Look After Me and I’ll Look After You
A surfboard is a major investment and in order to keep it
in good working order, you need to take some simple steps for its care and maintenance.
In reality, only pro surfers can afford to replace their
board every six months, so investing the time and money to
properly care for your board will extend its life and save
you money in the long run.
It’s Not Expensive, Just Needs Little Time
A $20 to $30 investment in a board sock should be your first
purchase. When its not in the water, you should keep your board
in the sock. I estimate that 50% of all dings and dents occur when
transporting your board to and from the beach.
If you religiously keep your board covered, it can look
pristine for years. Even though your board is used for an
outdoor sport, both sun and heat are major causes of deterioration..
Block the Sun
Excessive sun exposure can cause damage to the boards
finish, causing it to yellow and crack. This sort of damage
could eventually cause your board to break and unfortunately
this will likely happen while you’re in the water.
Even minor dings can eventually cause major damage to your
board. It is important to repair even small dings as soon
as possible. But I do suggest you wait until the swell of
the board goes down so water is not trapped inside the
Again, this could cause yellowing and compromise your
board’s integrity. Nobody looks cool having their board
break when they are trying to catch that perfect wave.
The wax is one last maintenance check that should be
performed. Periodically strip off the wax to check for
dings and cracks under the surface.
A quick repair will have you back out catching waves in no
time. If surfing is important to you at least take a bit of time at home to prepare your board and keep it in good nick.
About the author: Ronald Heron wants to see you on the next good wave, so go for it!