Having an inflatable paddle board offers quite the convenience. Aside from being light on logistics, you can set it up anytime and anywhere. SUP beginners will initially find it difficult to properly set up the board. To help you with that dilemma, here are 5 simple steps inflating and deflating your iSUP.
How-to Guide: Inflate and Deflate your Inflatable Paddle Board
There are two ways in inflating your iSUP; most first-timers use a hand pump, but later on, you’ll find yourself using an electric air pump when you realize that a hand pump takes up a lot of your time and requires too much effort and energy.
Steps to Inflate Paddle Board using a Hand Pump
Step 1: Remove the deflated board from the bag and unroll it completely on a clear and smooth surface free of rocks and other loose materials. Placing the board on a clear surface prevents the board from acquiring scratches or holes and damages.
Step 2: Detach the valve cap from the board. It is important to make sure that the valve pin is in the upright position. Because if not, air will come hissing out of the valve after you pump and remove the hose.
Step 3: Grab the hose that comes with your pump and attach it tightly to the valve. Make sure that the other end is hooked to a PSI gauge. Without it, you won’t be able to track the air pressure while you pump. The recommended PSI will vary depending on the board, but on average it’ll be somewhere between 12-15 PSI.
Step 4: Once you reach the required PSI for your board, carefully remove the hose from the valve.
Step 5: Lastly, seal the valve with its cap tightly; Attach your fin to the backside of the board.
Steps in using Electric Pump for your Inflatable Paddle Board
Step1: Repeat the first two steps that were instructed above. It is very important to emphasize, always check on the pin if it’s in the upright position. Otherwise, you’ll find your inflatable paddle board gradually shrinking right after you remove the hose from the valve.
Step 2: Next, you have to set your electric pump to a specific PSI (if it allows you) to the required or desired PSI. Also secure that your pump is connected to the board’s inflation side before you turn your electric pump on.
Step 3: It is advised, that you should stop the machine before it reaches or goes beyond 15 PSI, as it is the limit set by manufacturers.
Step 4: Once you reached the desired PSI, turn off the machine and carefully remove the hose from the valve.
Step 5: Seal the valve with its cap tightly. Attach your fin to the backside of the board (if it is attachable). And now, you are ready to SUP!
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Deflating an Inflatable Paddle Board
Step 1: Make sure to rinse the board with fresh water and let it dry before you deflate it. Remove the valve cap and push the valve pin down until you hear the hiss of the air come out. It will take some time to deflate when doing it manually, so have some patience.
Step 2: If you own an electric pump, deflating your iSUP will be very easy. Just attach your hose to the deflation side of the board and wait for it to fully release the air.
Step 3: When the board looks like it is all out of the air, begin rolling it up starting from the nose. Don’t worry if it still makes the hissing sound, as it means that there is a bit of air left to be released.
Step 4: Make sure you roll up the board with the fin box on the outside. As you near the board’s tail, you’ll hear another set of noise or hiss sound which means it just released any remaining air left inside.
Step 5: After rolling the board, tuck it in with its cinching strap and place it back inside its compartment bag.
Properly inflating and deflating are two of the key factors to ensure the extended lifespan of your inflatable paddle board. So make sure you do it correctly!