How to repair a leak in an inflatable SUP

Inflatable SUP: learn how to repair holes and tears | Photo: Jobe

There's nothing like an inflatable stand-up paddleboard (SUP). You can take it anywhere, inside the backpack. But, what should you do when an air leak appears? We've got the solution.

An inflatable SUP is always delicate and sensitive equipment. Rocks, corals, nails, sharp objects, and daily handling can easily cause holes and tears in the tissue.

The world's best inflatable stand-up paddleboards can usually handle heavy beatings, but sometimes it is just too much.

If you found that your SUP is leaking air, don't panic. There are solutions and repair kits for the problem.


These are the tools you'll need to fix the "flat tire" on your SUP:

  • Scissors;
  • Patches;
  • Brushes;
  • Soap;
  • Glue;
  • Tool Pen;

SUP Repair 101

Now that you're ready to repair your inflatable SUP, please read the following instructions carefully:

1. Clean the surface of the leak: if you can't find the hole, apply water to the area and find the bubbles.

Clean the surface of the leak | Photo: Jobe

2. Cut a generous-sized patch: get it bigger than the tear area.

Cut a generous-sized patch | Photo: Jobe

3. Glue it: apply the sealant to both the surface of the SUP and the patch.

Glue it | Photo: Jobe

4. Press the patch against the board: keep it pressed for two minutes, and clean the excess glue.

Press the patch against the board | Photo: Jobe

5. Wait 24 hours before hitting the water.