Surfboards maintenance: Tips to conserve and repair your in 2021
The board is an expensive item, fragile and very dear to the owners, and its useful life is directly linked to the care given to it. Invariably it will need repairs, so you need to know how to maintain your surfboards properly. To help and preserve your performance in the water, in this post, we will give you some tips for you to conserve and repair your board in case of an accident. Follow!
Choose the cover
A cover is essential to protect your board when transporting it. If you are going to the beach walking or a short distance by car, motorcycle, or bicycle, you can use the sock type cover, which is very light and easy to transport. Consider packing your board in a standard cover on more distant routes, which is thicker and protects well against blows. This is the type of cover most used on long car trips.
Attach the board securely to the rack
Carelessness when placing the board in the rack can be very dangerous. If you are going to take more than one, the largest board should be placed first, with the fins up. Then place the other one in reverse, that is, with the tail trying to fit the keels of the first. If you have removable fins, don't be lazy and always remove them from the board when transporting. Try to take a maximum of 4 boards and always check that the tape holder is properly placed and that the boards are securely attached.
Don't leave it exposed to the sun
Never leave your board exposed to the sun. In addition to yellow and cause an appearance of old, the sun can damage the resin, favor the appearance of bubbles, and bend the material in more serious cases. Whenever you are staying on the beach after the wave session, leave your equipment under a parasol and with a protective cover.
Change the paraffin
Paraffin was not made to stay on your board forever. If you allow too much to accumulate, a crust will form, and your equipment will become heavy. Therefore, it is necessary to change it a few times. You should do this whenever it is very dirty, slippery, or peeling. At that time, remove all paraffin and apply again.
Remember that you must not remove the paraffin on the beach! It is a derivative of petroleum, being a highly toxic material for nature. Therefore, always clean your board in an appropriate place, away from the sand, and make the correct disposal.
Store properly at home
The parts most likely to be hit are the beak and tail. Small beats can go unnoticed, but a little hole is enough to start damaging the board. To store the board correctly, purchase the tail and tip protectors. Always leave them upright and never stack them. If you put one on top of the other, surely the one underneath will suffer and spoil over time.
Perform maintenance whenever necessar
Even if you follow all the tips for keeping the board, accidents do happen. So if you damage the board in any way, don't despair and be prepared to do the repair. Rule number 1 is never to put cracked boards in the water. As soon as you notice a defect in the resin, do the repair. Remember that the board must be dry and the affected area clean.
There are quick care kits on the market. The most used today is the sun-cure, but you can put the old tape, if you don't have it. Make the dressing and as soon as you can go to a professional to finish the job. In addition to our tips above, never forget to apply basic care, such as washing with fresh water and keeping it clean. The boards can last a short or long time, it will depend on your care.