How do I know if my SUP board is leaking?

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To determine if your SUP board is leaking, it is important to regularly inspect for any signs of air loss. This can be caused by a drop in temperature, leading to a reduction in air pressure. 

If you suspect a leak, inflate the board and rub it with soap or washing-up liquid. Where bubbles appear, there is a leak which needs to be sealed.

How do you detect a leaking SUP board?

Take the SUP board out of the water and drain it, then inflate the board again and observe if any bubbles appear. It is advisable to use a soap or washing-up liquid, use this to look for bulges that may indicate a leak. 

If you notice one or more of these signs, it is important to fix the leak or maintenance committed to prevent further damage and ensure the enjoyment of supping.

Causes & solutions for a leaking SUP board

A leaking stand-up paddleboard (SUP) is a common problem among sup enthusiasts. There are several causes that can cause a board to leak, ranging from natural wear and tear to errors in use. 

Some common causes include damage from sharp objects during transport or storage, overuse of, for example, a Used SUP board and exposure to extreme weather conditions, such as UV radiation or high temperatures.

Below, we have listed the most common issues:

  • Leaky valve: when you have a leaky valve, it means air is escaping past the valve or the valve is no longer closing properly. This can have several causes, including:
    • Ageing, with the valve eventually wearing out
    • Excessive air pressure, where inflating the board above the recommended PSI has suffered permanent damage, such as a broken valve
    • Loose valve, which can be easily fixed using a specific valve spanner from a repair kit.
  • Broken PVC layer: if the SUP board is worn out, it is usually a small hole through which air escapes. In this case, you have the choice of repairing the board yourself with a repair kit (read up thoroughly first!) or taking it to a SUP repair company.
    • Sharp object: when the SUP board has a leak due to a sharp object, it is important to determine how big the hole is. A small hole is still relatively easy to repair, while a large hole is almost impossible. For example, a hole the size of a thumb will be very difficult to repair.
  • Manufacturing defect: of course, a manufacturing defect can also be the cause of a leaking SUP board. Do you expect this to be the case with your board? Contact the seller you bought the board from.

Last updated on 03/02/2023

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