Proof boards are a high performance product. They are extremely strong and durable when they are used as intended. As you would with any other product, you must be treat Proof boards with proper care and attention.
To help you understand your Proof board and how to handle it, we have the following guidelines.
Much board damage occurs on dry land!
- Keep your board in a protective board bag for as long as possible.
- Do not leave your board sitting in the wind unattended. If you must leave your board, point it either nose or tail first to the wind, with a weight, such as a stone or sand, resting gently on the board.
Transporting your board by car
- Always keep your Board protected in its board bag.
- If you must tie the board onto a roof rack, tie it tail first with the flat side down. Make sure the board is in its board bag and adequately protected.
When in the water
- When in the shore break do not allow the mast to bang against the sides of the board and always use a mast-protector. This will help prevent dents.
- Avoid flat landings or deep nose landings on the board.
- As far as possible, do not let your heels dig into the board.
- Particularly of the bigger boards, avoid setting the boom height so that it will directly impact with the nose of the board.
When to open the air screw
- When taking the board on a plane.
- When the weather is extremely hot and you are storing your board in the car.
- When travelling at over 1000 meter above sea level.
What to do if my board gets damaged?
Simple damage can be temporally repaired using an epoxy sealer, which is available from the Proof shop. These simple repairs are generally sufficient to sustain your board indefinitely.
A competent expert can repair most damage sustained by your board. More complex repairs can be carried out at the Proof factory.
As soon as your board gets damaged leave the water. Immediately repair even the smallest hole or crack. Do not continue sailing with a damaged board. It is vital that you do not allow water to penetrating into the core of the board. Water in the board will cause de-lamination and board failure!
If there is a hole or crack in the board, suck on it with you mouth.
- If water comes out then dry the board out completely before sealing the hole with an epoxy sealer. To dry the board, first open the air screw and leave the board somewhere warm.
- If no water comes out but you can taste the core, seal the hole with and epoxy sealer.