How Do I Keep My Paddleboard from Getting Damaged?

How Do I Keep My Paddleboard from Getting Damaged?


Discover essential tips and expert advice on maintaining your paddleboard. Keep your paddleboard in top condition and enjoy worry-free adventures on the water.

Why Paddleboard Maintenance is Important

Maintaining your paddleboard ensures safety, extends its lifespan, and enhances your performance on the water. Proper care can save you money on repairs and replacements.

1. Proper Storage

  • Indoors: Store your paddleboard in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Use a board bag for extra protection.
  • Outdoors: If storing outside, keep it off the ground and covered with a weather-resistant tarp. Avoid exposure to extreme temperatures.

2. Regular Cleaning

  • Rinse After Use: Always rinse your paddleboard with fresh water after each use to remove salt, sand, and debris. Saltwater is extremely corrosive. 
  • Mild Soap: Use a mild, non-abrasive soap and a soft brush to clean the surface. Avoid harsh chemicals.

3. Use a Board Bag

Invest in a high-quality board bag to protect your paddleboard from dings, UV damage, and scratches during transport and storage. We recommended one in our blog post about Top 10 SUP Accessories and Products

4. Avoid Direct Sunlight

UV rays can degrade the materials of your paddleboard. When not in use, keep it out of direct sunlight to prevent fading and structural damage. This is vital. Sunlight may destroy a board just in days. 

5. Handle with Care

  • Loading and Unloading: Be mindful when loading and unloading your paddleboard from your vehicle. Use padded straps to prevent scratches.
  • On the Water: Avoid dragging your paddleboard on rough surfaces. Lift and carry it instead.
  • Shit happens: So apart from protecting your board from your own paddle rubbing and hitting, we developed the RSPro SUP rail saver to protect it from those Oh shit moments too. 

6. Inspect for Damage

  • Regular Checks: Inspect your paddleboard regularly for any signs of damage or wear and tear. Look for cracks, dents, or soft spots.
  • Professional Repair: For significant damage, seek professional repair services to ensure your paddleboard is restored properly. To save your session in case of small ones, you can use a Ding Patch like those from RSPro

7. Use Proper Accessories

  • Fins and Leash: Use the appropriate fins and leash for your paddleboard to enhance performance and safety.
  • Paddle: Choose a paddle that is the right size and material for your needs.


By following these simple maintenance tips, you can keep your paddleboard in excellent condition and extend its lifespan. Enjoy your time on the water with peace of mind, knowing your gear is well taken care of.

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