Whether it is your first time or not the first time on kauai stands up paddle board, there are few mistakes that you are probably not aware of. As we know, paddle boarding is not a small investment. The stakes are also higher if you tag along your kids, pets, or friends to have a SUP tour with you. It is important to prepare everything to make a successful trip in the future. Here are some SUP don’ts you should consider.
Expose it to the direct sunlight
We’ve seen many people leave their board out in the sand for an extended period. The UV rays can make their colors to fade. In more severe cases, it leads to cracking. But don’t mistake it with paddling on a sunny day. It won’t affect your board when you use it on the water.
Not washing the board.
You may think that because you already use it on the water, you won’t need to wash it anymore. Well, if it is the river water or white water, then it should not be a problem. If you use the board in salt water, you must consider to wash it with fresh water and dry it off before storing the board. The salt water could wear off the materials of the board.
Misplace the board
Many people are storing their board in wherever places they can find without considering the risks. Saving your board in the appropriate position is essential. You can place the board anywhere you want as long as the place is insulated well. Do not store the board in a wet area, or nearby the water heater since it can melt the outer layer of the board. Don’t save your board in hot places. Make sure that the area to store your board is cold and dry.
Not preparing the board for transportation.
When it comes to kauai stand up paddle board, chances are you will want to go from point A to point B with your vehicle. In the process, your paddle board should be stored well to avoid any damage during the transportation. The best bag to hold the board is the dry bag. This will protect your board from outer elements that can affect it.
Paddling in the wrong places
You should know the best and the worst spots to paddle. If you are doing this with a local guide, you will have peace of mind since he or she can suggest the right place. If you are doing this independently, you need to be more aware of the area you are paddling. Be careful when paddling around shallow and rocky waters. If there are some beginners in your group, consider flat water instead.