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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

I am a beginner in SUP/Surfing. Is an inflatable board the right choice for me?

Definitely! The wide platform and buoyancy make the board easier to get up on than any other board on the market, and you will easier catch waves. It is safe to ride an inflatable board without the worry of injury that comes with conventional fiberglass boards. Most injuries in the water are caused by hard and heavy fiberglass boards. That´s why surfing schools often use softboards for their novices. Though, our inflatable boards will typically ride better than such a traditional soft board due to their buoyancy and durability.

Are there significant differences compared to regular SUP or surf boards?

First of all: the option to deflate makes it possible for everyone to own a board, who has neither a house with garage to store a bulky board nor a SUV or pickup to take it to the water. You even may take it with you in a suitcase on your trips to exotic destinations. Most Airlines charge up to 200 EUR for board transport, and boards longer than 6'6'' are normally not accepted for air transport at all. Regarding performance, you can do basically everything you can do on a regular board. Turns might be less accurate indeed, because tail and nose are not tapered. The boards are not very heavy and you may experience a little bit of quiver when riding 10+ feet waves. Longboarders can step on our inflatables and do their hanging five/ten. Compared to regular boards, you will catch waves more quickly and get up faster, due to the buoyancy of the board.

Is an inflatable board rigid enough in order to perform properly?

Our inflatable travelboards, which have been designed by Europe´s leading surfboard shaper Tim Mellors, are very rigid when fully inflated. They can be inflated up to almost 18 psi air pressure for an excellent performance on the water. The "skin" of the board is manufactured from multiple layers of military grade "hypalon", which are laminated together. These "skins" are then connected with "drop stitch" technology (there are 10 supporting anchor points per inch between the top and bottom deck). This "drop stitch", gives our inflatable travelboards incredible rigidity and minimum distortion when inflated to its optimum pressure of 15-17 PSI. However, we do not stop there! Unlike others, our inflatables also have a "carbon / kevlar strengthening strip bonded between the layers on the bottom deck. This increases the rigidity and reduces flexation, resulting in higher performance and "hard board feel". People are amazed when invited to stand on one in the car park when they find the deck does not sink under their feet. They are truly rigid!

How do I inflate the board?

With your purchase you must order a hand pump. This pump allows you to inflate your board within few minutes. Ideal pressure is 14 to 17 PSI, though reaching 17 psi requires some more physical effort. However, the boards perform well with 14 PSI, even 11 to 12 PSI still works fine for SUP if your weight is not over 150 pounds and you tolerate some flex. There is an air pressure gauge on the handle. By pulling a little white plug located on top of the pump you can turn this double action pump into one that only blows on the down stroke. The pump needs grease occasionally. If you get water inside your hand pump, it will need grease right away as the water will congeal the existing lubricant. If you prefer to use an electrical pump, make sure there is a regulator that cannot exceed 18-20 PSI. We offer a 12V electrical pump as well, just a car battery is needed. It inflates your board up to 14,5 PSI. It deflates as well, but not completely (This pump was not designed for Inflatables which need to be rolled up). When deflating the board you will still need to suck the last PSI out of the board by using the manual pump. That is why we recommend this electrical pump in addition tot he manual pump.

How do I deflate the board?

The manual pump can be used for inflating and deflating as well. There are two adapters for the tube on top oft the pump, one for inflating and one for deflating. Our 12V electrical pump deflates as well, but not completely (This pump was not designed for Inflatables which need to be rolled up). When deflating the board you will still need to suck the last PSI out of the board by using the manual pump. That is why we recommend this electrical pump in addition to the manual pump.

How durable are the inflatable travelboards?

As written above, the boards are almost indestructible. Tim Mellors, who created these boards, has driven over one of our SUP boards, pelted it with bricks and thrown it off a cliff, Then taken it surfing, still fully functioning. The fins are of moulded rubber composite. They can withstand all manor of impacts, collisions, crushings. If you are surfing, running the rapids or just enjoying the coasts, rivers and lakes, you can be assured that the your inflatable is the most travel friendly, durable paddle product on the water. Also, unlike like conventional boards, your board wont take in any water and therefore, does not get waterlogged. It is fine to store the board inflated. If you store the board deflated for a prolonged period, you should keep it loosely rolled, or completely unrolled if possible.

With your board you will receive a repair kit, though it is very unlikely that punches will cause any hole. There is a YouTube-Video which introduces well how to use the repair kit.

Tutorial on Repairing an Inflatable Board:

How do I customize the paddle?

With your board, you can optionally order a 3-piece carbon travel paddle. The handle for the upper part you will have to put by yourself with a good two-component adhesive. Like this you have the possibility to customize the paddle depending on your height. For SUP the paddle should be around 20 cm or 8 inches longer than your height is. If necessary, you may cut some inches from the upper carbon tube before fixing the handle. On YouTube there are some helpful tutorials on SUP paddle customizing and cutting.

Tutorial on SUP paddle cutting:

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