For paddleboard enthusiasts, the first time getting that great paddleboard must have felt like a worthy investment. Ahead lay long hours of gliding on lakes and rivers with the SUP paddle, surrounded by natural beauty.
You obviously want your paddleboard to last you a long time for you to continue enjoying the outdoors via the waterways and this means proper storage and maintenance.
This guide explores the various ways for proper paddleboard storage.
Where you should store your SUP
There are two main locations for SUP storage—indoors and outdoors.
Note that the position you choose for storing your SUP should provide the board with protection from UV radiation. Exposure to the sun’s rays can damage the shell of the board and cause bright colors to fade.
Moisture is also something to be avoided as it can damage the outer shell and the structural integrity of the board.
The third thing that the soft top paddleboard should be protected from is extreme heat. Whether it’s from the sun or another source, it can cause the shell to delaminate.
Storing indoors is probably the best choice as it offers protection from the sun, moisture and keeps the board away from any destructive heat. If you are a fan of how your standup paddleboard looks, then you can hang it in your living room.
However, if you have limited space and would prefer not to keep your SUP indoors, then you can find a good place to store your SUP outside. You need to make sure that the board is away from direct sunlight. Place it at a cool dry and shady spot.
You can even place it under a tarp. However, it is best to hang the tarp over the board rather than wrapping the board with the tarp. This is in case there is rain and water gets absorbed by the tarp, the moisture could damage the shell of the board.
Always make sure you read the paddleboard safety guide.
On the other hand, you also want to make sure that during rain or snow, they do not accumulate over the tarp causing it to come into contact with the board and consequently damaging its structure.
How you can store your standup paddleboard
Part of properly storing your SUP is not just about where to store it but also how to store it. There are three main ways you can use SUP storage. These are on a rack, leaning as well as suspended. Let’s find out more.
Storing your sup on a rack
This is one of the most popular ways of storing your standup paddleboard. A rack offers a quick and convenient way to hoist your paddleboard.
While some paddleboard wall racks will have straps that hold the edges of the board, others run its entire length. When using a rack, always make sure that the top side is in contact with the rack. This prevents the hull from any type of damage.
While you can buy your own rack specially designed for paddleboards, you can also create your own. However, always make sure that the rack you are using has padding to keep the surface of the paddleboard safe.
Suspending your SUP
Another excellent way to keep the standup paddleboard out of the way of everyone especially when you’re storing it indoors is by suspending it from the ceiling. You can use webbing straps to do this or you can buy special straps designed for just that function.
Either way, you need to ensure that you suspend the paddleboard with the hull facing up towards the ceiling. This is one part of the SUP that you don’t want to damage. Also, ensure that the straps come with cushioning to protect the surface of the SUP.
Leaning the SUP
If you have space inside your house or garage and are not concerned about the ceiling being too low, then another great paddleboard storage method is to leave it leaning on the wall. Keep in mind that most SUPs are 10 feet in length sometimes even longer with stand-up paddleboards for fishing.
As you place the SUP against the wall, always ensure that the tail is the one on the floor. Never place it with the nose on the floor. Also, it’s good practice to provide padding between the tail of the SUP and the floor.
And it doesn’t end there. You also want to ensure that you strap the SUP against the wall. The last thing you want is for it to fall to the floor hard on its side as this could damage its structural identity. The hull is particularly important to keep it safe.
What if you have an inflatable SUP? For one, you will not be concerned about space as you can deflate it and store it almost anywhere. Just make sure that you do not completely deflate it and always leave the valve open.
Sometimes you may want to deflate your inflatable SUP only so slightly that enough air is left for it to maintain its shape. This prevents the SUP from developing creases. Remember to do your SUP storage in a clean, cool, and dry place.
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More tips for storing your SUP
No matter the method of storage and the type of paddleboard that you have, there are a few measures that you need to observe.
1. Clean the SUP
The first tip is to always make sure that your paddleboard is clean before storing it away. After enjoying a great time out at the lake, bring it home and use fresh water to remove any dirt and other particles from the surface.
You may also want to use a gentle soap. However, avoid using solvents or other strong chemicals as these could cause the colors to fade. Some could even damage the structure of the standup paddleboard.
2. Ensure proper weight distribution
During storage, your paddleboard could deform if its weight is distributed more to one side than the other. This becomes especially apparent when the SUP remains in storage for a long time.
Whether you are using straps or a paddleboarder rack, first ensure that there is padding and second, make sure that the SUP receives support evenly throughout its length.
3. Avoid placing too much pressure on the board.
Yet another thing that could cause the paddleboard to deform is storing it too tightly using traps or adding extra weight on the paddleboard when on the rack. Instead, ensure light paddleboard storage and avoid tying it tightly.
While it is allowed to tie down your SUP tightly on your paddleboard car rack due to transportation reasons, this is only temporary.
4. Provide UV protection
Another excellent tip to ensure that you keep enjoying your paddleboard for a long time is to spray it with UV protection. This will block out the harmful rays when out paddling in the sun.
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To ensure that your standup paddle broad lasts a long time and continues to provide you with adventure opportunities, you need to ensure that you take proper care of it. One of the ways that you can do this is through proper storage.
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