The world’s not always a chilled place. Things go ‘missing’ all the time, so don’t let your paddle board be one of them. Paddle boards don’t come cheap, and some hold a certain sentimental value, so when you lose your paddle boarding because someone decides to just up and take it, you can’t help but feel helpless. But, it doesn’t have to be that way!
In this article, I’m going to be telling you all about paddle board locks, why you need one, how they work, and then I’ll let you know about the best ones available.
Note: If your board doesn’t have a leash plug, then you’ll need a cleat which is another inexpensive option for adding a sense of security to your paddle board.
Why do I Need a SUP Lock?
Before I answer the question, let me ask you a question. Do you plan to walk around all day with a SUP under your arm? Are you going to go to the toilet with the board? I’m not saying there are no other options as you can always leave it with a trusted friend or family member. However, suppose you’re out on the water alone. In that case, you need a lock to secure your SUP and keep it protected from passersby with sticky fingers!
How To Lock Your SUP
When it comes to locking up your SUP and keeping it safe from thieves, you’ve got two main options to choose from;
- Locking your Roofracks
- Simply strap in your SUPs, lock the clamp, and you’re good to go.
- Using a Fin Box lock or a leash loop lock.
- To use a fin box lock, you need to ensure that you have a standard SUP center fin box with enough space. You’ll then insert the locking device or cleat into the box and shutting the lock before attaching your security cable or padlock.
Most paddle board locks allow for multiple board lockups with the same cable. However, the owners of the other boards will need to purchase their own jaw lock.
Hands down the Red board lock is the best paddle board lock. I just think this SUP lock system is the most effective while also remaining the most compact and stylish of all the options. Obviously, if you’re looking for a more robust security system for your SUP, I’d recommend going for the DocksLocks Options. Otherwise, you won’t be disappointed in the Red Board Lock. Another selling point, at least for me, regarding the Red SUP Lock is the lock itself. The lock is intuitive, solid, and attached to a world-class cable making this a well-rounded product that works out the box to protect your SUP. These were just some quick picks for my busy readers but feel free to see the full review of each of these products below.
The 4 Best Locks for Paddle Boarding
DocksLocks Security System
Nothing beats a combination lock because what is worse than losing the key to the device keeping you from accessing your board? With the DocksLocks Security System, you’re getting a lot for a rather nominal fee.
The jaw lock attaches to a leash plug or fin box and will in no way damage your board. Both are included in the DocksLocks Security System. Thanks to the extremely long 10ft DXLX cable, you’ve got enough cable to work with in order to secure more than just one SUP. The only thing you’ll need is additional Jaw Locks, so if your friends want to get in on your cable safety, they need to fork out some money for their own jaw locks.
It doesn’t matter what you need to secure your SUP board, too; the Dockslock is pretty capable of handling it! It can secure your SUP to a tree, bike rack, park bench, roof rack, and any after stationary object. The construction quality is in no way cheaply made and clearly is made with durability in mind!
- Patented anti-theft security
- Durable Cleat
- Strong and secure
- Weatherproof using marine grade stainless steel
- It doesn’t work with all paddle boards
- The locking mechanism is a bit weak
Master Lock Python Adjustable Keyed
The Master Lock Python Adjustable Keyed is a quick and easy-to-use lock system that is going to make getting away with your paddle board next to impossible. This is especially true when combined with a security box. While not infallible, it is extremely difficult to just steal your board in a quick and easy fashion.
The Python features a ratchet mechanism that allows for cable adjustments. You can extend your cable from 30 cm to 1.8m with the option of cutting the cable in abundance with ease.
The construction of the Python features weather-proof aluminum on the locking head, which is on the cable side of a rotating projection. You can rotate it 360-degrees backward and forwards for comfort. The cable is braided steel making it very difficult to break but not impossible.
Overall this is a great product that can do the job effectively, and while it isn’t perfect, it’s far from imperfect. Your board will be safe and secure with the Master Lock Python Adjustable Keyed.
- 6 inches and 6 feet Cable adjustments
- Vinyl coated 5/16″ Cut resistant braided steel cable
- Pin tumbler Pick resistant locking mechanism
- Quality materials used for secure and durable construction
- Well priced
- Velcro strap holds unused cables.
- It can sometimes prove challenging to unlock.
Red Paddle Board Lock
I think the Red Board Lock is one of the best options on this list due to its really straightforward design. This lock is simple yet incredibly effective at keeping your board and several other boards safe.
It’s made using solid materials, which is evident in the cable, which is marine-grade stainless steel making it very durable as rust-resistant. Durability is what you want out a cable because it means it’s difficult to break.
The locking system is a combination lock featured on a carabiner and is customizable, meaning you set the code, and only you know how to release the locking mechanism to access your boards. Overall, this is an exceptional lock that is incredibly well priced and worth every penny spent.
- 3.2mm Marine grade twisted stainless steel cable
- Programmable Combination lock
- Abrasion-resistant Coating
- Well priced
- It can be challenging to find
BONUS: DocksLocks Paddle Lock
Complete the DocksLocks set and protect your SUP paddle, too, with the DocksLock Paddle lock! This anodized aluminum casing clamps around your paddle. You just need to feed the cable through the provided holes, and your paddle is as secure as your board!
- Works with paddles of different diameters
- Easy to use
Here are some things to consider when shopping around for a paddle board lock.
You want a lock that can handle exposure to the elements regardless of what those elements are. Come rain or shine, snow, wind, hail, whatever it might be, it should be able to take it without faltering. Nobody wants a lock that corrodes or rusts. Finally, ensure the lock you purchase won’t damage your SUP.
They are relatively inexpensive and range from as low as $50 for a quality product. Now, of course, they can go beyond this modest price tag and hit the $100 and above range, but this doesn’t make it the best option to choose from.
Number of SUP’s
If you’re planning to secure your board and only your board, then most of the locks available will work perfectly for you. However, if you’re looking to lock several boards, you’ll need to find a lock that can achieve the results you’re requiring.
Don’t let your SUP get stolen. A lock system is a really inexpensive solution when you consider the overall cost of your board and how much it would cost to replace it; god forbid something were to happen to it! Out of all the accessories on my gear list, I’d say a lock is an absolute must. There is simply no reason to allow something like this to happen when it’s so avoidable! There is no joy in an ‘I told you so’ moment, so let’s avoid it altogether!
Let us know in the comments which SUP lock you ended up going for and how you feel knowing your board is a lot safer because of it! Also, if you have a friend who’s a little too trusting, send them this article and tell them it’s time to start taking SUP security seriously. Good luck, and stay safe out there!