Windsurfing equipment should not only be stored correctly in order to ensure that your monetary investment is kept safe but so that you can ensure that all of your gear is working at optimum capacity and that you will be safe while out on the water. Hence, let’s breakdown some of the essential tips that you will need to protect your windsurfing gear so that it will last for as long a period as possible.
Always wash your equipment
One of the most important tasks to do after a session out on the water is to clean with fresh water your board. This is non-negotiable as the sand and salt will, over time, contribute to the degradation of your equipment if not properly cared for.
In addition, you should find a place to store your board that will ensure that it is kept safe, dry and secure.
Furthermore, don’t skimp out by merely rinsing your board after windsurfing, be sure to thoroughly wash sand and salt off of all of your equipment and personal particulars that you use for windsurfing, this includes the mast and your helmet.
Most importantly, you must wash your wetsuit: if you don’t do so, you risk to have a rush on your skin the next time you wear it because of the salt it remained.
A suggestion we like to make is to wash your wetsuit under the shower and hang it on the shower hanger so to dry it out while water drips down your shower plate.
Avoid sun at all costs
Ensure that neither your board or any of your other equipment for that matter is stored in a place with direct sun exposure, such as a patio or on top of a car roof. This is due to the fact that the sun will over time cause the board paint to “delaminate” and it could have adverse effects on other parts of your windsurfing toolkit.
In particular, if you have a carbon fibre mast, make sure to avoid to leave it long time below the sun. In facts, a carbon mast can easily explode or deform if left under direct sun light for long time.
Sun also affects your sail as the combination of salt and sun will make the monofilm to lose its transparency. So, try to hang it under a shade, dry it out or as a last alternative consider folding it.
Check your ropes
A final step would be to ensure that the your ropes and your harness lines are always in good shape. This step will ensure that your next trip doesn’t start with an enormous knot to fix, but also that these materials will endure and keep you safe in the water.
Not too hot please
Finally, if you do live in an area with extremely high temperatures or are considering storing your equipment in a space where it gets really hot, think again as this can also damage your equipment. Hot temperatures above 30 degrees can damage our equipment by deforming them or let them loose their shape.
In conclusion, be sure to effectively store your windsurfing gear in order to make the most out of your equipment and be as safe as possible while out on the water.