You’ve spent a good amount of your hard-earned dollars on your paddleboard. You’ve enjoyed using it all season long, now you need to put it away for the winter.
It may be tempting to just set your board on the floor or tuck it into the corner of your garage or basement. However, this isn’t the best way to store your SUP.
Properly storing your paddleboard is as important as keeping it clean and transporting it properly. When stored incorrectly, your paddleboard can sustain damage that will reduce its life and make using it less fun.
The best way to store your board is to hang it from the wall. This keeps it off of hard and uneven floor surfaces, keeps it dry, and protects it from other objects that may damage the surface.
However, you shouldn’t just toss your paddleboard on some hooks in your garage. There is a right and wrong way to hang your SUP.
In this article, we’ll discuss the ways to properly hang your paddleboard on the wall, so that it is safe and ready for your next season on the water.
Types of paddleboard mounts
There are a variety of different kinds of paddleboard mounts for hanging your board in storage. You’ll have to consider which options are best for your board and space.
Do you need a mount that hangs your paddleboard on the wall, or do you have more space if you hang it from the ceiling? This is the first consideration that you need to ponder before hanging your SUP.
Once you’ve decided if you’re hanging your board on the wall or the ceiling, then you need to decide if you will be hanging it vertically or horizontally. This will likely depend on the space you have and how high your ceilings are.
If you have a tall ceiling, pick a rack that will hang your board vertically. This can save space for other gear. If you need to accommodate your board horizontally, make sure you have enough open wall space to accommodate a horizontal wall rack, you don’t damage the nose and tail of your board.
We’ve seen some paddlers use hooks and clamps that they bought at the hardware store for hanging their board. However, we think that you get the best result and the greatest protection for your board by using a wall mounted rack that is made specifically for paddleboards.
5 common paddleboard wall mount questions
1. What’s the wall mounting racks capacity?
When you’re shopping for a wall rack for your SUP you will want to look closely at the amount of weight it can hold, without damaging your wall or board.
Wall mounting racks for your paddleboard will usually have a weight capacity of around 100 pounds. This may mean that the rack you select can hold more than one board.
For safety’s sake, we recommend that you subtract 20 percent from the rated capacity of the rack you select and limit the weight stored on the rack to this calculated amount. This will ensure that your rack won’t fail under the weight of your paddleboards.
2. What’s the durability of a wall rack
Like many other products, you’ll soon discover that some paddleboard racks just don’t hold up to a year or more of use, and some are just terrible at holding up a board in general.
Make sure that you do your research and find paddleboard storage racks that come with the appropriate mounting hardware, good instructions, and are made from materials that are both gentle on your board but won’t get flimsy and fall apart after a couple of years.
The last thing you want to do is replace your paddleboard mounting rack, over and over.
3. Do I store inside or outside?
The answer to this question is dependent on timing.
Storing your paddleboard outdoors is just fine if it will only be there for a short period of time. You will however want to hang your board properly when you store it outdoors.
Look for paddleboard storage racks that are specifically made for use outdoors. They’ll be made from materials that are weather and UV resistant.
If you’re hanging up your board for the season, we recommend that you don’t store it outdoors. Weather, animals, and other environmental factors can damage your board when left outside for too long.
For end of season storage, move your board indoors. Select a mounting rack that is strong, has proper mounting hardware and good instructions. Then find a place indoors where your board can hang without risk of being damaged.
4. How easy is it to install a paddleboard mounting rack?
You don’t need to purchase a paddleboard mounting rack that requires an engineering degree to install. Look for products that are highly rated, have a good weight capacity and are easy to install.
Besides making the process quick, simple installation usually means that your risk for errors is smaller.
5. Is a mounting rack really necessary?
Sure, you can save some money by just finding a spot to lean your board against a wall or set it on some open floor or on the top of some shelves. Those are all ways that we’ve seen SUPs stored. It makes us cringe every time.
When you store your paddleboard some way other than in a paddleboard storage rack, you risk damaging your board. A mounting rack is necessary if you want to have many years of enjoyment from your paddleboard.
What’s the proper way to hang your paddleboard in a wall rack?
First, make sure that your mounting rack is properly installed on the wall. Make sure you’ve used the mounting hardware that came with the rack, and always set screws into a stud if you can. If you have to hang the rack in drywall, make sure you use proper anchors.
When your board rack is installed, the best way to store your board is with the bottom of your board facing toward the ceiling and the deck facing down, gently resting on the arms or supports of the storage rack.
Storing your board in this orientation will protect it from damage and protect your head from accidentally making contact with the fin.
Is it possible to lock paddleboards in a wall rack?
If you want some added security for your board, or if you must store it in a location that may be accessible to other people, you will want to lock your board to the mounting rack.
Some mounting racks come with tie-down locations for adding a lock. If this is important for you, make sure you purchase a mounting rack that has loops or other features that can be used for board locks.
We’ve seen some people use steel cable bike locks for locking their paddleboards to their storage rack. These are fine, but if you want the best option, consider the StoreYourBoard SUP lock system.
These are a bit more expensive than a bike lock, but they are made specifically for locking up your SUP and protecting it from theft, even if you’ve stored your board in your garage or home.
Is propping up my paddleboard that bad?
Some paddlers swear that they have a perfect spot for their board that doesn’t require it to be hung from the wall. This may be true, but not all of us have a “perfect” storage corner.
For the rest of us, using a wall storage rack keeps our board from accidentally falling, which can damage your wall, the board or both. Fixing your board so that it is watertight after it falls and is damaged can be a pricey investment.
So can fixing scratches and holes in your wall. You may not be convinced that a mounting rack is necessary, but you might change your mind when you have to pay for repairs. Skip this waste of money and invest in a SUP mounting rack.
Tips for hanging a paddleboard on a wall
Now that you know why hanging your paddleboard on a wall rack is a good idea, here are a few last tips to keep your board safe when it’s in storage.
- You don’t need multiple racks for multiple boards. If you have limited space, look for wall mounting racks that can store a couple of boards.
- Even if you’re just mounting one board on the wall, make sure that it is balanced between the arms of the mounting rack. This will keep it from inadvertently sliding off the mounting rack.
- More support points are better. Look for storage rack options that have at the minimum two support points. If you can find a rack that has three or more supports, that would be the ideal way to distribute weight across the mounting rack and keep your board well balanced.
- Even if you don’t want to lock up your paddleboard, make sure that you secure it to the storage rack. Use wide, soft nylon straps to secure your board to the storage rack.
- Skip the bungee cords for securing your board to your storage rack. While they are convenient and easy to use, they can dent and damage your board, and the sharp hooks can puncture inflatable SUPs.
- For temporary outdoor storage, make sure you select a rack that is made for use outdoors. Also consider storing your board in a location that is away from direct sunlight and has some protection from wind and precipitation.
Your SUP is likely one of your favorite pieces of outdoor gear. So, it’s a great idea to store it properly at the end of the season or even between uses.
One of the easiest ways to protect your paddleboard when it is in storage is to invest in a wall storage rack.
Storage racks give you a safe, out of the way place to hang your paddleboard. Keeping it protected from accidental damage and freeing up room in your garage or basement for storing all of your other outdoor gear.