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Signs You Need To Replace Your Paddleboard

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When you buy your first paddleboard, you’re probably excited to get on the water and test out the sport. However, the longer you participate in paddleboarding, the more signs you might find that indicate you need to replace your paddleboard. If you’re experiencing any of the signs we discuss below, you may want to consider purchasing a new stand-up paddleboard.

Your Board Is Outdated

How old is your paddleboard? If you’re using an older model, you could be hindering your skills because new technologies have emerged that allow companies to design and create better paddleboards. More recent models are lightweight, more durable, and better quality. Generally, your board should last you three to five years, depending on how well you maintain it and how quickly you improve. Which brings us to our next reason.

You’ve Outgrown Your Beginner Board

When you were beginning your venture into this watersport, you likely bought a beginner board that helped you balance and grow your skills. These boards are usually wider than standard stand-up paddleboards to provide better stability for the user. Once your skills are beyond the beginner level, you may want a board that allows you to improve your performance and speed.

You Want To Travel With Your Board

When you’re an avid paddleboarder, you’re probably bringing your board with you everywhere you can. This can be difficult to do when you have an epoxy paddleboard. They’re trickier to transport, especially on an airplane. We suggest an inflatable stand-up paddleboard because you can easily fold and tuck it into a carrying bag, leaving plenty of room for other luggage. It’s airplane safe, but it must be a checked bag and go in the plane’s undercarriage.

Your Board Isn’t Versatile

You can enjoy many more activities on a SUP than just paddling out on the water. Some individuals love to fish or practice their yoga on their board, but if their current equipment is not versatile in allowing the person these activities, it may be time for a new one. Typically, inflatable versions of paddleboards are more adaptable and versatile than epoxy boards.

There Is Damage to Your Board

If there is any kind of damage to your board, it’s a sure sign that you need to replace your paddleboard. This is especially crucial for inflatable board users because any tear or hole in the material will instantly ruin your board, and you won’t be able to use it. Properly maintain, clean, and store your board to avoid damage.

To get the most out of this water sport, you’ll need a SUP that is compatible with your level of expertise. Upgrading and replacing your board from time to time can improve your experience. If there isn’t anything significantly wrong with your current board, keep it as a backup just in case your new one fails. Visit Green Water Sports’ selection of boards to find the best one for you!

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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.