5 tips to store your inflatable paddle board over the winter (or any season)

Glide Inflatable paddle boards are not only a gateway to aquatic adventures but are also crafted with durability, portability, eco-friendliness, and style in mind. However, as the seasons change and the water adventures pause, many of us are left wondering how best to store our cherished SUPs. Fear not, for we've compiled essential storage tips to ensure your inflatable SUP remains in pristine condition, ready for the next paddling season.

Key Highlights

  1. Sunlight Protection: Store your inflatable SUP away from direct sunlight to prevent fading and material damage.
  2. Thorough Cleaning: Clean your board with water and soap, using isopropyl alcohol for tough stains, to ensure it's spotless before storage.
  3. Moisture Avoidance: Dry your board completely and store it in a dry place to prevent mildew and musty odors.
  4. Temperature Considerations: Keep your board in a stable temperature environment to avoid material degradation.
  5. Inflation vs. Deflation: Decide based on space and preference, but consider partial inflation for easier setup when you're ready to paddle again.

1. Shield from Sunlight

UV rays are notorious for fading and damaging materials, and your paddle board is no exception. To prevent discoloration and maintain the vibrant look of your board, find a storage spot away from direct sunlight. Thanks to their compact size when deflated, inflatable SUPs are relatively easy to store indoors. If space is a concern, consider a garage or shed as suitable alternatives, ensuring they offer protection from sunlight exposure.

2. Clean Thoroughly

Before tucking your board away for the season, giving it a good clean is crucial. Adventures can leave dirt, stains, and memories, but some of these souvenirs are best removed. A mixture of water and soap usually does the trick, but for the more stubborn stains, isopropyl alcohol can be your best friend. Tackling these stains now prevents them from becoming permanent fixtures on your board.

3. Avoid Moisture

Moisture is the enemy of long-term storage, leading to mildew and musty odors that can damage your board's deck pad and aesthetic appeal. Ensure your paddle board is completely dry before storing, and choose a location that minimizes the risk of dampness. This step is especially important if you've cleaned your board prior to storage

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4. Mind the Temperature

Extremes in temperature and fluctuating conditions can accelerate the degradation of your board's materials. It's advisable to store your SUP in an environment with stable temperatures, avoiding places prone to significant heat or cold swings. Garages or indoor storage rooms are usually ideal, offering a dry environment with minimal temperature variation.

5. To Inflate or Deflate?

The question of whether to store your board inflated or deflated depends largely on space and preference. Deflating your board can save space and also gives the seams and fabric a rest. However, if you have ample storage space, storing the board inflated (or partially inflated to reduce setup time in spring) is also an option. Just be sure to check the air pressure before hitting the water again, as adjustments may be necessary.

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Wrapping Up

Storing your inflatable paddle board correctly during the off-season ensures it stays in excellent condition, ready for many more adventures. For additional care tips and to explore our range of boards, visit our website. Here's to keeping your SUP safe and sound, eagerly awaiting the next paddling season. 

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