SUP are not easy to store if they are 10-12 feet long. Depending on the storage solution, you can find the best way to store your board. This article discusses the different kinds of SUP storage solutions and what concerns you should have when purchasing one.
- Where to store your SUP: Keeping it indoors offers the best protection, but that’s not always practical. Outdoors is acceptable, so long as the board is protected from sun, moisture and heat.
- How to store your board: Learn how to position your SUP and what you can use to support it. Also, get tips on keeping your SUP clean, avoiding damage and preventing theft.
Where to Store Your SUP
As you consider your options for where to store your board, remember that a good location is one that limits exposure to these 3 things:
- Sunlight can damage the surface of your board, as well as mold and mildew.
- Moisture can cause mold and mildew which could end up damaging the surface.
- Extreme heat can be damaging to the core materials while also potentially discoloring or damaging the board's exterior surface.
You have two options for storing your paddle board: indoors or out.
Indoor storage: If you have room to do so, the easiest storage solution is often to keep your SUP indoors, such as in a garage or shed. Most indoor spaces do a good job of protecting SUPs from sun, moisture and heat. (If you love the way your board looks, you can even keep it in your living space, perhaps mounted to the wall like a piece of art.)
Outdoor storage: For many paddlers, keeping a giant board indoors isn’t feasible. It’s perfectly fine to stow your SUP outside, you just need to take certain precautions to protect it from the elements. Keeping it under a deck, below the eaves of a roof or under a strung-up tarp are all good options. As you look for the right spot for your SUP, think about these things:
- Shade: Try to find a shaded spot outside to protect your SUP from UV rays and heat. If shade is limited or not available, use a weather-resistant tarp that will cover the entire board at all times of day. Suspending the tarp above the board rather than simply wrapping it around it is ideal; direct contact with the hull can promote mold or fungal growth in wet environments.
- Protection against moisture: Make sure rain and snow can't collect directly on your board. If you’re suspending a tarp above the boat, be sure the tarp won’t fill up and press down on the hull, which can damage the board.
How to Store Your SUP
There are several ways you can store your board to keep it protected from damage:
When storing your paddle board: make sure it is cradled against something soft, such as a rack. For racks with straps or padding, keep the top of the board flush against the rack to protect the bottom from damage.
Keep your board off the ground and up and out of the way by hanging it from the ceiling. There is a suspension system designed just for SUPs or you can create one yourself using wide webbing straps. Hang your board so that the hull, or bottom, faces up toward the ceiling to avoid scratching the board's finish.
To lean a SUP up against a wall, put the board down on its tail or side and use padding to protect it. Next, strap the board in place on each side. The board should be secured with a wooden peg on each side. The board must have high ceilings for this to work.
Whether you put your SUP on a rack, hang it from the ceiling or lean it against a wall, here are a handful of things to think about:
- Make sure you rinse your SUP and wash it on a regular basis with mild soap and water.
- Remember to support the weight of your board when storing, as uneven distribution can deform the board.
- Avoid pressure points at all times.
- Consider how easy it is for you to get to your SUP when deciding where to store it, so that it doesn’t become unusable for you.