Caring For Your New Paddleboard

Name brand standup paddleboards are built better than ever, they are remarkably light a durable for their size. However, no board is indestructible. In fact, if your board is getting regular use, which it should, chances are you are going to have some form of damage or wear & tear.

Here's a few tips to help your board last so you'll get plenty of use out of your board
  1. Be careful with your board both in and out of the water. While it's smart to keeps some space between rocks/reefs and other boards while in the water, most damage can happen to your board being improperly stored, transported to the beach, and in the parking lot. Be mindful of how it's stored, get some solid racks for the garage. Make sure you use good secure car racks and strap your board(s) down. Don't just let it bounce around in the back of your truck or jeep. Be careful where you set your board in the parking lot while your getting your gear sussed out.
  2. If your board has a vent or valve, don't mess with it. if it's a Gortex 1 way vent, just leave it alone, it works by itself. If you damage it, your board can be ruined if water gets in. If you have a screw vent valve, just leave it in tight unless you are possibly driving from sea level to high mountains, otherwise just leave it.
  3. Avoid excessive heat and sun. These boards are, of course, designed to be out in the sun. However don't leave it in direct sunlight and excessive heat if you don't have to. Store it when not in use in a cool dark place. Do not store in a hot vehicle. While on the beach, if the board gets excessively hot to the touch, dunk it in the water to cool it off. In short, UV light ages the color and resin on the board, while heat increases internal pressure in the board, causing heat expansion which can result in damage.
  4. Check your board after each use, often dings and cracks can happen without you knowing it. If you find damage, have it inspected and properly repaired before reusing the board. The key is keeping water out of the board's foam core. Should you discover damage while you're riding, if it seems minor, don't let it ruin your session, get another wave or two. However do something about it before you re-enter the water. A good idea is to keep some two-part epoxy putty handy. You can use this to seal a ding and extend your session without further damaging your board. If you do multiple sessions with a leaking paddleboard, it will be increasingly difficult to repair and may even become irreparably damaged.
  5. Be careful about loaning out your board. This is a touchy one, we all like to help out our friends. But remember, nobody is going to take care of a paddleboard as well as the person who paid for it. Don't loan out your board without expecting some wear and tear or possibly some damage.
Dings, scratches and damage to your board are a normal part of the sport. Don't panic or get distraught about a ding on your board. The good thing is that darn near anything can be repaired, often to the point where it isn't noticeable. Remember, if your paddleboard isn't showing signs of wear and tear, you're not using it enough.