Caring for your inflatable stand up paddleboard is actually very simple. The majority of them are built tough and able to withstand a fair amount of abuse.
Therefore it is just a matter of doing three things correctly in order to make sure it stays strong and lasts for many years.
3 Steps To Care For Your Inflatable SUP
1. Protect The Material
There are two ways to protect the material on your board. The first thing you want to do is buy a 303-protectant spray.
303-protectant can be purchased on most retailers that sell inflatable kayaks, boards or boats.
Spray your entire board and follow the instructions on the bottle. Be sure to wipe off any excess or it can make the board slippery.
The 303-protectant will protect the material from damage from UV rays and exposure to the elements.
Exposure to the elements will weaken the material over time especially if you are using it often and the hot sun.
Think of the 303-protectant spray as sunscreen for your board. It simply protects it and keeps it strong.
The next way you are going to protect the material is to make sure it is completely dried off after use before you store it away.
Inflatable SUP’s are much easier to dry off than inflatable kayaks as the water truly just rolls off of them. There are no nooks and crannies for it to get stuck in.
However I always bring an old towel along and give it a quick wipe down so that any excess moisture is removed before storing it in its carry bag.
This prevents any mold and mildew from growing on the material when it is not in use.
2. Avoid Dragging
Although inflatable stand up paddleboards are extremely tough it still makes sense to protect it as much as possible.
One of the best ways to do this is to carry it to and from the water and avoid dragging it on rocks, gravel or over sharp debris when at all possible.
My boards to get the odd scrape on the bottom but I am very conscious of carrying the board when I can and avoiding sharp debris in the water.
3. Store It Away
It is important that when your board is not in use, that it is stored away in a dry and cool place.
If you must keep your board outside then it is recommended to cover it with a tarp in order to protect it from falling debris and exposure to the elements.
Also check the air pressure again before each use as the pressure can lesson over time when stored outside.
Most importantly is do not store it in direct sunlight as the UV rays will wear the material down.
Follow the above three steps and your board will last for many years to come.
One more important tip that I will point out is to remember that when your inflatable SUP is in extreme heat the air pressure will expand.
Therefore after several hours of paddling in extreme heat it may be necessary to pull up on shore and let out a tiny bit of air pressure.
Similarly in extreme cold the air pressure will diminish and you may need to add more after several hours.
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