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How To Inflate Your Adventure or Fitness Row SUP

Ok! Now that your order has arrived and you’re ready to hit the water, it is time to pump up your Adventure or Fitness Row SUP.

Having an inflatable board is ideal for travel and makes storage super easy, plus it only takes about 15 mins to pump up and you can do it yourself.

To get started, you want to make sure that the valve lock on your SUP is in the right position. The valves on the Fitness and Adventure Row SUPs are two way, so when the lock is raised, air can only get in and not back out so make sure the lock is raised when you are pumping up your board.

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To attach the pump to the board, slot the threads on the pump into the grooves on the board and twist to lock into place. When you begin pumping, you won’t see the pressure gage begin to move until the board has taken on its full shape so don’t worry if you don’t see any readings right away.

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The pump is a two way system meaning you are pumping air into the board both when you push it down but also when you pull it back up. This means you are inflating your board twice as quickly which works wonderfully until you hit around 10 PSI. After this point it can get a bit more difficult so to make it a bit easier on yourself, you can switch the pump to a single valve for the last 5 PSI.

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Around 10 PSI the board will start to feel very rigid and it may seem as though it is fully inflated, do keep going however until you reach 15 PSI. This is what the board was designed for and what will give you the best row.

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Once the board is fully inflated, remove the pump (don’t worry, as long as you have the valve lock in to the raised position no air will escape although you will hear a slight hiss) and place the cap over the valve. Then just pop on the fin and the Oar Board® and hit the waves!

To deflate your board, first remove the Oar Board® and fin, then remove the cap over the valve and push the valve lock down and twist to let all the air out. Once fully deflated, you can fold up your board for storage or travel, making sure you start with the nose and leave the valve open to force out any remaining air.

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About the Author:

Emma literally grew up on the sea living on islands and boats since day one. She loves being by the water and exploring locally and globally whenever possible. Instagram @first_adventures_then_tea

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