How to Properly Care for a Wakesurf Board
Wakesurf boards are expensive, which is why you shouldn’t treat it like your old shoes! It'll last much longer if you take the time to learn how to care for it and give it the attention it deserves!
There are a few things to note about to taking care of your wakesurf board... make sure you have a board bag, know how to fix minor dings, and keep it out of the heat (unless you’re using it!).
Invest in a good bag for your wakesurf board. The bag will keep the board from being damaged if it moves around in your car while driving. Make sure your bag is the right size for your board and consider whether you want handles or a padded shoulder strap. Our Doomswell board bags are crafted with features like heat-, water-, and mildew-resistant tarpaulin and padding to protect your board.
A ding is bound to happen at some point! All boards can ding if hit hard enough. Depending on the damage, you can either repair it on the boat and continue to wakesurf or you may have to call it quits for the day and repair it at home.
Be sure to inspect the board if you drop it and assess the damage before wakesurfing. Nobody wants a soggy board!
On the boat - If the ding is a small crack or scrape, it can be fixed. Consider keeping a roll of clear plastic tape and decals (the stickers that companies give away) on hand to fix minor board dings.
When the ding is severe - For deep or large cracks, use only an Epoxy resin to repair your board. Always sand away the shiny/glossy surface before applying epoxy. If you can help it, try to wait until the warmest part of the day has passed before you apply epoxy. Be sure to sand it once it’s cured for a smooth finish!
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How hot is too hot?
We like to say, if it’s too hot for your dog, it’s too hot for your board! When not in use, exposure to direct sunlight can severely damage your wakesurf board. The elements can wreak havoc on your board over an extended period of time, especially sunlight.
Your board is made to be enjoyed in the outdoors, but when not in use some rules should be followed for proper storage.
Follow these GOLDEN RULES to keep your board from heat damage:
- When not in use, never leave your board exposed to direct sunlight for an extended amount of time.
- We recommend NOT storing your board on the top of your Bimini.
- Always keep your board in a shaded area when not in use. At high temperatures, the EPS foam core can become unstable which can lead to serious damage to your board.
- A board bag is not meant and shouldn’t be used to store or transport your board in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time. It cannot be guaranteed to protect from overheating and can sometimes create an “oven” effect if left in a hot car.
Overheating your wakesurf board is not covered by your manufacturer’s warranty. Be sure to take care of your wakesurf boards this summer to enjoy them for years to come!
UPDATE: Board racks are not made for travel! One of the fastest ways to screw up a board is to leave it in the rack on the way to or from the lake.
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