Equipment that is required for individuals to enjoy an outdoor activity tends to undergo a significant amount of wear and tear. From surfing against huge waves to treading on rocky ground, nature tests everything. Additionally, the way in which we store this equipment, if not done correctly, can lead to further wear.
When it comes to paddleboarding, there is certainly something to be said for purchasing high-quality and long-lasting equipment. However, if this equipment is not also maintained properly, even the best investments can be quickly undermined.
To enquire that your board and accessories maintain their quality and that you are able to get as much use out of them as possible, we are sharing six important tips for their maintenance.
Inflate Or Deflate?
One of the biggest questions when it comes to paddleboard storage asks whether you should deflate your paddleboard when storing it. The short answer is that it doesn’t matter too much. Whether a board is kept inflated or not will make little difference to its quality over time. However, if you are going to keep it inflated, be sure to keep it in a cool place and out of direct sunlight, or else the elements can influence its quality.
Clean Your Gear
Whether your equipment came into contact with the water or simply the sand, it should be cleaned after every journey outside. This is because the elements can expedite the loss of quality, with sand and salt wearing away at glue and plastic quickly. The same goes for your clothing too, especially wetsuits, which should also be deodorized. Be sure to clean them regularly to keep them looking great.
Your paddleboard’s surface texture quality is important for smooth adventures on the water, especially if you are looking to push yourself further and even competitively. This means that, when handling your board, you should be conscious of any bumps and certainly avoid ever dragging it, including on sand. Even minor scuffs can lead to a difference in your balance on the water and, over time, will encourage the board to wear more quickly.
Seal The Gaps
Pushing yourself harder on the water, or being reckless on land, can lead to cracks, gaps, and leaks. Depending on your equipment, it is recommended that you repair such issues quickly so as to prevent the issue from worsening or causing problems with performance.
Cover It Up
For extra protection, equipment should be covered when not in use, even when being stored. This will help to regulate its temperature while simultaneously protecting it from wear and tear. For paddleboards, this could mean using a board cover or sleeve, both of which are common among SUPers, and then a board bag for those with inflatable paddleboards.
Whether you are storing your paddles, board, or gear, it is important to ensure it is kept dry. Moisture not only causes quicker degradation of equipment but can also lead to mould too. So, to prevent your gear from turning green, ensure it is properly dried off and stored in a cool, well-ventilated place after each use.