If you’re new to surfing, you probably know that sooner or later you’ll have to get your own board, because renting boards can be quite costly. Most beginners think that the only maintenance they need to be doing is to wax it before surfing. Waxing is important, especially using sustainable environment-friendly waxes from Shaka Surf, to begin with. However, there are other things you’ll need to do for your board to keep it pristine.
Get your board a bag
When you buy your board, it’s best to buy the board bag at the same time. Board bags will keep it safe from sources outside of the water that could cause dents and dings to your board. Your board should always be in a bag if it’s not wet. Even when transporting the boards, you should keep it in a bag. It might seem like a hassle to have to get it off first before surfing, but it will save you a lot of repair money because your board won’t be so vulnerable to dents if you keep it covered up.
This might sound like a silly idea, to rinse off the ocean water after surfing. After all, it can’t be bad for the board, since it’s what the board is meant for. That’s where most surfers make their mistake. The salt from the ocean water can damage your board over time. Your board will end up having dings because the salt penetrates inside the board. The cost of repair for dings are quite expensive, so to avoid this to happen, make sure you rinse off your board with fresh water as soon as it gets out of the ocean. Most beaches have showers where you can rinse yourself and your board.
Store and transport properly
Believe it or not, your board isn’t meant to be laid out vertically. This can risk the board falling and breaking when it hits the ground. Invest in a board rack if you have more than one board. When you stand it up, make sure the fins are facing up. When transporting the board, it should be kept on a rack on top of your car. Throw extra padding on the rack to make a cushion for the board so that you won’t get scratches here and there. Don’t forget to tie it well, but not too tightly or it will bend.
High temperatures are bad for your board. Too much sunlight can cause your board to become too dry, and it will develop cracks. Then, when you surf, water will enter through these cracks and cause delamination. Delamination is where the foam separates from the outer coating. Your board will become less sturdy, and will also wash off the color of the board.