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When most of us think about protecting our paddle boards, we're thinking about being out on the water or transporting to and from. However, one of the most common sources of serious damage comes from improper storage. We’ve heard all the horror stories – delamination, cracks and even mold. We’re not going to let this happen to your SUP. Today, we are going to teach you how to store paddle boards and what your best SUP storage options are so you never have to worry about your SUP being damaged when not in use.
Over the years, we’ve kept track of all the frequently asked questions our customers had about storing their paddle board the right way. We’ve picked out the six most popular questions and answer them with all of our storage solutions. Grab your pen and paper because this one is going to be a doozie.
You can store your board anywhere in your house/garage/shed. Insulated areas are the best for storing. Do not store your SUP next to your water heater in your basement. The only places you shouldn’t store your board are places that can get too hot or too cold. The recommended board storage space temperature is between 40-110 degrees Fahrenheit. To be safe, we recommend using a paddle board garage storage unit that’s clean, secure, and easy to get to.
No, because your paddle board is vulnerable to direct sunlight during the day. Leaving your board out in direct sunlight is amongst some of the top things you should not do with your paddlebaord.
We recommend storing your hard paddle board in a board bag as it helps mitigate temperature change, disperses pressure on the board and protects against bumps and scrapes. For an inflatable stand up paddle board, it may cause creases because it will be rolled up to fit in a bag for an extended period of time. However, once you pump up your inflatable SUP, the creases will disappear. If you’re going to store your epoxy board in a bag, it’s still important to store it indoors or in a climate-controlled space.
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.
Your paddle board will not mold in a storage space, if you make sure your SUP is completely dry and clean before storing. Before you pack up your inflatable, be sure to rinse off with fresh water then dry (either air dry or wipe) before rolling up and storing it. We recommend using any biodegradable all-purpose cleaner to get any debris off your board. This same process goes for those with epoxy paddle boards – wash off with fresh water and then dry off completely, especially if you plan to store it in a day bag.
We recommend that you remove your board’s removable fins for a long-term storage solution. Removing your fins will avoid the risk of your fins getting stuck inside your fin boxes. If you use your paddle board a lot in salt water, make sure to remove fins occasionally to wash the salt off to avoid this from happening.
Now that you’ve learned the best practices for long-term paddle board storage, we’re going to explain some best short-term storage options. Short-term storage is most common in the summer time or for those fortunate people who don’t really see a winter all year. In the summer, it’s common for most people to use their paddle boards every week or even every day. When it comes to storing your paddle board overnight or even a few days you still need to be diligent with properly storing your board. Almost all the same rules apply to short-term storage as they did with long-term. Rules to follow for short-term SUP storage: