Participants can wear a variety of wet suits or other clothing, depending of course on water and air temperatures, since most of the time is spent standing on the board.
Boards used for SUP can range in price anywhere from $600 to $3500, and most are constructed of glass-reinforced plastic construction using polyester or epoxy resin compatible with the polyurethane or expanded polystyrene foam used in the core. Some boards use hollow wood construction instead of foam with epoxy resin. Interestingly, in the last few years, inflatable boards have been introduced. The boards are usually longer than 9’ and can sometimes reach a length of 12’, some featuring padded decks and concave hulls. Most usually have one and up to three surfboard-style fins in the stern for tracking. Some boards, however, are as short as 7’, usually constructed of high-performance carbon fiber, and are used in SUP competitions, where increased maneuverability is desired.