Storing Your Stand Up Paddle Board

Proper Stand Up Paddle Board Care in the Off-Season

For true SUP enthusiasts, there is no off season. That doesn’t mean that proper storage in between outings isn’t important. It is. And unless you are using the Suspenz SUP Storage Rack, you are probably not doing it as well as you should.

The call of the water often surpasses the need for storing your board, or so you might assume. Lets’ face it, you don’t want to store your board for the winter months, you want to use it. And in truth, you can, in most locales, use it year round. But for those of us who gravitate from one outdoor activity to another, storing your equipment, in this case, your stand up paddle board is critical to the next season’s enjoyment. So here are some key tips to follow to ensure that when the day warms, your SUP is ready for use.

If you just received a SUP as a gift, it probably came in bubble wrap. You might be tempted to think that it will fine in that packaging until the season arrives. You would be wrong. The bubble wrap will actually begin to cook the core, ruining your board from the inside out before you’ve even used it.

Suspenze J Racks

Suspenze J Racks keep your board safe from harm and ready for use. Low profile (only 10 inches from the wall) and incredibly gentle on your SUP. A must have for over winter storage.

If you already have a board and have simply stood it up in the corner, unless it is cool and dry, your board will not fare well.

While cool and dry are important, if you don’t have a garage or storage unit, no problem. Your house or apartment is just fine, in large part because of the regulated nature of the temperatures inside. I would say that half of the people buy the board they do because of the looks. So creating a display in your main living area with the Suspendz J Racks lets your visitors admire and even envy your SUP.

The skin of your board needs tender care during the down times. This why the Suspendz J Rack is so important. This easy-to-install, low profile rack keeps your board off the floor and out of harm’s way. The mesh netting means that your SUP skin never touches anything that could cause scratches, dents or abrasions. Inspect your board occasionally for osomotic blisters or mold, and any cracks and dents or dings you might have missed.

I’ll touch on the best bags for your board next week but you probably should avoid storing your SUP in one for any long amount of time. If the temperature changes or for some reason, the sun finds your board, the results will not be pleasant.

Winter is a great time to make repairs. It is also a good time to take your board out for a short outing. If not, begin making plans for the next season because your board will be waiting.

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