How to store your paddleboard

How to store your paddleboard

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Although it is possible to store a paddleboard whilst it is inflated, this is not recommended.  Inflated paddleboards can be stored temporarily, but long-term storage should be done with the board deflated.

Here are a few reasons why it is not recommended to store a paddleboard whilst inflated:

Pressure loss: Over time, the pressure in the board will naturally decrease, causing the board to become soft and gradually lose its rigidity.  This can make it difficult to use and can also lead to damage.

UV damage: Inflated paddleboards are exposed to the sun's UV rays, which can cause the material to degrade and become brittle over time.

Deformation: Inflated paddleboards can be deformed or misshaped due to external factors such as heat, cold and humidity.

Risk of puncture: An inflated paddleboard is at risk of being punctured by sharp objects or debris.

It is best to deflate the board and store it in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight, and sharp objects.  Also, it's a good idea to use a protective cover for the board to protect if from dust scratches, and UV rays.

If you need to store the board inflated, it's important to check the pressure regularly, and inflate or deflate as needed to maintain the recommended pressure.

Any issues, please contact Och Aye Canoe or the manufacturer of your board for more advice.

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