How to care for your paddle board
You’ve done the research, tested different styles and spent money to purchase your very own stand up paddle board.
Whether it is an inflatable board or made of fiberglass, you’re going to want to preserve your SUP board and take care of it to ensure it lasts as long as possible. Follow these maintenance tips to ensure your stand up paddle board has a long life.
Keep it out of the sun
It’s one thing to use your board in the sun, but it’s another thing entirely to leave your board stored in a place where it is exposed to the elements for an extended period of time. UV rays can damage and discolor the finish, and exposure to sun can cause heat damage, such as cracking or splitting. Instead, store your board in the shade or in a cool, dry garage.
Keep it dry
Much like keeping your board out of the sun, keeping it dry when not in use will help prevent additional problems. Clean your board after you’ve used it, especially in salt water, to prevent dirt, sand or bacteria from damaging the board. Keeping it dry will also help avoid mold and mildew growth, especially if you store it in a bag.
Don’t forget your vent plug
Stand up paddle board cores are very airy, so they expand and contract with heat and cold. To help alleviate built up pressure, utilize your board’s vent plug while it’s in storage.
Be nice to your board! Ensure you’re not running it aground in shallow water, which can break the fin, and avoid dragging it across gravel or dirt that could chip the finish.
And fix them when you can
If you notice dings, scratches or chips, fix them as soon as possible to avoid a worsening problem. Repair kits for fiberglass can be found at your local hardware store.