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How to Care for Your Longboard and Shortboard in Hawaii

Aloha, fellow surfers! Whether you're a seasoned wave rider or just starting out, taking proper care of your surfboard is essential to ensure its longevity and performance. At Hawaiian South Shore, we've been the surf authority since 1996, offering expert advice and a friendly staff to help you with all your surfing needs.

Here's a guide on how to care for your longboard and shortboard, specifically tailored for Hawaii's unique surfing conditions.

Essential Equipment for Board Care

Before we dive into the care tips, let’s list some essential equipment you'll need:

General Care Tips

  1. Rinse After Every Session: After every surf session, rinse your board with fresh water to remove salt and sand. Salt can degrade the materials of your board over time, while sand can cause scratches.
  2. Store Properly: Always store your board in a cool, shaded area. Avoid leaving it in direct sunlight for prolonged periods, as UV rays can damage the board’s surface and weaken the resin. Use a knit bag or board bag for added protection.
  3. Regular Wax Maintenance: Keep your board waxed properly to ensure optimal grip. Since we’re in Hawaii, there’s no need to change wax seasonally. A good base coat with a tropical water wax will suffice. Scrape off old wax regularly to apply a fresh layer, ensuring maximum traction.
  4. Check and Replace Your Leash: Inspect your leash regularly for any signs of wear and tear. A broken leash can result in losing your board or even getting injured. Replace it as needed to ensure safety in the water.

Longboard-Specific Tips

  1. Nose and Tail Protection: Use nose and tail guards to protect these vulnerable areas from dings and damage. These guards absorb shocks and can prevent costly repairs.
  2. Fin Maintenance: Regularly check your fins for any signs of damage or looseness. Tighten or replace screws as needed. Removable fins should be stored safely when not in use to prevent loss or damage.

Shortboard-Specific Tips

  1. Travel Safely: When traveling with your shortboard, use a high-quality board bag with adequate padding. This will protect your board from dings and scratches during transport.
  2. Monitor Pressure Dings: Shortboards are more prone to pressure dings due to their thinner construction. Regularly inspect your board for any new dings and get them repaired promptly to prevent water from seeping in.

    Quick Repairs

    1. Ding Repair Kit: Always have a ding repair kit on hand for minor repairs. For more significant damage, it’s best to bring your board to a professional for repair.
    2. Fixing Small Cracks: Small cracks can quickly turn into bigger problems if not addressed. Use your ding repair kit to seal any minor cracks before your next surf session.

      Taking good care of your surfboard will not only extend its life but also enhance your surfing experience. At Hawaiian South Shore, we’re here to provide you with the best products and advice to keep you riding the waves. Visit our shop or check out our online store for all your surfboard care needs.

      Mahalo for choosing Hawaiian South Shore, your trusted surf authority since 1996. Happy surfing!

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