These instructions apply to all boards made by the most common SUP board brands

sup board instructions for use

filling the sup-board

Take the board out of the backpack. Spread the board on a flat surface and open the valve cap.

Check that the SUP board's valve in the middle of the valve is in the up position, in which case the valve is in the closed position.

Now insert the pump hose into the valve and turn, the end of the hose will open the valve while pumping and turning will lock the hose in place.

When the hose is removed, the spring returns the valve to the clamped position. If the valve is in the open position when the pump hose is connected, you can pump the board, BUT when you remove the hose, the spring will not return the valve to the closed position and all the air will come out of the board. Once you make this mistake, remember to check the valve position BEFORE pumping! :)

To open and close the valve, press and turn slightly (about 10 degrees) the valve pin, the end of which is usually marked in red or yellow.

Most from sup-pumps are dual function (lighter versions are also available three-acting pumps or the popular electric pumps), which means that you can choose whether the pump pumps both when pulling and pushing or only when pushing.

The dual function will initially get air to the board faster, but as the pressure rises the pumping becomes heavy when pulling, so it's best to switch to pumping only when pushing downwards, allowing you to use your body weight to help.

Depending on the type of pump, the selection is made either by placing a plug hanging on a string on the side of the pump cylinder or by turning a lever. Once the board is pumped, place the valve cap on the valve.

Note that the pump gauge will only start to rise when the board is already hard and pressure is building up!

Install the fin on the board. Slide the fin into its grip and secure the fin. There are different locking mechanisms: a strip hanging on a string like aquamarina sup-fin, a hand-rotating screw, as in Jobe's fin and a completely tool- and component-free fin like the Saimaa SUP Sun or Moon or in the hardwood bamboo boards of Joe. Some types and brands of rafts (e.g. Jobe Titan) use the US Fin Box, where the fin is secured in the paddock with a sliding washer and cross-head screws. Once the fin is attached, adjust the length of the paddle to suit your needs technique tips from put on your vest, grab the board by the central handle and head out to enjoy the water!

SUP board emptying

Lift the board to the ground and remove the fin. Dry the board or leave it to dry (if you intend to keep it in your backpack for a long time).

Place the board with the lid up on a flat surface and open the valve cap. Press the valve button to the bottom to open the valve and twist slightly to lock the valve in the open position.

TIP: when air is released under pressure, the sound is quite loud, so support your ear with one hand and put your other ear against your shoulder, then open the valve with your free hand.

In most cases, the valve is located at the back of the board, so start rolling from the bow. Satin finish the last fold so that the fin box settles nicely, giving you a smaller roll.

Rolling is easier on boardswith a fin box that folds in the middle. When the roll is complete and all the air has been removed from the board, release the valve button, so that the valve is in the correct position for the next pumping cycle. Close the valve cap. Tighten the roller with the separate tensioning strap supplied with the board. Put the board and all accessories in your rucksack.

Note! The valve wrench (often a grey, plastic tool that looks like a fishing line) that comes with the boards is only needed if the valve is damaged and needs to be replaced, or if the valve was not tightened at the factory. So you don't need a valve wrench to clear the board!

Read more about SUP board storage and maintenance in the other section article at.

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