How to Keep Your Inflatable Paddle Board in Good Condition
Keeping your paddle board in good condition is one of the best ways to increase its longevity. It can save you both time and money. Paddle boards can be expensive; that is why it is important to take care of them, so you do not end up wasting the investment you just made.
In this article, we have enlisted the best ways you can use to keep your paddle boards in good condition and use them for years ahead!
Factors that influence your paddle board’s life
SUP feels a lot better on a sunny day. But direct contact with the sunlight can have a negative effect on your paddle board’s lifespan. The Colour of your paddle board may fade, and the material may also get damaged.
How you handle your paddle board has a direct effect on its condition. Sometimes, people drag their paddle board when they cannot hold its weight for long. This dragging on a rough surface can damage the board. If you are taking your paddle board in rocky water, then you need to be extra careful to avoid wear and tear.
It is obvious that an older paddle board will not be in as good condition as a new paddle board will be. The longer you use your paddle board, the more dents, scratches, and damages it will have. Therefore, after a certain time (after years), you will have to replace your paddle board with a newer one.
But you can still increase the life of your paddle board if you make an effort to manage these good condition factors carefully. Below are the ways that will help you to enjoy the peak performance of your paddle board for longer.
Ways to keep your paddle board in good condition
Wash it with water
Washing your paddle board with water after using it is very important to keep it protected for a long time. The seawater is salty, and if you keep the board as it is, the salt can get stick to the board, and mould may also start growing on the surface of the paddle board. If the paddle board is not washed thoroughly, mould will not only create a bad smell, but will also start damaging your paddle board’s surface.
So, rinse your paddle board with the freshwater and dry the water before storing it. Storing it wet can increase the chances of rust development. Clean your paddle board after using it. Also, try to wash it once a month to make sure it does stay in good condition.
Avoid using harsh cleanser or soap
Paddle boards have a sensitive surface that can get damaged by harsh and abrasive materials. Therefore, it is important to avoid using soaps or cleansers that are grainy or abrasive. You do not have to use soap to clean your paddle board every time you use it.
Use soap only a few times a month to remove dirt, salt, or anything that gets attached to the paddle board. Use a rag or a soft brush that is not abrasive to rub the soap on the surface of the paddle board. A brush will help you clean the board better.
Do not leave it in direct sunlight
Okay, it may confuse you why a paddle board that is used in sunlight gets prone to the same sunlight when it is kept under it when it is not being used. Actually, sunlight does not affect the paddle board when you are paddling on it. It is moving in the water and sometimes gets a shade and sometimes no shade.
On the other hand, if you leave it under the sun when it is not being used, then its surface can get delaminated and cracked. Direct contact with the sunlight can damage the material, and the board may also get discoloured.
That is why it is important to keep it under a shaded area when you try to take a rest on the beach after paddle boarding. You can buy a bag for your paddle board and keep it inside the bag to protect the board from the damaging sun rays.
Lubricate your paddle board
Usually, the metallic parts of a paddle board are made up of stainless steel, which does not develop rust. But it is better to stay protected and lubricate the paddle board to avoid any trouble in the future.
You do not have to buy a special oil or lubricant for this purpose. Simply take plane oil available at home and rub it on the metallic parts of your paddle board. You do not have to do it every month. No, nothing like that. Doing it once or twice a month would be enough to keep the fins and other parts intact.
Inspect the board for holes
It is common for paddle boards to develop holes and dings. If these holes are not treated on time, they can cause permanent damage to the paddle board. Therefore, examine the paddle board every time you use it, especially if you are going for paddle boarding in the rocky waters.
Paddle boards usually have a repair kit with them. If you know the basics of how to repair such items, then you can do it yourself with the accessories present in the repair kit. On the other hand, if you do not know how to repair the damage, then it is better to take your paddle board to a professional. They are well aware of what kind of treatment your paddle board needs.
Also, if you notice that your paddle board is getting heavier with time, then examine every part carefully. It could be because of the accumulation of water inside the paddle board due to the formation of one or more holes.
Store it in the right place
Storing your paddle board in the right place is very important. The temperature and pressure in the room or place should be tolerable for your paddle board. Also, make sure there is no rough or abrasive surface or object around it.
It is because if they accidentally have a contact, your paddle board’s surface can get damaged or get scratches. It can be more dangerous if you have an inflatable paddle board and you are keeping it inflated in an unsafe room or place.
Transport it carefully
A lot of times, when the water body is not near your home, you have to transport your paddle board to the water body on a suitable vehicle. Hard paddle boards cannot be fitted inside a car, so you will have to tie them on the roof of your car.
While tying your paddle board down, make sure you do not tie it with rope very tightly. It can damage the surface and make cause a serious issue as well. That is why keep the rope or string loose enough to give the object some room to stay in good shape.
Dry it before you store it
Sometimes, people wash the paddle board and store it as it is, considering that washing it is enough. However, that is not the case. It is equally important to dry your paddle board with a dry cloth before you store it in a safe area.
Drying is important to make sure the metallic parts do not develop rust. Paddle boards can also develop mould due to wetness which can make it smelly. Therefore, use a clean cloth or towel to dry your paddle board after it has been cleaned with water and soap.
Choose the right surroundings to place your paddle board
When you are resting on the beach after paddling, do not leave your paddle board on the beach surface when there are damaging objects around it. Choose a safer area that is away from people and objects to store your paddle board temporarily.
Get a paddle board bag for extra protection
To provide more protection to your paddle board and increase its life, it is better to buy a suitable paddle board for your paddle board. This board will keep it protected from the damaging sun rays and other environmental factors as well. You can purchase a paddle board bad from an online store or from the same brand you bought the board from.
Wear a leash before you start paddle boarding
By wearing a leash while paddle boarding, people feel safer and protected. This leash not only protects you but somehow gives protection to your paddle board too. If you fall in the water you will not move away from your board, or we can say the board will stay around you without moving towards the other place that could be rocky and damage the paddle board surface.
Maintain vent plugs
Most of the paddle boards available in the market have vent plugs. These plugs are very helpful. They are used to keep the boards protected when they are overused and develop pressure. These vents remove the air that develops the pressure from the inside.
If you have invested in the paddle board, it is important to protect that investment, too. Use the above methods to make sure you enjoy your paddle board’s peak performance for many years ahead!