Set-up, Use, Pack-up and Maintain your inflatable Stand-up Paddle board
How to setup & inflate:
Step 1: Close the Valve: Be sure to the valve is in the CLOSED (up) position before you connect the pump. Up = closed. Down = open.
Step 2 and 3: Attach the pump & Inflate to 12 PSI.
The range is 10-15 PSI. Don’t inflate over 15 PSI.
1:45 Video setup tutorial:
Almost all iSUP’s come with a “Dual-Action” hand pump. They let you toggle between inflating on just the down-stroke, (single action) or both the up-and-down strokes (double action). High-end SUP’s may come with a pump with two chambers giving you three inflation setting – called a “triple action” pump. They let you inflate like a dual action pump but a third setting lets you inflate with both chambers. This is difficult when inflating at high-pressure, but helpful for the first 80% of the process.
2:33 Video comparison of “Single action” vs Dual or Double action”
Examples of manual and electric SUP pumps
How to paddle
To paddle straight: Don’t just paddle parallel to the board, but instead, put your paddle in about 2 feet away the board then pull down and toward the side of the board.
Your first few stroke will slightly turn your SUP because you have no momentum.
Keep your paddle as vertical as possible.
How to deflate, fold up, & fit in the backpack:
Do it wrong and it won’t fit in the backpack, or may damage the seams.
Here is the illustrated step-by-step guide.
Ready to up your game? Watch this tutorial of pivot turning, aka the “step back” turn.
If you puncture your SUP
If you damage the seam of your SUP