Surfboards are our pride and joy, our babies, each one packed with memories and dope sessions you never want to forget. Unless you’re stacked or a pro surfer you won’t be updating your quiver every couple of months. However beautiful the sea, she is also a cruel mistress which lashes and scrapes at your baby every time you take it out. You can’t protect it forever but you can damn well try. Here are some tips to keep that board of yours pristine.
Once you’ve finished your surf session you’re going to want to do one of two things. Use a beach shower (if there are any) to wash the salt off your board, then bag that baby out of the sun. Washing the board with clean water will reduce salt damage in the long term. Bagging and keeping it out of the sun will prevent dents, weakening of the outer layer and cracking which could lead to water entry.
Once you start packing your stuff to head back home make sure you securely tie your bagged board on a surf rack. Letting your board stick out the window is always running the risk of it getting damaged or even it snapping. When fastening the board to the rack ensure that it’s secure but be sure to not overtighten the straps. Sustained pressure on the board could cause a puncture in the outer coating (pressure ding).
You’re home and exhausted after a day tearing it up at the beach, do not leave your board lying around and pass out on the couch. If you haven’t already, make sure you wash your board and place it in a secure place. As rad as your board might look standing next to your TV or whatever, a single slip could lead to devastating damage (to the board mainly!). Build yourself a surf rack or you can buy them for very little. That way you can just slip your board in and avoid any stupid dings.
No matter how careful you are, your board will fall fate to the test of time eventually. However, depending on the damage there are a couple of tricks you can do to postpone the inevitable.
- You can find UV solar resin in most surf shops and it is great for repairing smaller dings.
- Always ensure your board is dry when doing repairs. Sealing a ding with water inside would be a nightmare scenario.
- Sometimes more drastic measures are needed, cut away the damage and then sand the surrounding area smooth. Fill the smoothed area with resin and then leave to dry in the sun. Next step is re-sanding and making sure it’s smooth and level with the rest of the board.
- Sometimes there are dings you simply can’t repair, head to the surf shop and seek the help of a board shaper. Riding a damaged board will only increase the speed of which the board deteriorates and worsen your surf experience.
Leave any other methods or tips you have to keep your board ding free in the comments below!