How to keep your SUP in tip-top condition
Photo courtesy of Quroc Paddle Boards
Who doesn’t want something they paid quite a large sum of money for, to look good and last as long as possible?
We all want to keep our Paddleboards sparkling clean and in good condition, and that means applying a little effort:
“We wash to clean
We clean to inspect….. and…..
We inspect to protect”
Washing your board after each use is about much more than just keeping it clean. It's an opportunity to inspect the deck, bungees, grab handles, etc. and if you spot something that needs a little maintenance or should be replaced, you take action.
Simples! Just wipe your board down with freshwater before you pack it away. You can keep a spare bottle of water in the car for this purpose.
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You’ve a mark which spoils the surface of your deck, how do you get it back to bright white, without using harsh chemicals?
You’ll be glad to know there’s a product out there called SUP scrub that’s eco friendly. It costs more than the usual branded cleaners, but being designed for the job really addresses the dirt, oil and other scrape marks you pick up, without transferring any harmful chemicals into the water next time you are using your board. Team it up with a scrubbing brush and your board will reward you with its return to pristine brightness. Alternatively, other eco-friendly cleaning products are available locally from Filling Good.
The importance of washing your board is more than just keeping it clean. Paddleboards give us the flexibility to paddle on different water: lakes, rivers, canals, etc. Washing your SUP will also prevent you accidentally taking nasties like blue-green algae to an uncontaminated waterway. This particular one is toxic to animals and livestock, and can cause skin reactions.
A final note on cleaning is to say this is essential if you have taken your SUP on the sea. Salt water is harsh and can cause corrosion of the valve and rotting of the handles, D-rings and other metal parts.
What did you spot during washing that needs attention, not sure then here’s a quick check list:
Debris in the air valve – pick it out or use a cotton bud to dislodge
Fraying grab handles – trim the frayed ends
Velcro straps clogged with grass or mud – wait until it dries and remove with a stiff brush
Loose knot or worn bungee cord – tighten or replace
Action it now! If you find a problem with your board and are not sure how to address it, speak to one of the instructors and they will advise you.
If your paddleboard develops an air leak there are generally two areas to check – the valve and the deck. Again, if this happens, we are here to advise you. Most leaks can be fixed.
When using your board, avoid dragging it over rough ground (gravel or stony launching points, rough wood on jetties, ect.) which could cause scrapes and scuffing or even a puncture.
If you pack your board away after each use you should dry it off with an old towel to avoid it going mouldy and smelly. Once you get it home, store it in a cool, dry place. If you leave your board inflated, remember to consider the following:
Store your board away from direct sunlight, moisture, heat or any place with large temperature fluctuations.
Prop it up on its side or tail – against a wall or in a rack. Never leave a board resting on its fin.
We hope these tips will help keep your SUP in good condition for many years to come.
Now you know how to look after your gear you're ready to join us for a SUP adventure. View our latest schedule here.