Looking after your SUP board
Now that you have invested in one of the best SUP boards on the market, you want to look after it, right?
1. Do not leave the boards in the sun or store them where they will get hot. This includes your car on a hot day and even on the roof of your car for a long time in the sun. This is more of an issue in Queensland than in Tasmania, but even in Tassy it could be an issue. We had a customer bring in a board (not one of ours - another brand that was made in QLD) to us today that he had used in QLD and half the deck has de-laminated - repairable but costly.
2. Give the boards a hose down with fresh water after use every now and then, especially if they are being stored for a long time in between uses. A weekly rinse would be good over summer for example. This is mainly to prolong the life of the deck grip, which won't last forever, but if you rinse the salt off regularly it may last a bit longer.
3. SUP boards are like any surfboard - fragile! If you knock them or drop them or collide with another paddler or surfer, always check for damage. If the fibreglass is cracked or damaged to the point that water will get in, it needs to be fixed. If the damage occurs in the water, get out of the water and get the board fixed before you use it again. Please make sure that the repairer uses epoxy resin and not polyester resin as polyester resin will cause more damage. We will soon be listing little repair kits on our store which are worth having to do small repairs yourself. 5 minute Araldyte will do the job too, in an emergency.
4. Always make sure you are in water deep enough that your fin is not dragging on sand or (even worse) rocks. See the board in the *picture? The customer who owns this board was sure he had not done anything to damage it. Looking at the tip of the fin, I could tell it had been ridden in to very shallow water and at some stage enough pressure had been applied to the fin to half rip the fin box out of the board.He said "they should be strong enough to withstand being ridden in to the sand"! Well, the fin is designed to work in water, not sand! He thought he had a warranty claim. I asked, "If he bought a car and later drove in to a pole would you be claiming that the car should handle hitting a pole without being damaged?" This repair will cost him at least $120.00 to have done. We repair surfboards and SUP boards all the time - it's a bit of a fact of life that if you own a board you WILL damage it at some time. Accidents happen - but don't be careless - use your noggin' a bit!
*bit hard to see what's going on here. The center fin box is being replaced. The yellow stuff above the masking tape is expanding polyurethane foam that we have to use to fill in the whole where the old fin box came out. They grey thing behind the foam is a lead weight to push the fibreglass back down that was lifted by the fin box getting ripped out. A bit more work to go to restore it to it's former glory!