If you’re wondering why on earth you should use apps to enjoy paddle boarding, then let me explain. The whole idea behind apps is to make life easier and make the things we do safer, more convenient, and more efficient. So for all those reasons, why not use an app designed to make SUP better?
SUP apps are designed to help you find new areas to explore, understand weather conditions in real-time, manage and track your progress, and more. So here are some of the Paddle Boarding apps I think you should know about to make your time on the water safer, better, and more enjoyable!
If you’re getting tired of paddle boarding at the same boring location all the time, then download the Go Paddling app to find new and exciting places to try out! With over 25,000 registered locations, all with detailed information that includes fees and safety guidelines, you’ll never run out of new places to explore.
This app is even better because Go Paddling works with Google Maps, so it’s really easy to get directions to your next SUP spot.
If you’re getting tired of paddle boarding at the same boring location all the time, then download the RiverApp to find new and exciting places to try out! With over 25,000 registered locations in North America and Europe, all with detailed information that includes fees and safety guidelines, you’ll never run out of new places to explore.
Additionally, RiverApp allows for user reporting so that anyone who ventures to one of the countless locations can report in real-time what’s happening in those spots! This app is free but has a Premium version for $9.99.
Windy is a powerful website and app that allows users to see wind conditions in real-time and projections for the future. So never worry about planning a SUP day just to be disappointed by the weather when you wake up or arrive at the location. You can track the weather up to five days in advance and check in each day to see any predicted changes. You can also look at the waves situation thanks to the webcams Windy has access to worldwide!
If you want to make a true adventure out of your paddle boarding trip, find the best remote camp spots near your SUP destinations with the iOverlander app. All the content is user-generated and equipped with reviews of previews paddle boarders who went and enjoyed these epic locations. You’ll find thousands of camping sites with the iOverlander app worldwide! Check out my sup camping guide before you get your camp on!
If you’re hitting the water where reception is questionable, you need the Maps.me app. This app contains offline maps, updated daily to ensure that no matter where you are, and no matter what reception you have, you’ve got a map handy to get you out of your chosen SUP destination. It might not be a Google Maps competitor, but when you’ve got no signal to get to Maps, you’ve got Maps.me to guide you home.
Paddle Logger is the app by paddle boarders for paddle boarders. Track your adventures from start to finish, and get detailed, in-depth logs of your SUP trips. You’ll be able to save all your adventures in a digital logbook, share them on social media if you wish, and take notes to remember things for next time. It’s also great for comparing with friends to see who’s the better paddle boarders. I’m just kidding; all love amongst paddle boarders. Although a bit of competition never hurt anyone!
The Paddle Logger Android app is still in development which is a bummer, but hopefully, it will be out soon! The iPhone app is free, but there is a premium version for $6.99.
Looking for a way to get better at paddle boarding? Try the Paddle Monster App by Larry Cain, a Canadian Olympic Canoeist! You’ll get great tips, tricks, lessons guided by the master himself, and find a community of like-minded people all over the world that love paddle boarding as much as you. Not everyone needs lessons to learn but if you choose to do so, then you should know how to select the right class.
Take note that lessons from the pro, Larry Cain, come at a monthly cost of $10.
If you want to stay up to date with all the latest news about paddle boarding, read the new interviews with the pros, and learn of new boards coming to market, then get the Paddling Magazine App. You’ll never be out of the loop when talking about the latest paddle boarding news and product launches.
To enjoy Paddling Magazine, you’ll be asked to pay a monthly subscription fee of $11.99 for a year of access. For a year, that’s really not bad at all.
Runtastic is an app by Adidas targeted at helping users with their fitness by tracking progress, distances, and more. You’ll need to manually add in paddle boarding as this app isn’t equipped with it from the get-go but can track your paddle boarding once it’s added in. You can share your stats from the app and enjoy the numerous features of Runtastic, including GPS functionality. Better yet, utilize it in all your fitness-related activities.
The app is free but does have a premium version at a monthly cost of $9.99.
Your phone is going to be busier than your paddle boarding schedule with all these sup apps installed! With the help of any or all of these apps, you’ll be able to optimize your SUP experience and make it safer, more enjoyable, all while keeping track of your adventures and progress.
Go forth and install these great apps on your device and hit the water, knowing which way the wind blows, where to venture too, and once all is said and done, compare your stats and take a victory lap.