How to maintain a surfboard
By: Internet On: 15 August 2017
Maintaining a surfboard is just as important to a surfer as maintaining a car to a driver. The more carefully the surfboard is cared for, the longer it will last and the better it will perform for the surfer. A surfboard that has not been properly maintained may be slower and less responsive.
- Bag your board
Keep your board in a board bag at all times. 50% of the dings and chips that will cause your surfboard's demise will occur in transport to and from the beach.
- Store your board in a cool and shady spot
Placing your board in a shed or car on a hot day will cause major delamination issues. Also, the sun's rays will cause major yellowing and weakening of the integrity of your board's fibreglass coating, so don't store your boards in the back yard or leave them on a roof rack uncovered too long.
- Prevent Damage to the Surfboard
When carrying the board, caution should be taken to avoid bumping into walls, other surfboards, or other objects. Also, it's best to avoid placing a surfboard against a wall, as a gust of the wind or another beach-goer might bump into it and knock it over.
When storing surfboards at home, consider building a rack or installing some L-brackets, so that boards won't topple over from a breeze or bump.
- Apply Surfboard Wax
There are some waxes to choose from, and the correct one for a particular board will largely be determined by the water temperature where the surfer is surfing. A softer cold-water wax won't work as effectively in a tropical area.
Wax should be applied to the top, or deck, of the surfboard. It should be applied in small circles along the rails, or the part of the surfboard a surfer grips, and on the deck where the surfer places stand.
Waxing the board in a cool, shaded place is ideal. While it looks good to do this process on the beach, it isn't the best situation for the wax or the board, as the wax may get too soft in the sun.
- Wash a Surfboard
Make sure you rinse your board off with fresh water as soon as possible after your session. Salt will cause damage over time if left.
Besides, Surfboards may be cleaned with regular dish soap or a mild cleaning detergent and a sponge to get the rest of the dirt or surf wax off. Washing the board may help the surfboard last longer.
- Surfboard First Aid: Don't Procrastinate
Even minor dings can cause serious problems if left untreated for a long period, so be sure to repair any crack or puncture in your board as soon as possible. Otherwise, water leaking into the inner foam core of your board will cause yellowing, delamination, and worst of all, extra weight which is the worst contributor to lower board performance. Additionally, you should periodically strip old wax off the deck to check for any unseen dings or cracks that may be lurking below.
- Never surf at rocky breaks without a Leash and be mindful of shallow water and fins
Riding your board all the way into the soft sand can result in fins getting stuck and breaking. Likewise, when riding into shore be aware of rocks and hard parts of the reef, these can leave a lasting mark on you and your board.
These steps will greatly extend the life of your precious surfboard.