Can I Leave my Paddle Board Inflated?

Sometimes you just don't feel like pumping up your inflatable paddle board but is it ok to leave it inflated? We answer this other iSUP questions in this article.

Key Highlights

  1. Convenience of Keeping iSUPs Inflated: Storing your inflatable paddle board inflated saves time and effort, making it ready for your next outing.

  2. Risks of Prolonged Inflation: Understand the potential hazards, including damage from high temperatures and UV exposure, and how to mitigate them.

  3. Importance of Air Pressure Management: Learn why adjusting the air pressure in response to weather conditions is crucial to maintaining your board's integrity.

  4. UV Protection for Your iSUP: Tips on using UV protectants to extend the lifespan of your board and keep it looking new.

  5. Best Practices for Storage: Guidelines on cleaning, drying, and securely storing your inflated board to prevent damage and ensure longevity.


deflated inflatable paddle boards

So you've just received your new inflatable SUP board and you have fully inflated it with the manual pump that came with it and have now decided that was just a little bit more exertion than you were interested in. A common question that is asked is whether you can keep your inflatable stand up paddle board fully inflated. We'll probe the pros and cons of this question in the following article.

Benefits of leaving inflatable paddle board inflated

If you have the space, it is clearly more convenient to leave your inflatable paddle board inflated once you've gone to the effort to inflate it rather than deflating it and putting it in the storage bag. You will also want to make sure that you have a vehicle that can transport your inflated paddle board.

Because most inflatable paddle boards are made of multi-layers of durable, PVC material, keeping your paddle boards inflated is typically not a problem, especially if you follow the tips outlined in this article.

Risks of keeping an inflatable SUP board inflated

There are risks in keeping your inflatable stand up paddle board inflated if you don't store it properly. If you keep the board out in the sun while it's fully inflated, you could create a few problems for yourself, for instance.

Be careful with the air pressure on inflatable paddle boards

If the air pressure is too high, the extreme heat from the sun will increase that air pressure by causing the air inside the inflatable SUP to expand and that could really put strain on the main pressure points of the paddle board: the seams and the drop stitch material that holds the top level of the board to the bottom level.

A best practice is to release a little air if your board is to be left inflated especially if you are experiencing very hot weather in your area as that high air temperature.

Your inflatable paddle board is UV resistant to a point

inflatable paddle board on the beach

Even though the PVC material that makes up the outside of the board is UV resistant, if you leave the board inflated in the direct sunlight for long periods, it will degrade the PVC material as well as cause it to fade.

Even if your board isn't in direct sunlight and absorbing the UV rays, it's a good idea to add UV protection like "Sunguard" which you can find on Amazon as it will keep your board in good shape over the long run.

Extra precautions to take when storing your board inflated

It's a great idea to wash your inflatable paddle board with fresh water and a light detergent before storing it. Make sure to completely dry the entire board after you have washed it to prevent mold growth which can weaken the PVC on the board.

Once your paddle board is fully dry, properly secure your paddle board so it doesn't tip over while you store it. This is especially important if you store your paddle board with the fin in as fin boxes can be easily damaged if your board falls over.

Other tips for paddle board storage

Other tips would be to never drag a fully inflated inflatable SUP board as many paddlers do. Investing in a board bag for a fully inflated paddle board can also be your best bet to protect it in storage.

Make sure you keep your board dry when you store your paddle board by making sure that it won't be exposed to the elements. A dry, cool, protected storage space is ideal for the longevity of your paddle board.

How long can my paddle board stay inflated?

The length of time an inflatable paddle board can stay inflated depends on a few factors, such as the quality of the materials and the conditions in which it is stored. Generally, high-quality inflatable paddle boards can stay inflated for weeks or even months, as long as they are stored properly in a cool, dry place with a consistent temperature and you protect them from sun damage.

It is recommended to check the board's pressure regularly and release air as necessary to prevent overinflation. With proper care and maintenance, an inflatable paddle board can stay inflated for an extended period of time.


inflatable paddle boards in a convertible

It is perfectly fine to store your inflatable SUP while it's left inflated. Just make sure that you don't leave your stand up paddle boards fully inflated or in the direct heat of the sun or the elements in general. If you clean and completely dry the paddle board and store it in an area where you can secure it and make sure there are no sharp objects that could cause a puncture, you can plan on storing your inflatable stand up paddle boards for weeks or months.