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Not everything comes second nature. The quick tutorial video and step by step instructions below provide the guidance you need for getting you and your new Colorado Paddle Company SUP on the water.
We've all learned lessons the hard way. Here's hoping you don't have to! Take a quick second to read these essential reminders for paddleboard care.
-Do NOT leave your paddle board in the direct sunlight when fully inflated. The air pressure will increase and could potentially cause damage as it expands. We recommend inflating the paddle board to 10 or 11 PSI ahead of time and "topping off" immediately before entering the water.
-The patch kit is not meant to be used in a quick repair situation. In the unfortunate and rare possibility that your paddle board will need patched, we recommend seeking out a professional repair service to complete the work. The repair will require additional materials such as inflatable watercraft specific adhesive and ample time to dry. If you happen to be in Durango, Colorado we highly recommend using Eddied Out Equipment for all your inflatable repair needs. Eddied Out Equipment
-While our paddle board package does include the gear you will need to get on the water, we strongly recommend additional safety precautions. Particularly a personal floatation device and a SUP leash (leash recommended if, and ONLY if you are on open water- not recommended for rivers). We partner with Durango Outdoor Exchange, our flagship location and recommend checking out their website for these items. Durango Outdoor Exchange
Inflating Your Paddle Board
Important: Do NOT leave your paddle board in the direct sunlight when fully inflated. The air pressure will increase and could potentially cause damage.
1. Unpackage your paddle board and lay the paddle board flat in a wide open area that is free of debris. Allow enough room to inflate your paddle board.
2. Unscrew the valve cap located on the rear of the paddle board.
3. Turn the valve pin counterclockwise until you feel the pin release and pop outward. This will allow the valve to hold pressure as you inflate the board. Note: If you forget to release the valve pin you will experience significant deflation when you remove the pump head from the valve so this step is very important.
4. Assemble your SUP Pump by screwing the pump hose into the pump head near the pressure gauge in a clockwise direction until the pump hose feels secure. Note: Do not over tighten the valve hose.
5. Insert the other end of the pump hose in the valve in a clockwise direction until the pump hose is locked into place.
6. Place feet on the pump feet and start pumping! Note: The pump has a double action feature, meaning the pump will blow air when the pump handle is pushed down and pulled up. This is beneficial for inflating the board more quickly. It is beneficial to switch the pump back to single action once the board PSI is around 7. Single action means the pump only blows air when the pump handle is depressed which makes the pumping somewhat easier to manage. Also, please note that the pump gauge will not register a PSI until the board reaches a PSI value of 7.
7. Once you’ve reached your desired firmness of between 12 to 15 PSI, remove the pump valve head by rotating it counterclockwise.
8. Replace the valve cap to ensure no water, sand or other contaminants enter the valve while using the paddle board.
Inserting the Center Fin
1. Remove the fin’s metal hardware and be sure to keep in a secure, easily accessible location.
2. Insert the fin the same shape and direction as the two permanent, smaller fins are oriented on the board by pushing the thru pin into the center of the fin box on the paddle board and sliding the thru pin to the front of the fin box. .
3. Carefully place the square piece of the metal hardware you removed in step 1 into the square cutout located in the center of the fin box on the paddle board.
4. Push the fin down onto square hardware so that the hole of the fin and the hole of the hardware are aligned.
5. Use the machine screw that was also removed in step 1 to attach the fin to the metal hardware.
6. Position the fin within the fin box so that the hardware is not located within the square cutout located in the middle of the fin box. This will ensure that the fin does not fall out while the paddle board is in use. Note: use caution and care on how and where you set your paddle board down while the fin is installed.
7. Take the paddle board to the edge of the water and place the paddle board in the water with the front of the paddle board facing you. This will make it easier to float the fins located in the rear of the paddle board without coming into contact with the bottom of the river, lake, etc.