In this blog, we will cover our top 5 tips on how to store inflatable paddle boards! It’s not a question we see often because it’s one of those things that most people don’t really think about, but for those of us lucky enough to have four beautiful seasons, it can be sad to say goodbye to our favorite sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding as temperatures drop and our waterways freeze over.
This creates a lot of anxiety about how to best store your inflatable stand-up paddleboard so that it is in great shape when you see it again next season. Are you able to keep the board inflated? Can it be kept outside? Or you may just be wondering about storing it for a few days, weeks, or months.
Here are our top 5 tips for long term storage solutions:
1. Clean your board and let it dry completely before storing
This is the most important step in properly storing your inflatable stand-up paddle board and a very good idea. Leaving dirt or sand on the surface can cause abrasions in the material as well as allow mold and mildew to grow if stored wet. Once you are done with your last trip out on the water, clean and dry your board with fresh water and wipe down the entire board with a chamois towel (or old t-shirt) until the board is completely dry and free from debris.
Make sure to keep an eye out for any damage to your board such as scrapes, bubbles or holes. If you notice any damage, it’s recommended that you repair it right away, so it doesn’t get worse over time. If you are unsure how to perform a repair check out these instructions on how to patch up an inflatable paddle board.
Also, don’t forget to clean off any paddles or equipment that may have been exposed to salt water as well. This includes flushing out your pump if it has been used in saltwater conditions and rinsing off of any accessories like fins or camera mounts.
2. Remove Fins
While this may seem like a no-brainer to some, others are unsure whether or not they should remove the fins from their paddle board. The answer is that it all depends on your situation. If you’re planning on storing your board for a long period of time then yes, you should remove the fins. Some paddle boards have removable fins and some don’t.
If you are going to store your board for a long time remove the fins that are removable. That way you don’t have to risk damaging your board or your fins. Rolling up your board with your fins on for storage could result in damage.
Additionally, removing your fins before you rinse your board allows you to thoroughly clean your fin box. If your fins are nonremovable make sure to fold your board where the fins are on the outside. If you are storing it inflated for a short-term period you can leave the fins on.
3. Deflate and roll your board before storage
Deflate and fold your board before storage. Folding your board is better than rolling it up because it helps preserve the life of the board. Your Fin Box does not bend, and it needs to lay nice and flat for storage. Start at the nose of the paddle board and start to fold the board towards the rear where the fin box would be on the outside. Check out the infographic above on how to fold your paddleboard.
4. Store all accessories separately from your inflatable paddle board
Some of the most important SUP accessories that should be stored separately include your paddle, seats, repair kits, pumps and other gear. This will allow there to be less stress on the paddle board while it is in storage. In addition, storing these accessories separately will help organize your paddle board gear and make it easier to pack for a trip.
You can find a variety of different racks and storage devices for your SUP accessories. The basic idea is that you can hang or store your SUP accessories in a safe place so they are not lying around the garage or home.
5. Don't store the board in the sun
When storing your paddle board at home, in your car, or in a storage unit, here are some important tips to keep it in the best shape possible:
Protect it from sunlight. The fabric of iSUPs is designed to deal with extreme heat but prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause deterioration and fading over time. If you’re storing your board outdoors, even for a short period of time, place a towel or sheet over the top to protect it from harmful UV rays.
When storing your board deflated, it’s a great idea to use your board bag to protect it from abrasions. If possible keep it indoors in a climate control area that doesn’t get too hot or cold. If you must store it outdoors, make sure it’s not exposed directly to the sun, and try to find an area that is protected from the elements.
Protect it from sharp objects and abrasive surfaces. Avoid sharp rocks and other hard surfaces that could damage your board by making sure you choose a flat surface when inflating and deflating your board. When not in use, store your iSUP away from sharp objects like paddles, fins, and other gear that could puncture it while being