There are more than enough ways to ride, but you should NOT do a few things if you want to extend the pleasure. You may not know that yet, but you have a ‘mutual understanding’ along with your team. You’re taking care and will take care of it! This may be one-sided at times, but note who keeps you afloat in rough seas. You will help expand this caring relationship in time by properly looking after your SUP. And while stand-up paddle boards are a strong piece of equipment, a little love and consideration remain important. So if you want to remember that, avoid the following.
1. Don’t leave a dirty inflatable paddle board
Like all valuable equipment, a TLC is required for a stand-up paddle board. Sure, they are not sufficiently fragile to warrant a duster feather, but you want to keep it clean. Especially if you’ve been in saltwater for the day.
When done for the day, clean off the surface and dry it thoroughly with a towel. This is not just to keep it looking pretty, but also to help remove any damages or blemishes from the board (usually small things that are unnoticeable to the human eye).
2. Don’t leave the sun-exposed to your paddle board
This may seem odd since your board is often the sunniest, but it is crucial. It is one thing to use your board and another to store your board outside for longer periods. Leaving your board outdoors exposes it to needless UV, heat, and weather damage all the time.
You might have had something similar to outdoor clothing, furnishings, even a ball, or two left in the yard. The sun’s rays fade away for too long and do the same with your board. Extreme heat and rising temperatures can also be very high, so it is better to keep it away from the sun if you’re not using it.
3. Don’t incorrectly store your paddle board
It’s worth taking the time to locate somewhere after a paddle you can safely store your board. You take all your time and effort to care for it first of all, it would be a mistake if you got damaged when you don’t even use it.
Seek to find places where weather and temperature fluctuations do not impact it. While it might be tempting to shoot it outside (like your deck) or keep it constantly in your car’s trunk (which turns into a furnace in the hot summer days), keeping it out of direct sunlight is not ideal. Fortunately, iSUPs are much safer to store indoors in a garage or basement that is less vulnerable to sudden changes in temperature.
4. Don’t drag your inflatable paddle board
This will seem trivial, but you will see countless people constantly doing it. It is reasonable for people to take shortcuts to make their transport simple because of the scale of stand-up paddle boards. Cutting corners can, however, lead to injury.
Dragging your board into and out of the water regardless of the terrain risks scratching and splashing your ‘substantial others’ (your SUP). It’s easy to think of “smooth sand” or “soft grass,” but you can’t be sure of the debris that your eye has missed. You would eventually regret it if you drag your board over anything negative. Choosing an inflatable paddle board with a roller backpack will free you to the water scrape, offering a safety and comfort layer quickly. Although they are far longer lasting than typical hardboards, scrapes and scraping create additional friction, which slows the glide of your board.
5. Don’t bring your paddle board without a bag
Similar to some of the problems associated with dragging your bench, it increases the risk of damage to chock your board in the trunk instead of transporting it in your bag. You may have missed the beach instead of the hidden debris while transporting your board now threatens from innumerable other dangers.
A bag helps to protect your board against most of the unseen possible damages or accidental bumps and contusions that can occur during transportation. And when your board is out of your hands and in your vehicle, it is no longer really just up to you, you are very gentle and vigilant.
6. Don’t paddle in frozen waters
Wherever you are paddling, you should always be aware of the area in which you are located. Obviously the rivers, lakes, and oceans all have their differences, but you can find a single culprit, shallow water, everywhere.
Paddling in very shallow water can cause damage to what lies beneath your board. The harm done by paddling can vary from moderate to severe but can be easily prevented if you remain away from it. Hop off your boards and wade down to the shore to keep your board and fins in great shape over the long distance.
7. Don’t forget your paddle board fins
They are easy to forget since they are only a small part of the board, but their location on the base of the board makes them the main victim of damage, especially in shallow water. During replacement of the fins, the damage will dramatically affect your board’s performance as compared to small damage elsewhere. That’s why in this post, all other DON’Ts honor the fin. Your storage, transport, cleaning, and paddling will determine how often your fins need to be replaced.
It is worth taking the time to extract them while transporting and storing if you want to be certain. All our boards come with a Quick-Lock Fin Set without tools, so you can just snap on and off in a couple of seconds. It is also a good habit to ensure that the water you get in is deep enough to clear the floor. While thin, your additional weight will inevitably drop the board so slightly, it can be sufficient to cause damage, depending on what’s below and how close it is.
8. Don’t assume that proper care is common knowledge for your iSUP
It is normal to want to share the enjoyment of something so enjoyable as paddle boarding. It is a must to loan board to friends or relatives. Usually, one or two trips are all it takes to get them on their own board. You can share some wisdom as an experienced paddleboarder by sharing what you know. This may help you to protect your board from simple mistakes when borrowed. If you don’t feel like teaching them, just share this article.
Full Thought and One DO for those eight DON’Ts
You and your board will have a happy, balanced, and long partnership if you prevent these seven errors. Look after your board and your board is going to take care of you. Although we have concentrated on what we don’t want to do, there is one reminder of what you can do when boarding paddles …
DO have fun! Have fun!