Pumping up an inflatable stand-up paddle board (SUP) is actually quite simple – as long as you have the right equipment and follow the correct steps. Whether you’re a beginner just starting out with your first SUP or an experienced paddler looking for a refresher, this guide will help make sure your board is ready for the water.
The two pieces of equipment that you’ll need are an electric pump and nozzle adapter. Most pumps come with different nozzle sizes so make sure you get one that fits your board – if in doubt, check the instruction manual.
To begin pumping up your inflatable SUP, first unfold it and lay it flat on a clean surface. Connect the nozzle of your electric pump to the valve of your board, then plug in and switch on the pump. Now comes the hard work – depending on how much pressure your board requires (this should be written on the side of each valve) it can take up to 20 minutes or more to fully fill it up.
Once you’ve reached the desired inflation level, unplug and disconnect the pump from the board before removing any debris from its surface. The last step is to double-check all valves are closed tightly – this will stop air escaping while you’re using it which could cause problems later down the line.
And there we have it – by following these steps you can have your inflatable SUP pumped up and ready to go in no time at all! Don’t forget to keep any spares handy too – such as extra valves and o-rings – just in case you experience any issues when out on the water.