How to Store a Stand up Paddle Board
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A stand up paddle board is a great way to get in some exercise, and it’s fun too. But just like any other equipment, you need to know how to store it properly so that it lasts longer. Therefore, this blog post will show you where to store your SUP and the best ways to do it so that you can use it for years.
Where to Store Your SUP
When looking forward to storing your board in the right place, it’s always advisable to avoid areas like;
It’s always good to keep your board in the dark, dry place so that it doesn’t get bleached by sunlight. UV rays cause the board to deteriorate faster than it normally would, and this can make you lose out on value for money. Avoid storing it in direct sunlight at all costs.
Moisture can also be quite dangerous for your board. Water expands when it freezes, and if yours has any cracks or holes, water can get into the board easily. This will cause significant problems if you try to use it in water because even a small amount of water can weaken the board’s fibers.
3. Extreme Heat
Placing your board in a hot, sunny place can cause it to dry out and lose its resilience. You might even see the board warp and bend. Avoid storing it in areas where you know there’s extreme heat, such as the roof of your tin shed or under direct sunlight by the side of your garage. This is because the temperatures change depending on how far away they are from the heat source.
There are two storage options to choose from.
1. Indoor storage:
It’s good to keep your board inside, away from moisture and heat, which can cause problems for you in the future. It’s also better to store it indoors because of temperatures outside, which may fluctuate suddenly and cause damage to your board. You can always consider using a storage rack because, this way, your board is elevated from the ground, which will keep it out of direct contact with dirt and moisture.
2. Outdoor storage:
You can leave your board outside if you have a spot in mind where the climate stays moderate throughout all seasons. A garage might be a good option, but if there’s no overhead shelter, it can be exposed to heat or rain at times. Shade is also important, so make sure there’s a tree nearby that will provide some protection for your board. You can always consider using a cover because this will protect the board from sunlight and moisture when it rains. If you’re storing the board outside on racks in an open space like your carport, try to get the racks elevated as much as possible so that it has enough air circulation underneath them. It’s also advisable to store boats with soft rubber pads between them and not on wooden uprights or metal mesh because they can deteriorate over time.
How to store your SUP
There are several techniques employed to store your SUP, and they include;
1. On a rack
It’s always good to place your board on an elevated surface so it does not get damaged by things around it. You can choose from racks made of different materials, including steel, wood, and even plastic. If you have limited space in your home or garage, you can consider buying the collapsible type.
A high-end model will come with a storage system that allows you to hang it from the ceiling, but this one comes in very handy if you have limited space at home. Just ensure that it’s placed in an area where there isn’t a lot of sunshine or rain, and it’s good to go.
A wooden rack or a ladder can make for a good storage solution for those who don’t want the board on display. Just hang your board from the rack and lean it against a wall, preferably in a dark place that is not easy to access so that thieves will have a hard time taking it away.
No matter the method of storage you implement, there are a couple of things to always remember;
1. Check and keep your SUP clean
If you’re using your board for a long period without using it, it’s a good idea to check its condition regularly and clean it properly when needed because dust can easily accumulate in hidden spots where you don’t see them.
3. Avoid pressure points
Another thing to remember is that the board shouldn’t be directly stored on the ground because this can cause pressure points and dents. It’s better to place it on a rack or suspend it from above before placing it on the ground. This will ensure that your board doesn’t get damaged in any way.
2. Distribute weight evenly
Your board might be damaged if you place too much weight on one side because this will force the paddleboard to lean in that direction and cause dents, punctures, or cracks. So when storing your SUP for a long time, it’s always advisable to tilt it so that the middle is higher than the ends.
4. Add UV protection
Storing your SUP in an area where there isn’t a lot of sunlight can help prevent the damage caused by UV radiation, but if you’re not sure whether there’s any or you know that it’s exposed to a lot of sun, then it’s advisable to apply a coat of paint which is specifically formulated for use on your board.
5. Consider ease of access
If you have limited space, like in an apartment or a unit, you might need to consider the location of your storage area so that it’s easy for you to get at when needed.
Owning a stand up paddleboard is totally worth it if you know how to take care of them properly so that they can last for as long as possible. This includes storing them in a good location where they won’t get damaged and keeping them clean by checking and cleaning them regularly, especially if you’re planning to use them for many years to come.