When I first started stand up paddle surfing I would hit the rails of the stand up board A LOT. I still hit it and have even taken chunks out of the rails. The carbon fiber stand up paddles are strong and easily dent and ding the epoxy boards. My friend’s board looks like a shark ate the rail. It is wasted almost the entire length of the rail. I gotta get a picture to post but I don’t think he’ll like that.
The first solution was to tape up the edge of the stand up paddle with electric tape. That works reasonably well but a hard hit and the gel coat comes off the rail. Then I tried ‘rim rubber’ which is made for kayak paddles. It looks like door jam material and you use Aqua Seal glue to make it stick. It looks and works great on kayak paddles because they are relatively flat on the blade. The stuff costs something like $30 and there’s a problem when doing stand up paddles. The stand up paddles don’t have the sharp flat blade a kayak paddle has. The stand up paddle blade is beveled which means the rim rubber won’t let the glue set because it’s slipping off. Go Bananas Kayaks tried putting tape on the rim rubber to hold it in place while the glue set but it leaked out the edges and basically looked like crap. I put 2″ wide electric tape on it to hide the ugliness. I could have pulled it off but it took so much effort to get on I just left it.
THEN I FOUND THE SOLUTION: I found it at www.infinitysurf.com. They have this rubber molding that goes around the paddle blade and has a strip of glue in it already. There is no mess and it sticks immediately. The best thing is it only costs $1.50 per foot and you need about 3 feet for a stand up paddle. I’ve been using it for the past month and it works awesome. I can feel myself still hitting my rails on the board with the paddle but there’s not even a mark anymore. What if it starts falling off? Who cares because it was less than $10 w/ shipping. I’ll just put more on. I’ll post some pictures so you can see what I’m talking about and why I’m so excited.
Here’s the video (click the thumbnail to view):
This is what the rim guard for the stand up paddle blade looks like:
Here are some pictures of the rim guard on my C4 paddle:
Here’s the blade of my paddle with yellow electric tape over the rim guard:
Infinity Surf suggested that I put a little super glue on the ends of both sides of the rim guard so It will stay on. I chose to use electric tape instead so in case I want to pull it off and change it, I won’t have a part super stuck.
On a side note, if you’re wondering how the close up macro shot on this is so clear it’s because the Sony DSC-T30 camera has a cool “magnifying glass” feature that takes unreal macro pictures. I also made a short video so you can see what the stand up paddle edge protection looks like.
Save your rails on your stand up paddle surfboard [1:54m]: Download