We at WHALEBACK want you to have a blast on our boards. Such a blast that you buy a zillion of them. But, we also want you to be smart and safe while enjoying SUP. Here are a few suggestions to help you enjoy SUP safely.
Carry board with the handle facing away from you. Make sure fin is installed and screwed in tightly before entering the water. Set board deck-down once fin is installed – do not rest board on fin. Do not stand or sit on board when it is laying deck-down. Make sure you are in deep enough water that fin does not touch the bottom before mounting your board. Do not ride board upside down. Seriously though, we’ve seen it happen…
Obey the rules of the road. Avoid shallow areas, like reefs or sand bars, where fin might scrape the bottom. Avoid coming too close to other watercraft or stationary objects, such as docks or sea walls. Wear a life jacket and use your leash at all times. Use lights when SUP boarding at night. Always hold on to your paddle.
Dismount your board in deep enough water that fin does not touch the bottom. Carry board out of the water and set, fin up, on a soft surface, like sand or grass. Avoid setting on rough or scratchy surfaces, like asphalt or gravel, as these surfaces could cause damage to board.
STORAGE AND TRANSPORT
After SUP, rinse your board prior to storing it, especially after use in salt water. Remove fin for storage and rinse out fin box. Avoid leaving boards in direct sunlight or intense heat for extended periods of time. Store indoors or in a shaded area when not in use. Use SUP sleeves or bags for transporting boards, but never store wet boards in a bag for an extended period of time. Use SUP racks and/or tie down equipment when transporting boards on your vehicle. Do not drag board behind vehicle. Seriously though, don’t do that. It’s not a sled.
Stay safe and enjoy your new SUP!