How to repair an inflatable paddle ?

Inflatable paddles are a fun and practical way to get out on the water. However, like any piece of equipment, it can wear out over time, even if it is well constructed. If your inflatable paddle breaks or is damaged, don’t despair ! It is possible to repair your inflatable paddle yourself with a repair kit and a few simple tools. We explain how to repair your inflatable paddle step by step so that you can enjoy this great activity again with peace of mind.

What materials are needed to repair an inflatable paddle board ?

The advantage is that you won’t need much material to repair your inflatable SUP. It is important to note, however, that if the tear or puncture is too large you will need to call in a professional to repair your inflatable paddle.

Here is a list of the materials you will need:

  • An inflatable paddle repair kit: At Sroka you receive a repair kit directly with your paddle when you buy it. If you didn’t get a repair kit you can find them in sports shops and online shops specialising in water sports.
  • Warm water
  • Mild soap: Do not use abrasive products such as alcohol or ethanol, as this can damage the skin of the paddle.
  • A clean, dry cloth: Make sure your cloth is not dirty so as not to damage your paddle.
  • A hair dryer: This is not compulsory but it will heat the patch so that it sticks better.
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How to repair your inflatable paddle : the steps

  • Step 1: Start by cleaning the damaged area with mild soap and warm water. Then use a clean, dry cloth to dry the area and remove any soap residue. Make sure the damaged area is dry and free of dust before proceeding to the next step.
  • Step 2: Remove the protective film from the repair patch. If the film is self-adhesive, you can simply remove the protective film. If the repair patch is not self-adhesive, you will need to apply glue to the back of the patch before applying it.
  • Step 3: Apply the patch to the damaged area. Make sure the patch is centred and completely covers the puncture or tear.
  • Step 4: Remove any air bubbles that may have formed under the patch. You can use a smooth, flat object such as a spatula or credit card to smooth the patch and remove any air bubbles.
  • Step 5: Use a hair dryer to slightly heat the patch. This will help it to adhere properly. Make sure you don’t over heat it or you risk damaging the paddle. Then let the patch cool and harden for about 10-15 minutes. Once dry, your inflatable paddle should be repaired and ready to use again.
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How to change the valve of your inflatable paddle ?

Changing the valve on your inflatable paddle only takes a few minutes. All you need is the spanner provided in the repair kit and the new valve. Start by deflating your paddle completely and then place your knees on either side of the valve to hold your paddle down. Open the valve and use your spanner to unscrew it. Once the valve is completely unscrewed, it will come off by itself. Then take the new valve and screw it in place of the old one using the spanner. The valve must be properly tightened, but there is no need to overtighten it, otherwise the valve and the spanner will break. That’s it, your paddle is ready again !

Our tips for maintaining your inflatable paddle

Here are some tips on how to maintain your inflatable paddle to maximise its life :

  1. We recommend that you store your inflatable paddle away from direct sunlight and heat to prevent it from ageing prematurely, especially in the summer and during hot weather. During hot weather, it is very important not to leave your inflatable paddle in your car, as it may be damaged by the heat.
  2. Although it may seem logical, don’t drag your paddle onto the beach to put it in the water. To avoid damage, carry it to the water without rubbing it on the ground.
  3. Rinse your inflatable paddle with fresh water as regularly as possible. This is especially important if you are not going to use it for a few days. You can also clean it with a clean damp cloth.
  4. Finally, check the seams and fastenings regularly to prevent any tears or punctures. If you spot a damaged area, do not return to the water with your paddle and repair it directly by following the steps explained above.


If you have any questions about this, or any other request, please do not hesitate to contact us !

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