INFLATING YOUR STAND UP PADDLEBOARD
Follow the instructions below for valve operation and correct inflation and deflation procedures.
The board’s inflation valve is located near the tail of the board. To close off the valve for inflation, make sure that the center valve pin is in the “up” position. If it is in the “down” position, press down on the valve pin and turn it counterclockwise until it pops up.
To open the valve for deflation, press down on the valve pin and turn it clockwise so it locks down. Make sure the valve area is clear of any sand or debris when deflating, as small particles could become airborne with the release of air pressure.
Always lock the valve cover over the valve stem when in use. This will prevent accidental air release and keep any particles from entering the air chamber.
BOARD INFLATION STEPS
The board can be inflated either with our hand pump or an electric pump. The electric pump can inflate the board to a moderate pressure and save a lot of time and energy.
CENTER FIN INSTALLATION
STORING YOUR STAND UP PADDLEBOARD
SwitchSUP has chosen PVC to provide superior protection from ultraviolet light. However, to ensure extra years of flexibility and bright colors, avoid storing the board where it will be exposed to weather or direct sunlight.
Please review the following list for storage and board care tips:
Your new stand up paddleboard is made from a durable PVC. If a tear or puncture does occur, PVC is easy to repair. Repairs can be done with your included patch kit. Read the following section for leak detection and repair tips.
Air Leak Detection
If you are losing air pressure, not caused by colder temperatures, check the board for leaks, starting with the valves. A leaking valve is rare, but if you do find a leak we can send you a replacement valve. To locate a leak, we recommend mixing soap and water in a spray bottle. Spray around the valve. If you see bubbles forming, check your valve seating and base and be sure the valve insert is screwed tight. If you continue to have problems, you may need to order a new valve. Replacement of the whole valve can be done with a simple tool that comes in your repair kit. If the board is losing air and all the valves are good, you probably have a small puncture. Small punctures can be repaired easily and permanently. Spray around the inside and outside of the board until air bubbles become visible and mark the position of the leak. If you do not find air bubbles, inflate the board to maximum air pressure and try to listen to find the leak. If you can narrow the area down, return with a spray bottle to identify the source of the leak. Punctures less than 1/8” in size can be repaired simply without a patch. Deflate your board, then clean and dry the area to be repaired. Apply a small drop of glue to cover the puncture, and let dry 12 hours.
Your board comes with a repair kit as standard equipment. If you no longer have your repair kit, you can order a new one. Cut a piece of repair material large enough to overlap the damaged area by approximately 1/2”, and round off the edges. Apply glue to the under side of the patch and around the area to be repaired. Too much glue will interfere with a proper repair. Allow adhesive to become tacky for 2-4 minutes, and then place patch on the damaged area. Use a weight to apply 3-5 lbs. of pressure for 12 hours. After patch has dried, apply glue around the edges for a complete seal (dry for 4 hours). For larger or more difficult repairs, please give our office a call and we will advise you on the best way to repair it.
HOW TO PADDLE YOUR SUP
Getting on your SUP
If you're a beginner, it's easiest to start out on calm, flat water. It may be easier to kneel on the board, at first, instead of standing right up.
Turning Your SUP
*Always use the proper personal floatation device and leash for your water type and conditions. Always be aware of the local weather and conditions and plan accordingly.
How to Paddle Your SUP as a Kayak
Turning the Kayak
How to Row Your SkullSUP
Gripping the Oars
Get Ready to Row