Aloha you all… Evan gave me access to the site and here I am writing my first post. A quick stand up paddle history about me. I first stood up with a paddle about two years ago on Maui when I was visiting a couple of friends. They plopped me onto a couple monster 12 foot boards and I was hooked. I left Maui with a repaired paddle (broken windsurf mast and universal) looking for a board. A buddy in Honolulu had an old beat up Munoz Surftech that he loaned me. I was in for a surprise the first time I paddled out at Kaimana. The board was totally unstable and the winds battered me to shreds. I kept taking the board out until I finally found my very own board. It was a Dave Parmenter 10′ gray camo board shaped for Archie on Maui. This board was a beast. Heavy, stable, and a tank on water. The board had gone many through many hands and everytime I went out someone would yell.. hey that board was sitting at my house for months…
Fast forward to earlier this year. I found a used Bryan Caldwell on Craigslist and bought it along with a C-4 paddle for my wife. It ended up being too big for her, so I went out and found a used 9′6″ Blane Chambers. The point of my story is that I ended up selling the Parmenter, selling the Caldwell and now I ride my wife’s Chambers exclusively. I’m in the market to get her a new 9′0″ as she’s pretty small.
Ok… so with that SUP history aside my post today is about the dreaded vent plug found on many hand shaped epoxy/EPS boards. I hate them. I have forgotten to put the plug in my board soo many times, I am sure my boards have been waterlogged. I finally found a great solution. I don’t use the vent plugs anymore. I put a thick piece of waterproof plumbing tape, the same stuff I use for quickly cover dings. It works like a charm. When the board heats up the tape bubble up a bit and when the board cools off it gets sucked into the vent plug a bit. Never had a problem and I definitely know water is not leaking in.
That’s my SUPTIP of the day. If you have any you want to share drop me a line and I’ll repost them.