The easy & cheap way!
Why are more tie-down points needed on an inflatable paddle board?
Inflatable stand up paddle boards (iSUPs) are a great way to always be ready to get on the water no matter where you are. Unfortunately, many manufacturers don’t provide enough tie-down places or don’t have the tie-downs in the correct place for people who want to take their iSUP for long adventure paddle board trips.
In this how-to guide, I list the steps to use GoPro mounting brackets to cheaply & easily add additional SUP rigging tie-down points or bungees to a SUP. This allows you to easily attach coolers & other gear needed for long fishing or overnight SUP trips.
Are these tie-downs removable?
Yes! The best part of this is that if you need to sell your board later, then the 3M GoPro mounting brackets are completely removable.
Best of all, unlike many other tie-down solutions available on the market, this method does NOT leave a icky residue behind. Even the application of the mounts is mess free.
Additionally, when you don’t need the GoPro mounting brackets on, you can slide them off like a GoPro and actually use the mounting brackets for a GoPro. This also makes rolling up the board easier.
Are these strong enough?
The strength of these little guys is incredible. I’ve been able to lift my iSUP entirely from one of the brackets.
I’ve had them on an entire seasons without having any come off. Additionally, I’ve been able to rig up my Yeti Roadie 20 cooler & large dry bags like my 70L Seal Line Boundary Portage Pack down on my board.
Does this work with “hard” epoxy/fiberglass boards?
Yes. It should work even better on a hard board.
Is there a simpler method if I just plan on using a bungee cord?
Yes. Check out just using GoPro Camera tethers. They are a great alternative to the guide below if you only plan on using a bungee tie-down system. You just need the tethers & a bungee system that fits them.
Hopefully, you have some of these materials just laying around your home…
The amounts of each will vary depending on the amount of mounts that you wish to add to your board. They sell the GoPro mounts in various amounts on amazon so you can adjust according.
1x Box Cutter
- Used for cutting paracord
- For heating up box cutter to cut paracord cleanly or to melt ends of paracord
(Optional) 1x Dremel with cutting disk head bit
(Optional)1x 80 Grit Sand Paper or sanding Dremel bit
(Optional)1x Electrical Tape
(Optional)1x Tape Measure
1. Pump up inflatable stand up paddle board (iSUP).
- Refer to your board’s instruction manual for the correct PSI.
2. Decide where you want the extra tie-down point to go on your iSUP.
- Keep in mind whether you want to use flat or the rounded adhesive brackets depending on the location of your iSUP. For instance, on the part of the board that has curvature, you probably want to use the rounded adhesive brackets. Don’t worry about the rounded brackets coming off when you deflate your board.
- I usually use a Sharpie to mark the places that I want to put the mounts. This saves time later on & ensures the mounts are symmetrical.
3. Clean those areas with alcohol prep wipe of foreign debris & material.
- Clean/scrub board enough to remove any gross debris.
- Then, use the alcohol prep pad to wipe the area to ensure it is clean.
4. Add GoPro 3M adhesive mounting brackets to board one at a time
- If your 3M adhesive pad is not already attached to the plastic bracket, peel one side of the 3M adhesive pad & position it on the plastic bracket.
- Apply pressure firmly for about 30 seconds or until you are sure that the mount fully attached to plastic sliding bracket.
- Once you are sure that the 3M pad is completely attached to the plastic GoPro sliding bracket, un-peel the other side of the adhesive pad, & firmly apply the 3M pad & bracket on the board by adding pressure for 1 minute.
- Be careful here, you want to make sure that the mounting adhesive mount is completely flush & adhering to the board.
- If you have any air bubbles, try to work the out by applying pressure from the middle, outward on the 3M pad.
- Continue this step with each GoPro Mount you wish to put on your board.
5. Remove thumbscrews from GoPro Mounting Clips
- Use the Dremel with a cutting disk head to cut off the flange that holds on the thumbscrew right at the base. See photo for example.
- Depending on the type of GoPro Mounting Clips you have, you may or may not have to complete this step. The newer Mounting Clips have the thumbscrews glued in. The older GoPro Mounting Clips had loose thumbscrews.
- (Optional), if your Dremel cut was not flush with the plastic base of the clip or was uneven, you can use sand paper or a different Dremel bit to make the cut smoother or get it more flush with the base clip.
6. Cut & Tie Paracord
- If you have a lighter, heat up your box cutter blade until the blade is hot.
- Once blade is heated, cut your paracord into 8″ strands.
- If the heated blade didn’t cauterize the paracord, you may consider using the lighter to melt the ends of the paracord.
- Once the paracord is cut, thread the paracord through the holes on the GoPro Mounting Clips & make a loop by tying the 2 ends of the paracord together using a double thumb knot.
7. Clip In GoPro Mounting Clips & Go!
- Use cinch straps or velcro straps to rig your board with coolers, tackle boxes, dry bags, or any other gear you might consider bringing on your SUP adventure.
How’d it work out for you? Have your own method or additional tips for adding attachment tie-down points to your paddle board? Or, do you have any additional tips for this guide?
Let me know in the comments.
- If you have an iSUP & want to roll it up with the mounts, I highly recommend to un-slide the mounting clips.
- If you want to attach a bungee cord, you can use the bungee cord as a substitute for the paracord & thread it through the mounts or keep the paracord & attach it to the paracord.
- It’s always a good idea to test your gear modifications before you have to rely on them.
- If you ever have to remove the 3M adhesive mounts, try to get a section of the 3M up by using your hands. It may take a little patience, but I’ve taken tons of these guys off of iSUPs & SUPs with no issues.