Installing the Center Fin

 

Installing a Vent Plug

Installing a Surf Leash

 

Selecting & Cutting your Paddle

Depending on your needs you have many options for paddles. Here at Treetown Boards we have selected the two most popular paddles on the market today.

Adjustable

This adjustable paddle consists of full carbon fiber construction. The advantage of this paddle is that it allows many people to use the same paddle. The added weight for the clamp is minor yet still allows you to adjust your paddle depending on conditions or paddler. We recommend this paddle for the majority of our customers that are purchasing their first board, purchasing one board for more than one paddler, or companies wishing to rent out their fleet.

Fixed

Our fixed paddles are for the more advanced paddler that will be the sole use of this paddle. The fixed heigh of these paddles makes them more structurally sound when being used in surf. Without the adjustable clamp riders will also experience a slightly lighter paddle which can be crucial when doing distance paddles or riding in the surf.

Paddle Cutting Instructions

Materials

  • Measuring Tape
  • Hacksaw
  • Five Minute Epoxy
  • Acetone
  • Rags

Length

Once you cut your paddle it should measure between 8-10 inches above your height. One way to check your measurement is to stand with your arm extended above your head. Your hand should be able to easily wrap around the handle of your paddle without stretching.

Procedure

1. Measure your height and add 8-10 inches depending on your desired feel. Make sure you account for the length of the handle.

  • Flat water: generally on the longer side
  • Surf: generally on the shorter side

2. Mark of the line that you wish to cut your paddle off and tape using masking tape.

3. On a flat surface use your hacksaw to cut through the paddles shaft. Apply light pressure during this stage to prevent splintering of the carbon fibers.

4. Remove the masking tape from your cut.

5. Apply thoroughly mixed epoxy to the inside of the cut shaft as well as the outside of the handle insert.

6. Slide the handle into the shaft making sure that it aligns square with the blade of your paddle.

7. Keep a rag handy and check to make sure your handle and blade line up properly.

8. Once you have adjusted the handle appropriately wipe up any excess epoxy and allow to dry completely before use.

 

Selecting a Surf Leash

When selecting a leash, make sure you purchase the correct leash for your board. Generally you want your leash to be at least as long as the board you are riding. Please contact us if you would like any help selecting the proper leash for the board you are riding.

  • flatwater
    • Flatwater leashes are generally coiled to prevent extra drag while in the water. These leashes will stay on top of your board while you are riding to offer you the safety of a leash without the worry of extra drag during your paddle.
      • WARNING: Do not surf with a coiled leash. They will pull the board back towards you when you fall off and can cause the board to hit you.
  • surf
    • Surf leashes are not coiled and are designed to stay in the water out of your way while riding the waves.

 

Care & Maintenance

All production SupATX branded boards come with a 3 year manufacturer defect warranty and all production Jimmy Lewis branded boards come with a 1 year manufacturer defect warranty.

It is always good to make sure you take care of your paddle board, surfboard, and all of its equipment. These are large investments and we at Treetown Boards want you to enjoy your board as long as possible. Fortunately, the majority of the use around here is in freshwater and does not create nearly as many problems as does salt water. 

  • Rinse your board and equipment off after every paddle.
  • Avoid direct sunlight as it will cause your board to yellow and become more brittle over time.
  • Avoid excessive heat as it can cause your board to expand and can possibly crack the epoxy.
  • If you get a hole in the hull of your board remove it from the water immediately and allow it to dry.
    • If damaged, EPS boards absorb water quickly and if left too long without repair it will not dry out on the inside causing the board to delaminate.