How to Store Your Standup Paddleboard

Not everyone who purchases a stand-up paddleboard lives close enough to the water to use it regularly. While we’d all like to live in a tropical climate with continual access to the perfect day, most of us are forced to store our standup paddleboard for a season or two. This needs to be done correctly if you expect your board to be ready when the weather breaks.

There are certain steps you must take to keep your board looking new in the off-season. These are also excellent tips for everyday storage in-between your next stand on liquid experience.

  1. Your new paddleboard may have arrived to you wrapped in a protective bubble wrap. The temptation to save this packing material for storing your board is a huge mistake. That “protective wrap” actually begins to warm the foam core of your board, more or less cooking it. Recycle the material your board was shipped in.
  2. This seems like a no-brainer in the summer time. Don’t leave your board in the sun. While a board bag might be seem like a good choice, when it comes to protecting your board in transit, it is far from it. The sun has the ability to make your foam core unstable. Get a reflective bag for long-term exposure and for travel to and from your favorite spot. Some indoor storage areas may find your board getting more sun and heat than it should. Find a dark, cool place for your board when its not in use and store it on a paddleboard rack outside of the bag.
  3. That vent on the fin is there for a reason. It is there to regulate the air pressure. You probably have been instructed to close this vent before using your board to protect the skin. But failing to loosen this vent can do some serious damage in a relatively short amount of time. Not only will it damage the integrity of the skin often referred to as delamination, it can make your board water-logged as the foam absorbs any moisture. Open it when your done using the board.

  4. And while we’re on the subject of fins: you should remove them after each and every use. Not only will this habit protect your fin box, the place where the fin attaches and provides a watertight seal, it will protect the fin as well.
  5. Worth repeating: Don’t store your board in the bag (and never put the board in the bag wet). Hang it in a cool, dry place.

Your board is built to last with a little common sense help from you. While it is in storage, take a look at it every now and then. Inspect it for osomotic blisters or mold, cracks and dents or dings you might have missed. Winter is a great time to make repairs. But if everything looks good, begin making plans for the next season.

Comments

  1. I own a SUP shop in Nashville and are located on the Cumberland River at Rock Harbor Marina. One of the services I provide is board storage for a monthly fee. The storage is under roof but is completely open other than the roof. No sun exposure and when the rain blows in boards can get wet but that is rare.
    Question, what are the reasons that storing a board in a board bag on a protected rack is not recommended? I’m selling a few board bags here and there and some of my board storage people are storing their boards in the bags.
    Look forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you,
    Neil Newton
    Owner of Paddle Up Tn
    615-496-8082

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