A version of this article in Japanese is available at the conclusion of the original text. The Japanese version is made possible through a partnership between SUP Examiner & Everything SUP Japan.

Easy tips to get the most from your SUP paddle

As is the case with SUPs, paddles should be cared for in order to ensure you get the most out of your investment. A good quality carbon fiber SUP paddle can easily last you a lifetime if it is properly looked after. For new paddlers or for individuals who may have specific equipment requirements such as a whitewater paddler, paddles with a fiberglass blade are a great option due to their ability to withstand rock strikes and hold up against any unintentional wear and tear that may occur.

Keep it in a paddle bag

Unless you are someone who is fortunate enough to be able to walk directly from your home to the water, it is a good idea to protect your SUP paddle with a paddle bag. The blade is the most vulnerable part of any paddle and if a full paddle bag is not for you, you can protect the blade by fitting your paddle with a blade cover. Think of a blade cover as a sock with a zipper that fits over the paddle blade.

Transport with care

Be mindful of where you place your SUP paddle, even if it is in a paddle bag. When transporting your paddle in a vehicle, make sure your paddle does not have anything heavy lying on top of it which could place a strain on its structural integrity. Similarly, never wedge your paddle into a sharp angle. Last, but not least, take care to check to be sure your paddle does not get crushed in a door jam.

Keep it clean

You probably would not pick up a dirty fork and begin to eat. Paddling is no different. Rinse and clean your paddle after each use – especially if you are paddling in salt water. If you have an adjustable paddle with moving parts, go ahead and disassemble your paddle and rinse each section.

Inspect before and after use

Before you head out on the water you should always inspect your equipment. Examine your paddle’s blade and shaft and look for any nicks or dings which may require a repair. Many blade dings, even large ones, can be sanded back into shape with wet sandpaper. If there is a crack anywhere on your paddle you should have it repaired either by the shop where you made the purchase or return it to the manufacturer if it is still covered by a warranty.

Last out and first in

My paddle is typically one of the final items I take out of my car and the first thing I put away. I adopted this habit to minimize the chances my paddle would ever be knocked over, stepped on or run over by a vehicle in the parking lot. I recommend never laying your paddle on the ground or up against a vehicle in a parking lot. In the rare times I do lean my paddle against my vehicle, I like to place it in the nook between one of the side mirrors and the vehicle so it doesn’t accidentally fall over and get stepped on.

The Japanese version is made possible through a partnership between SUP Examiner & Everything SUP Japan.

Easy Tips to Get the Most From Your SUP Paddle



Keep it in a Paddle Bag



Transport With Care



Keep it Clean



Inspect Before and After Use



Last Out and First In



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Matt Chebatoris

Matt is a former national security professional and lifelong adventurer. He has published material on a variety of topics in the foreign policy arena and founded SUP Examiner™ as a platform to share his enjoyment of paddling with others. Matt resides in Los Angeles with his wife Karen and their tuxedo cat Maximilian.