Stand-up paddleboarding gets its first-ever clothing line

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SUPmerge_paddleboarding_fashionStand-up paddleboarding—or SUP, if you prefer—officially became one of the summer’s hottest workouts. And, with the debut of SupMerge, the sport just got its first stylish line of SUP-specific fashion.

The idea washed over New York City-based founder-designer Kimberly Schamber through her passion for SUP (she’s one of just a handful of people who's SUP'd Venice's Grand Canal) and a personal need for clothing that was both functional and stylish.

“I realized there really wasn’t anything out there that specifically catered to the sport," Schamber says, who created her longed-for water-resistant dresses, skirts, tees, and shorts with super thoughtful details, like Velcro pockets for your cell phone.

Check out the pieces now for your Labor Day paddle, though we have a feeling you'll want to wear them long after... –Carla Vass

SupMerge creator Kimberly SchamberFront Zipper Dress

This is little black dress you can paddle in. The back pockets can accommodate a waterproof case for valuables. The water-repellant fabric makes an easy transition to après-paddle drinks.

“I wore this dress to lunch the other day!” Schamber says. “Not everyone wants to hang out in a wet swimsuit all day.”

$97, www.supmerge.com

 Photo: SupMerge creator Kimberly Schamber

SupMerge padded knee pantPadded Knee Pant

The water-resistant padded knee pant has a thin layer of protection for those gams—crucial for “dropping down,” or doing yoga on the board. Plus, how rad are the black accents and pockets?

$74, www.supmerge.com
SupMerge vestFront Zipper Vest

The center back pocket of the water-resistant ront zipper vest is specially designed with Velcro closures at the top and sized to fit a waterproof case for valuables (AKA keys, credit card, SPF lip balm).

$74, www.supmerge.com


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  1. November 26th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I am an avid paddle girl and am wondering about wearing something warm in the cooler weather that doesn’t have to be a wetsuit…any ideas? I am trying yoga crops and sweatshirt for now(single mom on a strict budget) but bringin the sport alive in Saint Augustine.Florida!

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