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Maintenance & Care for your Inflatable SUPs & Kayaks
Built to last, all our Inflatable SUPs & Kayaks feature industry-leading, drop-stitched, double-layer PVC construction. That's why we're happy to offer a one-year warranty on them! Still, proper care and maintenance will ensure your inflatables will last for years to come.
Store it Smart - Sun, saltwater, rain, and wind are all not friends of your equipment. While your iSUP is made to be used in these condtiions, it is not made to be stored in them. This goes for all the included equipment: paddle, leash, pump, etc. Our inflatables are all constructed with protection from weathering, but leaving your iSUP/iYak exposed to the elements all day will significantly decrease its lifespan. Indonesia's harsh sun will heat up the material, causing it to expand, weaken the glue, and lead to damaged seams and, eventually, to leaks.
- Rinse with fresh water after use, dry before storing away.
- Store in a cool, dry environment. Ideally indoors, but definitely in a covered area.
- Never store your board in direct sunlight. Resort operators and resorts should not leave inflatables in the sun all day. Keep covered with a tarp or in a shady area.
Pump it Up - The included high-pressure pump makes it easy to know when your iSUP or iYak is fully inflated: Green means Good. You should always have your board at or above 15 PSI prior ot use. If your Inflatables are stored properly, keeping them inflated is not a problem at all.
Keeping your iSUPs & iYaks properly inflated is obviously important for buoyancy and float. It is also important for structural integrity and will help keep your board protected if you experience an impact situation. Periodically check the pressure with pump gauge and increase as needed.
Keep it Clean - Always rinse your board with fresh water after use. Just a simple rinse will keep mildew and bacteria from growing on your iSUP. Plus, saltwater is corrosive. If you don't rinse it off, your board will slowly began deteriorating. Make sue to target all fittings (D-rings, etc.) fins, and deck pad. Don't forget to rinse your leash and paddle too! If you have a SUP-Kayak Combo, the seat should be cleaned and dried as well.
The occasional deeper clean will keep your iSUP looking pristine, but never use heavy-duty cleaning products like acetone. Water, simple dish soap, and a soft brush will easily have your board looking like new.
Carry it Carefully - This should be obvious, but it is important to remember! Even though they are super durable, iSUPs and iYaks can and will get damaged if not treated with the respect they deserve. Luckily, our Inflatables are so light that they are super easy to carry.
- Avoid dragging them over gravel, rocks, debris, or even sand.
- Don't drop them because serious drops can lead to cracks and leaks.
- Don't strap them too tight as this can cause bulges and lead to popping as well.
Fins have Feelings - They take care of you, so return the favor. Our Inflatables have 2 small fixed side fins and 1 removable center fin. Make sure to mount and dismount your iSUP in sufficiently deep water to keep your fins from hitting the bottom. You can easily unscrew and remove your center fin for use in shallow water, or whenever you are storing your board. Yes, we can repair and replace your board's fin and fin box, but if you're careful then there won't be a need!
Check out this short instructional video for a bit more information on setting up your iSUP Combo:
- PT SUP Bali
Indonesia Fishing Tackle Exhibition 2017
Get excited Indonesian anglers!! The 5th annual Indonesia Fishing Tackle Exhibition will run from 23rd to 26th November at Epiwalk, the center of amusement and lifestyle in Kuningan, Jakarta. Created specifically for Indonesia’s fast growing sports fishing industry, IFTE 2017 will bring the best of the fishing industry under one roof.
Attendees will see the best the fishing world has to offer, plus enjoy talk shows, games such as casting competitions, eating contests, raffle prizes, and more! Of course, everyone will be able to take home some amazing products for the various exhibitors including major international brands like Shimano, Penn, Daiwa, Berkley, and Jigging Master alongside local fishing companies and charter groups.
The Pulau Outfitters Team will be offering amazing discounts on many products including Kayaks, SUPs, Waterproof Dry Bags & Backpacks, Bali Bandanas, Waterproof Phone Pouches, Eyewear Retainers, and more!! Come see us at Booth B4, map here!
- PT SUP Bali
How to Choose the Right SUP - Inflatable vs. Hard Boards
Stand-up paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing sports worldwide. Like any sport, it takes patience and practice, and of course, the right gear.
Whether you are a beginner, resort, rental operator, or seasoned pro, selecting the right equipment can make or break your stand-up paddling experience. To start, you want to make sure and choose the right board.
What's the Difference?
Constructed of various types of material in a fashion similar to surfboards. Our Epoxy SUPs combine traditional craftsmanship with modern design and high quality materials. The core is a stringerless, 22 kg/m3 density EPS foam blank. The lamination process uses 2 layers of 6-ounce fiberglass on the bottom, 3 layers of 6-ounce fiberglass on the deck, and biaxial carbon wrapped rails to create parabolic carbon stringers.
Inflatable boards (iSUP)
Constructed using drop-stitched, double layer PVC in a similar fashion to Inflatable Resue Boats (IRBs) such as Zodiacs. Our line of Inflatable SUPs use top-quality, industry-standard construction.
What's to Consider?
1. How will you use your SUP?
This is the #1 factor when choosing the right stand-up paddleboard for you.
Hard (epoxy) boards are hands-down the best choice for surfing. You will find that serious, long distance paddlers will also typically opt for epoxy boards custom-built for optimal speed and performance.
Inflatable stand-up paddleboards are essentially better for everything else, particularly for beginning paddlers.
Though somewhat counter-intuitive, iSUPs are significantly more durable. Drop them, crash them, bounce them off rocks or other SUPs. You can stress way less with inflatable boards when an epoxy SUP would be getting repair after repair.
