5 Ways to Store Your SUP

SUP Newbie Chronicles- 5 Ways to Store Your BoardYour stand-up pad­dle board is built to with­stand the rig­ors of pad­dling in the heat of a bright sum­mer day and in the midst of rough waters. What it’s not made for is being stored dur­ing the off sea­son in any­thing even close­ly resem­bling those con­di­tions. Whether you live in a tem­per­ate, trop­i­cal or polar cli­mate, you’ve got to store your board prop­er­ly to ensure that it stays in tip-top con­di­tion. In order to do so, you’ll want to keep your board out of direct sun­light, away from water and out of the way. Here are some tips and rec­om­men­da­tions for stor­ing your board so it’s good to go for years to come.

If you have a garage or stor­age unit
If you’ve already got a roof under which your stand-up pad­dle board can rest, use it! Sim­ply invest in an insu­lat­ed board bag, remove the fin from your ful­ly-dried board and ensure that it’s secured in such a way that it won’t fall down and get dinged. The most impor­tant rule for stor­ing your SUP is to keep it away from heat, wind and water.

If you love the way your board looks
So you think your board’s the pret­ti­est thing on the block; store it in your home. Real­ly, if you’ve got the space in your house or apart­ment, this is the ide­al spot to store it because the tem­per­a­ture is reg­u­lat­ed. Some com­pa­nies make dis­play racks for SUP boards, many of which are beau­ti­ful in their own right. Invest in a wood or met­al dis­play rack and place your SUP in a loca­tion that makes sense, like an already-ocean-themed guest room.

If you want easy stor­age and acces­si­bil­i­ty
If you want easy storage and accessibilityWhether you’re stor­ing one or mul­ti­ple boards, a ceil­ing rack will pro­vide good cov­er. It’ll also get your board up and out of the way, with easy access if you’ll be stor­ing it there full time. A ceil­ing-mount­ed rack can be placed out­side if you’ve got your board cov­ered with a bag or sock, to keep it out of the ele­ments. I use a ceil­ing rack attached to the car­port next to my house. This makes it excep­tion­al­ly easy to move the SUP from its ceil­ing rack to the rack of my car when I want to take it out.

If you pre­fer to strap your SUP up
If you don’t like the look or idea of mount­ing a rack, you might pre­fer the strap stor­age method for keep­ing your SUP safe and sound. This is a less com­mon method of stor­age, so options are more lim­it­ed. How­ev­er, if you type “SUP strap stor­age” into Google, you’ll find a few good options for pur­chas­ing this method of stor­age for your beloved SUP. Most straps will be mount­ed to a wall or ceil­ing, and will hold your board out of the ele­ments as well as any oth­er method, with a dis­tinct look.

If you do any­thing, don’t do this
You may feel tempt­ed to store your board in the plas­tic bub­ble wrap it came in since it’s there, it’s pro­tec­tive and it’s free. Don’t do it! Bub­ble wrap is often made of polyurethane resin and has a ten­den­cy to stick to sur­faces (like an epoxy board) if stuck for a long time. Maybe you don’t use your board for a sum­mer or you get injured — who knows. Espe­cial­ly if your board will see sun­light. Per­haps the most well-stat­ed rea­son is this: “The bub­bles are like minia­ture mag­ni­fy­ing glass­es, focus­ing the heat on your board.”