Proper Use of Your Blow Up Stand Up Paddle Board

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You did it. You took the plunge and purchased the blow up stand up paddle board (aka inflatable SUP) of your dreams. Before you get out on the water to race, explore or relax, Sealed Air Repairs Inc. wants you to understand some basic guidelines for its use, as well as acquaint yourself with some parts and accessories that can ramp up your fun. Taking time now to learn the ins and outs of caring for your inflatable SUP may prevent you from needing inflatable SUP repair in the short-term.


Getting Ready for Your First Ride

I know you are excited to get out on the water, but starting right helps you finish right. Your inflatable SUP should inflate quickly – very quickly depending on the type of pump you use. A regular hand pump or a K-pump will get your inflatable SUP ready and rarin’ to go in several minutes with effort. A quality electric pump can do it in less than five minutes. We have several pumps to choose from for your needs.

You’ll see your inflatable SUP begin to take shape fast, but keep pumping to get your inflatable SUP to the appropriate pounds per square inch (PSI). PSI is the amount of air pressure your inflatable SUP can hold. Follow your manufacturer’s instructions for the proper PSI and don’t exceed the maximum. Typical PSI recommendations range from 10 to 17 with 14 being a good middle ground.

Proper air pressure allows the board to support your weight and assists in optimal performance. Heavier people tend to need their boards inflated to the maximum PSI; lighter people can get away with slightly less air pressure. Remember, improper inflation can lead to failure and ruin your experience before you’ve gotten much enjoyment out of your board at all.

Riding the Waves on Your Blow Up Stand Up Paddle Board

If you are new to riding inflatable SUPs and typically use the fiberglass type, you are in for a treat. Inflatable SUPs tend to be more stable, though stability may be affected by shape, width and depth. For maximum stability, choose thicker boards which can support the most weight with no flex at all.

As you take to the water, watch your surroundings. Keep your inflatable SUP from hitting logs, branches, docks or debris. While most inflatable SUPs are built to last, sharp objects or dragging the board on gravel could result in needing inflatable SUP repair.

After using it, if you are taking a break and going to hang at the beach or lake for a while, deflate the board a bit.  Then re-inflate it to use again. After you’ve squeezed every last drop of fun out of your day, get back on shore and deflate your inflatable SUP. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.

If your inflatable SUP has a detachable center rear fin, you might want to remove it. Extra smaller fins are usually permanently affixed.

Make sure your inflatable SUP is fully dry before packing it in its carry bag. Go over it with your beach towel. This will keep mold and mildew from forming.

Once deflated and dry, roll up your inflatable SUP and store it away. Don’t leave it out in the elements or in direct sunlight. Exposure to the elements weakens the material over time. The best storage for your inflatable SUP is a cool, dry place like a closet or your garage. Also, don’t roll it too tightly for storage.

In Case of Damage, Call Sealed Air Repairs

If, after your best efforts, the unexpected happens and your blow up stand up paddle board needs inflatable SUP repair, don’t worry. Sealed Air Repairs Inc. has the expertise and resources you need to get you back on the water in no time. Contact us with any questions or needs about your inflatable products that you may have. Either email or give us a call at 321-505-1512.