PADDLEBOARD MAINTENANCE AND CARE
We know you’re eager to hop on your new board, but there are a few things to keep in mind before you hop on. The elements can significantly decrease the life of a paddleboard if not properly cared for. While your iSUP is for use outdoors, that doesn’t mean it has to live and die by the sword. With proper maintenance in care, your board will feel brand new for years to come.
EXPOSURE TO THE SUN
Using your board in the sun, water, or salt water is what it’s meant for. However, proper storage between paddles can prevent the sun’s rays from wreaking havoc and causing some irreversible damage to your board.
Your new iSUP is constructed from military-grade PVC and bound together using dropstitch technology. Dropstitch uses thousands of thick, strong plastic threads to fuse the top and bottom pieces of PVC together. This method creates an intensely durable, watertight board. Proper storing is the best way to keep your board looking like it did on day one.
PROPER STORING AND MAINTENANCE
- When not in use, never leave your board (inflated or deflated) exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time.
- If inflated, keep your board in a dry, shaded area when not in use.
- Never leave your deck pad exposed to the sun for extended periods of time when not in use.
- Always rinse your board after use. Hose your board down to avoid mildew or bacteria from growing on your deck pad, or from salt water from damaging your board over time.
- Dry off your board with a towel before rolling and storing. Storing when the board is still wet can cause it to get moldy if left for an extended period of time.
- Do not leave your board in an area susceptible to extreme temperatures.
- Store in a cool, dry place away from the sun when not in use.
DAMAGE CAUSED TO INFLATABLE BOARDS
Your new board is durable, but that doesn’t mean its indestructible. iSUPs can handle some rocks and edges, however, contact with very sharp objects can puncture the outer layer of the board. If this happens, professional help from a marine store or otherwise may be necessary.
Always keep your fin box free and clear of sand and debris and never force the fin into place. While some pressure to insert or remove the fin may be required, sand and rocks can erode or even break the box. Keep your fins and fin boxes intact by rinsing them off after use and keeping them free of debris.
If you have any questions about your new board, don't hesitate to reach out to us here or give us a call at (213) 744-1555.