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Stand Up Paddle - FAQ's

Do the boards come with the deck grip already applied?

Yes.  Most boards will already come with the deck grip attached.  If a particular board doesn't have the grip attached this will be noted in the description.

Do the boards come with fins?

Yes.  The fins will be sent with the board but are packaged flat in the board box.

Do the boards come with a board bag?

Some do. If the board does come with a bag it will be noted in the description.  Most of our package deals will include a board bag as well.

Can you do package deals?

Yep, sure can…just go to our package deal area and choose the one that best suits you OR just let us know what you’re after and we’ll put one together just for you…

What is the cheapest board I can buy?

One of our Hire Boards may be the cheapest board depending on the condition and/or brand you’re after.

Do you sell second hand boards?

Sure do but in store only at our Retail Space.

How do I repair a ding or scratch in my board?

You have a couple of choices, if it’s a large hole or break you should consult your local board repairer (don’t use your board until repaired as water entering the board may cause long term damage).  But if it’s a scratch or small hole/crack and you want to get back in the water fast, grab a Puka Patch ding repair (Puka patch will give you an instant water tight repair and will even stick to a wet board - yep they’re amazing and a must have in your glovebox or travel pack).

We also have a range of easy to use repair kits that require no mixing and quickly dry in the sun.

What is railguard/railtape and should I use it?

Railguard is a clear adhesive tape that easily sticks to the rail of your board - we use rail tape on all our Demo/Hire boards to protect them from Paddle damage.  It is designed to protect the rails of your board and it's resale value.

Do I need a board bag for my board?

A board bag will protect your board from damage from the harsh sun whilst on the roof of your car or while hanging around at your favourite beach or waterway.  Board bags are a must to protect your board whilst travelling - the last thing you want to find when you arrive at your destination is a damaged board.

Do you have a shop I can visit as opposed to the online store?

Our Retail shop is @ 85 Pittwater Rd, Manly, NSW, but for your convenience our online shop is open 24 hrs a day 7 days a week and ships straight to your door. We are also contactable on 1300 903 210 for any queries you may have.

PADDLES

How do I cut my paddle down to size?

Its much easier than you may think, click on this 'how to cut down your paddle' link and watch the easy to follow video. Or call into the shop and we’ll do it for you… no problem.

What length should my paddle be?

General rule is 6 – 8” above your head height.  My advice would be to start at 8”, you can always cut it shorter at a later date.

What size blade should I buy?

The smaller the blade the less load you will put on your upper body and will also assist with fast strokes.   A wider blade like the 9.5" will push more water and is my personal choice for surfing as it allows for powerful strokes to catch waves and a wider surface area to use as a pivot point.   For flat water, racing or downwind paddling I prefer a smaller 8” blade for faster strokes.

What is the difference between Carbon, Carbon/Glass and Gold Kevlar?

Weight / strength and price point are the main differences between these three types of paddle construction.  The difference in weight between these types of paddles would only be a matter of grams. If you want the best go with Kevlar, if you want a light strong paddle but you're watching your pennies go with the carbon glass, and if your somewhere in the middle then the full carbon is for you.

What way should the paddle be facing when I’m using it?

The angle of the paddle blade should face the front of the board when paddling.

What is paddle guard and should I use it?

The paddle guard is a piece of rubber strip that covers the blade of your paddle, this will help prevent damage to your board when the edge of the paddle comes in contact with your board.   Paddle guard will also help prevent the edge of your paddle from being damaged from rocks and shells that you may come in contact with while paddling through shallow water.

LEGROPES.

Will I need to use a legrope with my SUP board?

Its always a good idea to use a legrope when using your sup board in the surf. Sup boards are large craft and could cause injury to other people in the water or on the shoreline.  In flat water the leash will ensure your board is in easy reach if you fall off.   For down wind, or flat water a coil type is recommended as it won’t drag in the water and hence slow your speed.   A regular sup leash is recommended in the surf, as a rule your surf sup leash should be about the same length as your board.

What is the difference between a coil leash and a straight leash?

The coil leash will have less or no drag in the water for race, downwind or flat water paddling, the straight sup leash is best for using in waves as it's stronger.

What size leg rope should I buy?

We recommend a leash about the same size as your board.

TRANSPORT

How do I transport my board to the beach?

There are a few ways depending on how far you're travelling.  But roof racks on your car with a set of tiedowns or lockable tiedowns are a great way to help prevent theft of your board when you head into a café after a great SUP session.

How do I carry my board?

The SUP mule, SUP Carrier or SUP trolley will all make life easier getting your board from were ever you are to the water.  Check em out, the sup mule and Quiver Kaddy will even attach to the back of your bike for an easy cruise to the waters edge.