INFLATING YOUR STAND UP PADDLEBOARD Follow the instructions below for valve operation and correct inflation and deflation procedures.
Valve Operation 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
Make sure that the valve is in the closed position (valve pin up)
Make sure the pump hose is connected to the “inflate“ outlet
Connect the pump nozzle into the valve receptacle.
Start pumping air into the board by sliding the pump piston up and down.
BOARD DEFLATION STEPS
Clear any water or debris out of the valve area.
Slowly press down on the valve stem to start letting air out of the board. There will be an initial burst of air, but that will slow down very quickly. Once the air flow has slowed down, press the valve stem all the way down and turn it clockwise to lock it into the “open” position.
INFLATION TIPS AND PRECAUTIONS
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.
Do not use an air compressor. Damage to your board caused by over inflation from an air compressor is not covered by your warranty.
After 2 or 3 days there may be a small decrease of pressure due to temperature change. If so, add a few pumps of air.
Before undertaking a long paddle, inflate the board for a full 24 hours to be sure the board is airtight. If you are seeing a consistent decrease in air pressure, follow the instructions for leak detection in the board repair section on the next page.
Do not over-inflate the board. A max pressure of 10 - 15 PSI is adequate.
Do not pump to a high pressure and let the board sit out in the sun. If the board is going to be in a warm environment, slightly under-inflate the board and allow the heat from the sun to increase the internal pressure.
When paddling, the colder temperature of the water may cause a slight loss in pressure. If you will be paddling in colder water, you may want to carry a pump with you so that you can add some air, if necessary.
CENTER FIN INSTALLATION
Slide the fin base into the fin box
Slide the fin all the way to the back of the fin box
Insert the fin retention pin through the slot to keep it secure
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:
Before storing, hose off the board and let it dry completely to prevent mildew buildup.
Do not use harsh chemicals for cleaning. Most dirt can be removed with a mild soap and fresh water.
You may store the board inflated or deflated. If you deflate the board, we recommend that you store it in the protective backpack that came with the board.
If storing the board outdoors, raise it up off the ground and cover it with a tarp to prevent exposure to the elements • We do not recommend hanging the board.
Do not store in extreme conditions (above 120F or below -10F).
Store in a clean, dry place.
LEAK DETECTION AND REPAIR About PVC
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.
Small Repairs 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.
* 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.