7 helpful tips to care for your inflatable stand up paddle board

As with all premium products, caring for them is vital to their prolonged service. Inflatable stand up paddles boards are no exception. Despite their extreme durability and resistance to impact, a huge bonus over regular hard SUPs, inflatable SUPs still need some general care. Starboard have created this cool infographic with a few tips.

1. Cleaning

Clean the board after each use with fresh water and mild soap.

2. Avoid direct sunlight

If you need to leave the board inflated in direct sunlight, deflate it to at least 10 PSI, although direct sunlight should be avoided where possible.

3. Don’t use an air compressor

You can easily over inflate the board by using air compressor and void the warranty.

4. No dragging

Sharp debris can puncture your board, it is best not to drag it.

5. Use it frequently

Long-term storage can cause glue bonds to disintegrate. (Less of an issue as fusion and welding technologies evolve.)

6. Store at room temperature

Keep the boards sheltered away from extreme high and low temperatures, and excessive humidity.

7. Keep it dry

Dry the board off after each use and before storing to avoid mold damage.

So whether you are in the market for a Starboard inflatable paddle board, a Red Paddle Co inflatable SUP or a Fanatic inflatable paddle board, these 7 tips to looking after and caring for your board are very handy.

Memorial Day SALE – Red Paddle Co 15% off

Hold onto your hats, Red Paddle Co inflatable paddle boards are going on sale. Starting May 17 and ending at 11:59pm on May 27 (Memorial Day), all Red Paddle Co SUPs and paddles will be 15% off. Save up to $375 per board!

If’ you’ve been waiting for closeout discounts, but the boards carry over from 2018, this is your chance. Next time the boards will be discounted is well after Summer has finished.

Be quick to secure the board you want. We have limited stock of some models, but ample of others. Plenty of Red Paddle Co Ride 10’6″ in stock. All the Red Paddle Co boards come with a FREE 3 piece carbon paddle valued at $199. On top of this, there is free shipping in the mainland USA. Get your board now to be ready for the Summer paddle season coming soon.

The world’ smallest inflatable stand up paddle board

The Red Paddle Co Compact 9’6″ is, quite simply, a revolutionary board. Built with the patented PACT Technology by Red Paddle Co, the inflatable paddle board market leaders, the 9’6″ Compact is half the size of standard inflatable paddler boards.

The Red Paddle Co 9’6″ Compact achieves it’s compact size buy utilising a living hinge and folding the board in half before rolling. It’s an ingenious way to pack down the board into what is basically a regular size back pack.

For more information about the Red Paddle Compact 9’6″, head over to America’s #1 inflatable board retailer Green Water Sports and read their article about the 9’6″ Compact inflatable paddle board.

Buying the right inflatable SUP

Buying your first inflatable stand up paddle board can be a daunting task. However, Green Water Sports have made it just a little bit easier. They created a huge comparison chart of all the Red Paddle Co inflatable SUPs. Why just Red Paddle Co? Well, they are the best on the market, period.

Check out the huge comparison chart here: 2018 Red Paddle Co Buyers Guide.

The best all round inflatable stand up paddle board

Stand up paddle boarding is a booming sport. Each year thousands more venture out onto the water in the name of fun and good exercise. Some people like to surf paddle boards, some people like to race them, but the vast majority just like to cruise around and have fun at the beach, the lake, the river, or whatever your body of water may be. Naturally, there are boards that are designed for each section of the paddling population in mind with features and characteristics that go hand in hand with the intended purpose of the board. Surf SUPs are short and curvy, while racing paddle boards tend to be long and sleek with sharper edges. In the middle, you have the all round paddle board, and I’d like to highlight here one of the most versatile all round stand up paddle boards on the market. I’ve also personally owned one for about 3 years and even after a paddling career of almost 10 years, this board is still my go-to board and a family favourite.

Of course I am speaking about the Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride. It is 32″ wide and can carry up to 220lbs. Green Water Sports did a great review of the 2018 version of this board here with their 2018 Red Paddle Co 10’6″ Ride Review article.

The Red Paddle Co Ride 10’6″ is an inflatable stand up paddle board suited to paddlers from 100-220lbs. It is a great beginner board, a great first board, and a great all round board for the seasoned paddler. It really is the board that does it all for 90% of the population.

