Time to Take Your SUP from Storage

Seven Things about Stand Up Paddle Boarding Care

In my neck of the woods, spring has arrived. And while you may still be a few weeks or even months from taking your SUP to the water’s edge, now is the time to take a look at your stand up paddle board. Depending on how well your store and care for your SUP, even if it was only last weekend, your first experience of the season will be as good as your last.

Stand on Liquid 12' Chelan Touring SUP

Stand on Liquid 12′ Chelan Touring SUP is one of the best all-around paddle boards for the whole family.

One: Good habits when storing your stand up paddle board are important. If you don’t have a board bag, now is the time to get one. The Stand on Liquid Wheeled SUP Bag is the first step in good paddle board care. The wheels are an added bonus, keeping your board safe to and from the water with a safer transportation system. A bag, any bag should have at least one component: a reflective surface. The sun is the single most ignored danger your board will face. This particular bag will keep two boards safe.

Two: This may seem like common sense but don’t run into stuff. If you are unsure of the depth of the water, be cautious. As we’ve been discussing over the last four weeks, your fin is at risk and any obstruction puts your fin box in jeopardy. The fin box is probably one of the most costly repair you can encounter. Change out your fin to a Nine Inch SUP Super Flexible Fin when you are lending your board to your friends. They may not share the same concern for what your fin might encounter.

Three: While we’re discussing fins, take care with your fin box. If you are SUPing on saltwater, be sure to thoroughly rinse your fin box, the slider nut and the screw. Even under regular conditions, dirt can get into the box so rinsing is a good habit to get into. This may sound like common sense but always keep your board deck side down.

Four: Saltwater also plays havoc with your deck. In fact, your whole board needs a periodic was, using mild dish soap and a soft rag. Products like GooGone will remove any gunk that might have built up and a product called Extreme Clean acts like Sex Wax for your board.

Five: No matter how careful you are, you will get dents, scratches and the occasional ding. Ask your retailer about a good epoxy repair kit. If the ding is large enough to be called a gouge, take it to the pros to be repaired.

Six: Not all vents are created equal but they all do the same thing: protect your board from delamination. Some are maintenance free, using a Gore-tex type material to allow the board to breath and maintain the right air pressure to keep your core safe without your help. Screw in vents must be adjusted when the board is not in the water, allowing the air pressure equalized. If you have the screw-in type, be sure to adjust it from the beach and the water.

Seven: I cringe every time I see someone over tighten their board on their roof rack. Snug and secure, and rechecking the straps periodically over the trip is far better for your board than over tightening, which can create pressure dings.

These careful steps will keep you on the water more often.

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