If you’ve been SUPing for any amount of time, you’ve probably had your share of small scratches, dents, dings, crackles & snaps. No matter how careful you are, eventually your board is going to need a little help to get it looking like new again. This guide looks inside the essential SUP repair & maintenance tool kit that includes all the essential tools, repair materials, & replacement parts that I keep in my car when I go out paddling. That way when something does happen to my board, I can do an in-field repair & quickly get back out on the water. Nothing puts a damper on a day out on the water then having to go back early because of a small ding on your board. No matter whether you have an inflatable, plastic, or epoxy/fiberglass SUP board, the toolkit will be pretty much the same.
List of Essential Tools & Materials in SUP Repair Toolbox
- Screwdriver – Philip’s or flat head will depend on what the fin screw is on your board. It’s not a bad idea to have both though
- Fin key – If your board has side bites
- WD-40 – To keep metal bits on a board from rusting, any oil would do.
- Solarez or JB Weld 5min Epoxy Syringe
- Fiberglass – Any kind you pick up at the hardware store will work fine
- NBR Rubber Gloves – Any kind you pick up at the hardware store will work fine
- Sand Paper – 80-200 grit is more than adequate
- Clear Packing Tape – For quick field fixes. To learn how-to use clear packing tape for ding repair, check out this how-to video
- 8050 Cordless Micro Hand Dremel – More for major repairs, but I seem to never find endless uses for having this guy around
- Popsicle Stick – For mixing the epoxy
- Plastic Water Cups – To throw away after mixing Epoxy
- Magic Eraser – Makes your board look brand new. I haven’t found a better use for Magic Erasers
- Extra Fin Hardware – These little guys always seem to get lost into oblivion no matter how hard I try to not lose them.
- Spare fin – More for your buds than for yourself, sometimes fins break.
- Hand Spray Bottle with water in it – Great for cleaning your board before doing a repair or using the magic eraser
- Hand Brush – Great for getting sand off the board
- Paper Towels – Messes happen, its nice to be able to clean them up when they happen
- Knife – Might need to cut away some of the broken pieces of the board to fix it. A box cutter is ideal.
If you want a pre-made kit for ding repair, check out Surf Co Hawaii’s Fix Kit.
What’s in your SUP toolkit? Write me a comment about what’s in your toolkit below!