In today’s modern world, technology has become a big part of our lives. From work to entertainment, and even sports and recreation. The latest advancements have to lead to greatly improved lives and experiences even in the most unlikely places. An example of this is standup paddleboarding.
Gone are the days when you need to physically scout a paddle spot or interview other paddlers for information. Now you can just access all this information at the press of a button. In this article, we list down some of the best apps every SUP Enthusiast should try.
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, research is still one of the most important parts of the sport. Knowing the best place to paddle is crucial to have the best experience possible. If you are tired of the same old paddling sport or you want to explore other amazing places, there is an app for that.
Go Paddling—formerly known as Launch Sites—lets you scout the best places to paddle in a specific area. This nifty app has over 25,000 paddling spots. It has detailed maps as well as GPS for accurate directions.
The app also has detailed information for the entries such as fees, water conditions, and many more. This is the app if to get if you love paddleboarding. Suggestion: Go Paddling should add dog-friendly beaches to their SUP spots. Remember, dogs need their own PFDs – just like you!
For paddlers looking to spend a few days out in the wilderness paddling and camping, this is for you. iOverlander is a nifty app that can help you find the best camping sites. The app displays any nearby composite on an interactive map.
The app also shows other information such as amenities, landmarks, water features, and many more. This is the perfect app if you want to plan a multi-day excursion. The app is free for both the Android and iOS versions.
Price: Free, Paid
Next up is a fitness tracker made specifically for SUP. Paddle Logger is a tracker app that lets you see comprehensive data on your SUP sessions. Just like other fitness trackers, it lets you record the distance you’ve travelled, the route you’ve taken, and other relevant information.
These data are logged automatically by the app. You can then review these after every session and see your progress.
The app works hand in hand with the iPhone’s Health app as well as the Apple Watch. This gives you easy access to some basic information as well as track your progress without needing to pull out your phone. The app is only available for IOS devices.
GeoSUP is another tracker app for your SUP needs. The app lets your record your speed, how long each session was, among other data. The App also tracks your route via GPS and puts it on a map. This gives you a good overview of your route to help you visualize.
One unique draw to the app is that it allows you to share your records with others. The app itself has a community of paddlers that exchange experiences as well as route info. Users can interact with like-minded individuals and let you discover other interesting sports to explore.
Wind forecasts are such an integral part of any outdoor activity including SUP. That is why having a reliable and accurate weather app is important. Windy is fantastic wind tracking app that’s perfect for the job. It is up to date with the latest wind and other weather conditions as well as other parameters. Its accuracy and reliability make it one of the most trusted weather apps by SUPers and even some government agencies.
The app displays weather information in a very easy to understand format. Wind speed and direction are noted on the interactive map using labels, arrows, and color. The app also updates in real-time. The app is completely free to use which makes it even more awesome.
NOAA Weather Radar
Price: Free, Paid
If you want a more comprehensive report on the weather then this next one is for you. The NOAA Weather Radar is one of the most trusted weather apps in the market right now. It shows up to date data on rain/snow conditions, wind speeds, as well as temperature, and humidity among others.
The app uses accurate imaging to help you visualize the current weather condition at a glance. It also features a 7-day and 24-hr weather prediction to help you plan effectively. The app is available both from Apple App Store as well as Google Play Store.
Price: Free, Paid
Weather isn’t the only thing that a paddler should watch out for. Water conditions are also crucial when planning for your next SUP adventure. Water levels—especially in big lakes and rivers—can change based on many factors. This change will have an impact not only on your overall experience but also on your safety.
This is where River App comes in handy. The app is a repository of over 20,000 rivers in Europe and North America. The app displays updated information on popular rivers such as water conditions, water levels, and many other relevant data. This is crucial to ensure an overall enjoyable trip as well as a safe one too.
For SUPers who want to improve on their game, here is something for you. Paddle Monster is a goldmine for anything and everything stand up paddleboarding. It has several articles dedicated to the sport. Some articles include paddling techniques, equipment care, strengthening workouts and many more! It is the brainchild of Olympic medalist Larry Cain, a world-class canoeing athlete. The app is a great way for beginners to learn more about the sport and improve their skills.
The more the sources of quality information, the better. SUP International Magazine and Paddling Magazine are a treasure trove of everything and anything SUP. They have articles on gear reviews, paddling locations, and in-depth discussions. They even showcase interviews with world-renowned SUP enthusiasts and share their experiences. Overall, the two are a great read whenever you are in between SUP adventures.