Surfboard Care // a quick guide

Summer is (unofficially) here! 

I’m sure you have plans scribbled throughout your calendar filled with trips and excursions, and plenty of unplanned, impromptu beach days too! While this is a great time of the year to order a new surfboard for those summer swells, it’s also a great time to think about some best practices for caring for the surfboards already in your quiver.

Check out a few simple, yet commonly overlooked best practices for caring for your surfboard(s):

Use a Bag - I highly recommend that you travel with, and store your board in a protective (and reflective) bag. This reduces the chances for potential damage, and can significantly shield your board against small and mid-sized dings, as well as intense rays from the summertime sun. I can’t tell you the number of times a board has slipped out of my hands as I’m juggling umbrellas, coolers, drinks, etc. walking back from the beach. Go get a bag, it’s worth it!

Avoid Heat - I'm sure that your board will likely end up inside, or on the roof of your car during hot periods of a beach day, but try your best to avoid stashing your board in hot places whenever possible. The heating and cooling of the foam and fiberglass causes additional stress on the materials which reeks havoc on your board. So when possible, keep your board cool!

Avoid Long Sun Exposure - I know it’s difficult to find shade on the beach, but it is important to protect your board from prolonged and direct sun exposure. If you can find your board a shady area, perfect, otherwise try setting it on it’s rail and angle it so that the sun only hits a small portion of the exposed rail. Slip it into a bag to give even more protection – just remember to keep it cool. Find your board some shade!

Careful with roof racks and straps - If you're strapping your board to the roof, make sure the board is positioned to minimize the length hanging over the front rack. When the board is positioned too far forward, it will catch more wind while driving, flexing the board while driving at high speeds. This increased stress can cause the board to age faster than normal and lead to potential issues down the road. Practice safe strapping!

Professional ding repair - It’s very common to see people shove wax into a ding, slap on some duct tape, or smear gobs of sun-cure resin over a ding. But these attempts at caring for your board may actually not be much better than leaving a ding exposed. Often what happens is that water will be trapped under the wax, resin, or tape in the damaged area. Water will then spread deeper into the foam core, which can cause yellowing and delamination when exposed to sun and/or heat. Make sure to have your dings professionally repaired!

If you have any questions, drop us a line!

Happy surfing!

Kiernan