SUP and the weather (especially in the UK) go hand in hand like cheese and pickle. (We appreciate some might not like pickle!). If you don’t know what’s going on with the weather you’ll never enjoy your stand up paddle boarding to its full potential. And from a safety point of view it’s hazardous not having any clue at all. Weather info is gold for SUPers. Like it or lump it to improve as a paddler also means becoming an amateur meteorologist.
SUP weather info.
When we talk SUP weather we’re not just on about chances of it raining. More importantly, we need to understand and be able to interpret weather forecast data according to our chosen stand up paddle boarding location. Wind, general conditions, surf/swell (if paddling at coastal locations), air temperature, windchill and ‘feels like’ readings all impact your SUP sessions. You then have tide info – again, if paddling at the coast – and a few other factors.
A whole host of websites exist that give out all the above data freely. How info is presented depends on the site in question. For instance, Windguru will give average wind gust predictions based on hourly increments. Plus wind direction. Your job is to now understand what that’ll mean on the ground. Or, rather, on the water at your put in.
We’ve published numerous weather related articles over the last few seasons to help. To make them easier to find we’re now adding them as links below. Have a peruse of what’s been published to date and let us know if you have any questions.
SUP weather sites to look at.
Moving on from the articles links above here’s a selection of weather websites that’ll deliver all that much needed weather info.
- Magic Seaweed.
- Big Salty.
- XT Weather.
- Met Office.
- Shipping forecast.
- Wave Net.
- Met Check.
- Tide Times UK.
- UK Water Resources Portal.
For even more SUP and watersports knowledge head over to the MCConks Knowledge Hub here.