Paddle Board Winter Storage Tips

Storing an inflatable paddle board (iSUP) properly during the winter is crucial to maintain its performance and longevity and ensure you're ready to hit the water again as soon as the sunshine returns. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to store your inflatable paddle board or SUP for the winter:

Clean and Dry
Before deflating, clean the inflatable paddle board thoroughly. Use a mild soap and water solution to remove any dirt, sand, or saltwater residue. Making sure the board is completely dry before storing it.

Deflate the Board
Follow the manufacturer's instructions to properly deflate your inflatable paddle board. Open all the valves and use a pump with a deflate function to release the air. As you deflate, fold or roll the board to remove as much air as possible.

Remove Fins and Accessories
Take off any detachable fins and accessories, such as the pump, leash, or deck pad. Making sure to clean and dry the SUP accessories too. Store these items with the paddle board in it's original travel bag.

Inspect for Damage
Check the paddleboard for any signs of damage, such as punctures or abrasions. Repair any issues using the patch kit provided or one designed specifically for inflatable boards.

Roll and Store
Roll the deflated and cleaned paddle board loosely, as storing it too tightly rolled can cause damage or blistering. Starting from the opposite end of the valve. Avoid creases or folds, as they can cause damage over time. If possible, use the original storage bag or a similar breathable bag to protect the board.

Store in a Cool, Dry Place
Find a cool, dry place for your rolled-up inflatable paddle board. Avoid storing it in areas with extreme temperature fluctuations, direct sunlight, or excessive heat, as these conditions can affect the material and cause it to warp.

Avoid Sharp Objects
Keep the stored inflatable paddle board away from sharp objects or anything that could potentially puncture or damage the material.

Regular Check-ups
Periodically check on your inflatable paddle board or iSUP during the winter storage period. Look for any signs of damage, pests, or moisture. If you notice any issues, address them promptly.

Protect from UV Exposure
If you're storing the inflatable paddle board in an area exposed to sunlight, consider covering it with a breathable, UV-resistant cover. This helps protect the material from prolonged exposure to the sun, which can cause significant damage over time.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your inflatable paddle board remains in good condition throughout the winter and is ready for use when the warmer weather returns.