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How to Store Water Sports Equipment

Lockaway Storage | May 9, 2024 @ 12:00 AM

There’s nothing quite like taking to the water – whether you’re surfing, water-skiing, or just casting your fishing line from the shore, you’re always sure to have an adventure. But just as important as the adventures themselves is the care and maintenance of your gear. Properly storing your water sports equipment keeps it safe for future excursions and makes it more likely to last. That’s why we’ve put together this guide on getting your water sports equipment ready for storage. From wakeboards to wetsuits, here’s a comprehensive guide on how to store your gear effectively.

Preliminary Steps:

Before stashing away your gear, it's essential to give it a good clean. Rinse off any salt, sand, or debris with fresh water, and ensure everything is completely dry. Depending on what you’re washing off, you may or may not want to use a mild dish soap along with the water to ensure you get everything spick and span. This step prevents the growth of mold and preserves the integrity of your equipment.

Wall-mounted racks are a good choice for storing water sports equipment. Most gear (wakeboards, skis, and surfboards, for example) fares best when stored hanging. This prevents warping and damage that can occur when items are stacked or piled on top of each other.

Wakeboard and Ski Care:

After cleaning, make sure your wakeboards and skis are thoroughly dried before storing them vertically on racks. Avoid stacking anything on top of them to keep them from warping.

Surfboard Maintenance:

Remove old wax and fins from your surfboard before storage. You may want to invest in an insulated board bag to protect your board from heat and humidity.

Windsurfing Gear Protocol:

Prior to storage, remove foot straps and hang the sail without folding it (keeping your sail folded for a long time could weaken it and cause damage). Clean and dry your windsurf board and then put it in a bag. Take down the mast, boom, ropes, and harness lines and make sure those are all properly stowed as well.

Fishing Equipment TLC:

Clean fishing gear after each use and lubricate parts before long-term storage. Unspool reels and remove old lines.

Wetsuit Wisdom:

Rinse your wetsuits with fresh water and hang them using a heavy-duty clothes hanger or a designated wetsuit hanger. Avoid folding, as this could lead to tears or ruptures.

Life Jacket Maintenance:

Clean life jackets with mild soap and water, making sure they are completely dry before storage. Avoid strong detergents and direct sunlight, which can damage the material. Store life jackets on hangers to maintain their shape and integrity.

Inflatables Precautions:

Deflate tubes and inflatables slowly before folding or rolling them. Make sure all air is expelled to prevent mold growth. Store your inflatables in a cool, dry place to prolong their lifespan.

Rope and Handle Care:

Clean ropes and handles with fresh water and store them loosely coiled to prevent kinks. Avoid hanging ropes for extended periods, as this can cause damage over time.

By following these storage tips, you can extend the life of your water sports equipment and make sure you and your gear are ready for your next aquatic adventure. Remember, proper maintenance not only protects your gear but also enhances your safety and enjoyment on the water. So, clean, dry, and store with care, and let the waves beckon you to new horizons!

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