As part of our continuing SUPtips series here is a method that can be used for protecting both the rails of a stand up paddle board and the paddle. It is a 1” wide rubber mastic tape that can be purchased at any home improvement or hardware store. Pretty inexpensive way to protect your board and paddle.
It works best to apply with 2 people. Start at the shaft/ blade joint. Cross the joint and wrap ¾ away around the blade, then flip and wrap the rest of the way up and across the joint again. Then wrap a collar around the ends to keep them in place. Press the tape flat and try to keep air bubbles out. This material works really well and is especially important when boards are used in demo, rentals, or when someone is learning on your brand new board. Attached are a few pics of a paddle we applied it to and the box the tape was in.