Fitting Your Kayak Conversion Seat to a Paddle Board

Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is an exhilarating way to enjoy the water, combining the thrill of surfing with the serenity of kayaking. However, there are times when you might want to take a break from standing or add more versatility to your paddle board experience. That's where a kayak conversion seat comes in. This guide will walk you through the process of fitting a kayak conversion seat to your paddle board and explore the numerous benefits of making this modification.

Paddle board kayak conversion seat

Why Convert Your Paddle Board?

Here's why you might want to convert your paddle board into a kayak hybrid in the first place.

1. Versatility: A kayak conversion seat transforms your paddle board into a sit-on-top kayak, allowing for a more relaxed paddling experience. This is especially useful for longer trips where standing for extended periods can be tiring.

2. Accessibility: For those who may have difficulty standing for long periods or have balance issues, a conversion seat makes paddle boarding accessible to a wider audience.

3. Comfort: Sitting down allows you to paddle longer distances without fatigue, making it perfect for touring or fishing.

4. Stability: Sitting lowers your centre of gravity, increasing stability and reducing the chances of falling into the water.

5. Weather Adaptability: In windy or choppy conditions, paddling while seated can provide better control and stability and when doubled with a second blade can provide twice as much power through the water to help get out of tricky situations.


What You’ll Need

  • Kayak Conversion Seat: These are specially designed seats with adjustable straps that attach to your paddle board’s D-rings.
  • D-rings: If your paddle board doesn’t have pre-installed D-rings, you’ll need to purchase and install them.
  • Paddle: A convertible paddle that can be used for both kayaking and paddle boarding. All of our Beachbum Paddle Boards come with pre-installed D-ring fittings and a paddle that is able to be converted easily as standard.


Kayak seat for paddle board

Step-by-Step Installation Guide

1. Choose the Right Seat: Ensure your kayak conversion seat is compatible with your paddle board. Most seats have adjustable straps that can fit various board sizes.

2. Locate the D-rings: Many paddle boards come with pre-installed D-rings. If yours doesn't, you’ll need to install them. Choose a seat position that is comfortable and balanced—typically in the middle or slightly back from the centre of the board.

3. Install D-rings (if necessary):
- Clean the area where you’ll attach the D-rings.
- Use marine-grade adhesive to attach the D-rings to the board.
- Allow the adhesive to cure fully according to the manufacturer's instructions before using.

4. Attach the Seat:
- Place the seat on the board.
- Attach the straps to the D-rings, starting with the back straps for stability.
- Adjust the straps so the seat is secure but comfortable. The backrest should be at a comfortable angle for paddling.

5. Check Stability: Before heading out on the water, sit on the board to ensure the seat is securely fastened and the board remains stable.

6. Adjust Your Paddle: If using a convertible paddle, adjust it to the appropriate length for kayaking.

Benefits of Using a Kayak Conversion Seat

1. Enhanced Comfort: Long paddling sessions can lead to fatigue, but sitting down provides a more comfortable experience, allowing for extended adventures on the water.

2. Increased Stability: Sitting lowers your centre of gravity, which enhances stability, making it easier to paddle in various conditions, including windy or choppy waters.

3. Accessibility for All Ages: The option to sit makes paddle boarding accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels, including children and older adults.

4. Versatility: You can switch between standing and sitting, adapting to your needs and the conditions of the water. This versatility makes your paddle board more functional and fun.

5. Better Control: Sitting can give you more control over your board, especially when navigating through tight spots or when you need precision paddling.

6. Great for Fishing: If you enjoy fishing, a kayak seat provides a stable and comfortable platform from which to cast and reel in your catch.

Converting your paddle board to accommodate a kayak seat is a straightforward process that can greatly enhance your water adventures. Whether you’re looking to paddle longer distances, improve stability, or simply enjoy a more relaxed outing, a kayak conversion seat is a fantastic addition to your paddle board. So, grab your gear, hit the water, and experience the best of both worlds!