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Follow this step by step guide to inflate your board quickly and easily, to ensure maximum paddling performance and enjoyment.

Step1: Roll out the board on a smooth, flat surface (grass or sand is ideal) ensuring the valve is on top.

Step 2: Unscrew the valve cover at the back of the board.

Step 3: Make sure the valve head is in its outer most position. The outer most position allows for inflation. The pushed in position allows for deflation. Experiment by pushing and twisting the valve head to ensure the correct valve position before inflation.

Step 4: Attach the pump to the boardís valve with a simple push and twist action (in a clockwise direction).

Step 5: Stand the pump on hard, level ground. Place both feet firmly on the footrests either side of the pump and position your hands towards the centre of the pump handle. Start pumping by pushing directly down over the pump shaft. When it starts to get harder to pump, keep your arms straight and use your legs for more effective pumping! 

We recommend pumping the board up to 15-25 psi. The pressure gauge shows numbers up to 15psi and the green marker indicates 25psi. The higher the psi the harder and more rigid the board, and the better it will perform.  Donít worry, it is impossible to over inflate the board using the supplied hand pump. 

Once inflated to the required psi, disconnect the pump by the reverse, simple push and twist action (in an anti-clockwise direction) and replace the valve cover.

IMPORTANT: After inflation and disconnecting the pump, if you then decided you need to inflate the board further you MUST deflate the board and then re-inflate it. Otherwise you will damage the pump valve (due to the high board pressure).  And please only use the supplied hand pump for inflating our SUPs.

Step 6: Attach the paddle onto the top of the board using the 2 velcro straps (for 2011 and older boards)

Step 7: Carry the board by holding onto the paddle between the two velcro straps (for 2011 and older boards) or use the carry handle provided on the 2012 boards.

Step 8: Remember to put on the board leash before you start paddling and set your paddle to the correct height, which is approximately 20cm above your head.

Go to paddling tips for help getting started.

And make sure you have read and understood the SUP safety guidelines before going  on the water.

Step 9: You are now ready to have some SUP fun!


When you want to deflate your board just follow these simple steps;

Step 1: Carry the board away from the water, by attaching the paddle to the board using the velcro straps (for 2011 and older boards) or using the carry handle provided on 2012 boards.

Step 2:  Position the board on a smooth, flat surface (grass or sand is ideal).

Step 3: Unscrew the valve cover at the back of the board.

Step 4: Using your finger/thumb, push down and twist the valve head (in an clockwise direction)  to open the valve and allow the air to be released. In this pushed down position the valve will lock open, allowing the board to deflate

IMPORTANT: When the board is deflating it is quite noisy, and may scare young children and pets!.

Step 5: Keeping the valve open, so that any remaining air in the board can escape, start rolling the board from the front, .

Step 6: Once the board is rolled up and the board is totally deflated, push and twist the valve head (in an anti-clockwise direction) so that it is in its outer most position. And replace the valve cover. Fasten the strap around the rolled board, and store in the rucksack provided.


  • The board may be stored inflated or deflated.
  • Please ensure the board is kept in a secured building when not in use.
  • Try not to leave the board in direct sunlight for long periods, as this will cause fading and may damage the board.
  • If stored inflated, you will find the board will be harder on hot days. This is normal and a great feature/benefit of inflatable boards.
  • You may experience some fin bend when storing/travelling with the board in it's bag. Don't worry, the heat from the sun (or a hair drier if necessary) will easily straighten them out. But the longer the fins have been bent for, the longer it will take to straighten them.

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