Modern iSUPs feature construction that makes them highly rigid, feeling quite similar to an epoxy SUP at first sight. Still, there is a certain amount of give in any inflatable, which makes falling a lot less painful!
4. Storage & Transport
Due to the volume required for balance and stability, SUPs are big. This is glaringly obvious with epoxy boards. They are difficult to transport, almost impossible to take on a plane, and expensive to ship. They also require a sizable area for storage.
Inflatable SUPs are a different story. They quickly deflate and pack away so you can take them with you wherever you're heading or tuck them away in the closet when not in use.
- PT SUP Bali
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Rip Curl Asia GromSearch 2017 Begins Today!
Rip Curl is kicking off the 14th annual GromSearch series at Areguling, Lombok this weekend! These fun-filled youth surfing events are always a blast, but also a great way to help bring up the next generation of surfers. Dozens of GromSearch graduates have become elite athletes in the surfing industry such as Steph Gilmore, Tyler Wright, Alana Blanchard, Kolohe Andino, Jordy Smith, and Gabriel Medina.
The first 2-day event of the 2017 series will be held at Lombok's famous righthand point break, Are Guling, on 22-23 April, and features boys and girls divisions in the 16 and under, 14 and under, and 12 and under age groups.
Good luck groms!!
GromSearch 2017 Schedule:
Series 1 – Are Guling, Lombok - 22nd & 23rd April
Series 2 – Cimaja, West Java - May 13th & 14th
Series 3 – Canggu, Bali, September 23rd & 24th
National Final - Somewhere, October 21st & 22nd
- PT SUP Bali
Why Paracord Is So Useful
You've probably been hearing a lot about paracord lately and wondering, "what's the big deal?"
For starters, it really isn't anything new. Paracord was originally developed by the US military to be used as suspension lines on parachutes during World War II. Over time, it has become synonymous with survival and widely applied in various rigging and rentention applications around the world.
Paracord provides strength and versatility, packed into a lightweight and affordable cordage. There are 6 different types of paracord, though the most popular is Type III: 550 paracord with a minimum breaking strength of 250 kilograms (we only use military-grade, 550 paracord in our Island Survival collection).
Its ingenious construction features an outer casing that holds 7-9 threads of nylon (see photo above), each of which is composed of 2-3 threads. That means that 30 centimeters of paracord when pulled apart offers 2.4 meters of cordage!!
You're probably still wondering why survival experts say paracord is the #1 survival tool? Here's a few of its limitless uses:
- Emergency tourniquet, or make an arm sling.
- Lash down equipment, tarp, or tent.
- Suspend line for drying clothes, hanging a lantern, or keeping food off the ground.
- Tow rope for car, ATV, etc.
- Thread for sewing, fishing, stitching wounds.
- Compress loose packs or bags to save space.
- Safety line for working at heights, or rappelling from them!
Pull it apart, and you open up a whole new level of uses:
- Sew clothes or torn tent
- Stitch wounds
- Fishing line
- Weave into a net for fishing or suspending gear/food off the ground
Be prepared for any situation by packing along some paracord. Better yet, stay stylish and safe with Island Survival products from Pulau Outfitters.
- PT SUP Bali
Need To Know Beach Safety Tips
Indonesia has the 2nd longest coastline in the world. Its countless beaches are all charming, and dangerous, in their own unique ways. Never forget that having fun at the beach also means remaining aware of these dangers and staying safe. Here are a few tips to make sure your next beach trip is a good one.
Check the forecast – Most people aren’t interested in rainy, stormy beach days. Not just because it’s not much fun, but it often increases the danger level. Check the weather forecast and pay attention to everything including temperature, rain & thunderstorm predictions, wind speeds, and swell height. High levels of any of these all create their own dangers.
Know where to go – Do your research! Choosing the right beach depends on several different factors. If you plan on having lunch, there better be somewhere to eat? If the beach you're heading is heavily tide affected, like many in Indonesia, when is the best time to go? Do you want to snorkel, kayak, or SUP?
It’s always best to choose a spot close to a lifeguard, they are there for a reason! Keep your eyes open for any warning signs and/or flags that may be posted, and always listen when lifeguards give instructions.
Know your limits – Everyone can enjoy the beach, but that doesn’t mean you should jump right in, or even get close to the water, if you don’t know how to swim. Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional deaths worldwide. The ocean can be very unpredictable and easily catch even the strongest swimmers off-guard. If you don’t know how to swim, a life jacket will let you enjoy the water with less stress. Regardless, remain aware of your surroundings, keep an eye on the shore and any potential hazards in the water (waves, currents, etc.), and other people around you. Never swim or surf alone!
Stay covered – Sunburns are no fun, but there is a lot more to worry about other than being uncomfortable and red as a tomato for a few days. Anyone that experiences more than 5 strong sunburns in their life has double the risk of developing skin cancer. Slather on your sunscreen and make sure to reapply during extended sun exposure. Shade is your best friend, especially during the peak sun hours between 10 am and 2 pm; hats, umbrellas, and trees are great options. Better yet, a Bali Bandana?
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous, and can creep up on you unexpectedly. Stay aware of how much sun and heat you’re getting, and make sure to stay hydrated! Know what symptoms to be aware of and what to do if you or a loved one experiences any of them.
Stay hydrated – It’s easy to get caught up in the fun, but staying hydrated is one of the most important things to remember. Your body loses a surprising amount of energy in the sun and warmer weather, 2 of our favorite reasons for a day at the beach! Make sure to drink plenty of water while limiting drinks that dehydrate you like coffee and alcohol.Yes, we know: lounging on the beach and an ice cold Bintang go together like Nasi and Sambal, but be careful not to have too many and always match any alcohol intake with extra water.
- PT SUP Bali