How To Look After Your Inflatable Paddle Board (SUP) - Shrewsbury SUP Shop - Wake2o UKHow To Look After Your Inflatable Paddle Board (SUP) - Shrewsbury SUP Shop - Wake2o UK

Look After Your
Paddle Board (SUP)

Welcome to our guide on inflatable paddle board care and maintenance! Whether you're a seasoned paddle boarder or just dipping your toes into the sport, proper upkeep is essential for maximizing the lifespan and performance of your beloved board. In this blog, we'll delve into our tips and techniques for cleaning and maintaining your inflatable paddle board, ensuring it stays in pristine condition for countless adventures on the water. From removing stubborn stains to preventing damage caused by UV exposure, we've got you covered!

Clean After Each Use

Now, we know this sounds like a chore but we aren't talking about a deep clean of the board every time you use it.

It's crucial to give your paddle board the TLC it deserves to maintain its performance and longevity. Cleaning your paddleboard after each use is important to remove salt, sand, and debris that can cause damage over time. Start by rinsing your board thoroughly with fresh water to eliminate any salt or grime buildup.

Pay special attention to the areas around the fin box and deck pad. Once cleaned, ensure your board is completely dry before storing it to prevent mold or mildew growth. (We will get to the drying process in a second).

How To Look After And Clean Your Inflatable Paddle Board - Shrewsbury Surf Shop - Wake2o UK

End Of Season MOT

Regular maintenance is key to keeping your paddleboard in top-notch condition, but every now and then, it's essential to give it a deep clean to tackle those hard-to-reach spots and prevent potential issues like rusting. Start by inspecting your board for any signs of wear or damage, paying close attention to areas prone to rust, such as D-rings, screws, and fin boxes. Use a gentle detergent mixed with warm water to scrub away grime and salt residue, and don't forget to rinse thoroughly afterward. For added protection against rust, consider applying a thin layer of corrosion-resistant oil to metal components using a soft cloth. This simple step can significantly extend the lifespan of your paddleboard and ensure it continues to perform at its best, season after season.

How To Look After And Clean Your Inflatable Paddle Board - Shrewsbury Surf Shop - Wake2o UK
Drying Your SUP

Before you pack your paddle board back up after cleaning it, make sure that it is completely dry. When drying your inflatable paddle board, you don't want to leave in direct sunlight, these can cause damage to your board! Leave it somewhere well ventilated but in the shade.

Wear and Tear

We always recommend that you inspect your inflatable paddle board for any holes or tears each time you use it. By doing this it mean you can get the puncture fixed ready for your next session, instead of turning up and then figuring out you have a hole. Paddle board repairs tend to be nice and simple!

Remove Your Paddle Board Fins

An overlooked aspect of taking care of your paddle board is removing its fin. Taking out the fin when the board is not in use minimizes the risk of the fin getting bent or broken during storage or transit. Even if you're at the beach and taking a break, take your fin out, it saves it being snapped if your children go and play on it.

Checking Your Surroundings

This may not seem too important but being aware of your surroundings before you go out into the water is crucial for your safety but also the safety of your board. take a moment to assess the area for any potential hazards such as rocks, debris, or shallow waters. Avoiding these obstacles can prevent damage to your board and ensure a smooth ride.

Also, it's important to check what surface you're going to be packing your board away on, you want to avoid hot tarmac and asphalt as it can potentially cause hole on your paddle board.

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