Surfboard Care and Use

SURFBOARDS BOARD CARE RESPONSIBILITY AVOID DAMAGE  CARRY WELL
Surfing turtle www.surfclubmaui.comWe have a range of gear to suit most persons and conditions available. Please state your weight and experience level, correctly when renting a board so that we can help you select the right gear. SURFING & SUP Boards: Boards are available for rental to experienced persons only. If you are new to surfing then please get some lessons first. For travelers; Renting a board is usually easier than traveling with a board, plus you can try different types of gear too. Just remember that renting a board is just like owning a board for a day, so we EXPECT that you will take care of it just like you own it.
So you think you know how to Surf? Surfing is not just about riding waves, it is also about knowing your limits and caring for the gear. Experienced surfers know how to care for gear, and they know what “not” to do with it. So if you say you are “experienced surfer” then you should already know what we are telling you below. Take care of the gear on and off the water, and always treat it with respect and care,  Just like you own it.
GEAR SELECTION: This is a very important part of board sports is having the right board. Ask if you are not sure which board is best. we can help guide your decision. We are not responsible if you end up on the wrong gear. It is ultimately your choice what to ride an where to ride.
GUIDE TO BOARD SIZE: Generally a larger board is more stable. But harder to turn. Smaller board turns faster but are less stable. Very small persons should have smaller boards, and big people should have big boards. Also more experienced persons will be able to use smaller boards than beginners, but they do not always choose to do so. Bigger boards are usually better for smaller waves, and smaller boards are better for bigger waves. If in doubt about which board size is right for you and the conditions, please ask your surf instructor.  Click here for our Board Selection Guide Page.
RESPONSIBILITY: Surfing equipment is available for rent. It is the renter’s responsibility to correctly state their ability, and only use equipment that they are trained to use. Risks are inherent in all water sports, but they increase greatly with incorrect use of equipment of misuse of equipment. If you are in any doubt of your abilities take a lesson first and get some help from an experienced and qualified instructor.

Do not drop Boards or put them on hard ground!!

CARRYING GEAR: Take care when carrying SUP boards And always use good lifting skills (use your legs to lift not your back), better yet to have your buddy help you carry your board. Take care crossing streets in traffic, and be especially careful when loading and unloading them from your car.
CARRY HANDLES: 99% of SUP boards have carry handles in  the center. To use the carry handle, stand beside  the board deck facing upward, lift up the nearside rail and place the bottom of the board against the side of your leg, bend your knees and reach over  the board and place your fingers in the handle. Lift  the board by straightening your legs. Keep your back straight also. Keeping your arm straight as you carry the board and you will save your strength, rather than lifting the board using your arm muscles.
CARRYING SURFBOARDS: The correct way to carry a surfboard is NOT on your head. Your head is hard and can put a pressure dent in  the board. This damage is avoidable. Not to mention the damage it might do to your neck and spine, if you turn your head suddenly or if there is a gust of wind. You can hurt yourself that way so don’t do it. Carrying a short board is easy because it will usually fit under your arm.
If you have a wider board you will have to carry the board with two hands. The close hand on the top rail and the opposite hand/arm grabs the rail under the board. Better yet get two people to carry a board (team carry) one person on each end of  the board, then you can grab the nose or tail of the board easily under one arm because the board is thinner at each of the ends.
SUP GEAR: SUP boards are bigger than surfboards for stability. Take care when carrying SUP boards And always use good lifting skills (use your legs to lift not your back), better yet to have your buddy help you carry your board. Most SUP boards have a carry handle to help you carry them. Be careful in the wind as they can catch the wind and blow around.
DON’T BE A DRAG: Never Drag A Board on the ground,  the ground is abrasive and will damage the board, even dragging  the board on  the sand will ruin  the finish coat. Sand is like sand paper, and usually has rocks and coral mixed in as well.
DON’T HIT THE ISLAND: Never ride your board into  the beach, it breaks  the fin and rubs  the bottom of  the board on  the sand and rocks, Always dismount your bar while still in chest deep water and carry  the board ashore out of  the water.
ENTER/EXIT OVER SAND: Never enter  the water or exit near rocks. Always enter the water and exit the water over the sandy part of the beach. If you exit over rocks or even concrete boat ramps you can slip or drop the board and damage it. So don’t do it.
ALWAYS USE A BOARD LEASH: Put your leash on “before you leave the island”. The leash is for your safety, and for public safety. All types of boards (bodyboards, surfboards, SUP boards) will blow away from you faster than you can swim. So use the leash to prevent board loss. The leash also stops the board hitting other people, and stops it from going up onto the rocks. So use it every time. make a habit of using it from before you enter the water, so that you NEVER forget.
SUP Paddles: SUP paddles come in different lengths to suit  the rider and ride style. We have fixed length paddles, ad n adjustable paddles. Make sure that you have  the right size paddle before heading out. Our staff will right-size your paddle for you, just ask. Adjustable paddles require more care. They have moving parts so they must be kept clean, Please thoroughly wash off all adjustable paddles after each use, and take apart to clean inside, this ensures trouble free use for their next session. Do not push the paddle into the sand, and do not push off the sea floor with the paddle either, it can easily break. Try to avoid falling on the paddle or placing heavy objects on them, to avoid damaging the paddle. Some paddle will sink, so test yours in shallow water before heading into deeper water.
BODY BOARDS: We have Body Boards (Boogie Boards) to rent in different sizes, Just ask. Boogie boards come with a wrist leash, and they do not need surf wax. Body boards are welcome at most of the swimming beaches especially on the south and west side beaches. Experienced boogie boarders may want to take on some larger waves at some of the more challenging locations.Boogie boards do not like to be dragged on the ground, or left baking in the sun. They will buckle and crease if they are bent too far. Boogie boards are made from soft foam and can get cut on sharp objects. Do not leave heavy objects on top of a boogie board because it can deform its shape.
AVOID DINGS: Dings and “Pukas” are holes or cracks in the boards. These must be avoided by careful handling of the gear. Do not put boards on hard or rough surfaces. do not drag the boards, do not stand on the boards on the beach. Be careful when it is windy because boards flip over an blow away. Please use the gear with care, and use it as it was meant to be used. Dings will also happen when two boards collide. So be aware of the traffic around you, and stay away from beginners too. Also be careful of the fins they can break or even snap off completely if they hit som theing.
HARD BOARDS: Hard Boards are a stiff construction and have a eggshell like coating. So that means that you have to care for  the board like an egg. Dropping the board will result in a crack or a ding (hole). Hard boards have soft insides. Hard boards are made with a “monocoque” construction method, which means they have a hard shell and soft insides, the strength of the board is in the shell. So if you weaken the shell you weaken the entire board. This type of board is for intermediates and experts, and not recommended for beginners. Intermediate surfers know how to better care for a board and they can handle  the board better in the water and on the land, so they are less likely to drop it or cause a damage.
When Damage Happens: if you hit the board against ant solid object it can crack or damage it. Even hitting a turtle, or banging against another board can ding the board. Tying the board onto a roof rack without any padding or using rope instead of a tie down, can create a stress fracture. If you bang against another board, immediately check the board for dings, if there is a crack or hole, return to the beach immediately and stop surfing, try to drain water out if possible and keep sand out of the crack. Quick action is needed to keep water out of the board which can potentially ruin the board. Do not attempt to repair our boards.

