5 Essential Questions of How To Use An ISUP Paddle board

Table of contents

1. How to transport your iSUP.
2. How to carry your iSUP.
3. How to inflate your iSUP.
4. How to deflate your iSUP.
5. How to roll or fold your iSUP. 

How To Use An ISUP Paddle Board

Before going into the water, you maybe wonder, how can I transport the board to the sea? Of course, after the excitement of your first paddle boarding trip wore off, how to properly store your paddle board when it wasn’t work? Right now, I will show you the answers of these 6 questions.


Transporting by Vehicle

If you live right on the water, you don’t have to worry about transporting your inflatable sup. You just need to know how to carry it to the water. But if you live far from the water, you have to consider how to transport your board. Don’t worry, it is a straightforward proposition. 

What's great about inflatable paddle boards is that it's very easy to transport. no matter if you use an all-around board, or a touring paddle board, you can easily pack it inside a bag. When your board is deflated, you can fold it into a package and then fit in a compact car’s trunk or back seat. This method did take some times to inflate the board when you arrive the destination. But this added step is offset by the time saved not strapping your board to (and unstrapping from) your roof rack.

If you want to inflate your board before you go out, the best way is to strap your board onto the roof rack. For cars without existing roof racks, it is a good idea to purchase soft crossbar pads that hold the board without scratching it or the vehicle roof. And you can also consider a more sophisticated rack which can accommodate multiple boards.


Carrying by Hand SUPs

For the SUP is bulky, I will tell you a few different ways to carry them:

  • Handles. This is the simplest method. In the midsection of the paddle boards, there usually come with small handles. You can carry the board like a suitcase if you have enough energy. 
  • Shoulder. Whether or not your iSUP has a handle, you can carry o your shoulder. First of all, place the nose of the board on the ground and then lift up the tail. Secondly, shift the forward half of the board off the ground with your legs, balancing it on your head. Finally, shift the board to your carrying shoulder and support it with your carrying arm as you walk.  
  • Head. It is likely the steps of the shoulder-carrying, but you need to stop before you shift the board to your shoulder. 
ISUP paddle board

Inflating Your Paddle Board

The paddle board is normally inflated for no more than ten minutes. Follow these six steps to inflate your iSUP by manual sup pump.

Step 1. Find a smooth surface and then remove you iSUP and accessories from the bag. Unscrew the valve cap. Make sure the valve pin is in the upright position that the seal will not leak air when removing the pump hose.

Step 2. Insert the pump hose. Twist the hose into the valve counter clockwise And attach the other end of hose to the “out” port on the pump. 

Step 3. If you are using a hand pump, remove the red cap after you reach 9-10 PSI. This action is to make it easier to inflate the remaining 3-5 PSI. If using an electric pump, just set the final PSI to stop.

Step 4. Keep on pumping until your board reaches 15 PSI. 

Step 5. Twist off the pump’s hose and then replace the valve cap on your board.

Step 6. Insert the snap-in rear fin and secure with the small thumb lever. Now you’re ready to paddle!

If you need to inflate multiple paddles at the same time, a manual air pump is obviously not the best choice. Here we recommend using an electric air pump, which is more worry-free and labor-saving.


Deflating Your Paddle Board

To deflate your paddle board is very simple and easy. 

Step 1. Rinse your board off with fresh water and dry it completely before deflating it. 

Step 2. Remove the valve cap and push down on the valve pin, and twist and lock it in the open position. Then you will hear a large hiss of air will rush out which is the voice of deflation. 

Step 3. After most of the air has been deflated from your iSUP, start rolling the board up. Finally place your rolled up board, sup paddle, paddle board fin, sup pump and sup leash in to your backpack.

Rolling or Folding Your ISUP 

It is one of the great advantages of inflatable paddle board that allow its transportation more easily. The rolling or folding technique you choose will depend on the board and your specific travel or storage scenario.

If you are just heading for a quick paddle or changing locations, you can quickly roll the board and transport without the backpack. The best method is rolling from the tail of the board.

But particular attention needs to be paid to not bending or putting pressure on the fin boxes by rolling too tightly or at bad angles. The most important thing is to never allow a rolled or folded board to stand end to end on a hard surface such as concrete. The PVC fabric folds into sharp corners that can be damaged by friction so it is critical to avoid. 

If you want to store your board for a long time, it is very important to clean and dry the board prior to prevent water sports or mold forming in certain climates.

At the end, You may also realize that how paddle boards are stored in different seasons and in different environments, For a better answer to this question, please check out practical paddle board storage ideas.

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