Top 20 questions about inflatable paddle boards


I hear air leaking from the valve of my inflatable paddle board. Is my inflatable sup board defective ?

Usually an inflatable paddle board need the air valve to be tightened before the first usage. If you inflate your inflatable stand up paddle board and hear a sound of air coming out, take the wrench that is included in the repair kit to tighten the valve as you would tighten a screw. It should only take few seconds to fix your inflatable sup.


How long does it take to inflate an inflatable sup paddle board with a manual pump ?

It takes under 5 minutes with a manual hand pump to inflate an inflatable paddle board. And while a manual pump requires a physical effort (your warm up session !) it offers more freedom than an electric pump to carry your inflatable sup wherever you want.


How much does an inflatable stand up paddle board weigh ? 

Once you deflate your inflatable sup and put it in its backpack with its paddles and the pump, the weight should be around 30 lbs.


What is included with your Inflatable Paddle Boards ? 

We sell only complete package with our inflatable stand up paddle board which include everything you need to start to paddle boarding as soon as you receive your delivery. Our offers include usually (verify for each listing) the following paddle board accessories : paddle, air pump, backpack and a repair kit.


Is there a maximum weight on an inflatable paddle board ?

Usually an inflatable stand up paddle board can carry a weight of between 300 and 400 lbs. 


What is the age limit to paddle boarding ? 

You can start to paddle board as soon as you can swim or stand up without fear! An if your children are too young to paddle boarding alone they can always ride with the parents given the proper precaution of giving them a life jacket vest. And you can keep paddle boarding as long as you can walk or stand up by yourself without problem. It can 80 years old or 100 !! That’s why paddle board is the prefered activity of families because everybody can go on an inflatable paddle board (read Why is paddle boarding so popular ?).


How many people can stand up on an inflatable supboard ? 

You can have as many people as you want on your inflatable paddle board up to 300-400lbs ! And usually you will no trouble paddle boarding with your kid on the same sup. And kids like to be in the front of the paddleboard !


Do I need paddle board lessons before using my inflatable sup ? 

The beauty of paddle boarding is that you don’t need any lessons. Riding a sup is that easy! You can always take paddle board lessons because you will certainly learn some tips from your coach but it is not a prerequisite! 


How do I inflate my inflatable paddleboard ? 

An inflatable stand up paddle board is equipped with a valve and you will need to put air in it with the air pump (either manual or electric). Inflating your sup paddle board with the manual pump should take roughly 5 minutes. After inflation, disconnect the hose of the pump from the valve and close the valve with the cap. Now your inflatable sup is ready for you to paddle boarding your favorite lake or city (paddle boarding San Diego, Austin or Miami is very nice!!).


What is the PSI that is required for my inflatable sup board ? 

You can inflate an inflatable sup board between 10 and 15 PSI usually. You will soon realize that inflating your sup paddle board under 10 PSI will lead to the board sagging in the water while you stand on it! An inflatable stand up paddle board can handle up to 25 PSI generally but it is hard to manually pump that much and there is not much difference between 15 and 25 PSI from a performance standpoint.


What type of valve is this on my inflatable sup ? 

The valve is called an H3 valve and is the most common for a watercraft such as an inflatable paddle board.

I pump my inftlatable sup but the PSI gauge is not moving, is it broken ? 

The gauge on the pump isn’t registering any PSI until the inflatable sup is inflated and solid. You will not be able to dent it in with your finger easily and register PSI. Keep pumping your paddle board and the gauge will move. Pumping should become more difficult in the end as you force air into the inflatable paddle board.


How do I attach the  fin of the paddle board ? 

To install the paddle board accessories that is a fin is very easy. You just need to put the paddle board fin the rail that is below the sup. It’s an easy movement of sliding the fin in the inflatable paddle board. 


How to deflate my inflatable paddle board ? 

Once your paddleboard is completely dry, unscrew the valve and push down on it to release the air in a quick manner. This relieves some pressure off the valves and your inflatable paddle board should be deflated within 1 minute. After that you just need to fold the board (not roll it!!). As you’re folding the board, you will notice that additional air is released. After all the air has been released, turn the valve stem of your sup counter clockwise to lock in the UP/CLOSED position and replace the valve cap. This will ensure that the next time you inflate your paddleboard the air doesn’t release out after your pump it up. Replace the strap around the board to hold it closed while placing it in the carrying bag.



What equipment do I need to paddle boarding ?

All you need to paddle board is your sup and the paddle. If you are not a good swimmer we recommend that you wear a life jacket vest. You also might want to get your sup board attached to your leg with an ankle leash . You can also carry a waterproof bag for your keys, camera and or phone.


What does SUP or ISUP means ? 

SUP means Stand up paddle board.
While ISUP means Inflatable stand up paddle board.
But both acronym are used to define a paddle board whether it’s an inflatable sup or a hard paddle board.


What are the differences between a paddle board and a surf board ?

A paddle board is typically larger and wider than a surf board. And nowadays a sup is not just a big board that you can paddle boarding on! Stand up paddle boards are becoming theirone in the sense that with sup racing the technology evolve. The new generation of inflatable paddle board have better design, better resistance specifically made for paddle boarding.


How do I patch a hole in my inflatable sup ? 

Our inflatable paddle board come all with a repair kit. You can repair small holes with the materials included in the repair kit. Please note that in order for the repair to be successful, the humidity level should be less than 60%, temperature between 65° F/77° F or 18°C/25° C. Avoid carrying out repairs of your inflatable sup in the rain or in direct sunlight. Perform all repairs in a well ventilated area and avoid inhaling glue vapors, touching or swallowing. And Keep all repair materials out of the reach of children.

Draw the shape of the patch exactly where it will be applied on your inflatable stand up paddle board, and cut a round patch at least 2” / 5 cm larger than the cut/damaged area. 2. Clean the damaged area and the corresponding side of the patch with an alcohol based grease remover and allow it to dry for 5 minutes.
Apply 3 thin layers of glue on both the patch and the damaged area, allowing for it to dry for 5 minutes between layers until the glue feels tacky.
When the third layer of glue is dry, apply the patch without pressing and adjust the positioning if required. Press the air bubbles which may have formed under the patch by smoothing the patch with a round object such as a spoon, starting in the center of the patch towards the outside, then clean the excess glue with a solvent.
Drying time: 12 hours.


What maintenance does an inflatable paddle board need ?

Our inflatable sup need little maintenance other than cleaning and ensuring it is dry before you roll it up in the back pack. But check your paddle board after each use. You can rinse the sup board with a soap in order to make sure that you remove any dirt or residues of salt if you used the board in salt water. DO NOT use detergents or any type of silicone or petroleum based cleaning products. Wipe down the inflatable stand up paddle board and make sure it is completely dry before putting it away, paying special attention to make sure the valve area is particularly dry.


How should I store the inflatable paddle board during winter time ?

When storing your inflatable paddle board, make sure it is clean and put it in a dry storage that is not affected by major variations in temperature. You may store your deflated paddle board in its backpack on a shelve or on the floor but away from insects or mouses! 


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