A few tricks to correctly use the inflatable stand up paddle board. Sun Damage: Sunny days are often the nicest days to take your SUP out, but it’s best not to store your inflatable paddle board in direct sunlight long-term. Over time, direct sunlight can fade the colors of your SUP and even cause damage to the PVC material of the board itself. Time: The longer you have your board, the more wear and tear it’ll be exposed to. Eventually every inflatable will need to be replaced but don’t worry, with proper care and storage you’ll be able to use your board at peak performance for years.
If you’re brand new to inflatable SUP, use this guideline: The larger you are, the larger your blade can be. This is because bigger paddlers typically have the strength to pull a larger blade through the water. Now, you are almost ready to hit the water with your inflatable SUP. But before you get started, there are a few extra pieces of equipment you will need. PFD (Personal Flotation Device): The U.S. Coast Guard classifies stand up paddle boards as vessels, so if you’re paddling outside a surf or swimming area, you have to have a PFD on board. Adults don’t have to wear the PFD (though we advise it), but children must. Check your state’s regulations for age requirements. The Coast Guard also requires that you carry a safety whistle to warn other boaters. If you expect to be out after sunset, be sure to have a light on board.
Cardio workout: When you begin paddle boarding, you probably won’t get much of a cardio workout, but as you increase in strength and start to paddle harder, you will soon give yourself a good aerobic workout. It’s important to give the body this type of workout as it helps increase your heart rate and improves oxygen flow around the body. As you breathe deeper, you take in more oxygen to your lungs and your cardiovascular systems gets stronger too. Simple paddling will give you a cardio workout, but paddling harder will give you a better one. Surfing and racing are two SUP activities will which really get the heart working. If you don’t want to do these, just paddle faster or have a short race with one of your friends.
Universal Fin Box: The inflatable stand up paddle board boasts a US fin box that is compatible with most aftermarket fins, including 10” race fins, which means you can change the stock fins if you feel like getting a new experience. Heavy Duty Leash and Carrying Bag Included: Our inflatable stand-up paddle board comes with a reinforced leash to keep you safe if you ever fall out into the water, plus a carrying bag to ease transport. Quick Inflation: Inflatable with a manual hand pump in 10 minutes to 15 psi max.
One more inflatable stand up paddle board tip: Ride waves you can handle: I’ve been around the ocean most of my life. Bodyboarding, bodysurfing, surfing, sailing, SUPing… Big waves still scare the crap out of me sometimes. Mother nature is a powerful being and you need to respect that and know your limits. We do this for fun and 99% of us aren’t out there to prove anything. Be smart and ride waves in the right conditions for your skill level. That goes for white water paddle boarding too. Be sure to understand the flow of the river and the power of the water.