You will need a board, paddle, and PFD to get started. Also, for first timers a wetsuit is recommended if the water is cold. Most states require a personal flotation device on your board. “You will get ticketed without a PFD, so just get one,” says Caroline. “You’ll save money and time in the end.”
If you want to venture outside of flat water, a few more pieces of equipment will be necessary. For ocean SUP surfing, add a leash to the kit. For whitewater, a helmet, quick release belt for your leash, partner, and whitewater skills are all required.