I visited my friend my friend, former outdoor rep Jim Ramey few years ago to get a tutorial on finding leaks in inflatable SUPs.  Students regularly ask me how to do this, so Jim set up a demo. Continue reading to learn about inflatable sup leak finding.

Clean Your Valve but also use soap to look for air bubbles

Clean Your Valve but also use soap to look for air bubbles

Basics of finding leaks:

Start with tightening the valve using your valve wrench. If it still leaks continue with the following.

Prepare a bucket of soapy water (soapier the better).

Find a sponge

Place your SUP on saw horses or similar.

– Using the sponge, squeeze soapy water over all the seams of your SUP and the valve.  Find the best light in order to see any bubbles that may come out of the SUP indicating a leak.

If the seams don’t present a leak, pour soapy water over the entire surface of the SUP.

When completed, spray off the board with water to prevent any slippy surfaces especially on the deck.

How to Repair Leaks:

How to Patch a leaky inflatable SUP by NRS Here.

Watch this video from NRS For keeping your valve clean.

Related Links:

Check out my SUP 101 online course which has videos dedicated to Inflatable SUPs

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About Rob Casey – Named a pioneer in the SUP industry by Stand Up Journal, Rob is the author of “Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers” and “Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans, 60 Trips.” Rob owns SUP school Salmon Bay Paddle in Seattle. He also runs several paddling races throughout the year.

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