How to save your iSUPPosted by MaiHaoping on
Stand-up paddle board is built to withstand the rigors of paddling in the heat of a bright summer day and amidst rough waters. What it is not made for is storage in the low season under conditions that are even close to those conditions. Whatever you live in a temperate, tropical or polar climate, you need to store your board properly to ensure that it remains in top condition. To do this, you should keep your board from direct sunlight, from water and out of the way. Here are some tips and recommendations for storing your board so that it can still be used in the next few years.
IF YOU HAVE A GARAGE OR STORAGE ROOM
If you already have a roof under which your stand up paddle board can rest, take advantage of it! Just invest in an insulated board bag, remove the fin from your fully dried board, and make sure it's secured so it won't fall off and dent. The most important rule for storing your SUP is to keep it away from heat, wind and water.
IF YOU LIKE THE LOOK OF YOUR BOARD
So you think your board is the nicest thing on the block; keep it at home. Really, if you have the space in your house or apartment, this is the ideal place to store it because the temperature is regulated. Some companies produce exhibition racks for SUP plates, many of which are beautiful in themselves. Invest in an exhibition shelf made of wood or metal and place your SUP in a meaningful place, e.B. in a guest room with sea view.
IF YOU WANT EASY STORAGE AND ACCESSIBILITY
Whether you are storing one or more panels, a ceiling shelf provides good coverage. It also takes your board up and out of the way, with easy access if you want to store it there all the time. A ceiling-mounted rack can be set up outdoors if you have your board covered with a bag or sock to keep it away from the elements. I use a ceiling frame attached to the carport next to my house. This makes it exceptionally easy to move the SUP from its ceiling frame to the frame of my car if I want to take it out.
IF YOU PREFER STRAPPING YOUR SUP
If you don't like the look or the idea of rack mounting, you may prefer the strap storage method to keep your SUP safe. This is a less common storage method so options are more limited. However, if you type "Storage of the SUP tape" into Google, you will find some good options for purchasing this storage method for your beloved SUP. Most straps are attached to the wall or ceiling and keep your board out of the elements just like any other method, with a distinctive look.
IF YOU DO SOMETHING, DON'T DO THIS
You may feel tempted to keep your board in the included plastic bubble wrap, as it lies there, protecting it and being free. Don't do that! Bubble wrap is often made of polyurethane resin and tends to stick to surfaces (like an epoxy plate) when stuck for long periods of time. Maybe you don't use your board for a summer, or you hurt yourself - who knows. Especially if your board sees sunlight. This is perhaps the best reason explained: "The bubbles are like miniature magnifiers that focus the heat on your board.
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