Pre-Season Paddle Board Preparation
Time flies, and here we are, gearing up for another thrilling season of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). With the days lengthening and the anticipation of sunny skies ahead, it's the perfect moment to start planning your paddleboarding adventures. Whether you're meticulously organizing your existing gear or assembling your dream setup, Glide is on hand with expert advice to ensure you hit the water running.
Inspection Time: Ensuring Your Board is Adventure-Ready
Board Shape & Integrity:
- For Inflatable SUPs: Begin by inflating your board. This is an excellent opportunity to check for any unnoticed damage from the previous season, such as holes or areas where pressure might be escaping.
- For Rigid SUPs: A thorough inspection in a well-lit area can reveal any damage. Pay particular attention to the integrity of the board, ensuring there are no breaches to its core.
Glide Rigid Paddle Board Owners: Don't forget to clean the Gore-Tex vent plug. Removing any sand or silt ensures your board's venting system functions flawlessly. A clean vent plug is crucial for maintaining the rigid board's health and performance.
Deck Pad Care:
UV rays can fade deck pads over time, but there's a simple fix to restore their vibrancy. A gentle sanding with a high-grit block can revive the color of your non-slip, EVA, full-length deck pad, making it look as good as new. Additionally, consider replacing the bungee cord if it has lost its elasticity; a fresh para-cord is an inexpensive upgrade that secures your essentials effectively.
Accessories Check: The Final Touches Before Launch
With your board in prime condition, turn your attention to the accessories that complement your paddling experience:
- PFD and Leash: Safety first! Inspect your personal flotation device (PFD) and leash for wear and tear. Ensure they are in optimal condition for your safety on the water.
- Paddle: Examine your paddle shaft and blade for any signs of damage. An intact and sturdy paddle is essential for efficient and enjoyable paddling.
Ready, Set, Paddle!
With your equipment checked and prepped, all that remains is to keep an eye on the weather. Seize the earliest opportunity to dust off your paddleboarding skills and embrace the new season with enthusiasm. Whether you're paddling serene lakes, navigating river currents, or exploring coastal waters, a well-prepared board is your ticket to unforgettable adventures.
Glide is here to ensure your paddleboarding season starts smoothly, with gear that's as ready and eager for adventure as you are. Here's to a season filled with exploration, fitness, and the pure joy of stand-up paddleboarding!