How to look after your SUP boardMay 01, 2017
There are many things you need to concern about you SUP board. Here are they
1. Keep your SUP clean
the best way to care for your board after a good paddle is to rinse it thoroughly with fresh water.
Tip – Every couple of months, use a mild cleaner on your paddleboard and pad as Dawn dish soap it’s great at removing oil/petroleum products with a non-abrasive cloth or sponge.
2. Don’t leave it underneath the sunlight
Even though you spend a daytime SUP you shouldn’t store the board in the sun. Keep it out of direct sunlight when it’s not being used in the water.
Tip – If your board is wet, don’t seal it in the bag. the moisture can turn it into a small sauna, opening up the pores in the epoxy and creating miniature bubbles just below the surface to dry all moist.
3. Beware ‘Sensitive Spots’
Your board is the weakest where the glass and resin is thinnest – on the curved and pointed surfaces (the nose, rails, and tail) making them the most vulnerable to damage. Rail guard tape and nose/tail guards will do an excellent job of minimizing bruises and damage to your paddle board.
Tip – concern of Storage, such as concrete floors, shelves, or cargo elevators can be particularly problematic for boards. Use padding (like pool noodles or even a yoga mat) to protect the rails.
– Leaving your board on the roof of the car for extended periods in direct sunlight or on hot days make it bad condition.
– Board bags actually make things worse.
– Don’t leaving your board in the car.
– Radiant heat through windows is your worst enemy.
– Bubble wrap is like a thousand magnifying glasses trying to destroy your board
– If you have a black or dark grip – flip the board over on the beach or put it in the shade.
– The lighter the construction, the weaker the skin, the more likely your board can be heat damaged.
– The darker the colour (Red, Blue etc) the quicker your board will heat up.
For Your Inflatable SUP
1. Protect The Material
– Use board sun screen
The 303-protectant is kind of board sun screen which will protect the material from damage from UV rays and exposure to the elements which weaken the material over time especially if you are using it often and the hot sun.
– Make sure it is completely dried off after use before you store it away
Inflatable SUP’s are much easier to dry off. There are no nooks and crannies for it to get stuck in.
However bring an old towel along and give it a quick wipe down so that any excess moisture is removed before storing it in its carry bag. This prevents any mold and mildew from growing on the material when it is not in use.
2. Avoid Dragging
Although inflatable stand up paddleboards are extremely tough do not drag it on rocks, gravel or over sharp debris when at all possible. One of the best ways to do this is to carry it by your hand.
3. Store It Away
When your board is not in use, that it is stored away in a dry and cool place.
Most importantly is do not store it in direct sunlight. If you must keep your board outside then it is recommended to cover it with a tarp in order to protect it from falling debris and exposure to the elements. Also check the air pressure again before each use as the pressure can lesson over time when stored outside.
When your inflatable SUP is in extreme heat the air pressure will expand. After several hours of paddling in extreme heat it may be necessary to pull up on shore and let out a tiny bit of air pressure.