DON’T TRY TO FIX A DING: When damage Happens bring the board back to us, we will have a professional repair it. If you try to repair a board you can do even more damage. These days boards are made from a variety of materials and using  the wrong resin or glue or chemical can cause major damage to the board, think “Chernobyl meltdown”. Do not attempt to fix our boards, please leave it to us.

Foam Cores: If you damage the shell of a hard board, you can allow water to get into the foam core. The form core of surfboards is porous, think SPONGE, so any water that gets in is sucked into the foam and it gains weight and it gets waterlogged, and seawater can even break down the foam. Water in surfboards and SUP boards is bad news. Water cannot be removed easily once it is in a board, so preventing water penetration from ever occurring is crucial. If you get a DING/PUKA/HOLE/Crack, Do Not Surf the board. If you notice a ding on any of our boards, please return it immediately and do not ride it.

Water-logging: If you ride any board and it comes back waterlogged you will be charged for a repair or replacement. Even if you didn’t ding it). So check your board when you rent it. and we check it when you return it. Just like a rental car. We do not want to profit from your misfortune, we just need to keep our board fleet in good working order. if you cant handle this responsibility please ask for a soft board, which are much less prone to dings.

FOAM DECKS: Most boards these days have foam deck pads. these pads are for grip and comfort. You never put wax on a surf-pad. Soft Top Boards, Foam deck Boards and boogie boards do not need Wax. If fact Wax will damage these boards, so don’t put wax on any foam part of a surfboard.
When to Wax a Surfboard: These days only a small number of boards require Surf Wax. Surf Wax is only to be used on a hard shiny type of surf board on the deck. The wax provides traction to prevent slipping. Wax is generally very messy and will melt easily of left in  the sun. So if you have a wax board keep it cool out of  the sun, and also keep it out of the sand, if you get sand mixed into  the wax is is very uncomfortable to lie on with bare skin. Do not leave waxed surfboards in a hot car or  the wax will melt into  the seats. on  the roof of a car waxed surfboards should be stacked wax side down away from  the sun. When stacking waxed surfboards together do not put them directly against each other or  the wax deck will put wax on  the bottom of the board next to it, and you definitely do not want wax on the bottom of the board (unlike snow skis).
ABOUT REPAIRS: Repairs will be paid for by the renter. We have a detailed list of ding repair prices. Paying for dings is a mandatory condition of rental. When you rent any gear you agree to pay for any repairs and/or replacements of the gear. the estimated repair price s paid when  the gear is returned. Some damage is too severe and the board/paddle/ etc will need to be replaced. The restocking fee will be the replacement cost of  the item, plus any restocking cost.  The replacement cost is generally equal to MSRP (manufacturers suggested retail price).
LOST GEAR: Any gear that is lost or stolen during the rental period is the responsibility of the renter. The replacement cost for the gear will be charged according to the item’s MSRP.
REPLACEMENT COSTS: Any gear that is lost, stolen, or damaged will be subject to repair or replacement charges, please refer to our Repair Schedule Page for a list of Repair Costs and Replacement Values for the gear.

Please note: The renter assumes the risk for the activity. and they are also responsible for loss of the equipment, damages to the equipment as well as any and all damages caused by the equipment including injury to other persons and property damage. Overnight renters should have a secure place to keep the board when not in use. Do not leave boards on car racks overnight. Make sure that boards are securely fastened to your vehicle before driving anywhere, and check the straps often. If the board starts getting loose while driving, pull over and retighten the tie-down straps. Renters are responsible for repair costs for repairs. Buckled boards or otherwise irreparably damaged gear is considered broken and must be replaced. Lost or broken equipment will be paid for by the renter at fair replacement cost, usually MSRP. Please do not rent our gear unless you can afford to replace it, and if you are prepared to agree with these terms.

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