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HOW TO ROLL OR FOLD YOUR SUP BOARD

THE CORRECT TECHNIQUE FOR TRANSPORT AND STORAGE


A properly inflated board is essential for getting the best out of your session – It’s important to adhere to a routine of correct technique and proper practice every time you inflate or deflate your board. Whilst these tips are intended for Earth River SUP inflatables we have generalised this guide so it can be applied to most inflatable SUPs. In not using an Earth River SUP always consult the specifics of your particular board to prevent potential damage.

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SUP INFLATION TIPS

PROPER TECHNIQUE IN SUP INFLATION & CARE


A properly inflated board is essential for getting the best out of your session – It’s important to adhere to a routine of correct technique and proper practice every time you inflate or deflate your board. Whilst these tips are intended for Earth River SUP inflatables we have generalised this guide so it can be applied to most inflatable SUPs. In not using an Earth River SUP always consult the specifics of your particular board to prevent potential damage.

 

HOW-TO VIDEO

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INSTRUCTIONS


Rolling | Folding from the tail is generally the best method of securing your SUP board for storage and transportation. It is critical that all the air is removed since the valve can not be accessed once the roll is started. For short distances or as a matter of personal preference you can roll | fold from the nose but particular attention needs to be paid to not bending or putting pressure on the fin boxes by rolling too tightly or at bad angles. For permanent fixed fin models this is less of an issue it just makes the board a little less practical to fit in your SUP bag and transport.

The most important things is to never allow a rolled | folded board to stand end to end on a hard surface such as concrete. The PVC fabric folds into sharp corners that can be damaged by friction so it is critical to avoid.

CONNECT POWER

Insert the 12VDC plug into your vehicle’s lighter socket or an ERS power supply such as the ERS GO™ or 120V ERS Power Adaptor. If using a vehicle’s lighter socket, keep the engine running to avoid draining the battery.

CHECK VALVE POSITION

Rotate the board inflation valve to the UP (CLOSED) position. This will allow air to enter the valve and will prevent it from being released when pumping is completed.

CONNECT HOSE TO PUMP

Attach the hose to the port marked INFLATE. Ensure that the port marked DEFLATE is clear and free from debris so that air can be drawn in to inflate the board.

CONNECT HOSE TO BOARD

Secure the hose end to the board valve by pushing downward and rotating clockwise. The hose end may have a tendency to rotate back and disengage due to tension on the hose. If you notice this happening, simply move and re-orient the pump to a position where it is not applying tension to the hose.

SELECT INFLATION PRESSURE

Set the selector knob to the desired inflation pressure. This should be should be set to 15 PSI for ERS boards. Most other boards will list the recommended inflation pressure somewhere near the valve.

START THE PUMP

Press the ON button to start inflation. This will initially start a low pressure blower that makes a whirring sound, then will switch to a higher pressure pumping action. When this switching occurs, the pump will become much louder and the needle will vibrate back and forth rapidly

AUTOMATIC SHUT OFF

The pump will turn off automatically when the desired pressure is reached. This may vary up to 1PSI from the setting on the knob. An ERS handheld pressure gauge (sold separately) can be used to verify PSI. Typical pumping time for 15 PSI is 8-12 minutes depending on board size.

REPLACE VALVE COVER

Insert the valve cover to protect the valve / stem and to prevent accidental deflation.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION


NEVER let your board drag on pavement or hard surfaces, ESPECIALLY when it is rolled up. Dragging on pavement is the easiest way of damaging an inflatable paddle board.

NEVER stand a rolled or folded board up on its end, as the folded edges and corners are extremely vulnerable to abrasion from rough surfaces.