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How to care for your Stand Up Paddle Board

07 Jun 2024

STARTING THE ART OF PADDLEBOARDING WITHOUT ANY KNOWLEDGE?

 

Starting the art of paddleboarding without any prior knowledge can be challenging. Your inflatable stand-up paddleboard is a significant investment, and its frequent exposure to saltwater, sunlight, and other outdoor elements can drastically shorten its lifespan.
 
To help you take care of your board, here are some tips for maintenance both in and out of season, including do's and don'ts for transportation and storage advice for when you're packing away your beloved inflatable SUP board.
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How can I ensure my iSUP stays in good condition?

- Protecting Your SUP from UV Rays: Over the season, your stand-up paddle board (SUP) can be exposed to intense sunlight for varying durations, which can severely damage your board. The core of your inflatable SUP (iSUP) is made of expanded polystyrene (EPS) water-resistant foam. This foam contains gas and air that can overheat, expand, and put pressure on the fiberglass and epoxy skin, creating bubbles, cracks, and splits on the exterior.

For inflatable SUPs, prolonged exposure to the sun can increase the internal air pressure. If your SUP's maximum air pressure is rated at 15 PSI, consider inflating it to 13 or 14 PSI on hotter days to prevent over-expansion. Conversely, during winter, the pressure in your inflatable SUP can decrease, so it's advisable to increase your PSI slightly to compensate.

- Rinse After Use: Cleaning a stand-up paddle board is simple. After each use, hose it down with fresh water. This quick and easy step prevents salt and bacteria from infiltrating your board. Occasionally, use a mild soap solution to clear any buildup of salt deposits, sunscreen oils, and microbes.

- Dry Your Board: Drying your board between sessions will prolong its life. Bacteria thrive in moisture, and storing a damp SUP provides the perfect environment for them. A quick dry-down with a microfiber towel or cloth will keep your SUP in perfect condition. Ensure a thorough dry-down if you plan to store your board for an extended period.

- Don’t Drag Your Board: Although SUPs are tough, it’s wise to protect them as much as possible. One of the best ways to do this is by carrying your board to and from the water rather than dragging it on rocks, gravel, or sharp debris. Sand or moisture that gets inside the SUP can cause problems over time by providing a habitat for bacteria.

- Check for Debris: Regularly check for any sand or debris around or in the fin boxes or valve seals. Using a vacuum, canned air, or a warm cloth can help keep these areas clean.

- Check the Valve: Over time, the inflation valve can loosen. Use the valve wrench included with your Newell Paddle Board to tighten it clockwise and keep it in good shape.

 

How to Store Your Inflatable Paddle Board (iSUP)

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Storing your inflatable paddle board (iSUP) correctly is crucial to preserving its quality and performance.

Follow these steps to ensure your iSUP stays in excellent condition:

- Rinse and Dry Thoroughly

After each use, rinse your iSUP with fresh water to remove salt, dirt, and debris. Pay attention to cleaning around the valve and other areas prone to buildup. Allow the board to dry completely before storing it to prevent mold and mildew.

- Choose the Right Storage Location

  • Cool and Dry: Store your iSUP in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, extreme temperatures, and moisture.
  • Consistent Temperature: Maintain a consistent temperature range between 40 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent damage to the materials.

- Inflated or Deflated Storage

  • Short-Term Storage (Inflated): If storing for a short period, you can leave your iSUP partially inflated (around 5 PSI). Ensure it is in a shaded area to avoid air pressure expansion in warm conditions.
  • Long-Term Storage (Deflated): For extended storage, deflate your iSUP completely. Store it loosely rolled in its carry bag or a similar protective bag. Avoid tightly compressing the board to maintain its shape and integrity.

- Use the Storage Bag

Store your deflated iSUP in the storage bag it came with, or a suitable alternative. The bag protects the board from scratches, dust, and UV exposure. Remove fins and any attachments before storing. 

- Cleaning and Maintenance

  • Deep Clean: For a thorough clean before long-term storage, use a mild, biodegradable soap and a soft cloth or sponge. Avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive brushes.
  • Inspect for Damage: Check your iSUP for any signs of wear and tear. Repair minor damages promptly to prevent them from worsening. 

General Storage Tips

  • Avoid Pressure Points: When storing inflated or deflated, ensure the board is not under any pressure that could cause deformities.
  • Distribute Weight Evenly: Use padded racks or wide straps if hanging or racking the board to avoid creating pressure points.
  • Maintain Air Circulation: Do not tightly compress the board, allowing some air circulation to prevent mold and mildew.

 

How Can I Repair My Inflatable Paddle Board?

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To repair your inflatable SUP, your repair kit should include patches and glue for most repairs.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Perform the repair in a well-ventilated area.
  2. Ensure the board is fully deflated, dry, and lying flat.
  3. Cut a patch about 2 inches larger than the tear on all sides.
  4. Clean the area where the patch will go using acetone or alcohol.
  5. Apply three thin coats of repair kit adhesive to both the board and the patch, waiting 5 minutes between each coat.
  6. Carefully place the patch on the board, rolling it from one end. It sticks immediately, so position it correctly. Use a hand roller to firmly press the patch down for an even seal.
  7. Wait 24 hours before re-inflating the board.

 

How Do I Replace The Valve?

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If your SUP valve needs cleaning or replacement after extensive use, follow these steps:

  1. Deflate your SUP and locate the wrench tool from your repair kit.
  2. Unscrew the valve cap using the wrench tool, then insert the tool into the valve. Turn it counterclockwise to loosen the valve. Once it's loosened, replace the cap and continue unscrewing the valve by hand.
  3. Check that the rubber seal on the valve is correctly positioned and that the valve opens and closes smoothly when you press the button on its top side. If everything works fine, there's no need to replace the valve.
  4. If replacement is necessary, remove the existing valve. Install the new valve by first turning it clockwise by hand, then using the wrench tool to fully tighten it. Ensure the thread is aligned correctly and avoid over-tightening.

 

In conclusion, proper storage and maintenance are key to prolonging the life of your stand-up paddleboard and ensuring optimal performance every time you hit the water. By following the steps outlined in this guide and finding the best storage solution that suits your needs, you can enjoy your Newell Paddle Board for years to come.

If you have any remaining questions or need further assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to us at +1 (587) 601-1968. We're here to help make your paddleboarding experience as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible!

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