Stand Up Paddle Storage Racks – How to Store Your Surf and SUP Boards

how to store surf and sup boards

There are several ways to store your board, both inside and outside the house.

SUP and surfboards are precious possessions. No paddler wants to find mold or a dent on something they paid a lot of money for.

To save you from that pain, here is a comprehensive guide on how to store your surf and SUP boards. The options are suitable for different setups and space sizes.

But first…

1. What to Do Before Storing Your Board

What to Do Before Storing Your Board

You don’t just get your board out of the water and take it straight to storage. It has to be clean and dry—especially for long-term storage.

If you are only storing it for a short period, rinse it with fresh water then let it dry before putting it away. If you don’t plan on using it for a while, follow the instructions below.

Rinse with clean water: paddling in saltwater leaves your paddleboard with salt residue. And when you don’t rinse it off, it interferes with the durability of the material. The board also collects sand and all kinds of dirt. So first rinse with a hosepipe.

Wash it with soap and a piece of cloth: to remove any stubborn dirt and ensure that your SUP is completely clean, use a mild detergent. Don’t use anything harsh as it could do more harm than good. Be very gentle while scrubbing the board.

Rinse again: thoroughly rinse your SUP for the last time with fresh water. Concentrate on the easily forgotten areas such as the fin box.

Let it dry: put it outside, away from the sun, and wait for it to dry. You can speed up the process by using a towel. Make sure it is completely dry before you take it inside.

Now your SUP is ready for storage. If you own an inflatable board, this is the part where you deflate it and put it in the carry bag. But it’s also okay to store it inflated (more on that later).

Note: if you haven’t scraped off the wax on your surfboard for a while, you should do it before storage. There may be underlying dings.

2. How to Store a Paddle Board in the Garage

If you want your SUP out of the way, the garage is a good place to store it. The problem is that people keep most of their less-used stuff there. So the area may be already too crowded. Something could fall on the board.

Fortunately, you can eliminate that risk with the following solutions. 

a. DIY Garage Wall Paddleboard Rack

StoreYourBoard 2 SUP Rack

For the handy guys that love projects, build your paddle board rack with affordable supplies from Home Depot instead of buying a ready-made one.

With the instructional below, you will spend less than $50. 

What you will need:

  • Dowels
  • Wood pieces
  • Wooden blocks
  • Long wood screws
  • Shelf lining

Here are the step-by-step instructions.

For a simpler paddleboard wall hanger, use:

  • 2 mounting hangers
  • 4 plant hooks
  • 2 bungee cords
  • A pool noodle

Here are the instructions.

But what if you don’t want to go through all this trouble? Well, you don’t have to. You can buy a readymade surf or paddle board wall rack.

b. DIY Garage Ceiling SUP Rack

COR Surf Wall or Ceiling Rack

The wall storage rack may not work for everybody. Ceiling SUP racks appear complicated but they are not. Besides, you get to save on space even more by getting your SUP completely out of the way.

If you have about $20 to spare, follow the guide below to build your own nice paddleboard rack.

What you will need:

  • Dowels
  • Piece of wood
  • Drilling material
  • Protective glasses
  • Measuring tape
  • Pipes

Here is the instructional video.

If you’d rather pay a little more to get a store-bought ceiling rack, here are a few great ones.

c. DIY Ceiling Lift

For most people, the idea of ceiling storage sounds nice. But they don’t have someone to help them get their SUP up every time.

In that case, you can construct your own paddle board storage system with a pulley or buy one. The video below shows you how to do this and the total cost is about $10 only.

d. DIY Free Standing SUP/Surf Board Rack

Free Standing SUP Surf Board Rack

Not everyone wants to put holes in their walls. A freestanding paddle board rack is ideal if you have several boards. 

 This guide perfectly explains what you will need and what to do with the materials. The end product holds several boards in a vertical position.

Constructing such a SUP rack takes some time and effort. If you are unable to make one, take a look at these ready-made ones. 

3. Storing Your Stand-up Paddle Board in The House

There are two ways of storing your SUP indoors. One of them is by leaning it against the wall. It could be in your bedroom or an extra room. But if your ceiling is not very high, this may not work with long racing/touring boards. Additionally, it could fall over if you don’t secure it.

The second way seems much better.

Paddleboards can serve another purpose that is not related to water. Yes, paddlers have figured out that they can be used as décor. If you don’t have a garage or external storage space, show off your beautiful board—especially if it has gorgeous graphics.

The best way to do this is by use of a minimalist SUP wall rack. The first DIY rack under “Garage Wall Rack” will be perfect for use inside the house. 

4. Best Way to Store a Surf or Paddle Board Outside

Some SUP boards are huge and bulky. Keeping them inside is not possible. Luckily, there’s nothing wrong with storing your paddleboard outside. However, you will have more to worry about. Moisture, too much heat, and the sun are bad for your paddleboard. It could also get stolen. Storing it correctly means protecting it from all these things.

Get a rack or crates—something to place your boards on. They should not be directly on the ground. This will keep moisture away. It also prevents insects from making their home on your paddleboards.

Get a tarp for covering the boards. It will offer protection against the harmful sun rays and rain. The tarp should not be in contact with the SUPs to avoid getting them wet.

Keep your boards hidden and make it hard for someone to steal them. If you can get a storage unit, that would be nice.

5. Storing Your Board on Your Boat

SurfStow Transport SUPRax SUP board boat rack

Instead of bringing your board to the house every time, you may find it better to leave it on your boat. Having it anywhere on the boat might bring up new problems.

So paddlers opt for SUP racks.

Boat paddleboard storage racks are probably the easiest to make, compared to others on this post. You will need very few materials and the process won’t take up much time.

See the video below for what is required and detailed instructions.

If you prefer the convenience of a store-bought solution, check out the paddle board boat racks.

6. Can I Leave My Paddle Board Inflated in Storage?

Yes, you can. There is nothing wrong with it. However, release some pressure before you put it away. When you leave it fully inflated, the seams have to endure pressure and they will weaken with time. Another thing, if it gets too hot, air expands and that will stress and weaken the material. Read more about leaving your paddle board inflated.

7. Tips for Storing Your Boards

These tips will ensure that your paddleboards remain in perfect condition.

Keep your board off the ground. Whether you are storing it inside or outside, never put it directly on the floor. For indoor paddleboard storage, place a pad under the paddleboard and use a platform for outdoor storage.

Ensure even weight distribution. All the weight of the board should not be on one side. This could deform your SUP.

Never store your paddleboard on its nose. If you are leaning it against the wall, put it on its tail or side but not the nose. Change the side it is leaning on occasionally to avoid deformation.

Watch out for the fins. As already mentioned, it is advisable to take out the fins. But if you choose not to (or they are not removable), handle the board more delicately.

Even when storing your boards inside, you still have to look out for moisture, heat, and the sun—more so if it’s stored near a window.


There is nothing complicated about storing your paddleboard. But small mistakes can be costly. First, choose the location; either outside, in the garage, or inside the house. Next, find a method that works for you from the options outlined here. Then get what you require and create a storage solution for your paddleboard.

Was this post helpful? Your turn now. How do you store your boards?

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