Proper maintenance of your paddle board will increase the longevity of your board and deliver additional years of paddling. It doesn’t take long or rough, but certainly worth it. Adding on and removing a good maintenance schedule would help avoid repairs and guarantee more time on the surface.
How to take care of your inflatable paddle board
We divided things into some main areas that correspond with the setup process. Focusing on these areas can help you quickly and effectively hold your paddle board in good shape.
SUP Air Pressure
While it’s easy to forget, the air pressure of your board will help improve its life and efficiency. Many inflatable SUPs feature a dual pump. They have the added advantage of pumping the inflatable paddle board up and down, which reduces the pumping time. However, when the board is almost completely inflated it is often best to turn to one single action.
This measure stops you from pumping over and destroying your board when you have to complete anything you need. While it’s a bit slow to pump in a single action mode, because with every downstroke, you use gravity to force air into your board, it is much easier on your body.
All inflatable paddle boards are different, so it is best to test the exact PSI with your supplier. Some pumps, such as the hand pump (included in SUP packets) with dual-action or our electric pump, feature a built-in pressure gauge that lets you be sure the PSI of your tank. When the selected pressure is reached, the Electric Pump also automatically cuts off.
This is also important to note that in hot weather the air expands. That means if you inflate it cool and dark somewhere, and then let it out, the air inside will expand. Be mindful of the temperature and prepare for the day. If you know that it’ll be a scorcher, don’t flush to the highest PSI level of your tank. Leave it slightly below and allow the air to expand when the sun is dry. You can also test and inflate or deflate during the day.
Rinsing your sup
A quick rinse is another field that is easily missed, skipped, or totally ignored. Sure, salt water is more corrosive than freshwater, but after every use, you can rinse off your plate. Not only the salt will degrade your wall. The build-up of a variety of culprits over their lifetime (dirt, grime, gunk, etc.) can also cause harm. Therefore, pay special attention to fins, buttons, hooks, handles, and d-rings when rinsing the board off. Any plinth, corner or seam is a good place to build. Take the time to find them on your board and give them special attention when you rinse. This easy habit helps to improve your board ‘s lifespan and to make it look fantastic.
Dry your SUP
It is time to dry it off until the plate is rinsed. Take a towel and clean it dry. To make things yourself easy and to ensure that you don’t miss anything from one end to the other. Before you prepare it for transport, make sure you get all the drops. You won’t be at risk from mildew accumulation in the board bag by keeping it completely dry.
Although though this may be a pain for a few boards it is worth taking the time to remove the fins, the most vulnerable component of the board. While a board with its fins can be stored, you risk damage. Luckily, we have built our boards so that the fin collection can be easily set up and removed in a snap. It ensures that you can clip your fins on and off for safe storage in seconds.
It is time to prepare it for storage once your board is dry. We consider it best to use your pump ‘s special deflate function to completely deflate the board, and then begin folding at the tail of the board. This allows you to protect and use the fin boxes as a guide for your folds. Do your best to minimize the falls. Fold the board loosely over the top, nearly as you roll rather than folding it. It’s time to find a good place to store it for the long term, now that it is primed, packed, transported and stowed.
Above all, you want your board out of the sun. Place in a cold, dry spot, preferably in a board bag with a SUP. Floor bags such as these can help to secure the floor when it is stored against harmful UVs, dings, and scratches. In addition, it provides simple, safe transportation and the convenience to have everything from your paddle to your pump in one place.
Even though the best manufacturers ensure that their inflatable paddle boards are extremely robust, our companies are also backed by a lifetime guarantee from the industry, it is worthwhile investing a little more time taking better care of your investment. With these care and maintenance guidelines, your board’s lifetime will be extended and your water time increased.