Buying a paddle board is a major investment and when you’re not using it, proper storage is required to extend its life and ensure you get the most out of it. Whether you have a solid or inflatable paddle board, there are various storage options to consider as shall be discussed in the sections below.
The available storage methods can be categorized into indoor and outdoor options. While the ideal location would be indoors, it’s not always possible given the limited space available. At times, storing the paddle board indoors, especially for solid ones, can change the look of your house.
In this article, we assess the options you have and advice on making the most of each available option. For most people, storing a paddle board will require making a few changes to the house especially for owners of solid paddle boards.
What to Focus On
The purpose of storage isn’t just keeping the paddle board waiting for the next sporting event. Rather, you’re to preserve its look and quality in general. Your focus should be protecting the board from the following aspects:
The materials used to make paddle boards don’t fare well when exposed to moisture as they easily develop mildew and mold. These growths not only mess the look of the board but also weaken it. Left to grow for long, the mold and mildew will easily lead to a broken or punctured paddle board.
Paddle boards cost a good amount of money and losing one to a thief isn’t good. As such, both indoor and outdoor locations should be secure enough that someone doesn’t rob you of your summer fun.
These boards come with a security feature we shall assess in the sections below.
Just like moisture, the rays from the sun will easily damage your precious boards if left to access it frequently. In most cases, the paddle board material will become discolored and brittle for both solid and inflatable boards.
While exposure to the UV rays discolors the board and makes it brittle, heat is even worse as it does the same within a shorter period of time. The heat can be from the sun or other source. Basically, keep the board in a cool and dry place with the recommended temperature range at 40 to 110°F.
These are the aspects that will damage your board if left to run their course. Your aim should be having a good board when the right paddling weather comes and any one of these aspects can spoil your board. While the likelihood of a theft is low, you still need to secure the boards properly.
Indoors or Outdoor?
If you decide to store your paddle board indoors, the options include the extra space in the garage or the shed. However, you can store the boards in the living room, corridor, ceiling and many other places as per the amount of space within your location of choice.
The indoors are the best for storing paddle boards as they offer the best protection from the sun, moisture and theft. However, you need to ensure the board isn’t in a place with lots of heat such as above the fireplace. Exposure to chemicals is also another issue for indoor storage conditions.
For outdoor storage, the main advantage is that you have more space at your disposal which is an advantage especially when you have more than one solid board to store.
It is harder keeping the boards from the elements and theft as compared to the indoor conditions. For this reason, you need to consider the following aspects:
1. Heat and Moisture Protection
For moisture protection, cover the boards with a waterproof material (like a tarp) while ensuring that the boards aren’t in contact with the cover as that also creates moist conditions. Further moisture protection can be ensured by elevating the boards from the ground. Ensure you strike a balance between protection and aeration to discourage the accumulation of moisture.
2. Sunlight Protection
The cover shouldn’t be transparent to protect the boards from direct sunlight and UV rays. Better yet, have the storage location under a tree to provide cool storage conditions.
3. Theft Protection
One of the main hurdles to storing the boards outside the house is that they can be easily stolen if not stored in a secure location. Among the tips to put into consideration include the following:
- Thread a security cable through the leash loop on the paddle board. You can also buy a lock for paddle boards to secure the board.
- Ensure that the paddle board is located away from locations that can be easily accessed from outside the home. Consider storing the boards in areas with a fence or other security measure.
While it’s tough keeping paddle boards outdoors, it offers the freedom to come up with your own kind of storage options most of which can be DIY projects.
Storing Inflatable Paddle Boards
Of the two types of paddle boards, the inflatable type is easier to store as it can be easily deflated to take up very little space. Some of the storage tips include the following:
- Clean the board with fresh water then dry it up before storage.
- Leave the board partially inflated to avoid the development of deep creases which may become permanent if left for long. The partial inflation prevents bursting in the case that the storage area becomes hot.
- If you must deflate it, leave the valve open and loosely fold it up while avoiding major creases.
- Store the board away from direct sunlight, heat and moisture.
With inflatable paddle boards taking up less space, you’re better off storing this type of board indoors rather than outdoors. These tips apply to long term storage like during winter. When traveling with the boards, however, using a backpack by folding the board tightly is allowed.
Storing Solid Paddle Boards
Solid paddles can be stored in various ways including:
1. Suspending Them
You can suspend the board on your ceiling using a suspension system from the shop or you can make your own. This is far much secure than keeping them on the wall or leaning on a surface as it keeps it out of the way of your movements.
For this kind of storage, protect the board’s hull by having the hull face upwards. Ensure that the suspension system is secure enough as a drop will damage your board.
2. Hanging Them On Racks
Racks can support the board from the side or on the entire body of the board. It all depends on the type of rack you get for your board. You can even make your own rack from wood or other favorable material.
For the racks that support the board from one side, you’re better off having the board face downwards to preserve the hull.
3. Leaning on the Wall
For this option, simply have the board leaning on its side against a surface of your choice. In most cases, it’s against the wall and will work for both solid and inflatable boards.
Ensure that the board is on its tail or side and never the nose. Also, ensure the board is kept at a good angle not to damage the ceiling or get in the way or people moving around. You should secure the board as its slippery surface can easily lead to it getting damaged when it slips and hits the ground.
Ensure that you remove the fin before storing the board as it can easily get damaged when exposed to pressure. Also, the storage of solid boards works best when you prepare for it from the day you buy the board.
Considerations for Storage
Whether your board is solid or an inflatable one, and whether you’re storing it indoors or outdoors, you should have the following aspects in mind when storing it:
1. Weight Distribution
When the weight of a solid paddle board isn’t distributed evenly, it can easily get deformed. As such, use a storage system that uses the right distribution of weight with specific points on the body of the board being chosen.
2. Protect the Board from Sunlight, Heat and Moisture
As stated before, these will quickly reduce the quality of your board and may even damage it permanently. The good news is that you can use UV protection by using a spray or rub for that purpose.
3. Always Keep the Board Clean and Dry
Before storing the board, clean it with fresh water and mild soap then dry it up before putting in its place. If you’re going to store it for a long time, take it out then wash it, dry it then store it again from time to time.
4. Choose the Location Wisely
Besides protecting your board from the elements and thieves, you should ensure the location you picked upon is easy to access and doesn’t obstruct the rest of the household from accessing other areas of the house.
5. Keep the Pressure Low
By this it means you shouldn’t expose the board to unnecessary pressure. For instance, don’t inflate the inflatable board to full capacity before storing it. Also, don’t fasten the solid body very much. Rather, hang it or use racks with padded contact points and avoid stacking them directly on each other.
With these tips and recommendations, your paddle boards will come out of storage looking like new. They’ll also serve you for a longer time than if they were stored poorly. Just remember to remove the fin and avoid storing the board in its original plastic wrap.
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