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Old 04-02-2014, 10:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anybody out there who SUPs in the summer in CO? I am trying to decide what thickness of a wetsuit to get; I am guessing a 4/3. I SUP'd in HI, and want to stick with it in the offseason to stay fit (actually in my case less fat).
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do you need a suit for it? Most of the time you are not in the water...
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Yeah, I've seen a ton of people SUPing in CO and have yet to see anyone wearing a wetsuit.
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do you need a suit for it? Most of the time you are not in the water...
You are out of the the water most of the time, but CO has summer hypothermia cases every year, so I wanted to get some input. I know a buddy of mine in beaver creek wears one, but he has to deal with another 3,000ft of elevation.
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You are out of the the water most of the time, but CO has summer hypothermia cases every year, so I wanted to get some input.
Well sure, if you're miles deep in the backcountry ill prepared it can definitely happen. I doubt you're going to be lugging that huge ass SUP miles deep into the backcountry though.
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If you do it on a whitewater river, than a wetsuit is probably a good idea... on a lake, I wouldn't wear one.
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If you're doing it in Colorado Springs I probably wouldn't worry about it. 11 Mile? You might want to dip your big toe in there first and see how cold it is. That is kind of a mid elevation area, definitely not Lake Dillon. It also comes down to how much cold water effects you.
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If you're a cold person in general, you could get a shorty wetsuit (I have one I need to sell LOL)...

Now just to go on a rant here: WHAT THE FUCK IS UP WITH STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING? In the 80's/90's we used my dads windsurfer, and stood on it with a paddle when we were too small to hold the sail up. We didn't call it something new, it was an interim way of being on the board until we were big enough to hold the sail!

Once I hit my mid-late teens we started actually using the sail and it is WAY more fun than standing on the bloody thing with a paddle!!!
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If you're a cold person in general, you could get a shorty wetsuit (I have one I need to sell LOL)...

Now just to go on a rant here: WHAT THE FUCK IS UP WITH STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING? In the 80's/90's we used my dads windsurfer, and stood on it with a paddle when we were too small to hold the sail up. We didn't call it something new, it was an interim way of being on the board until we were big enough to hold the sail!

Once I hit my mid-late teens we started actually using the sail and it is WAY more fun than standing on the bloody thing with a paddle!!!
I tried it in Belize on the ocean about a year ago (was a bit choppy). I thought I would like it, but didn't like it that much. Kayaking was way more fun to me....
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If you're a cold person in general, you could get a shorty wetsuit (I have one I need to sell LOL)...

Now just to go on a rant here: WHAT THE FUCK IS UP WITH STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING? In the 80's/90's we used my dads windsurfer, and stood on it with a paddle when we were too small to hold the sail up. We didn't call it something new, it was an interim way of being on the board until we were big enough to hold the sail!

Once I hit my mid-late teens we started actually using the sail and it is WAY more fun than standing on the bloody thing with a paddle!!!
SUP is just the latest fad. My wife loves it and my buddy owns a SUP company and is a pro SUP racer (I didn't even know such a thing existed previously) down in Key West. I find it boring as hell.
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