So you've registered for the Paddle and Portage this Saturday, July 29, 2017. You've selected your craft of choice, whether it's a canoe, SUP or kayak, planned out your costume, and grabbed some fuel for the feat. But, do you have our Top 5 Essentials to help you have a successful race?
The weather is scheduled to be BEAUTIFUL for Saturday’s race, with temps in the mid-70s throughout the morning, and the sun climbing into a cloudless sky. Why use a Buff®? With over a dozen ways to wear a Buff®, you’re bound to find at least one way to keep the sun off your neck and face throughout the race, which will help keep you cooler, and feeling fine. Pro Tip: Wet your Buff® on hot, humid days to cool down from the heat (we also like the freezer)!
When you're on the water, you're going to need some water, and when you need some water, choose Camelbak®. With reservoirs from 1.5L to 3.0L, which are perfect for paddling, Camelbak® literally has your back. Pro Tip: Put some ice cubes in your reservoir in the morning to chill your water and body while you paddle.
Going from water to land has never felt more comfortable than in a pair of sandals by Chaco®. These stylish sandals offer a custom fit for every owner with adjustable straps that hug your feet like Grandma DeeDee, but without the fuzzy sweater... anyway, with styles for Men & Women, you're sure to find a pair to step into! Pro Tip: Wash off Lake Mendota and Monona by dunking your Chacos in a bucket of soapy water at the end of the day, and rinsing them down, after.
Let Chums® do all the work of hanging on to your expensive investment, so you don't have to. Chums® are born and made in the USA and a necessity for anyone playing on the water. Pro Tip: Most sunglasses do not float; invest in a pair of Glassfloat Classic Retainers. They're like PFDs for your glasses!
Know the 5 types of PFDs and which is best for the activity you're partaking in. Fontana Sports has a wide variety of 'types' to accommodate your active needs. Giving paddleboarding a try? Our favorite SUP PFD is the Stearns SUP Elite Belt Pack Inflatable PFD. For Kayaking and Canoeing, we love PFDs by Astral.