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Inflatable paddle board valve care and removal

Like all paddle boards, inflatable paddle boards need a little TLC and maintenance some times. While hard boards may need some dings repaired, inflatable SUPs might need some valve maintenance. On occasion the drop stitch threads inside the board will foul up the valve seal giving you a slow leak. Some times the valve will need a 1/4 turn tightening to seal up any leaks due to some movement of the valve or the general compression of the materials over time. The inner and outer sections of the valve squeeze the PVC layers together to make the seal and sometimes a little turn gets rid of a slow leak.

The process is quick and easy – just be sure the threads are aligned correctly when screwing the valve back together.

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About the author: Julian Kidd
I have been an avid stand up paddle boarder since 2009. I retired from a decade of 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 football fan, closet petrol head, web tinkerer, husband and father.