Maintaining a perfect shaped surfboard
Surfboard maintenance and taking care of it is not the easiest thing to do, but it also is not the hardest. It is just time consuming and very beneficial over time. But If you follow some basic steps. Then your board will look brand new at all times and will always ride good. Since a lot of us cannot afford to buy new boards all the time, we need to make sure that we maintain our surfboards the right way. I would recommend checking it out, cleaning it and making sure there is no dings at least once every two weeks. But if you are surfing every day, I would check it after every surf session or once a week.
A surfboard is a major investment for surfing; without a surfboard you can’t surf! So, in order to keep it in good working order, some simple but very important steps should be taken in its care and maintenance process almost after every surf session. Without a surfboard, you are not surfing so make sure that you take care of it like it’s your baby. It is very precious, especially when you get a new board for the first time or even every time you get a new surfboard for you.
In reality, only pro surfers can afford to replace their board every six months or less, so investing the time and money to properly care for your surfboard maintenance will extend its life and save you money in the long run. And on top of that, you board will look brand new even though you might have it for at least a year or two.
Surfboard Maintenance Protection
A $30 investment in a surfboard sock (click here to check current price on Amazon). This should be your first purchase to maintain your surfboard. When not in the water, you should keep your surfboard in a board sock. 50% of all dings and dents occur when transporting your board to and from the beach. So, when you are communing to the beach for a surf session, you need to take good care of it. Make sure nothing will fall on it, make sure it won’t fall, be calm and put it down with patience and fines so that you don’t take the risk of a ding appearing.
If a board sock is not the best way for you or if you are putting it on top of the car and so on, you will need a surfboard travel bag. Which is a little ticker and more protective than just the sock. But if you are just going around town with it in your car, a board sock will do just fine.
If you religiously keep your board covered, it can look pristine for years. Seriously!! Even though your board is used for an outdoor sport, the sun and heat are major enemies to your board’s integrity. So, when not surfing, DO NOT leave your board in the sun unless you have no choice at all. Keep it in the shade or your board sock or board bag.
Surfboard Maintenance Sun Exposure and Dings
Excessive sun exposure can cause damage to the boards finish, causing it to yellow and crack. This sort of damage can eventually cause your surfboard to break. And, unfortunately this may happen while you’re in the water about to catch that perfect wave of the day. That is why I usually get a color board so that you can barely tell how much it has been in the sun.
Even minor dings can eventually cause major damage to the board. It is important to repair even small dings as soon as possible. But it is important to wait until the swell of the board goes down so water is not trapped inside the board. That is why we recommend checking your surfboard for dings after every surf session. Just to make sure you do not have one and then get more water in it causing the foam to shrink.
When you have a ding, don’t panic! You can either take it to your local surf shop and they will take care of it without a problem. Or you can try to fix it yourself, but if you do that, make sure you know how to do it the right way!
Also before fixing your dings, make sure that there is no water in it. You can do that by putting your mouth over the ding and try sucking the water out. If nothing comes out, you are good to go and get it fixed. If water comes out, keep sucking it out. Or the water will damage the foam inside the surfboard and eventually the surfboard will break in your hands. Before fixing a ding like that, make sure all of the water is out as much as possible and then you are good to go and fix it!
Again, water inside the board from a ding could cause yellowing and compromise your board’s integrity. Nobody looks cool having their board break when they are trying to catch that perfect wave of the day. That is why maintaining a surfboard is super important!
Surfboard Maintenance Waxing
Waxing your surfboard is one last maintaining surfboard check that should be performed once in a while. Periodically remove all of the wax on your surfboard, make sure every single piece of wax is out. And check for cracks, dings, and pressure dings that might need to be fixed at that time.
Also you want some fresh wax on there, so once in a while remove the wax completely and then wax your board like you would a new one. It will look much better and you will feel like you have a brand new surfboard again! It is such a satisfying feeling!
As you find dings and such, a quick repair at your local surf shop or by yourself will get you back out there in no time. Learn how to remove and wax your surfboard here!