Inflatable stand-up paddle boards (iSUPs) are a convenient and popular choice for many paddlers, but one question that often comes up is whether it is OK to leave them inflated. Here’s what you need to know about storing your iSUP when it’s fully inflated.
First, it’s important to note that most iSUPs are designed to be left fully inflated for extended periods of time. The materials used to construct these boards, such as military-grade PVC, are strong and durable, and can withstand the pressure of being fully inflated without suffering any damage.
However, it’s a good idea to check the manufacturer’s recommendations for your specific board, as some brands may have specific guidelines for storing their products. See Starboard’s tips on caring for your inflatable paddle board.
In general, it’s a good idea to store your iSUP in a cool, dry place when it’s fully inflated. Avoid leaving it in direct sunlight or in a hot, humid environment, as these conditions can cause the board to degrade over time. It’s also a good idea to protect your iSUP from sharp objects or rough surfaces that could puncture or scratch the surface.
One potential issue with leaving your iSUP fully inflated is that it may take up more space than a deflated board. If you don’t have a lot of storage space or are planning to travel with your board, it may be more convenient to deflate it and roll it up into a compact size.
In summary, it is generally OK to leave your inflatable stand up board fully inflated, provided you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and store it in a cool, dry place. However, if you’re short on storage space or planning to travel with your board, it may be more convenient to deflate it and roll it up for transport.