All Aspects of ISUP Storage
- On a rack
The rack will hold your board securely in place without damaging its appearance or design. If the paddleboard rack runs along the entire length of your paddleboard, be sure to place your paddleboard face down on the rack to prevent damage to its hull.
Hang the paddle board from a SUP shelf on the ceiling, or hang it from the ceiling of your garage as well. However, this method of paddleboard storage means that you will have slightly less convenient access to the paddleboard when you want to take it out for a paddle. Also, be sure to hang the paddleboard securely to reduce the risk of dropping it.
Leaning against a wall is the easiest way to position your surfboard. You can place the board on its side or tail, but remember not to put the board on its nose. It's a good idea to put some padding between your board and the floor to protect your board. If you put the surfboard against its tail. It's also wise to secure each side of the board with straps or dowels so it doesn't suddenly fall.
- Short-term SUP storage
If you surf a lot, you only need to do these three steps. Step 1: Rinse the inflatable paddleboard to get the salt, dirt and sand off it. Step 2: Wipe as much water off the board as possible with a dry, soft towel. Step 3: Store the board horizontally or vertically, on a shelf if possible. Allow the moisture to drip off and keep the air around it circulating.
- Long-term SUP storage
Step 1: Rinse your surfboard. Dirt, microorganisms and salt in lakes, rivers and especially salt water can damage the surface of your board if left on it for long periods of time.
Step 2: Dry your paddleboard thoroughly.
Step 3: Remove the removable leash and/or rear fins, please. If not you can ignore this step.
Step 4: Place in the best indoor or outdoor storage location.
Step 5: Put the cover on. If your board comes with a cover, or if you bought a protective cover to protect its surface.
- Winter Storage
The steps for winter storage are the same as above, but the following point need to be noted. In snowy weather it is best not to put it outside, but in a place where it cannot be drenched in snow. This is because extreme cold is just as harmful to the structural integrity of a surfboard as extreme heat. In addition, the moisture from snow can damage surfboards just as easily as rain. However, if you have absolutely no other place to store it but outside, then at least lift it off the ground and cover it. This will protect it from moisture on the ground and from the sun, wind and rain. You can buy or build two sawhorses, put the boards on them, and cover them with a tarp. Storage locations
If conditions allow, it's the best and safest way to keep your paddleboard indoors, such as in a garage or shed. You can even put it with a beautiful look in your living space and hang it on the wall like a piece of art.
For some supers, iSUPs are too large to provide enough indoor space for storage. In fact, it is perfectly fine to store your board outside, you just need to take certain precautions to protect it from the elements. For example, to put it under the deck, under the eaves, or under a hanging tarp.
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How to maintain a SUP board
Did you know that maybe your inflatable paddleboard is in danger of losing its life and you don't even realize it? Now take a look together what would happen if we did these on the iSUP?
- Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight
Intense UV rays are a killer of PVC. Although most iSUPs have UV-blocking additives in their PVC, this does not completely block UV rays. Water drops through stone. If you store your paddleboard in direct sunlight for an extended period of time, it's only a matter of time before the PVC material in the iSUP wears out. And it will also fade the paddleboard. However, this is something that can be improved. If you don't use the board, you can put it in the shade or cover it with a UV-blocking cloth, etc.
- Regular cleaning
Bacteria (microorganisms, molds, etc.) contained in the water will begin to grow and eat away at the plastic (PVC). Salt erodes PVC, making it brittle and unsightly stains (from seaweed, body oils, etc.) can also appear over time.
- Lightly move
Since the paddle board material is hard, if you drop it to the side or turn it over with brute force, the board will be easily stabbed by some hard objects such as stones.
- Avoid dragging
iSUPs generally have carry handles, and some even have shoulder straps in case the middle carry handle is too inconvenient for some people. For some people, lifting the paddleboard may be a bit of a strain, so they just drag it. While dragging will not damage the iSUP, the material will wear down considerably over time..
If you leave it outside, it's best to find a shady spot to protect your board from UV rays and heat. If shade is limited or unavailable, use a weather-resistant tarp that will cover the entire board at all times of the day. The ideal method is to hang the tarp over the board rather than simply wrapping it up.
As mentioned earlier, direct contact with the hull in a humid environment can promote the growth of mold or fungus. Therefore it must be placed in a dry place.
- Don’t Stack many things on top of it when not in use
If subjected to the pressure of heavy objects for a long time, it is likely that the paddle board will be deformed.
- Do not place randomly
Right, maybe it would get stolen and there’s not much you can do about that. So, how to store inflatable paddle boards in correct? Here are some tips.
Paddle board FAQs
Q1: Should I deflate it?
This is a question that many people ask. The truth is that both inflation and deflation have no effect on the paddleboard. If you have enough space to store it, you can absolutely keep it inflated. However, to cope with changes in temperature or air pressure, it's best to let out a little air to avoid any damage. If you want to travel with it, you can deflate it to roll it up so you can take it with you.
Q2: Do you need a paddle board bag?
The benefit of a savings bag is to keep your board safe from any scratches, cuts or damage while still allowing some air flow. For long term storage, your inflatable surfboard's bag is a perfect protective layer. But make sure you remove the fins and any accessories from the board beforehand, and when you roll up your deflated board, roll it loosely so it doesn't strain or stretch at the seams.
That's it, whether you store your inflatable paddle during the long winter months or in the days between sessions, your paddle will be intact and ready to use.
Q3: How to deflate an iSUP?
Deflating a paddleboard is simple and easy. First, rinse your board with water and dry it completely before deflating. To deflate, remove the valve cover, press down on the valve pin, twist it and lock it in the open position. At this point there will be a loud hissing sound, don't panic, this is the sound of air rushing out of the paddleboard. Then, after most of the air has been expelled from your board, start rolling the board up. Rolling from the nose to the tail of the board will make it easier to get all the air out. Finally, put the rolled up board, paddle, fins, pump and leash into your backpack.
Q4: How to repair an iSUP?
Scratches and scuffs are common wear and tear problems. Sometimes deeper tears or leaks occur when the board comes in contact with sharp objects such as rocks, coral, nails or sharp sticks.
Step 1: Put it inside the water to check for leaks. If there are bubbles, this means the area is broken.
Step 2: Deflate the plate and clean the area properly.
Step 3: Allow it to dry completely.
Step 4: Take the glue from your repair tool and apply it liberally to the leak.
Step 5: Wait 20 minutes, then apply another coat of glue. After 20 minutes, apply a final layer of glue.
Step 6: Take a PVC patch out of your repair kit and cut it into a circle slightly larger than the leak.
Step 7: Apply a little more glue to the patch and press it onto the leak.
Step 8: Keep pressing it for 2 minutes, then wipe off any excess glue.
Step 9: Wait 24 hours and then inflate your board.