How to Fix a Broken Valve

Paddleboarding is an exhilarating way to explore the waters, but a loose valve on your inflatable paddleboard can quickly deflate the adventure. Whether it's from production mishaps or the rigors of shipping, a secure valve is essential for an airtight paddleboarding experience. Before you set sail, take a moment to inspect your board as we dive into identifying and fixing a loose valve, ensuring endless fun on the water.

During production or shipping the valve can become loose. We strongly suggest that while you’re unboxing your inflatable paddleboard that you go ahead and check your valve. We filmed a YouTube tutorial of this, as well as another blog post.

Here's a few ways to know if your inflatable has a loose valve.

1. When your board is inflated and it is hissing from the valve area

2. When water is placed over the valve little bubbles pop

3. Your board won't stay inflated for very long

None of this makes paddling very fun with the stress of your paddleboard not working correctly, so let's fix it! 

To do this, you will first go ahead and inflate your paddle board with your hand pump or your electric pump if purchased (reminder: the hand pump does not register until 7-10 PSI). If you hear a small hissing sound coming out of the valve, pour some water over it to confirm that the valve is loose.

Once you're confident this is the problem you will then deflate the paddleboard and grab the black plastic wrench that is found in your repair kit.

inflatable paddle board valve

You will then press firmly down around the valve, insert the wrench into the valve, and then press down on top of the wrench head and then twist the wrench clockwise with your other hand until it is tight enough.

How to unbox your inflatable sup

Think of it like screwing something into the wall, you want it tight but don’t want to strip it. You shouldn’t be able to keep twisting it easily.

You can try to move the outer valve with your fingers by twisting it with pushing it with your fingers and if it doesn’t move then you’re good!

glide inflatable paddle board valve

Then try to inflate it again with your pump and ensure that there is no hissing noise or air coming out of the valve once inflated.



We hope that you found this helpful, and that your Glide Inflatable SUP is working properly. If you have any other issues please email or call 888-927-9405 and chat with one of our employees.


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