How to attach gear to your paddle board
Not all paddle boards come with bungees, leash plugs or D-Rings to attach gear to the board deck to add water, extra clothing and other items
The issue of a backpack is being top heavy which will affect stability, getting back on the board and even in swimming after falling off.
Here’s a few tips for Attachments:
- For inflatables, glue on D-Rings on the front and rear deck. Usually 4 are enough spacing for adding a deck bag or bungees.
- For hard boards add EZ Plugs or the very secure NSI Rubber Plates with Spectra Line. Make sure that each glue cures enough before adding bungees.
- After adding your four D-Rings or stick on plugs for hard boards, you can add bungees or just four rope loops on each attachment to add a deck bag.
- For Hard boards, the most bomber method is to cut into the board, attach leash cups with epoxy and glass the edges to prevent leakage. Or hire a pro do help.
Get a Kayaking Deck Bag:
Kayaking deck bags keep your gear dry and together in one spot on on your board. Bungees are flexi and gear can get blown around by waves and wind.
Pro Tip: Get a PFD like Vaikobi and Mocke with a hydration bladder sleeve on the backside. No more stopping to drink out of a water bottle!
About Rob Casey – Named a pioneer in the SUP industry by Stand Up Journal, Rob is the author of “Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers” and “Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans, 60 Trips.” Rob owns SUP and Kayak school Salmon Bay Paddle in Seattle. He also runs several paddling races.