Updated: Oct 16
How to Maintain your VAST iSUP
Proper care and attention are necessary to maintain the optimal condition of your VAST paddleboards and products. Over time, your iSUP may accumulate minor dings, scratches, and stains. Fortunately, with minimal time, effort, and investment, you can preserve the pristine appearance of your board just as it was on the day of purchase.
Please find below a few straightforward steps to maintain the optimum condition of your board.
What to do when leaving the water
After enjoying your time on the water, it's crucial to perform maintenance. This initial step is important, especially if you have paddled in saltwater. However, it's still a highly recommended practice, even for freshwater. Before starting this procedure, kindly remember to detach the fin. Applying pressure on top of the board while on land with the fin attached may cause damage, warping, or even breakage of the fin.
Step 1: Rinse your Paddle Board
Salt from the sea and other saltwater sources can cause corrosion and degradation of the material of your iSUP, especially around the seams and ancillary D-rings. A quick rinse with fresh water can effectively eliminate this abrasive salt and enhance the durability of your board. If you have been paddling in freshwater, take this opportunity to remove any debris, dirt, or staining from your board. While it won't impact the construction of your board the same way salt does, it will significantly contribute to maintaining the desired appearance of your board in the long term.
Step 2: Clean your Paddle board
After rinsing your board, consider gently cleaning your deckpad and PVC. When cleaning the deckpad, avoid damaging it, as it may affect the grip. For an economical cleaning approach, a sponge and mild soap can suffice. However, for a more comprehensive and recommended clean, visit https://supscrub.uk/. At SUPscrub, they specialise in environmentally friendly cleaning products designed explicitly for paddleboarding.
Step 3: Rinse the Soap off your Paddle Board
Thoroughly rinse the board to remove any lingering soap and grime, ensuring optimal cleanliness and maintenance.
Step 4: Dry your Paddle Board
Before packing up your gear, take the time to dry your board using a towel thoroughly. If you're in a hurry, this will help you get going quickly. However, if you have the luxury of time, allow your board to air-dry. This prevents moisture accumulation, reducing the risk of mould growth and board staining during storage.
Annual Service of your iSUP
Once per year, VAST highly recommends conducting an annual service of your entire iSUP package. To ensure comprehensive maintenance, please reference the following checklist:
Thoroughly inspect the board's surface for imperfections or cracks requiring repair.
Ensure the fin is checked, too, as it can sustain damage from underwater rocks, etc.
Utilise the VAST repair kit included in the iSUP package if necessary.
Apply a small amount of oil, such as WD-40, to the metal components, like the D-rings, to prevent rust throughout the year.
Be cautious not to overspray onto the board. Our top tip is to spray a small amount onto a rag and gently wipe the metal components.
Clean the deck pad meticulously yet gently to remove debris from all nooks and crannies.
By implementing these additional measures, you can guarantee the longevity of your board, preserving its exceptional quality and optimising its performance to meet your requirements.