Decent quality inflatable paddleboards are incredibly durable and should last a long while, but there are key things which should be done in order to prolong the life of your inflatable SUP. Read on for some simple tips that will help keep your paddleboard in great condition.
Looking after your SUP in hot weather
Even in the UK summers can offer us some lovely high temperatures, so when the sun’s out here are some things to be aware of.
On the beach > If possible when hanging out on the beach try to keep the board in the shade. This stops both the board pressure increasing as the temperature rises and helps to prevent UV striation. If there’s no shade, then pop the board back into the water to cool down at regular intervals. This advice goes for both inflatables and hard SUPs.
In the car > We all know how hot the inside of a car can get, so if leaving your SUP in the car or van it is important to release some air to reduce the pressure, making some room for expansion. The vent screw should be opened on a hard board as a hard board can’t expand; it will just push the laminated layers away from the foam (of course remember to do the vent screw back up before taking to the water!)
On the car > If your inflatable SUP is going to be on the roof of your car in the baking sun let some air out to reduce your normal PSI by about 5 to 10, this will reduce the risk of the board becoming miss-shapen around the roof rack straps as your board expands in the heat. If you have a hard board you should open the vent screw.
Storing your SUP Over Winter
It doesn’t matter whether you store your inflatable SUP inflated or deflated, there will be no damage either way. If you do decide to keep it inflated, we recommend releasing a few PSI just in case the area where you store your board becomes too warm. Too much warmth could potentially damage the seals of your board. You can store you board inside the bag or not. Leaving it deflated over the winter may cause some wrinkles in the board depending on how tight you role but these will pop out when your board is re-inflated.
We suggest that you remove your fins for winter storage. If you have a glued-on fin system the fins may become slightly bent, but this is normal and easily fixed with some hot water. We don’t tend to find that boards go moldy in winter but to be sure that that this won’t happen wash the board with fresh water and either air dry or wipe completely dry before rolling and storing away. You can store your board in a garage, shed or attic, we do suggest the board isn’t stored anywhere too cold or too hot though sticking within the 4 – 40°C temperature range.