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From Winter Storage to Summer Seas: Prepping Your Paddle Boarding Gear for the New Season

Summer beach scene
Summer is coming

As a seasoned water sports enthusiast, with over twenty-five years of experience in windsurfing, sailing, surfing, and paddleboarding, I've learned a crucial lesson: meticulous care for your gear ensures a trouble free day on the water.

I've made the mistake of neglecting essential equipment like leashes and U-joints, only to face disappointment when my gear fails me. Let my experiences be a cautionary tale.

With the arrival of warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours, it's the perfect time to awaken your inflatable paddleboard from its winter hibernation and ensure it's ready for a new season of paddling adventures.

If you followed our advice and properly winterized your board, great! If not, get ready for some maintenance work. But if you've stored your board meticulously - cleaned, dried, and stored in a safe, dry place away from pests - let's proceed with confidence.

Step 1: Board Inspection

Unpack your board and conduct a thorough inspection, paying close attention to any folds or creases for signs of wear and tear. Inflate the board slightly to aid in your examination, focusing on the seams, deck grip, valve area, and fin fixtures for any damage or compromised seals.

Step 2: Leash Check-Up

Inspect your leash carefully, as it's your lifeline on the water. Check each joint for strength and integrity. While we recommend replacing leashes annually, a well-maintained one can last several years. However, if there's any doubt about its reliability, invest in a new leash for safety.

disintegrated leash joint as a result of erosion and age
The effects of neglect and age

Step 3: Paddle Audit

Examine your paddle meticulously, especially if it's a multi-piece model. Look out for corrosion or debris, particularly if it has been exposed to saltwater or wasn't dried properly after use.

Disassemble the paddle for a thorough inspection of each component, and if you notice any issues that could affect performance, reach out to us at Paddleboards Ireland for advice.

Step 4: Personal Gear Review

After assessing your board and gear, turn your attention to your personal equipment.

Check your Personal Flotation Device (PFD) for any issues with zippers or straps, and ensure your wetsuit, leggings, tops, dry bags, gloves, and booties are all in top condition.

If your inspection raises concerns beyond your expertise, don't hesitate to contact Paddleboards Ireland.

We're here to provide guidance or recommend the best course of action for repairs.

In conclusion, remember that preparation is key to a successful paddleboarding season. By conducting a thorough pre-season check, you'll ensure that when the time comes to hit the water, you'll be fully prepared for the adventures that lie ahead.

Happy paddling!

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