Care & Maintenance

NX BOARD SUP CARE & MAINTENANCE

Caring your new NXBOARD SUP is important and easy. Just follow our simple tips below for the care and maintenance to ensure you and your board will have a long, happy life;-)


THE ELEMENTS

Do NOT store your board in direct or indirect sunlight while not in use!

The sun is the worst enemy for your new NXBOARD SUP board. Try to keep your board out of the sun as much as possible when not in use. Store in a cool and dry, protected area that is not exposed to direct and indirect sunlight and heat.

Types of Sun damage:

De-lamination - The inside of your NXBOARD SUP board is foam, which consists mostly of air and other gasses. When the sun heats these gasses they expand. As they expand they take up more space and can cause pressure to build on the inside of your board. If they expand too much, the pressure will push on the hard shell of your SUP and may cause the fiberglass shell to detach from the foam core. This is called de-lamination, and can result in air bubbles being trapped between the foam core and fiberglass shell. Your warranty does not cover de-lamination caused by heat exposure.

To avoid de-lamination:
Follow these simple steps to ensure a long life for your NXBOARD SUP board:

  • Gore-Tex® Vent Plug: The plastic Gore-Tex® vent plug is used to keep the inside of the board (the core) an air/water tight environment. It vents the board automatically, please do not loosen or remove to prevent damage to the plug.
  • Always store your board in a cool dry place or shady area when not in use.
  • You may also store your board in a NXBOARD SUP board bag to avoid direct exposure to sunlight. Keep your fin zip open to aid in ventilation.

Fading - While your NXBOARD SUP board is constructed of UV resistant materials, over exposure to the sun can cause the colors to fade. While this will not affect the performance of your NXBOARD SUP board, it will over time, tarnish the beautiful timber and bamboo colors of your board - and no one wants that! Always store your board in a cool dry place or shady area out of direct sunlight to prevent fading.


DINGS

A ding is a depression or crack in the fiberglass shell. Dings in your board's fiberglass shell are bound to happen with regular use.

Depression Ding - This is typically just a cosmetic problem and is generally caused by rough handling of the board and there isn't really anything you can do about it.

To avoid depression dings on the top of your board, only stand on the board in areas where the deck pad covers the surface. To avoid dings elsewhere, handle your board with care and don't allow it to come into contact with hard surfaces with force.

Crack Ding - A crack ding is a more serious problem. Usually caused when the board comes in contact with a hard surface. A crack ding may breach the seal between the fiberglass shell and foam core allowing water to enter the foam core. Over time, the water that enters the foam core will damage the foam causing the water-damaged area of the foam to get heavier and softer. This can result in poor performance of your board and may allow the ding to grow in size.

In the event of a crack ding on your board, remove your board from the water as soon as possible and have it repaired by a fiberglass specialist. You can also attempt to repair the board using a fiberglass repair kit available at some hardware stores, surf shops or online. Your board is made using an EPS foam core, be sure you only use an epoxy resin based repair kit.


WATER DAMAGE

If your NXBOARD SUP board appears to be suffering from water damage to the foam core, inspect the surface of your board for dings or cracks in the fiberglass shell. If you discover a crack or ding in the fiberglass, take appropriate action described in the 'Dings' section above.


TRANSPORTING YOUR SUP

Many types of roof racks are available for transporting your NXBOARD SUP board.

Follow these simple steps to help ensure your board is not damaged during transportation.

  • Secure the board to roof racks using high quality straps 
  • Do not over-tighten the straps, as this can damage the board
  • Place the board on the racks with the fin or fin box facing the sky
  • Place the board on the racks with the fin or fin box located towards the front of the vehicle
  • Always ensure that there is sufficient distance between the two racks to securely support the board at high speeds
  • Avoid driving too fast. The boards have a large surface area and driving at high speeds can cause damage to the board or your vehicle.

Do not use ratchet tie downs to secure your board to your vehicle - Ratchets are designed for machinery, not fibreglass. The foam/fiberglass construction of the board can only handle so much pressure!


GORE-TEX VENT PLUG

Gore-Tex® Vent Plug:
The plastic Gore-Tex® vent plug is used to keep the inside of the board (the core) an air/water tight environment. It vents the board automatically, please do not loosen or remove to prevent damage to the plug.


FCS FINS AND FIN BOX

Your NXBOARD SUP board comes equipped with a standard fin box. The fin box is designed to accept the standard NXBOARD fins. Your fin should fit tightly into the fin box.

To install the fin, remove the aluminium plate and screw from the fin and slide the aluminium plate down into the fin box and into the recessed track. Position the aluminium plate as far forward as possible (for access later). Set the fin into the fin box by sliding the brass pin into the opening until it bottoms out, then slide the fin as far backwards as you would like. Next, push the front of the fin into the box and attach the fin to the aluminium plate with the provided head screw.

Your fin may be difficult to install the first few times, but don’t worry, this is a good thing. The tighter the fin is in the fin box, the better the board will ride. Your fin box will “open” up over time to allow the fin to slide in and out easier. If the fin is too tight, use light sand paper to sand the inside of the fin box to remove any excess plastic chips or resin that may be present.

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