How to Store a Solid Paddle Board for Winter
With the first snowflakes of the year hitting the ground, many people are wondering how to store their solid paddle board for the winter (to read how to store inflatable paddle boards, utility docks, or kayaks during the winter, click here). The options for storage during the off-season are pretty straightforward, but here are a few best practices:
Rigid Fiberglass Boards:
1. Choose a location that won’t have the risk of water freezing on it. Unheated garages, boathouses or sheds work great, just be sure it’s not getting buried under the snow.
2. Choose a rack. A racking system, like the Paddle North Wall Mount (pictured below), makes storage much easier. Laying the board on its side in a wall mount, leaning the board on its side, or propping it vertically against a wall. Bonus: the wall mount also reduces the possibility of your board taking damage (falling and hitting sharp/hard objects).
3. Fins In or Out? Leaving the fins in for the winter will not hurt the board. The reason most people take them out is to have a narrower profile against the wall, increasing space for other winter toys. If you take the fins out of the board, it is possible to get two boards into one Paddle North wall mount. For a refresher on installing and removing fins, check out our guide.
READ: How to store inflatables during the winter