Stand up paddle boards are hefty and cumbersome. They can take up a lot of space in your home, and it can be a nuisance when the winter arrives and you need to store them away.
In this guide, we’ll look at the ways that you can store them properly and easily, keeping your paddle board safe and ensuring that it’s ready for next summer.
How Do You Store a Paddle Board for the Winter?
Your paddle board can be stored indoors or outdoors. It’s best to keep it inside the house, though, as it means that you can keep the board safe and away from the destructive hands of Mother Nature.
Here are some tips for storing your paddle board:
Prepare it for Storage
Before you wrap your board and allow it to hibernate for the winter, you will need to wash it and dry it.
A little soapy water will suffice, and you should refrain from using harsh detergents and chemicals.
Give the board a good scrub to remove any debris (including dirt, salt, and sand) and rinse it all down. When you have finished, simply dry it with a towel and make sure it’s bone-dry.
Keep it Away From Extreme
You don’t want your paddle board to be covered in a sheet of ice and snow throughout the winter. However, extreme heat can actually damage it more.
Your paddle board will need to be kept away from heat and direct sunlight, which means that if you’re utilizing outdoor storage, you should cover it during those long summer days. If you’re storing it inside the house, such as on a wall rack or just propped against the wall, keep it away from radiators and fires.
Keep it Out of the Way
When you’re storing your paddle board for the long term, you’ll want to make sure that it doesn’t become a trip hazard and doesn’t get in the way.
You can use paddle board racks to keep the board off the ground.
Don’t simply prop it against the wall and hope that it will remain safe and secure for several months. At some point, it will be knocked over, whether by yourself, your children, or your pets.
You also don’t want it to become an eyesore and an SUP storage rack will turn it into something that can be enjoyed, especially if it’s stored in a shed or garage.
Buy a Bag
Paddle boards, just like surfboards, should be wrapped in bags/socks when they are not in use. Not only will these covers protect the board against scratches, dings, and debris, but they will also protect against direct heat sources.
Board bags and socks are relatively inexpensive and they could greatly prolong the life of fiberglass boards.
Tips for Storing Inflatable Paddle Boards
Inflatable paddle boards are a little different when it comes to care and storage.
The first step to storing an inflatable paddle board is to remove all moisture from the outside and the inside. Over time, it can wreak havoc on the board and make for some unpleasant discoveries when you dig it out of storage several months down the line.
Keep the inflatable paddle board inflated by around 5 to 10%. It’s enough to prevent creases and formation, without overdoing it and negating the benefit of buying inflatable boards in the first place.
If you’re short on space, you can go ahead and deflate the board completely. In such cases, you should leave the valve open, and roll it up before storing it in a cool and dry place.
Try to avoid compressing the board just so you can stuff it into a small drawer or box, as you may damage it.
Summary: How Do You Store a Stand Up Paddle Board?
When storage options are very limited, it’s best to stick with an inflatable paddle board. An inflatable board is made to be deflated and stored with ease, and that’s true whether you’re stuffing it in a backpack in preparation for the beach or leaving it in a closet at home.
For other types of paddle boards, just avoid direct sunlight, keep them away from heat and don’t apply too much pressure (don’t stack dumbbells or furniture on top).
SUP board storage is relatively simple when you know how and storing paddle boards properly will help you to get many more years of use out of your paddle board.