Board maintenance is key to enjoying your time in the water. After ever surf, there are a few things you should do to make sure your surfboard stays in the best condition possible. Whether you’re surfing in California or Hawaii, follow these tips for surfboard maintenance:
Store it properly
One of the simplest ways to maintain your board is by storing it properly. When not in use, store your surfboard in a board bag, which can be purchased at most surf shops. Board bags are also perfect for traveling or toting your board to and from the beach and also helps to prevent nicks, scratches, and dings to the fiberglass.
Also, store your surfboard indoors, out of sun exposure. The heat and ultraviolet rays of the sun are the most damaging elements to your surfboard. Never leave your board in the sun or inside of your hot car for long periods of time.
Fix all cracks and dings when they happen to avoid your surfboard from taking on water and getting water logged!
Surfboards take a beating and always get dinged up — that’s the nature of the sport. But, make sure you fix dings as soon as you notice them. Salt water can cause delamination in the fiberglass and will cause the board to get water logged and take on weight. Even the smallest ding, if not fixed over time can cause big problems. Many surf shops carry ding-repair kits.
The best way to maintain your board is through preventative care. Many dings happen out of the water when transporting your board so always be aware and be careful not to bump or bang your board on any objects that can cause damage. Don’t ride waves all the way up onto the beach, as there can be hidden rocks or reef and you can also stress and crack your fins on the sand. Avoid extreme temperature changes and be cautious of the reef and shallow rocks that could cause scrapes or dings. Also, Always be aware of other surfer around you. Do not bump into or ride over another surfer’s board.
Always talk to your fellow local surfers who know the surf spot and how the waves break, how shallow the reefs is and any issues. Consider taking private surf lessons in a new area to really get a feel for the water!