Storing Your Hard Padle Board
You'd rather not, but unfortunately, it’s now time for you to put away your board. Below are our recommendations for proper storage of hard paddle boards.
What you will need:
- Board bag.
Step 1: Clean your paddle board
Wash your board to remove all dirt, salt, sand, and residue. Soak your rag in a mix of water and a gentle, biodegradable soap (half/half) and wash the surface of the board thoroughly. Then, with a hose or a bucket of fresh water, rinse it well. Don't forget to clean your paddle and accessories.
*IMPORTANT: avoid strong products, chemicals, or solvents.
Step 2: Let your paddle board dry
Your paddle board must be completely dry before storing it. If your board is even slightly humid and there are temperature variations, you could wind up with mold and unpleasant odors!
Step 3: Where to store it!
Once you have chosen the right spot for its storage, avoid putting any objects on top of your board. Your SUP is not a shelf! Also, make sure that your board is stable wherever it is stored.
You have completed steps 1-3? Good, now here is what you need to know:
Do I need to store my SUP in a travel bag?
Whether it’s summer or winter, it is always highly recommended to store your board in a bag. This one protects your board during transportation, but also protects it from extreme weather conditions and humidity. One important point: don’t forget to ensure that the bag is COMPLETELY dry before inserting your board and storing it for the winter season.
Where is the best place to store my SUP?
The best spots to store your board are dry, isolated and ideally heated areas. Whether it is your home, basement or garage, it is simply important to not store your board in extremely cold or extremely hot places. If it is possible to store your board indoors: Jackpot! You can even make it a Pinterest worthy statement piece within your home.
Storing my board in my garage, good or bad?
It depends on the temperature! If we don't recommend leaving boards in places well below freezing, storing them in a garage where it's 0°C is not so dramatic. Ideally, you want to avoid extreme temperature fluctuations. Canadian winters, which are rather cold, may affect the temperature in your garage if it isn’t heated, making it not an ideal location for storage.
Keep in mind that your board is made of foam: a material filled with air, and extremely sensitive to thermal expansion. Like any object that gets very cold, it can become brittle. To avoid this, try to find a warm place for It.
Should I remove all fins and accessories from my SUP?
Yes, it is preferable to remove any accessories from your SUP: fin and leash, to avoid scuffing or damaging during storage. Ideally, you keep in mind where you have stored everything. It will most likely be useful the following summer. Your boardbag has every pocket to store your accessories.
At all times, avoid:
- Sun exposure: Ultraviolet rays can discolour and damage your board.
-Humidity: A damp environment can lead to mold and weaken the seams.
-Extreme temperatures: Exposure to hot temperatures (sun or other can cause discolouration or premature wear on your board.
Distribute weight evenly: A SUP can deform due to uneven weight distribution. When storing your board, make sure that it is stable and that its weight is supported at several points along its length. padded supports or large nylon straps, for example.
Avoid pressure points: whether you hang your SUP, place it on a support or rest it against a wall, always avoid pressure points - your SUP is not a shelf! Also, make sure your board doesn’t get stuck by storing it in a confined area. Long-term pressure can distort your SUP.
Consider ease of access: you want your SUP to be handy so that you can get it out as soon as spring comes!
All that said, know that you can still get out on the water in the winter. To prepare yourself, check this out.