DON'T EXPOSE YOUR BOARD TO HEAT!

 

Despite stand up paddle boards being designed for the water, they are not designed for prolonged exposure to heat and the sun.  This is the way for all stand up paddle boards, not just one brand.  The construction of lightweight EPS foam core is essentially a big container of air, and when the board heats up, it can melt the core and cause your board to "collapse".  Your board is not covered under warranty for heat damage, so please follow these steps to avoid ruining your board:

 

  • Avoid leaving your board on the roof of the car for extended periods in direct sunlight or on hot days.

  • Board bags actually make things worse - they help 'cook' your board 

  • Leaving your board in the car also helps to 'cook' it

  • Radiant heat through windows is your worst enemy

  • Bubble wrap is like a thousand magnifying lasses trying to destroy your board

  • If you have a black or dark grip - flip the board over on the beach or put it in the shade - this is particularly important for exposed carbon deck on the top of the board!

  • If you are staying at the beach for a while, place your board in the shade, keep checking it for temperature and turning it over.  Cover it with a towel to avoid direct sunlight.  

  • The lighter the construction, the weaker the skin, the more likely your board can be heat damaged.  In particular the carbon board range is made of black carbon - it gets very hot quickly when not constantly cooled with water, so pay particular attention to keeping your sanded carbon board cool, in shade, turned and covered from direct sunlight.

  • The darker the colour of your board, the quicker it will heat up

  • The simplest rule is to treat your board like a child or pet and you will have a long and happy life together!

 

YOUR BOARD ACTUALLY HATES WATER!

 

  • If you notice a ding in your board, cover it straight away to make it water tight.  If you leave it unattended it will become waterlogged and unable to be repaired. 

  • The easiest thing to use is an offcut of our rail tape until you can get your board to the repairer - this is just a makeshift job


 

OTHER CARING TECHNIQUES TO PROLONG THE LIFE OF YOUR BOARD:

 

  • Wash your equipment after going in saltwater, be sure to get the fin boxes, slider nut and screw, as well as the deck pad 

  • Regularly check for dings, cracks, etc. - Be especially aware of your nose and rails. Those are the two most  common areas that get damaged. 

  • Don't step on your board while your fins are fitted when on land - it can damage your fin box (kids usually need this warning!)

  • If you need to travel with the board on your roof for extended periods, use a reflective board bag and leave the zips open to allow for airflow

  • Avoid rocks or other destructive items when putting your board  down

  • Don’t run into stuff!

  • SUP bags also protect it from dings and other misfortunes while transporting

     

  • When you put your board on the roof of your car make sure your straps are snug and secure, but do not over tighten them…you can create pressure dents if you tighten straps up too much.

Congratulations on your new board purchase - now lets make sure you care for it in the best way to enjoy a long board life.  Here are a few tips on how to care for your SUP correctly:

Caring for your Board

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