Now that you have invested in a brand new standup paddleboard, it’s important for you to take the time needed to keep your board in pristine condition. Luckily, with just a few habits, you can keep your board looking brand new.
Wash your SUP after EVERY use.
Not after every other use, but every single time you use your board, wash it. All it takes is a quick rinsing with a hose. This will help keep bacteria and mildew from growing on your deck pad. This is very important if used in saltwater, but the heed the same advice for fresh water. Not only does this keep bacteria and mildew away, but it also allows the board to dry faster without leaving a salty residue.
Rinse all metal parts with freshwater.
Leash plugs and joints, tie down points, and fin hardware are spots that require a good rinsing to prevent rust. Even stainless steel can rust, so this is required to keep your board in tip-top shape.
Don’t forget about your paddle! Some paddles are adjustable and have metal parts that if you don’t rinse, will rust together.
When not in use, Keep out of the sun.
If a SUP becomes too hot, the EPS foam core can become unstable. This is called delamination. The epoxy shell separates from the foam core causing air pockets between the materials. To prevent this, built-in air vents are put in the boards. Extreme heat can still cause delamination with the vents. In addition, the UV rays from the sun can also cause damage to the finishes on your board. These boards are made to be used outdoors, but prolonged sun exposure can lead to damages.
Putting your board in a board bag can help protect it, but it isn’t foolproof. Even if it’s in a board bag, if you feel you’re gonna be out for some time, put it in the shade.