If you want to keep your surfboard in a good shape, there are some things you’ll have to do. It excludes throwing it on a pile of toolboxes in your garage, or keeping it outside, in the sun. They are really fragile, and you should know that since the moment you start your first surf on your new board it is a matter of time when it will show some signs of decay.
So, to slow that process of decay as much as possible, there are a few steps you could do. They will not stop it, but your surfboard will last long enough for you to overgrow it or become bored with it, and when it finally snaps, you’ll have the new one ready to hit the beach. Also, you’ll get better performance in return, so it is worth the effort.
1. Bag It Up
The surfboard bags were made for a reason. They will prevent unnecessary damage while you’re traveling, it is easier to carry the board because they come with a shoulder strap… Also, while your board is in the bag it is hidden away from the sunlight. Bags are not cheap, but they can save you a lot of trouble and help you protect it.
Another option is a board sock, a little less expensive, but doesn’t have a shoulder strap. If you don’t have money or you have lots of fabric at home, don’t be afraid to be creative and make one by yourself. Or ask your mom to help you if you don’t know how to sew. But, the easiest and the most efficient way to keep your surfboard safe is to get the bag and keep it in, once it’s dry.
2. Build Or Buy A Rack To Store It
Storing the surfboard could be a problem if you don’t have a garage or someplace where you could leave it without it getting in your way constantly. If you have the idea to leave it standing by the wall, don’t do that. If it falls it could damage itself, you it is not a good idea.
Also, don’t use it as a shelf for your other things while you’re not surfing, but also don’t stack boards, as it will not just damage one of the bottoms of the pile, but it will wax the bottom of your upper boards as well.
The solution here is to buy or build a rack. It doesn’t have to be anything special, if you have wooden dowels, use them, place a rug on the bottom of it and place your boards so they are not just safely stored, but also easily accessible if you want to use a specific type for the occasion.
3. Keep It Away From The Sun
As already stated, the sun could speed the decay of your board fast. Obviously, you can’t protect it while you’re in the water, but what you can do is prevent the sun from reaching it when you’re taking a break. Put it in a shade while you rest before you get back to the sea. And if you’re making a longer pause, then put it in a bag. It will protect it and keep it safe for you.
Also, try to avoid extreme heat and big temperature changes, so it is best to store it somewhere where the temperature doesn’t change much. The reason is that the heat makes it expand, and the cold causes contraction, so it will delaminate if you don’t prevent it.
4. Traveling With Your Surfboard
When you go on a road with your surfboard, be careful not to put something on it because it could damage the surface. And if you travel by car and you have a truck rack, a double check is secure enough. If it starts bouncing, it might get dinged. Also, be aware of the wind resistance, so if you don’t secure it, you can end up chasing it down the road.
After every use or travel, check if everything is OK. Thoroughly inspect your board and look for the dings or any kind of damage on it. No matter how small the ding is when spotted it means it is time to react and treat it.
5. What To Do When Dings Appear
Sooner or later your board will get dings. When you see one, don’t ignore it or wait. They are common and can be easily fixed with solar resin. If you choose to ignore it or wait, your board will be filled up with the corrosive saltwater from the ocean or the sea, which could “eat” the foam inside your board and make it fragile.
So, when you spot ding, visit the nearest surf shop and get a tube of UV solar resin. Take a sheet of sandpaper. Before you start treating your dings, make sure your board is completely trying. You could use a hairdryer to help it dry faster. Then sand the area where ding has appeared, smoothing out a clean pocket. When the resin becomes hard, sand the area until it is flush.
Another option, especially if dings are big, is to visit a surf shop and ask for a ding repair kit, and simply follow the instructions. That should temporarily fix the problem.
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If you want your surfboard to maintain quality and slow down decay, by following the instructions written above you should achieve just that. Although not fun and it requires some time and activity, it will pay you back with lots of really great time and memories, while also saving you a lot of money you’d otherwise spend on new board(s).
So, to summarize, as long as you treat your board with respect and provide it enough care, you should get hours and hours of nice, quality time catching waves. It is not hard, it doesn’t take much time to do it, so don’t be lazy, do what needs to be done, then hit the beach and have fun!