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Can I Leave My Red Paddle Co Board Inflated? Tips and Tricks for Proper Storage

If you are an avid paddleboarder, you know how important it is to take care of your gear. One common question that many paddleboarders ask is whether they can leave their Red Paddle Co board inflated or not. In this article, we will explore the pros and cons of leaving your paddle board inflated and provide you with some tips and tricks for proper storage.

Table of Contents

  • The Pros and Cons of Leaving Your Red Paddle Board Inflated
  • Tips and Tricks for Proper Storage
    • Choosing the Right Location
    • Cleaning and Drying Your Paddle Board
    • Deflating Your Paddle Board
    • Rolling Up Your Paddle Board
    • Storing Your Paddle Board
  • Conclusion
  • FAQs

The Pros and Cons of Leaving Your Red Paddle Board Inflated

Many paddleboarders leave their boards inflated for convenience, especially if they paddle frequently. However, there are both pros and cons to leaving your red paddle board inflated.

Pros

  • Ready to go: When your paddle board is already inflated, you can hit the water quickly without the hassle of inflating it every time.
  • Better performance: Pumping it once all the way to full pressure means you’re likely to have a fully inflated paddle board which is stiffer and performs better in the water compared to a partially inflated. We’ve all wanted to hit the water quickly and not inflated the board all the way every time.
  • Longevity: Inflating, deflating and rolling your paddle board can possibly cause wear and tear on the materials and seams, leaving it inflated may extend its lifespan.

Cons

  • Space: An inflated paddle board takes up more space than a deflated one, making it difficult to store in smaller areas.
  • Location: It needs to be stored out of the sun and away from heat and moisture sources or rodents. Leaving your paddle board inflated in direct sunlight in general is a bad idea. It can over pressure a board, can cause the materials to break down over time, leading to discoloration, cracking, and reduced lifespan. Keeping the board cool and dry will prevent any mold buildup. Keeping it away from hungry rodents will make sure it’s airtight for the next session
  • Potential damage: An inflated paddle board is more vulnerable to damage from sharp objects or accidental bumps, increasing the risk of punctures or tears.

Tips and Tricks for Proper Storage

Choosing the Right Location

When choosing a location to store your paddle board, consider factors such as temperature, humidity, and direct sunlight. A cool, dry, and shaded spot is ideal to protect your paddle board from sun damage and humidity.

Cleaning and Drying Your Paddle Board

Before storing your paddle board, it’s essential to clean and dry it thoroughly to prevent any mold or mildew from forming. Rinse your paddle board with fresh water, wipe it down with a soft cloth, and let it air dry completely.

Deflating Your Paddle Board

If you decide to deflate your paddle board, follow these steps to do it correctly:

  • Remove the fin(s) if they are removable
  • Open the valve and press down on the board to release the air
  • Fold the board in half to release any remaining air
  • Roll up the board from the nose to the tail, using the straps provided to secure it

Rolling Up Your Paddle Board

When rolling up your paddle board, make sure it’s tight and compact to save space. Avoid creases or folds that can cause damage to the board over time.

Storing Your Paddle Board

When storing your paddle board, make sure it’s in a safe and secure location away from any sharp objects, potential hazards or animals. If possible, store it vertically to prevent any warping or bending.

Conclusion

Leaving your paddle board inflated can be convenient, but it’s essential to consider the potential drawbacks and take proper care when storing it. Follow the tips and tricks we’ve provided to ensure your paddle board stays in top condition, ready for your next adventure on the water.

FAQs

Q. Can I leave my paddle board inflated for an extended period?

Yes, you can leave your paddle board inflated for an extended period, but it’s important to follow the tips and tricks for proper storage mentioned in this article.

Q. Should I remove the fin(s) before deflating my paddle board?

It’s recommended to remove the fin(s) before deflating your paddle board to avoid damage to the fins or the board.

Q. Is it okay to store my paddle board horizontally?

Yes. Storing your board flat is a great way to store the board. However, it takes up the most space.

Q. How often should I clean and dry my paddle board?

It’s best to clean and dry your paddle board after each use to prevent any mold or mildew from forming and to maintain its condition.

Q. Can I leave my paddle board inflated in hot weather?

It’s not recommended to leave your paddle board inflated in direct sunlight or hot weather as it can cause damage to the materials over time. It’s best to store it in a cool, dry, and shaded location.

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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.