Paddleboard Setup Guide

9'8 Classic Inflatable Paddleboard

Check what’s in the box

Our paddleboard package includes everything you need to get on the water. Here is what’s in the box:

  • Board: Smith & Muller Inflatable Paddleboard.
  • Paddle: 3 part adjustable (165cm to 230cm) aluminium paddle with polycarbonate blade.
  • Fin: Slot in fin.
  • Leash: 10ft coil leash.
  • Backpack: Deluxe two tone 88 litre backpack.
  • Pump: 2 way dual action pump
  • Strap: Stops board unfolding when deflated.
  • Valve Spanner: For valve maintenance.
  • Repair Kit: Waterproof container, glue and patch.

We recommend you setup your paddleboard at home to help familiarise yourself with it, before heading out on the water.

Inflate Paddleboard

  1. Unroll paddleboard on flat surface, free of sharp objects.
  2. Remove pressure valve dust cap by twisting anti-clockwise.
  3. Ensure the spring loaded push-button inside the pressure valve is in the up position. Simply push it down, twist it clockwise and release it.
  4. Attach the pump hose to the pressure valve with a clockwise half twist.
  5. Pump the paddleboard up to the recommended 15 PSI.
  6. Remove pump hose and replace dust cap by twisting clockwise.

Deflate Paddleboard

  1. Remove pressure valve dust cap by twisting anti clockwise.
  2. Push down and twist the push-button inside the valve anti-clockwise until it locks in the down position. Be prepared for the air to escape quickly and loudly!!
  3.  Once all the air is out of the paddleboard, roll it up from the nose, deck facing up. As you roll, the last of the air will escape. Ensure the fin box is sitting flat in the centre of the last fold.

Pressure Valve

  1. Dust Cap: The dust cap protects the pressure valve from dust and debris. It can be removed by twisting anti-clockwise.
  2. Valve up to pump up:  The spring loaded push-button inside the pressure valve needs to be in the up position to pump up the paddleboard. Simply push it down, twist it clockwise and release it.
  3. Valve down to let down: The spring loaded push-button inside the pressure valve needs to be in the down position to let down the paddleboard. Simply push it down, twist it anti-clockwise until it locks in the down position.
  4. Valve Spanner: From time to time the pressure valve can become loose and allow air to escape from the paddleboard. You should periodically check the valve is tight by using the valve spanner when the board is inflated.  Insert valve spanner into the valve and twist the spanner clockwise without applying too much pressure.

Paddleboard Pump

  1. Attach the pump hose to the pump inflate valve.
  2. Insert red stopper cap into the pump for two way pump action. This pumps air on the downward and upward stroke for rapid inflation.
  3. Remove red stopper cap for one way pump action. This only pumps air on the downward stroke, making it much easier to pump when your paddleboards gets near to the recommended pressure.
  4. Attach the pump hose onto the paddleboard pressure valve with a clockwise half twist.
  5. Pressure can be read from the pressure gauge on top of pump handle.

3 Part Travel Paddle

  1. The paddle comes in 3 parts; blade, shaft and handle.
  2. Insert the spring click end of the shaft into the blade. Ensure spring clicks pop through the location hole in the blade.
  3. Open the tension lever on top of the shaft and insert the handle section. Adjust the tension of the lever by twisting it clockwise to prevent the handle twisting.
  4. Set the paddle length to around 6 inches taller than you, then close the lever.

Slot in Fin

  1. Slide the fin into the fin box with the tip pointing towards the tail of the board.
  2. Line up the small hole in the base of the fin with the groove in the fin box. Then slot the quick release clip attached to the fin into the hole. You should hear it click into place.
  3. Remove the fin by pushing down on the inner quick release clip and pull clip out from the other side. The fin will now slide out.

Leash

  1. Locate the black string on the leash. Then locate the metal D-Ring on the tail of the board.
  2. Remove the black string by undoing the velcro at the end of the leash and loop it through the D-Ring.
  3. Thread the velcro end of the leash through the two black string loops.
  4. Redo the velcro at the end of the leash.

Care & Maintenance

11’2 Cruise Inflatable Paddleboard

Cleaning

Always clean your paddleboard, paddle and accessories with fresh water and mild soap (whenever possible) before storing them away. Saltwater can be very corrosive.

Storage

Store your paddleboard in the backpack provided in a damp free environment and at normal room temperature. Ensure your paddleboard is completely dry before storing to prevent mould. 

Direct Sunlight & Hot Weather

Avoid leaving your paddleboard out in direct sunlight and hot weather, as the board pressure will increase as the temperature rises. If you can’t find a shady place, release some air out of the board and reduce the pressure to 10 PSI.

Don’t Drag

Don’t drag your paddleboard along the ground as sharp objects and debris could puncture it.

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