Check out the review by Green Water Sports, and follow up with them on any questions, you won’t regret paddling the 10’6″ Ride!

Traveling with your inflatable paddle board

Travelling the world with your paddle board has never been easier. Inflatable paddle boards by industry leaders Red Paddle Co and other notable brands including Naish Paddle Boards and Starboard SUPs, are resetting everyone’s perception and what can be achieved with a portable stand up paddle board.

Inflatable paddle boards can be rolled up, folded up and packed into a backpack or wheeled bag. This makes them extremely convenient to travel with. These boards can fit in the trunk of a small car, check in on aeroplanes and carried on your back if you choose to hike into a remote lake, river, beach, or lagoon.

On top of that, the 3 piece or breakdown paddles available also fit in the board bag along with all accessories for another great session on the water.

But what about performance you ask? Well, inflatables have come forward in leaps and bounds over the last 5 years mostly thanks to the afore mentioned brands leading the industry with technological and design advances. Inflatable SUP boards can pump up to 25PSI, which is more than enough to hold shape and be competitive with a true hard board on the race scene. However 15-20PSI is suitable for most paddlers and they get to enjoy the water but have the pleasure of a convenient package for transportation and storage.

Find out more about inflatable paddle boards at Green Water Sports. There are some 2014 boards still on sale! Spring is just days away and the days are warming up already.

See you on the water, in the airports, on the road with your inflatable SUP in tow!

VIDEO: How to install and remove your SUP fin

how-to-install-your-SUP-finThe US style fin box is probably the most common style of fin box. It certainly is amongst stand up paddle boards, windsurfers and long boards. Now as inflatable stand up paddle boards are gaining traction in the market place as a brilliant alternative to massive SUPs that are hard to transport and store, we found this little video by Green Water Sports about how to install and remove your US box style fin. Check it out, it’s a super easy process.

Can you fish from a stand up paddle board?

SUP-stand-up-paddle-board-fishing-red-paddle-co-SUP-fishing-boardFishing from a stand up inflatable paddle board is really very clever. Being able to roll up your equipment and carry it/drive it/sail it into remote locations or stow in the trunk of your hatchback or below decks in your ocean going yacht or lake motor boat, opens up a world of new paddling and fishing locations. But, what if a hook punctures your board? Well, unless you are fishing for 10ft great whites, I wouldn’t worry about hooks piercing your board. A filleting knife perhaps, so you might want to leave that until you are back on a land!

The inflatable stand up paddle board by industry renowned Red Paddle Co the 10’8″ Mega is especially suited to fishing of all sorts. 10’8″ long and 36″ wide, it is very stable, with plenty of room to move, swing and pull your catch aboard. It also has 4 tie down points where you can attach a chest or tackle box etc. If you are new to paddle boarding and need a full kit, it is also available here as a board, paddle and free leash package.

How to correctly hold a SUP paddle

how-to-hold-sup-board-paddle2Thinking about stand up paddle boarding this summer? You should be, everyone else is doing it! If you are going to try paddle boarding this summer for the first time, if you only know one thing, know this: The right way for a SUP paddle to be used!

Everyone does it, I’ve done it, it’s a rite of passage to SUPing bliss. What is it? Well, it’s paddling with the paddle the wrong way around!

On first glance it looks right and when you start on your knees it feels right, but once you’re standing it feels oh so wrong! Read the guide by Green Water Sports about how to hold a SUP paddle correctly and be prepared.

Red Paddle Co inflatable SUPs – Which pump to use?

Inflatable-SUP-pump-Ezee-and-K-pumpWow, inflatable SUP pumps have come a long way in just a few short years. K-Pump has developed a true two stage pump with both a high volume and high pressure cylinder for quick and then high pressure inflation. They come in two sizes, they have universal valve adaptors making them super easy to use, they are made in the USA and are tough as nails. So, this called for a comparison test against the standard Bravo made pumps. The Red Paddle Co Ezee and the Red Paddle Co Ezee HP are the two standard Bravo pumps that usually ship with inflatable stand up paddle boards.

Pictured are the Ezee, Ezee HP, the K-220 and the K-20. Green Water Sports, online specialist retailer for all things inflatable SUP, have done a comparison article with the 4 pumps featured. Check out the K-Pump and Red Paddle Co pump comparison.