Inflatable Paddle Board User Guide
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To get the best out of your new Pakaloa inflatable paddle board, you must read and fully understand this Inflatable Paddle Board User Guide.
IN THE BOX
The most important thing when paddleboarding is to make sure that you are safe, so follow these pointers to make sure that you and your friends have a fantastictime on the water!
- Check your equipment before you go on the water
- Wear a buoyancy aid or a life jacket
- Always check the weather forecast and tides
- Be aware of the effect that tide or river flow can have on your paddling speed and build this into your route plan if it takes an hour to paddle downriver it may take 3 hours to paddle back up!
- Dress appropriately for the conditions. Wear a wetsuit / drysuit when paddling in the wintertime water conditions to avoid the risk of hypothermia or cold water shock should you fall in
- Always wear your leash, both on flat water and in waves. Should you fall in tide, wind or waves can separate you from your
- board the leash prevents this
- Paddle with a friend, or at least make sure somebody knows where youʼre going and when you plan to be back
- Take a way to contact people e.g., a mobile phone in a dry bag
- Attend a relevant first aid course so that you know how to look after yourself and others
- Do not go paddling if you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medications
- Unroll your board so that it lays top-side up.
- Push the valve button-down and give it a half twist this will pop it up into the UP position.
- Attach the pump hose with a half twist clockwise onto the valve.
- Begin pumping. For best posture keep a straight back and bend your legs with each pump stroke.
- Remove the pump hose with a half twist anti-clockwise. Screw on the valve cap.
Once you have taken the cap off the valve with a half turn anti-clockwise, you will notice a spring-loaded push-button.When this is in the DOWN position, air can flow freely both in and out through the valve. When it is in the UP position, air can only flow into the board. Change the position of the button with a push and a half twist.
Over-Inflation is not covered by warranty so take the utmost care, not to over inflate the SUP. We recommend that you inflate your SUP to 15 PSI max.
- Remove fin bolt from fin and lightly screw the bolt into the nut.
- Put the nut in the track at the wide-point in the center of the fin box and slide it towards the front of the board using the bolt.
- Remove the bolt. Put the end of the fin into the track (the non-fin bolt end).
- Slide the fin along the track and line up the hole at the end of the fin with the nut.
- Screw the bolt in by hand.
At the end of your session, remove the fin by reversing this process (be careful not to lose your fin bolt!). Store the fin bolt in the fin.
- Remove the fin.
- Remove the valve cap by twisting anti- clockwise.
- Push the button straight down and then give it a half twist anti-clockwise. Be ready as the air
- It will pour out! The half twist locks the Button-down so that air can freely flow out of the board.
- Once you can no longer hear air flowing out of the board, begin tightly rolling from the opposite end to the valve. As you move the last of the air will be forced out of the board.
- Slide the board back into the bag. Your pump, fin and three- piece paddle can Also, be carried in the bag.
Dont forget to remove the fin before to deflate your paddleboard
- Use the valve removal tool that is provided in your repair kit. Unscrew the cap of the valve and then place the tool into the valve. Turn anti-clockwise to unscrew the valve. Once youʼve loosened it with the tool, you can replace the cap and unscrew the valve the rest of the way by hand.
- Check that the rubber seal on your valve is in the correct position and that the valve opens and closes quickly when you push the button on the top side of the valve.
- Replace the valve by turning clockwise by a hand at first, then switching to the tool to finish tightening it. Make sure that the thread is properly aligned before tightening and be careful not to over-tightenthe valve.
It is effortless to remove the valve on your paddleboard to check its operation and replace it if necessary.
THE PUMP & PUMP MAINTENANCE
The pump can be split into different parts (the pump, the
Hose, and the valve) by screwing the ends together. To attach the valve, make sure you begin with it facing down. The half-twist to tighten it will then leave it facing up towards you.
Your pump comes lubricated with oil. Please be sure that before and during use, the pump is fully lubricated.
To lubricate the pump open the top and spread a thin layer of oil/greaseon the gasket and the tube. Also, clean the air filter, located inside the top.
Most 3-piecepaddles use a clip system. Pull the plastic clip out. Slide each section together to the desired height and then push the plastic clip back in. Be careful when closing the clip as it can go back with some force.
Some paddles use a twist-system,in which case instead of pushing the clip in rotate each section of the paddle shaft until it tightens and grips.
Adjust the paddle height so that it is roughly 6 inches above your head.
Use this as a starting point and then adjust it up or down depending on your preference as you paddle.
BOARD MAINTENANCE & REPAIR
If you need to repair your board, use the repair patches that are included in your repair kit. Make sure that you perform the repair in a well-ventilated area and avoid inhaling toxic vapors. Avoid contact with skin and eyes and keep all repair material away from children.
- Make sure that the board is fully deflated, dry and lying flat.
- Cut a patch that is around 2 inches larger than the tear on all sides.
- Clean the area where the patch is to be placed using a substance like acetone or alcohol.
- Apply three thin coats of repair kit adhesive to both the board and the patch, leave 5 minutes between each layer.
- Place the patch on the board, rolling it on from one end. It grips immediately, so make sure that you place it in the correct position. Use a hand roller to stick the patch down firmly and to ensure an even seal.
- Wait 24 hours before re-inflatingthe board.
TRANSPORTATION & STORAGE
No matter if you store your paddle board inflated or deflated, there will be no damage in either case. If you keep it inflated, we recommend that you release a little PSI just in case the place where you store your board gets too hot. You can store your board in the bag or not.
Leaving the inflatable paddle board deflated during the winter can cause wrinkles in the board, depending on the strength of your role, but these will come off when your board is re-inflated.
We suggest that you remove your fins for winter storage. We do not tend to notice that boards get moldy in winter, but we must be doubly sure that this cannot happen, wash in fresh water and air dry or wipe completely before rolling and storing them. You can store your board in a garage, shed or attic, we suggest that you do not store it in a place that is too cold or too hot, with an appropriate storage temperature between 4 and 40°C.