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John from Red Paddle Co talks us through the basics of how to inflate your Red Paddle Co inflatable stand up paddle board for the first time. It is very straight forward, but he offers some tips and tricks to inflating for the first time, and inflating efficiently in the future by correct use of your body.

1. Use Titan Pump

Inflating a board using the Red Paddle Co Titan Pump is not only easier but also quicker than any other SUP pump.

2. Connect Pump

First of all, remove the dust cap from the valve, making sure the center pin is in the uppermost position. Connect the pump hose to the pump handle, making sure not to cross the threads. Take the other end of the pump hose and insert it into the valve. You’ll find the first couple of times this is quite stiff, but it will become easier over time.

3. Check the Titan Pump is ready

Now, make sure the stopper is inserted into the back of the pump handle. Twist it, to lock it into place.

4. Start pumping

Now you can start pumping. The first technique to use, is keep your legs straight, and use your arms to push down on the pump handle. You’ll get the most efficiency by doing long continuous pump strokes. When it gets too difficult, keep your arms straight, bend your legs and drop your body weight down onto the pump.

5. Remove Titan Pump stopper

Eventually this will become difficult, so, remove the stopper from the back of the handle and resume pumping.

You will now find it much easier to keep going. Start again by using your arms, keeping your legs straight, before keeping your arms straight and bending your legs to get all your body weight down onto the pump, as it gets harder.

6. Disconnect pump and replace dust cap

Once you’ve finished remove the pump hose from the board and replace the dust cap, you’re good to go.

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About the author: Julian Kidd
I have been an avid stand up paddle boarder since 2009. I retired from professional kiteboarding to focus on SUP. Green Water Sports grew from this love of all things SUP. As well as being a keen paddle boarder, I'm a hockey fan, football fan, closet petrol head, web tinkerer, husband and father.

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