Developing your surfing skill is not the only thing that will help you have fun and enjoy your time out on the waves. Another major factor that affects your performance is none other than your surfboard.
Whether you just purchased a second-hand board on eBay for 50 bucks or a brand-new custom one for $500 or more, you should make sure that your surfboard is in top-notch condition all the time, regardless of whether you are using it right now to ride some waves or you’re just keeping it in your garage or apartment until the next surfing season.
Unfortunately, even some professional surfers do not know how to properly take care of their surfboards, which often leads to severe damage. If you want to prolong the life of your beloved surfboard, you should learn about the proper techniques and tools to use in order to keep it safe. Keep reading; this can save your surfboard!
1. Avoid exposing your surfboard to extreme heat and sunlight
The sun and heat are the two major enemies of your surfboard, so you will want to do everything in your power to protect it from them. Placing your board in your car or in a shed on a very hot day can lead to delamination, as well as yellowing and weakening of your surfboard’s fiberglass coating. Never store your board in the backyard and do not leave it uncovered for too long. Never lean it against heat vents in your house. If you’re traveling or you’re at the beach and not yet surfing, cover it with a tarp. That’s the best way to protect it from heat and sunlight.
2. Know the proper storage practices
It’s not every day that you go surfing. Most of the time, your surfboard will lie standing there somewhere, waiting for the next surf season or your next surfing holiday. That is why it is important to know the proper storage practices. A gust of wind, a playful pet or an inquisitive toddler can knock down your board easily and heavily damage ii if you just leave it standing against the wall.
A great way to keep your board intact is to build a rack or install L-brackets on the wall so that you can safely hang it on the wall. The perfect height range for storing surfboards is between 2.12 and 2.40 meters (7 to 7.9 feet). It’s an even better idea to store it in a well-ventilated room where you have an air mover installed. This will keep your board in tip-top condition until your next use.
3. Do a routine check
After each use, before storing away your surfboard, check for any dings. If left untreated, these can lead to major damage that can affect your board’s performance. You don’t want to be replacing your board too soon, do you? Additionally, make it a habit to strip old wax off the deck to easily spot cracks and other dings that may be lurking beneath.
4. Keep sanitizing wipes close by
A good-quality cloth made from cotton or soft fabric is a great ‘accessory’ to keep close by, but disinfecting wipes are an even better alternative, as they help disinfect your board. After all, you are getting skin to skin with your surfboard. Wipes are particularly useful when you know that you will be sharing your surfboard with a friend or someone in your family. Bacteria from the surface of your board (which could have come from dust and other pollutants) can cause skin irritation.
5. Get a surfboard bag
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This may seem like an expensive investment, but it is absolutely worth it. Look for an actual surfboard bag, not just any bag – one that has a 8-10mm padding to protect it from potential dings, cracks, and damage while traveling with your surfboard. Storing your board inside a bag also protects it from heat and sunlight. Keep your surfboard in pristine condition for many years by keeping it covered when you’re not using it.
6. Have your ding repair kit always ready
You need not always take your board to a repair shop; sometimes, you can do it yourself. Just make sure you always keep a DIY ding repair kit close by. But first, make sure that you know whether you have an epoxy surfboard or a standard PU. When in doubt, get an epoxy repair kit since the resin is compatible with most types of foam. Remember that the polyester resin used in PU surfboards is likely to melt the foam present in boards made with epoxy resin.
Keeping your surfboard in good condition is not a complicated task. It all starts with knowing the dos and don’ts. Next is proper storage; by simply storing your board in a safe spot, you can prolong its life by many years. Some extra tools come in handy, such as a tarp for covering surfboards, wipes for easy cleaning, and a surfboard bag to securely transport it. With these strategies, you’ve got one happy surfboard ready to challenge the waves!
Keep your surfboard in tip-top shape and make sure you make the most of it by surfing as often as possible. Surf weekends are a great way to take advantage of the entire season and get away from home on a regular basis!