SUP Storage: Your Go-To Guide When Caring For a Paddleboard
We believe in taking care of things. If you invest good money into one of the top rated paddleboards, then you need to take care of and store your board properly. That’s why we take SUP storage so seriously.
Many other “paddle blogs” don’t talk about or gloss over how to store a SUP board. Maybe they try to sell you a bag or carrying case. We believe that’s NOT good enough.
You need to properly stow and store your paddleboards at all time. What does this mean? Things like carrying cases, SUP storage racks, and more all come into play. You need a plan to keep your SUP investment in tip-top shape.
When Your SUP is Vulnerable
Many think their paddleboard will end up damaged when they’re on the water paddling away. While this certainly is a possibility, we’ve found the opposite to be true.
Most people damage their SUP when it’s not in use. This could be while transporting the board or when it’s in storage. Your SUP is more vulnerable when you’re not actually using it.
There are a number of things that can damage your SUP when transporting or in storage, including:
• Excessive heat
• Freezing temperatures
• Falling objects
• Bumping into things while transporting
Why It Matters?
Some paddleboard fanatics just don’t care. They only care about paddling around on glory days when the sun is shining down on the water. While understandable, we strive to take care of things.
The reality of the situation is SUP storage plays a role in how your board performs on the water. Your board can sustain serious damage while in storage. If that happens, you’ll find the performance of the paddleboard plummets once you’re in the water.
SUP Storage 101: What You Need to Know
If you truly care about caring for and storing your paddleboard properly, then there’s only one thing to consider: racks on racks.
The only way to properly store a paddleboard is on a rack. By storing your board on a rack, you’ll keep it safe and sound – ready to properly cruise around the next time you’re ready to hit the water.
Now, there are a few different types of SUP storage racks available. A few of our favorite kinds include:
Many individuals who store their paddleboard in the house or garage buy a ceiling rack. These SUP storage models keep your board away from any pesky trouble found on the ground.
Ideally, you place the ceiling rack high up in your carport or garage. Then once you come home from a session on the water, you store your board properly before even going inside the house.
This also makes it easy to grab the board, mount it on the car, and cruise away to the water. We have the COR SUP Rack and love it. It’s an amazing option and still pretty cheap.
Another type of SUP storage is a wall mount. A wall mount is highly useful and allows you to show off your SUP board in any way you see fit. Heck, you could even mount your board in the living room for all visitors to check out.
Certain wall mounts are made for one board, while others can hold three. A huge benefits of SUP wall mounts is that they show off the board while keeping it dry and comfortable in ideal conditions.
We found the Naked SUP Storage Rack to be a great wall mount option.
Other Things to Consider
Racks and mounts aren’t the only things to consider when thinking about SUP storage and transportation. Here are a few more things to think about:
- Board Bags
Most SUPs come with a board bag included. If your board didn’t, it’s a good idea to invest in one. These bags offer great protection from the elements. They also keep your board away from moisture and dust.
SUP board bags are ideal for transporting your board and short-term storage. However, you don’t want to store your board in a bag forever. Your permanent storage spot should be some type of SUP storage rack.
- SUP Straps
If you don’t want to use a rack or mount, you could give SUP straps a try. We aren’t huge fans, but the items do have their place. One benefit is SUP straps tend to hold the board and paddle together.
Taking Care of Your Board in the Off-Season
Professional paddleboarding vets may laugh when you talk about an off-season. For many SUP fans, there’s no such thing as a week away from the water. If that’s you, no worries.
For the rest of us, the colder months in the winter tend to be the SUP off-season. It’s just too cold to hit the water, especially if it’s icy. So you have to store your board and take care of it in the off-season.
Whatever you do in this time – just don’t leave your SUP board outside in the cold. Keep your board on a SUP storage rack or mount indoors, or at least in the garage.
By following the tips and tricks in this article, your SUP will be ready to roll the next time you hit the water. SUP storage doesn’t have to be difficult. You just need to pay attention to your board and do things the right way.