When I think about my most cherished possessions, my paddle board is at the top of the list. One of the things I love about paddling is how accessible and versatile it is and how easy it can be to travel with it and plop into a lake, ocean, or river. Throw it on top of the truck, and off we go; but the ease with which we can carry it on top of our cars can also make it prone to damage.
Keeping a board in good shape will help prolong its lifespan and will help it maintain its value in case you ever decide to sell it. So I thought I would take a moment to go over a few simple ways to take good care of a paddle board to show it some love all year round.
Store the board in a cool place, out of the sun. If exposed to the sun for prolonged periods, it may cause the inside foam core of the board to melt, causing it bubble in places or making it warp. It may also cause it to delaminate.
5Make Sure It’s Dry
If you live in a cold climate, make sure the board is dry before storing. Any water caught inside could freeze and then cause the board to expand when it thaws.
6Give It A Good Wipe
After use, wipe your board down with a towel. Any sand or debris stuck on the board can cause scratches, especially if there are multiple boards being stacked one on top of the other.
7Remove The Fins
Make sure dings get repaired to keep water from leaking into the centre of the board, causing it to become waterlogged and therefore less buoyant. For more information, watch our video on how to repair your board in a pinch. But for big dings or repairs, make sure to bring your SUP to a board doctor.