Although our SUPs are built to last, maintenance is required from time to time to ensure your board stays in good condition. One SUP skill you should know about is how to fix or alter your inflatable SUP valve. This is something that all paddleboarders need to know, read below to find out how to tighten and replace your SUP valve.
Why is my inflatable SUP valve leaking?
People often come to us thinking that their board is a goner because air is leaking out from the valve. Don’t panic – this is something that occurs with all inflatable SUPs due to usage, twisting the pump in place and gravel and grit in the valve. There is a simple solution in order to get your SUP back on the water.
How do I tighten my inflatable SUP valve?
Can you hear air coming out of your iSUP? Very often the source of air loss is down to a sneaky loose valve. This is great news because valves are very easy to tighten. Just follow the instructions below…
- Make sure your iSUP is fully deflated.
- Grab the valve tool from your repair kit (light grey plastic valve wrench).
- Pull the cap off the valve.
- Secure the SUP from the bottom by holding the ‘nut# on the underside of the valve. You will feel this through the deflated board.
- Engage the tool and twist clockwise until tight.
Now you are good to go!
How do I replace my inflatable SUP valve?
If your valve has become loose and tightening has not worked then it may be time to replace your SUP valve. Here is how to easily replace your valve.
- Contact our support team here and tell them you need a replacement valve.
- When your valve has arrived unroll your SUP and ensure it’s fully deflated.
- Secure the SUP from the bottom by holding the “nut” on the underside of the valve. You will feel this through the deflated board.
- Take the outer cap off and engage the valve tool with the centre of the valve.
- Now twist counter-clockwise until the inner portion of the valve pops out with ease.
- Take a wet cloth and wipe the portion of the valve still in the board to clean it.
- Now place the new valve and make sure this is tight by screwing it back into its outer ring in a clockwise motion
That’s it! It’s as easy as 1,2…7(!?) If you are having any further issues with your valve then get back in touch with our support team and they will assist you.