SUP Maintenance and Care: Keeping Your Board in Top Shape
by Guilherme Canto on Jul 25, 2023
Ah, the freedom of gliding on crystal-clear waters, the wind in your hair, and the sun on your face - standup paddleboarding truly offers an exhilarating experience like no other!
But to ensure your paddleboard continues to be your trusty companion on all your aquatic escapades, a little tender loving care is in order. In this blog post, we'll spill the beans on the best tips and tricks for maintaining your SUP and keeping it in top shape.
So, let's dive in and discover how to make your paddleboard last a lifetime of adventures!
1. Rinse After Every Use
After a fantastic day on the water, take a few minutes to rinse your SUP with fresh water. This step is crucial, especially if you've been paddling in saltwater or brackish water. Salt can be corrosive and lead to damage over time, so make sure to thoroughly rinse the entire board, including the deck pad, fin, and leash.
2. Proper Storage
Storing your paddleboard correctly is essential for maintaining its shape and preventing unnecessary damage. Whenever possible, store your SUP in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. If you need to keep it outdoors, invest in a high-quality board cover or a storage bag to shield it from the elements.
3. Inspect and Repair
Before each paddling session, inspect your board for any signs of wear and tear. Look for dings, scratches, or cracks, and address them promptly. Small dings can be repaired with resin, while larger damages may require professional assistance. Taking care of minor issues as they arise will prevent them from worsening and extend your board's lifespan.
4. Protect the Fin
The fin is a critical component of your paddleboard, as it helps with stability and tracking. Always check the fin for any debris, seaweed, or fishing lines before and after each use. Avoid shallow areas and rocks to prevent potential damage to the fin. If your board has a removable fin, remove it when transporting or storing the SUP to avoid accidental breakage.
5. Handle with Care
Treat your SUP with care and avoid unnecessary rough handling. When carrying the board, use proper techniques and ask for assistance if needed. Avoid dragging the board on rough surfaces, as this can cause scratches and damage the outer layer.
Congratulations, you're now a SUP maintenance guru! With these care tips, your paddleboard will remain your faithful companion for countless water adventures.
At Paddle Surf Hawaii, we pride ourselves on crafting durable boards designed to withstand the test of time. When well-maintained, our boards are built to last, providing you with years of paddling joy and unforgettable experiences.
Take a few extra minutes before each adventure to care for your board, and you'll be rewarded with enhanced performance and longevity.
Now, go explore vast oceans, tranquil lakes, and winding rivers with the confidence that your Paddle Surf Hawaii board will be right there with you, gliding smoothly through every adventure. Happy paddling!