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SHELTA and Stand Up Paddle Boarding We started stand up paddle boarding over 15 years ago. The boards were heavy, had no handles, the shapes were interesting to say the least and paddles left a lot to be desired. Stand up paddle boarding has come a long way since then and it seems that nearly every body of water, in every part of the world, has become a playground for stand up paddling. There are different types of paddle boarding for every outdoor enthusiast, including Flat water recreation, river, lake and ocean racing, fishing, long distance touring, yoga and surfing. Shelta has its roots in paddle boarding! Our founder, an avid paddler needed a sun hat for UV protection. After not finding one that worked to his satisfaction he invented one. Yes, Shelta was born from necessity. Being exposed to harmful UV rays while paddle boarding can increase the odds of getting skin cancer and should to be addressed by wearing UV protective clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. That hat at the time was a ball cap, a goofy strap-on bucket, or a floppy sun hat. The perimeters of designing the first Shelta hat were simple: The brim couldn’t flop in your face, the fabric had to be UPF 50+ rated, it had to float, and the brim couldn’t get in the way when paddling. We wanted sun hats could be worn in all weather conditions and when participating in active sports or activities. Performance driven UV protection! Narrow brimmed styles were designed with Stand up paddle boarding and Paddle surfing in mind. The side brim doesn’t get in the way when paddling, yet covers the tip of your ears and the back of your neck from harmful UV prays. The brim doesn’t flop in your face when it gets wet or windy and the cord system gives you options besides just tightening it around your chin. Shelta has multiple styles designed to be the best sun hat for your stand up paddle boarding needs. If you want even more sun protection use the Shelta Shade Mullet. It attaches to our cord system and offers more UV protection when you want it. Shelta has become the best sun hat ever made for outdoor athletes and adventurers. Athlete tested. Adventure approved.