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SUPs are precious possessions, no paddler wants their stand up paddle board to get damaged in storage. We’ve heard all the horror stories—delamination, cracks, and even mold. Right now, you may be wondering, what is the best way to store my paddle board?
To avoid this happen to your SUP, this detailed guide will tell you everything you need to know about storing your inflatable SUP. So you never have to worry about your SUP being damaged when it’s not in use. It’s much simpler than you think, just note some matters will ensure your expensive SUP board last for more than one season.
Where to Store Your Inflatable Paddle Board
As you consider your options for where to store your board, these three are the most important ones whether you choose to store your SUP inside or outside:
- Limited exposure to sunlight: the ultraviolet rays from the direct sunlight will damage the shell and the color on it over time. Avoid storing it in direct sunlight at all costs.
- Resistance to moisture: a wet environment can encourage mold and mildew and possibly damage the shell material of your board.
- Protection against extreme heat: Avoid storing it in areas where you know there’s extreme heat. Placing your board in a hot, sunny place can cause it to dry out and lose its resilience. Also, the high temperatures in the room where you store your paddle board work on the core materials by degrading them and even cause the shell to delaminate.
The easiest storage solution is often to keep your SUP indoors if you have room to do so, such as in your home, a garage or shade. Most indoor spaces do a good job of protecting SUPs from sun, moisture and heat.
It’s also perfectly fine to stow your SUP outside, like in your yard. The most important part of outdoor paddle board storage is protection from the elements. Thus, it’s wise to invest in a protective cover if you’ll be storing your board outdoors long term.
How to Store Your Inflatable Paddle Board
Paddle Board Storage On a Rack
Paddle board racks are an extremely easy way for storage. Keeping the board away from the ground avoids any mishaps involving pets or kids. Regardless of the one you choose (or build for yourself), a rack should be able to hold sufficient weight, so as not to fall off, thus ruining the board and your wall as well. You can purchase racks that feature straps and padding materials that will hold your board securely, without damaging its exterior or design.
Paddle Board Storage On Ceiling
Many paddle board enthusiasts suspend their boards from the ceiling. This one comes in very handy if you have limited space at home. You can purchase a suspension system designed just for a SUP or you can make your own using wide webbing straps. Just be sure to protect the integrity of the board by hanging it such a way that the hull faces up towards the ceiling.
However, remember that this paddle board storage method means you’ll have slightly less convenient access to the board when you want to take it out for a paddle.
Leaning your board against a wall is a practical and cheap way to store it. However, be careful of how and where you lean the board. It's a good idea to put some padding between the board and the floor to protect your SUP. Ensure that the board is on its tail or side and never the nose. Also, it’s wise to secure the board with a strap or a wooden peg on each side so it won’t suddenly come crashing down. Leaning it in a corner also prevents this.
Tips for storing your inflatable paddle board
Keep Your SUP Clean
Once you had the last run on your lake, river, ocean or what ever aquatic location, you need to rinse out your gear with some fresh water. This step can remove any dirt, sand, salt or grime, which could cause scratches or decay whilst it’s in storage. Besides, If you’re using your board for a long period without using it, it’s a good idea to check its condition regularly and clean it properly when needed.
Make Sure SUP is Dry
You don’t want to store your gear and find out that after half a season the stuff has gotten mold on it. One of our most important paddle board storage tips is to make sure your board is dry before putting it away, and that the place it’s stored will always stay dry -- not partially dry. This is to prevent mold or other fungi from growing and damaging to the board.
Store SUP in Right Temperature
Inflatable SUPs are durable but extreme conditions aren’t ideal for any sporting equipment and that’s true for your paddle board too. It’s best to store your SUP away from any areas that will have extreme heat or large temperature swings. These can cause the materials in your board to degrade faster than they otherwise would. Again, this is important for ensuring its longevity.
Even Weight Distribution
When suspending or racking your board, make sure even weight distribution. If you place too much weight on one side, your board might be damaged. As Uneven weight will creates pressure points and force the paddle board to lean in that direction and cause dents, punctures, or cracks.