How to store, transport and inflate your Inflatable SUP (iSUP) Ottawa Valley Air Paddle inflatable SUP

How to Store, Transport and Inflate your Inflatable SUP (iSUP)

We often get questions about inflating, storing, and transporting your iSUP. It's fairly straightforward, but there are a few things to consider so you can enjoy your SUP for years. Here are a few tips on how to store and transport your inflatable SUP.

How to store your iSUP

packing an inflatable stand up paddleboard - SUP - Ottawa Valley Air Paddle

When storing your iSUP, it's important to make sure that it is completely deflated. This will help save space and keep the board in good condition. If you have the space, you can store it in a closet or under a bed. If possible, store your iSUP in a temperature-controlled environment. If you don't have the space, you can store your SUP in a garage or shed. Just make sure that it is in a dry place where it will not be damaged.

If you want to store your iSUP inflated during the summer at your cottage, you can absolutely do this as well. Be sure to store your board out of direct sunlight and let a little bit of the air out of it. Leaving your board fully inflated in direct sunlight will cause the air to expand and put more pressure on the seams. This will decrease the longevity of your board. Don’t forget to pump the board back up to the correct PSI before using it on the water again. 

 

How to transport your inflatable SUP 

transporting an inflatable stand up paddleboard - SUP - Ottawa Valley Air Paddle

The best way to transport your iSUP is in the trunk or backseat of a car. There is no need for a roof rack because the inflatable SUPs deflate and pack into a bag the size of a 36-inch backpack. You can easily transport your iSUP inside your car, along with your other cottage or camping gear. You can even bring your iSUP on a plane with you if you desire! Just check your bag as extra luggage and away you go! 

 

How to inflate your SUP

pumping up an inflatable stand up paddleboard - SUP - Ottawa Valley Air Paddle

Inflating your SUP is a breeze and only takes a few minutes. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Make sure the valve on the inflatable SUP is closed, and attach the inflation hose.
  2. Make sure the pump is attached to the hose, and you have the dual-action valve closed. This will speed up the process.
  3. Start pumping in an up/down motion.
  4. Once it starts to get difficult to pump, pull the dual-action pin out of the pump to make it easier to compress.
  5. Once the SUP is inflated to the recommended pressure (PSI), remove the hose.
  6. Attach your fins and ankle leash, then head onto the water to enjoy your SUP!

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