Here’s the good news. You only need a few bits of gear before you can hit the water and get paddling. Firstly, and crucially we’d say, you need a paddle board… and a paddle. Without these two, you are undoubtedly going to get wetter than you would otherwise intend to! But what kind of paddle board do you need?
When finding the right board, you’ll want to consider a couple of things. Primarily, where and what you are going to use it for (river touring, yoga, seaside jaunts etc) and how you want it to handle in the water. The hull shape of your board will determine how the board performs best in the water; most paddle boards have either a planing hull or a displacement hull. Either hull shape can be enjoyed if you’re starting out, but there are differences worth getting clued up on that make them better for some adventures than others.