SUP MAINTENANCE


While your JIMMY STYKS™ product is warrantied to be free of defects in material and workmanship for 365 days from the date of purchase, failure to properly maintain and care for your paddleboard will void warranty coverage. Please carefully review proper maintenance techniques stated within the Owner's Guide of your paddleboard.

BOARD MAINTENANCE


Sun, sand and saltwater will degrade any man-made material over time. Even mild sunlight can damage a board if left in the direct sunlight for a period of time. Never leave board exposed to direct sunlight when out of the water and always keep in the shade when not in the water. If you must expose you board to direct sunlight during transport or temporary storage, it is safest to keep the bottom facing upward. Never leave a traction pad facing the sun when dry. Overheating your board is not covered by manufacturing warranty!

  DO NOT STORE YOUR PADDLE BOARD IN A BOARD BAG FOR EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME.

Bags are intended to be used for transportation protection; not full time storage. Prolonged storage of a board in a hot and moist board bag will have adverse effects on the finish of your board including mold, osmotic blisters, and delamination.
Storing your board in direct sunlight in a board bag is not the same as putting it in the shade! Board bags will collect heat and potentially cook your board. The temperature inside a board bag on a sunny day can easily exceed 180° F and will result in delamination.




WINTER STORAGE


During the winter we recommend trying keep your boards from freezing. In certain climates it may not be possible. In this environment it is very important to make sure your board is completely dry before storing. Remove the Vent Cap for the winter (make sure you save it for Spring). Any water that entered the board through cracks or open vents during the paddling season has to possibility of freezing and expanding during cold temperatures.






VENT HANDLE MAINTENANCE


  REGULATING INTERNAL AIR PRESSURE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MAINTENANCE TASK IN PROLONGING THE LIFE OF YOUR PADDLE BOARD.

JIMMY STYKS™ pressure vents are integrated into the JS WATER GEAR handles. The pressure vent regulates air pressure contained within the paddle boards’ water tight skin. JIMMY STYKS™ models come equipped with a pre-installed self-breathing vent cap. In addition to the pre-installed self-breathing cap, a spare standard vent cap is included in the accompanying accessory pack.

  REMOVE VENT CAP WHEN STACKING MULTIPLE BOARDS TO AVOID PRESSURE DINGS.

The JS vent cap may cause pressure dings when stacking multiple boards.
Periodically inspect the o-ring for cracks, tears or damage.

SELF-BREATHING CAP VENTING

“Self-Breathing” caps feature a Gore-Tex® membrane that allows air to permeate freely through the vent while preventing water and other debris from entering the paddle board. While “Self-Breathing” caps minimize damage caused by pressurization and heat, it is important that you:

Regularly inspect the seal and membrane for cracks and damage.

Open vent completely after use.

Tighten cap before use.

Gore-Tex® recommends replacing the self-breathing membrane every 12 months. While JIMMY STYKS™ does not sell individual replacement Gore-Tex® membranes, replacement JS WATER GEAR vent caps with pre-installed Gore-Tex® membranes are available for purchase through our online accessory store.
JIMMY STYKS™ venting handles are designed to interface with all Coca-Cola Company® and PepsiCo, Inc.® brand 20oz soft drink bottle caps. Using a 20oz soft drink bottle cap is recommended only as a temporary solution until a replacement JIMMY STYKS™ vent cap is obtained.

STANDARD CAP VENTING

  STANDARD VENT CAPS REQUIRE MANUAL VENTING.

Standard vent caps require manual venting. Opening the vent cap allows air to escape freely to avoid over pressurization. Neglecting venting maintenance may compromise the integrity of the water tight skin or cause severe delamination. Leaving the air vent open while in use will allow water and moisture to enter the foam core resulting in a heavy, “water-logged” paddle board.




FIN MAINTENANCE


Keep your fins in good condition by removing them after each use. A damaged fin may dramatically reduce the paddleboards performance. Damage to the fin incurred while attached to the paddleboard may result in severe damage to the fin box, the water tight skin and the foam core. Attach the fin firmly before you go riding.



For more information on SUP maintenance, refer to the product documentation that accompanied your specific board model.

PRODUCT DOCUMENTATION + OWNER'S GUIDES

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