Are you the proud owner of a beautiful Stand Up Paddle Board? Then make sure you always have the SUP board maintenance properly. This is essential for the extend the life of the board.
This is because it prevents cracks or other forms of damage that would prevent you from using the board.
Should damage occur anyway? Then it is always handy to have a repair kit with you. This way, you can repair the SUP on location, so you can still continue. However, it is prevention is better than cure and therefore it is important that you take SUP board maintenance seriously.
SUP board maintenance during use
When you start using the SUP board, there are a number of things to consider. Are you not doing this? Then there is a chance of damage that will prevent you from going on the water.
You want to avoid this at all costs, of course, which is why we have listed some tips for you below on what to look out for.
1) Transport of the SUP board
In our webshop you will find different SUP board packages which come with a bag. The bag is Essential for transporting your SUP board. This prevents damage to the board caused by sharp objects.
A bag is also much more convenient for transporting your board, as you can simply carry it on your back. No bag is included? No problem, it is possible to filter the web shop for separate bags for your board.
2) Do not inflate the board fully in the hot sun
Are you going to enjoy a hot summer day on the water with your SUP board? Then keep in mind that you need to not fully inflated.
This is because warm air will expand, and despite the cool water, the expansion of the air in the board will be faster than you think. With a SUP pump you can specify exactly how much PSI of air you need in the board.
- Therefore, do not go boarding for hours in the middle of the hot sun, but take a break now and then and put the board in the shade. This prevents cracks from forming in the outer layer of the SUP board.
Moreover, this also applies to temporary storing your board during hot summer days. Do you put the board in the shed for a few days? Then make sure you let some air out, as the air in the board can expand.
This way, you leave some room for the air in the board to expand and avoid the risk of damage.
3) Always lift the board
It may seem easy to pull your SUP board along behind you, but this is obviously not good for the board.
Small stones, sand, or branches This is because the outer layer of the board can easily become cracked. This could cause a leak, which would make the SUP adventure of the day impossible. Always lift your SUP board after you have inflated it.
SUP board maintenance after use
The real SUP board maintenance only starts after using your board. Above, we have given just a few tips to prevent damage, because prevention is of course better than cure.
Hence, you should take SUP board maintenance seriously so that you can enjoy your SUP for longer. Below, we tell you exactly what to look out for.
1) Let your board dry out well
One of the most important parts of SUP board maintenance is to let your board dry after use. We advise you not to let your board dry in the sun, but in the shade.
In the sun, the air in the board can still expand, which can cause cracks. It is also possible to use a towel to dry the board. In any case, make sure that the board is completely dry before storing it in the shed or storage bag.
2) Drain the board completely
Do you have a inflatable SUP?
- Then drain the board completely after drying up
- Then roll up the SUP and put it back in the storage bag if necessary
- Always check that all the air is actually out though
3) Press the valve firmly in place
For both the life of the SUP as the valve, it is important that you press the valve properly and turns downwards. As a result, the SUP board air pressure namely off and all the air can escape completely.
When deflating your SUP board, there may be a a lot of noise caused by the air pressure present. Therefore it is a possibility to have a 'silent air remover', which greatly muffles the sound.
4) Roll out the board once more to dry thoroughly.
With an inflatable SUP, it is highly recommended to roll out the board again to let it dry. After deflating the board, you will notice that there is still some moisture present.
So it never hurts to let the board dry out again after you have drained it when you get home. This way you can be sure that no unwanted moisture remains in the bag.
SUP boards from Watersports4fun
Now that you know more about SUP board maintenance, you can start looking for a suitable board for you. Take a look in our webshop and check out the wide range of SUP boards in different sizes and colours.
In addition, it is also possible to search directly for a Suitable SUP board paddle and any accessories. This way you will be well prepared. In short, at Watersports4fun you are at the right place for all your SUP products.
Last updated on 09/02/2023