Inflate paddle board: how to inflate your paddleboard?
Inflate paddle board quick guide but before a quick remember about SUP. Stand-up paddleboarding has been a sport that has existed for thousands of years. It has only seen real growth in the last couple of decades leading up to the sport becoming a worldwide phenomenon. With the surging popularity of SUP (Stand-up paddleboarding) in water sports.Iit has led it to become the sport of the summer, with more and more people getting into it as a recreational hobby.
Just like how you can’t surf without a surfboard, you can’t paddle without an inflatable paddle board. A paddleboard is the most essential piece of equipment and thus requires proper care and maintenance. You already got a paddleboard. And now you are looking for that perfect guide to teach you everything you need to know about having one. Well, look no further, because we will teach you all the basics on how to safely and properly inflate and deflate your board.
Inflate your paddleboard
It takes people an estimated time of 10 minutes to inflate paddle board. We recommended to inflate your board after you arrive at your destination, to allow for ease of transport when carrying them. So now let’s get into how we inflate a board correctly.
- The first step is to take out your inflatable paddle board and fully unroll it, in a safe, spacious location where you can inflate it with ease. After unrolling, the valve should be facing upwards.
- Now make sure the pin in the valve (usually colored yellow) is upright before you start to inflate the board. This is important because if the pin is not fixed properly, the air will start to leak out of the board as soon as you unplug the pump.
- Next, take your hose that comes with the hand pump and connect it to the valve by pushing and twisting it. One end should be attached to the valve and the other to the pump.
- Make certain to double-check that both the ends are attached firmly to their outlets – if any side is not fastened properly, the air will leak out, resulting in a not fully inflated board.
- Ensure that the hose is straightened out, any tangles or bends will result in a weakened airflow.
- Now hold the pump down by placing your feet on either side of it, and check that the PSI gauge is clearly visible to you. If not, change your position, to get a better view of the gauge.
- Use both your hands to alternately pull up and depress the handlebar of the pump.
- Keep on repeating the motion until you get to the recommended PSI level stated on your board.
- The closer you get to the required level of pressure, the harder it will get to pump. This is due to the built-up pressure in the board and will continue to increase. To ease your pumping, you can unscrew the cap on the side of the pump.
- Once your board is fully pumped, detach the end of the hose from the valve, and, holding into account that your pin is fixed properly, no air should escape.
- Screw back on the cap over the valve. Make sure to tighten this firmly.
- If your board comes with a detachable fin, now attach it to the surface.
- Assemble the parts of your paddle together, and check it’s the right length for you. To ensure the correct length, stand the paddle up next to you, and the handle should fit in the bend of your wrist when your arm is outstretched above your head.
- It’s time to hit the water and have a blast paddleboarding the day away!
Deflate your paddleboard
After inflate paddle board, you need to know how to deflate your paddle board. When you’re done on the water and preparing to end the day, here’s how to deflate and pack your inflatable board for the journey home.
- Carry your paddleboard ashore and rinse it with fresh water to remove dirt, gravel, and debris. You do not need to rinse your board if you are paddling in freshwater, however, if you are paddling in saltwater it is important to rinse your board with fresh water to remove the salt. Salt can corrode the material and weaken the seams over time. Rinsing with fresh water will prolong the life of your board.
- After cleaning your board or after paddling, make sure to let the board dry completely. You can use a towel to give the board a quick towel dry. It is good practice to let your board dry off as much as possible before packing away. If your board is going to be stored away for a longer period of time or you have a long trip home, then definitely take care to ensure the board dries properly. Leaving it wet will cause bacteria and mold to grow which leads to the weakening of the seams.
- If your fin detaches, remove it and place it aside. Deattach your paddle as well. Dry them and put them away.
- Now, let’s look at our paddleboard. Locate the valve cap and unscrew it, while pushing down the yellow pin to release the air. This process tends to be somewhat loud so it is best to find a quiet area, to not disturb other people.
- You can view the gauge decreasing and once most of the air is out of the board. You can begin to roll it up from the opposite end to the valve, allowing you to squeeze any remaining air out as you roll
- Pack the deflated paddleboard into its bag alongside the pump and paddle. Try not to roll the board too tightly when packing it away. It is fitter for the seams if the board is rolled ‘loosely’ as opposed to really tight.
- Time to head home, to a relaxing end to a fun day.
Now while deflating is a good idea as it allows you to transport and store it easily, there are some who prefer to keep their paddleboard as it is, simply carrying it without transporting. Now while this is not preferred, it is not wrong either. If you prefer to carry your inflated paddle board, here are some tips to keep it in good condition.
- Cleaning and drying properly are still vital steps to follow to keep the paddleboard in good condition.
- Store your paddle board in a cool, safe area that is out of reach of direct sunlight and ideally off the ground.
- All inflatable paddleboards will lose some air pressure over time if the board is left inflated day after day. Accordingly, when planning to use it, make sure to quickly check the air pressure with the gauge on your pump as you may need to top it up.
- In extreme heat, the air pressure in the paddleboard will expand. Therefore, if you plan to store your inflated board in an area where the temperature can rise to very high levels. Be sure to let out a little air pressure to leave room for expansion before storing it.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Proper cleaning and maintenance will help prolong the life of your inflatable paddle board. Paddleboards are built tough and can last for many years of on-the-water fun and adventure. Just like any outdoor gear, taking a few maintenance and care steps can help ensure that your board is in top condition and will never cause any trouble.
- To prevent unnecessary wear be sure to clean and dry the board before transport and storage. To remove soil, river scum, and travel grime, wash with soap and water or use a specialized paddleboard cleaner.
- The PVC material is quite UV-resistant, but spraying it with 303 Aerospace Protectant, a great gear sunscreen, a couple of times a year helps keep it in the best shape. Using it more than that is not necessary and could cause damage.
- Avoid getting moisture inside the board, this causes bacteria and mold such as mildew to breed, resulting in premature wear. If you do get moisture inside, lock the valve open and blow dry air inside with a pump or vacuum exhaust until the inside is dry.
- If you find your board losing air, there could be a couple of reasons. Inflate it fully and spray it with a soap and water solution, starting with the valve. Sometimes a bit of debris can get stuck on the valve’s sealing surface. Dislodge the grit with a burst of air by pressing briefly on the valve stem when the board is inflated. If there’s still a leak, lock the valve open. Use a cotton swab moistened with 303 Protectant sunscreen to clean the surfaces.
- For scratches and cuts, use glue and PVC patches to repair them
Keeping your paddleboard in good condition is the key to having a long-lasting board. Knowing how to inflate and deflate a board properly are vital for anytime interested in paddleboarding. Without an inflate paddle board, you won’t be able to use it effectively & get the best out of your paddleboarding session. It’s important to maintain a proper routine of correct technique when you have to inflate/deflate your board. Remember to practice until you get the hang of it.