Have you caught the bug with the hottest new board sport? Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs) may not be the biggest water sport (yet), but it is certainly the fastest growing. From recent visits to the ocean, and really any body of water, it seems like many have converted to SUPs. It is easy to see why stand up paddleboarding has swept the nation – it’s super fun, more approachable than surfing, and an excellent workout.
Paddleboarding offers the rider the ability to catch waves further out, ride smaller waves, or best of all, ride when and where there are no waves! The act of “standing on water” and paddling across rivers, lakes, or reservoirs is a novel idea and wasn’t possible in the realm of surfing. This has opened up opportunities for all the land-locked folk to get out and enjoy the nearest body of water. There is some resistance from “hardcore surfers” who claim SUPs are too easy or paddle boarders get in the way when surfing. But stand Up Paddleboarding, surfing, and any water sport for that matter are all about going out and enjoying the outdoors and having fun! Besides surfing legends like Laird Hamilton helped pioneer the sport.
With all the excitement over picking out your SUP, paddle, and other gear, storage of your paddleboard is often neglected. It’s easy to see why paddleboard storage is a low priority when all you can think about is your next session out on the water, but as soon as you get home with your board you’ll understand that storing your SUP is no trivial matter. If you’re used to surfing or other board sports, then transporting or storing your board might be as simple as throwing it in the trunk or standing it up in the corner of your room. Unfortunately, storing and transporting your SUP is a whole other beast. Additionally, with most SUPs costing $1000 or more, there is serious incentive to protect your investment and have proper storage and transportation methods in place.
With most SUPs being 8ft or longer, storing your SUP indoors becomes a real issue because most residential ceilings are only 8ft or 9ft tall. This rules out the option of standing your SUP upright in the corner. Additionally, the weight and sheer size of most paddleboards means a cheap do-it-yourself rack is out of the picture. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of rack and storage options available on StoreYourBoard that will let you easily and safely store your SUP. Below is a breakdown of the different types of racks we carry.
Wall racks are probably the most ubiquitous and diverse set of racks for SUP storage. When most people think “SUP rack, ” the image that pops into their mind is most likely a wall rack. Wall racks are great because they make it easy to load and unload your SUP. This is especially important if you are going to be racking and removing your SUP board by yourself or if you are always going to have someone to help you. Wall racks give you the flexibility to mount as high or as low as you need on the wall in order to make it more accessible for you.
SUP wall racks come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and construction materials. For instance, we offer single board and multi-board options (up to three paddleboards per rack). Also, we offer everything from plastic to wood to stainless steel construction materials. Regarding the different styles of SUP racks we carry, some of our wall racks are oriented more towards display and showing off your board while some other racks are more utilitarian in trying to be as space efficient as possible. What type of paddleboard rack you choose will be up to your needs and wants.
Ceilings racks for stand up paddleboards are awesome if you are limited on space. They are by far the best option and sometimes the only options if you have a house or garage full of stuff on the floor and walls. Your ceiling space is almost never filled and is one of the most underutilized spaces for storage in general.
It may seem counter intuitive, but ceiling racks are also one of the safest places to keep your SUP. Having your paddleboard suspended up in the air will prevent any unwanted bumping into your board. Whether it be kids, cars, or pets, a ceiling rack keeps your SUP out of range and safely secured. We know how much SUPs can cost, so we see many customers pick the ceiling rack strictly based on safety concerns. The most important thing you need to consider about a SUP ceiling rack is whether or not you can easily load and unload it. If you are a strapping young lad or lass, you may be able to easily throw it up and bring it down. But if not, then you need to consider whether you will have someone to help you put your SUP into place depending on how heavy your board is. We offer single and multiboard SUP ceiling racks. One of the best ceiling SUP racks we offer has expandable capability so you can customize to your needs.