In this interview, SUPergirls Julieta “Jules” Gismondi and Louanne Harris talk about the critical gear for anyone planning an overnight or longer standup paddleboard adventure. They talk about what they find important and suggest what gear to bring and what to leave at home.
Every Ounce Counts
Specifically, they recommend only bringing what you need. If you aren’t going to use it, leave it out. because every ounce counts.
Must-Have SUP Adventure Gear
Bring an external battery pack to charge devices. Make sure everything is solar powered chargers. We use Mophie at the Mullet and love them. The larger ones get heavy.
They also suggest bringing dried foods because they are light and delicious. A good tip is to bring food that can be eaten without water just in case you’re hungry and run out of water.
As far as powering devices go, you don’t necessarily need an entire solar panel. Figure out how long you’ll be away and what your needs are.
They use Goal Zero Solar panels that are water resistant, so they don’t expose them to salt water. Instead they put them in clear dry bags and attach them on the top
For water, they usually bring enough for an extra day than planned.
For lights, they have three LuminAID PackLite Inflatable Solar Lantern to light up the camp site.
About the SUPerGirls
The SUPerGirls—Louanne Harris and Julieta “Jules” Gismondi—are paddling standup paddleboards from New York to Miami to raise awareness of issues that affect our health, our environment and our lives.
“Our expedition’s objective is to inspire action towards a healthier planet and a healthier way of life. Two thirds of the funds raised during our trip will be donated to important causes that are very dear to us: Mission Blue and First Descents. We will also be collecting data as we paddle along the coast and contributing the results to research focused on studying the changes that are happening in our oceans and waterways. We want to help understand how we affect these as well as how they affect us. Your help means the world! We are eternally grateful for your support.”
First Descents provides life-changing outdoor adventures for young adults (age 18-39) impacted by cancer. For more information on First Descents, go to: http://firstdescents.org/
Mission Blue is an initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance to ignite public support for the protection of Hope Spots – special places that are vital to the health of the ocean – through the creation of a global network of marine protected areas to safeguard 20% of the ocean by 2020. For more information on Mission Blue, go to: http://missionblue.org/
Follow the SUPerGirls
For more information about Louanne and Jules on their adventure, go to:
And their blog (not as frequently updated) http://atlanticsupergirls.com/
Help fund and support their mission, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/nyctomiabysup