Stand Up Paddle Boards are not exactly small and can be quite heavy. This doesn't make storage easy. We have attached some important tips for you, basically it comes down to two key questions: where can I store the SUP correctly and how do I protect the SUP board from damage?
SUP storage in summer
You have two options for storing your SUP board: outside or inside. Of course, especially in summer you want to use your board as often as possible. So it should be at hand. It's perfectly fine if you store your board outdoors as long as you take certain precautions. Good options are under a canopy or a stretched tarp. Please pay attention to the following things:
① protect the SUP board from moisture
② protect the SUP board from direct sun
③ protect the SUP board from heat
protection against moisture
The board should be protected from soil moisture and rainwater. If you stretch a tarpaulin over the SUP, make sure that no rainwater collects on the tarpaulin. Because the high weight of the rainwater can press on the board surface and cause damage.
protection from the sun
Find a shady spot out of direct sunlight. UV rays can discolour or damage the lamination. If you can't find all-day shady storage, use a weatherproof tarp that covers the board throughout the day. Don't wrap the tarp tightly around the board, but hang the protective tarp over it. The direct contact of the tarpaulin on the Stand Up Board can promote mold growth.
Protection from heat
Extreme heat can be caused by the sun, but also by other heat sources. If you expose your stand up paddle board to high temperatures, the inner material composition can be damaged or the lamination of the surface can come loose.
SUP storage in winter
In winter, your SUP is better kept indoors, i.e. in the house, in the garden shed or in your garage. Before you store your stand up board for winter storage, first rinse it with fresh water to remove dirt, sand residue and salt. You can also clean it with mild soapy water, but please do not use any solvents or chemicals. Then let the board dry thoroughly. The storage place should be dry. A humid environment can encourage the formation of mildew and mold and thus permanently damage the outer material of the SUP board.
In order to protect the sports equipment from damage during storage, you shouldn't just put it in the next corner. There are the following storage options:
You can definitely lean your SUP board against a wall.
The board can be set up either sideways or with the rear part, but never with the nose. It is best to put some padding in between to protect the lying surface.
An attachment such as a strap protects the board from tipping over.
2. On a rack
There are special "rack systems", i.e. stands for SUP boards. These are suitable for both vertical and horizontal storage and are particularly practical if you have several boards. The storage system is either attached to the wall or floor and should definitely have padding so as not to damage the surface of the board.
There are also freestanding surf racks that don't attach to the wall or floor.
If you hang your SUP board under the ceiling, it is well stored and does not take up any space. There are also special hanging systems for this, or you can make your own with wide straps. With this storage variant, the underside of the board should point to the ceiling. By hanging it up, you can also stage the board like a work of art, for example by presenting it in the living room.
4. Inflatable board
For storage, the board should remain slightly inflated and laid down. This prevents permanent creases from forming or the SUP board from deforming. If there is absolutely no space, let all the air out. To do this, the board must be completely clean and dry. With the valve open, you can now roll it up loosely and store it.
With this advice you can store your SUP correctly and you will be able to enjoy your sports equipment for a long time.