • DAILY ACTIVITY TRACKING - Automatically counts steps, calories and distance.
  • AUTOMATIC SLEEP MONITORING - Wake to a Sleep Score based on light and deep sleep cycles, interruptions, depth and regularity.