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How to Deflate an Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

 

Learn the correct way to deflate and pack your Starboard inflatable paddle board with this straightforward guide. Whether you're wrapping up a day on the water or preparing for your next adventure, these steps ensure your board is safely and compactly stored.

Steps to Deflate Your Paddle Board

  1. Locate and Release the Valve: Begin by finding the valve used to inflate the board. Turn it counterclockwise to open and then press down on the pin to allow air to escape. Note that the process may be loud but is perfectly normal.
  2. For Double Chamber Boards: Follow the same steps for the secondary chamber, ensuring all air is expelled.
  3. Speed Up the Deflation: Attach your Tiki pump in deflation mode to the valve, ensuring the pin is still depressed, and pump to remove air more efficiently.
  4. Fold the Board: Starting from the nose, fold the board towards the tail. Apply pressure on each fold to expel remaining air. Ensure the valve is covered to prevent dust from entering.

Packing the Board

  1. Prepare the Board: Make sure the fin box is aligned on top of the folded sections.
  2. Place in the Bag: Lift the board by grabbing it from the sides and place it inside the board bag.
  3. Secure with Compression Belt: Use the belt to tighten the board within the bag, adjusting as necessary.

Packing Accessories

  1. Disassemble the Pump: Remove the hose and detach the base from the pump.
  2. Organize in the Bag: Place the pump in the designated pocket, then secure all additional equipment in their respective places.
  3. Close and Secure the Bag: Zip up the bag, ensuring all straps are passed through the handles for easy carrying.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. How do I ensure all air is removed from the board?

    • Utilize the Tiki pump in deflation mode and apply pressure when folding to remove trapped air.
  2. What's the best way to fold the board for minimal space?

    • Fold from the nose to the tail, pressing down on each fold to expel air and ensure a tight roll.
  3. How can I protect my board when not in use?

    • Cover the valve to prevent dust entry and store the board in its bag, away from direct sunlight and sharp objects.

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