Here's little background on how to use your inflatable stand up paddleboard.
HOW TO HOLD YOUR PADDLE - we're putting this first so that you look like an expert on day #1 on the water.
- BLADE - your blade (the bottom tear-drop part of your paddle - "the water scooping part") is bent. The blade should be pointed forward. See this photo:
- HANDLE - on of your hands should be on the handle. For example, if you are paddling on the left side, your right hand is on the handle.
- SHAFT - the shaft is the middle part of the paddle, between the handle (top) and blade) bottom. When one of your hands is on the paddle, the other hand should be holding the shaft about shoulder width apart.
INFLATION - In the center of your valve is a button. You can push it down slightly and turn it a quarter-turn. This causes the button to be in the up position (closed) or in the down position (open).
(button down to deflate)
(button up to inflate)
- #1 - put the button in the UP position. To inflate you must have the button up. Otherwise, when you take off the hose after pumping your board the air will escape.
- #2 - Attach your hose to your pump. It should attach easily turning the hose clockwise (righty-tighty)
- #3 - Attach your hose to the valve. You will need to push down slightly and turn the hose clockwise (righty-righty).
- #4 - Begin pumping by placing your feet on both sides of the base of the pump, and drawing the handle up and then pushing down.
- #5 - After about 50 pumps your board should look like it is full of air. BUT IT ISN'T. At this point it should start to get harder to pump.
- #6 - After 50 pumps take out the little screw on the base of the pump. This will change your pump to a single-action pump. This means air only goes into your board when you push down. Pump 50 more times, at which point your pressure gauge should be about 8 psi.
- #7 - Now, the pumping really gets hard. 25-35 more pumps and your pressure gauge should read 12 psi (you are in the green area) and you are good to go. If you still have strength try to get up to 14 psi.
- #8 - Remove the hose from the valve counter-clockwise and put on the dust-cap.
DEFLATION - Remove the dust-cap from the valve. Push the button down slightly to let some air escape. It will be loud. You want to push down for a half-second to "burp" the air out. Do this about 10 times to release the high pressure caused by the air. Then, on the 11th time push the button down in the center of the valve and turn it a quarter-turn. This will allow the valve to remain open and all the air escape.
- Roll your board from the nose (bow) towards the stern with the valve open. As you roll it slowly the air will escape. As you get towards the very bottom (stern) where the valve is (with the fins on the underside) you can then close the valve and put on the cap.
FIX A LEAK - 90% of leaks are around the valve. If you hear air hissing (escaping) around the valve this is an easy fix.
- The most common leak is due to a loose valve that can be fixed simply by tightening the valve clockwise with the valve-wrench in your repair kit.
- If tightening doesn't stop the hissing around the valve, then there are two possible explanations: (1) the valve won't tighten because of dirt in valve; or (2) the valve washer is loose. Here's a quick snap-guide on fixing both of these issues:
FIX A HOLE - There are two general locations where holes in your board occur: (a) on the seams; or (b) on the sidewall. Though, it's possible that the hole is on the board itself (usually the bottom) from dragging across a sharp object. All situations are manageable and you will be able to repair it yourself. If you cannot, within one year of your purchase, you can send it to us and we'll repair it for free; you pay for the shipping to us, we'll pay for the repair and return shipping (to the contiguous US).
- Here's a spap-guide on how to make a repair.
INSERT FIN - Your center fin is removable. You can insert or detach it when the board is inflated or deflated. We recommend that you attach it when your board is inflated and right before you go into the water. You should have one large removable center fin, and maybe a smaller center fin. Your outside fins (called skegs) are not removable; they are rubber.
- Make sure there isn't any sand in the fin box.
- Slide the center fin into the fin box so that the point of the fin points towards the back (see the photo below).
- Slide the locking pin into the box.
GETTING UP ON YOUR BOARD -
- Start by placing the board in calm water in water just deep enough so fins are not dragging on the bottom.
- Guide your board out into the water nose (tip of board) first.
- Hold the rails (sides) of the board with the paddle lying perpendicular across the top.
- Push off the shore and place one knee and then the other on the board as its gliding out. You can even take a couple strokes on your knees if it feels more comfortable.
- Replace your knees with your feet one side at a time.
- Engage your core and stand up bringing the paddle with you. The board is more stable as it’s moving across the water!
PADDLING - Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart. The handle should be between your feet. Paddle properly (see image below).