Sometimes a perfect summer day means聽soaking up the sun聽on the beach with a yummy cocktail in hand. Other times, it鈥檚 jumping head first into the rolling waves on your surfboard聽or stand up paddleboard (aka, your SUP). If you鈥檙e bored by basic beach outings at this point in the summer and up for the adventure, paddleboarding is聽an alternative to surfing where people stand upright on a board and paddle out on the water with an actual paddle. The sport, which originated in Hawaii,聽can be a thrill and a serious workout. Check out these eight must-haves and must-knows before you get your SUP on!

1. Choose Your Day and Your Spot:聽There鈥檚 a right time and place for everything. First time SUP-ing is best suited to do in slower moving waves that break slowly. If you鈥檙e SUP-ing in a surfing spot, steer clear from the paddling surfers. Remember the surfing code of conduct, dude! (image via Mind Body Green)

2. Paddle Out and Catch That Wave:聽Paddle out past the broken waves, then position yourself to catch an incoming wave.聽In neutral position with your feet facing forward, paddle toward the beach and quickly generate speed so that you are traveling at a similar speed to the wave when it gets to you. And don鈥檛 forget to bend your knees! (image via Malpais Beach)

3. Size Matters: A couple of things to consider about size are your weight and the water condition. Make sure you don鈥檛 go too small for your weight. The general rule is once you鈥檙e paddling, you don鈥檛 want the tail of your board to drag. As for water conditions, the choppier the water surface, the bigger the board. (image via True Collection)

4. Board Types:So many options! The shapes of SUP boards vary according to what you use it for 鈥 long, narrow boards are built for speed, and wider, rounded boards are better for balance if you want to get your downward dog on. (image via Standup Journal)

5. Patterned Sunglass Strings ($25):It can get mighty sunny out there. Don鈥檛 lose your cool (or your sunnies) and grab a sunglass string from the Brit + Co shop!

6.Rashguard ($55):聽Time flies when you鈥檙e having fun. Once you get your groove on, it can lead to hours of addictive paddling. Make sure you cover up聽and block out that sun.

7. Stand Up Paddle Lightweight Board Cover ($250): Snag an awesome bag for your SUP. This board cover is lightweight and has non-corrosive nylon zips and adjustable shoulder straps, perfect to carry alongside your beach tote.

8. Stay Hydrated: This is probably a super obvious one, but it鈥檚 so easy to get carried away at the beach and forget to hydrate. Make it easier on yourself by sipping on yummy liquids that keep you hydrated for longer. (via Brit + Co)

What鈥檚 your favorite water sport? Got any tips for newbie stand up paddlers? We鈥檇 love to know in the comments below.