Before you start shredding up the surf, there are a few things you should consider to ensure that you're getting the best out of your new Softech Surfboard.
High Temperature Warnings
Softboards of all types, when exposed to high temps or direct sunlight for extended periods of time, can begin to bubble/crease/fade in colour. Store your board in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight or heat to avoid this.
Do not leave it in a car for extended periods of time. Even as little as one hour in Aussie summer conditions can cause irreversible damage. Heat related damage is NOT covered under warranty.
After every surf, make sure to rinse your board with fresh water to remove any excess dirt, sand or salt residue.
Wipe down your board with a clean towel & make sure it's stored in a cool, dry location that won't receive direct sunlight.
If the board sustains damage in the form of punctures or anything that compromises the seal of the board – remove from water immediately. Allow time for the water to drain and dry out completely. Take to you nearest repairer for assessment. Damage cause by water absorption is NOT covered under warranty.
Impacts both in and out of the surf may damage your board. Damage caused by impacts are NOT covered under warranty.
When fastening your board to the roof of your car, avoid strapping it too tight as it can penetrate the slick or crease the rails. Use a board bag as much as possible when mounting it to your vehicle. Do not leave your board in a hot vehicle for extended periods of time or you risk heat damage.
If you experience heat damage that doesn't fall under warranty (e.g. bubble formation on the slick of your board), we suggest you follow these steps at home to repair your board. **Please note this is up to your discretion & we cannot take responsibility for your own repairs.**
- Make a small incision in the bubble (using sharp tool or drill) and release the air/moisture.
- Pump silicone, either an EPS-safe Epoxy glue or Marine Grade Adhesive Sealant (Sikaflex) into the hole & work it throughout the bubble.
- Put pressure over the area to push it back down, and we suggest leaving a heavy item over the slick while it dries to help the silicone set. Leave this for about a week to ensure everything is dry.
These are softboards, not toys or a lifesaving device.
- Surf with a mate when you can to share the stoke & look out for eachother
- Check surf spots for potential hazards before paddling out
- Don't drop in, get in the way, or interfere with other wave riders
Most importantly...Have fun & keep ripping!
The Softech Team