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FAQs

This is one of the most common questions.  Most people can, and they love it!

Although it may look intimidating, stand up paddleboarding is considered ‘easy’ because paddlers of all shapes, sizes and ages can learn enough to start having fun in no time with just a little bit of effort.  Of course, perfecting your technique takes time and practice, but most people are able to stand up, paddle and turn on their first time out in calm waters without spending much time in the water. 

Our boards are perfect for beginners and intermediates alike.

For a beginner it’s best to start on calm, sheltered waters. That way you won’t have to fight the wind, waves, and current just yet.  You don’t have to start on your feet. In fact, you can lay, sit, kneel or stand up to paddle. For your first time out we recommend a comfortable kneeling position to get started. Then, once you feel stable paddling from your knees, you can give it a go standing up.

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That varies from board to board! 

Our iSUP rentals boards have been tested to 315 pounds. The board must be pumped to 15 psi (the recommended pressure).

You can have as many people as you can fit as long as the total stays under the maximum weight limit of 315 lbs. Kids in particular love to go for rides on the front!

For hardboards, please see individual boards. Shop here

People use their SUP paddles backwards quite often.

The angle of the blade should be facing forward, with the sticker facing away from you.

Dress for the weather! Choose clothing that allows movement and is quick drying.  A non-cotton toque or brimmed hat, sunscreen and sunglasses with a strap are recommended. If you want to wear footwear, make sure they fit securely, and that you don’t mind getting wet.

SUPs used for navigation fall into the same category as canoes and kayaks and you are required to carry mandatory safety equipment under the Small Vessel Regulations.

  • Option 1: WEAR a life jacket with a whistle (no buoyant heaving line required).
  • Option 2: CARRY a life jacket on board with whistle and a buoyant heaving line.
  • Option 3: NONE then could receive a $200 – $500 fine for non-compliance.

*watertight flashlight is required for lowlight or nighttime conditions.

Yes, you should wear an ankle leash.  Absolutely. 100%. For sure. Affirmative. Without doubt.

Secure your leash to the board and your ankle BEFORE getting into the water and DON’T TAKE IT OFF until both you and the board are entirely out of the water.

Say you’re paddling in flat or calmer waters and you’re thinking “I’m a good swimmer or “what can really go wrong” or whatever attempt to justify not using one and you take a fall.  You see your board kick away from you and by the time you resurface it can easily be 9m/30m away and you’re left holding a paddle and swimming somewhat one handed — best case scenario. You could be injure or your board could have slide out and taken someone else out.  

Sadly, there are deaths that could have been easily prevented if the rider was using a leash and were able to retrieve their board.  It’s a giant flotation device, it just makes sense to have it near you if you hit the water!  

With that leash around your ankle and attached securely to your board, it can’t get more than 10′ away from you.  No panic swimming, no watching your board leaving you stranded, no hoping someone will help you get back to shore.  

You may not need it most of the time but you’ll be glad it’s there when you need it. 

It’s an activity you can do solo or with friends and family.

It’s a great full body workout.

It can be therapeutic & calming or exciting & exhilarating.

Fresh air and exercise outdoors is good for your body, mind, and spirit.

Rivers, lakes, oceans, creeks and ponds—wherever there is water deeper than your longest fin. 

Find a list of places in and around Edmonton here and find a North Saskatchewan River distance chart here.

iSUP/Rental FAQs

An iSUP is an inflatable standup paddle board. iSUPs are extremely portable, convenient and durable. You can throw them in the trunk of your car, back seat or even in a backpack and be ready to paddleboard anytime/anywhere.

We stock our shop with Sea Dog boards, designed in Canada.  Our boards are versatile, fun and offer a convenient way for new or experienced paddlers alike to get out on the water.  Paddle lakes, oceans, rivers, and even surf.

This is one of the most common questions.  Most people can, and they love it!

Although it may look intimidating, stand up paddleboarding is considered ‘easy’ because paddlers of all shapes, sizes and ages can learn enough to start having fun in no time with just a little bit of effort.  Of course, perfecting your technique takes time and practice, but most people are able to stand up, paddle and turn on their first time out in calm waters without spending much time in the water. 

Our boards are perfect for beginners and intermediates alike.

For a beginner it’s best to start on calm, sheltered waters. That way you won’t have to fight the wind, waves, and current just yet.  You don’t have to start on your feet. In fact, you can lay, sit, kneel or stand up to paddle. For your first time out we recommend a comfortable kneeling position to get started. Then, once you feel stable paddling from your knees, you can give it a go standing up.

Don’t forget to tag  #grittyknots on social so we can follow your adventures!

Our SUP packages include everything you’ll need to get on the water, except for you PFD.  Your rental will come with the iSUP, bungee cord hold-down system, three-piece paddle, leash, fins, convertible backpack bag, dual-action pump and an emergency whistle.

We do carry a few one-size lifejackets, however, with the many different sizes, styles and preferences, we leave it up to you.

Also available are dry bags, waterproof cellphone cases, electric pumps and PFDs.

15 PSI.

Using the manual pump, it takes 4-6 minutes.

The electric pump takes around 7-10 minutes but has the automatic shut-off so you don’t have to watch it while you do other things.

Our boards have been tested to 325 pounds. The board must be pumped to 15 psi (the recommended pressure).

You can have as many people as you can fit as long as the total stays under the maximum weight limit of 325 lbs. Kids in particular love to go for rides on the front!

Yes. Just let a little air out so it does not over inflate. As the temperature either warmer or colder changes the PSI inside the board may change as well. If the board is to max PSI and you are leaving it out in the sun for a few hours, or it is being stored in hot temperatures, the pressure could expand past the maximum recommended level. This could lead to a seam blowing.

People use their SUP paddles backwards quite often.

The angle of the blade should be facing forward, with the sticker facing away from you.

Dress for the weather! Choose clothing that allows movement and is quick drying.  A non-cotton toque or brimmed hat, sunscreen and sunglasses with a strap are recommended. If you want to wear footwear, make sure they fit securely, and that you don’t mind getting wet.

SUPs used for navigation fall into the same category as canoes and kayaks and you are required to carry mandatory safety equipment under the Small Vessel Regulations.

  • Option 1: WEAR a life jacket with a whistle (no buoyant heaving line required).
  • Option 2: CARRY a life jacket on board with whistle and a buoyant heaving line.
  • Option 3: NONE then could receive a $200 – $500 fine for non-compliance.

*watertight flashlight is required for lowlight or nighttime conditions.

Rivers, lakes, oceans, creeks and ponds—wherever there is water deeper than your longest fin. 

Find a list of places in and around Edmonton here.

It’s an activity you can do solo or with friends and family.

It’s a great full body workout.

It can be therapeutic & calming or exciting & exhilarating.

Fresh air and exercise outdoors is good for your body, mind, and spirit.

It takes approximately 4-7 minutes to inflate your board to 15 psi (recommended). You’ll set the pump to dual to start off (pumps air when pushing and pulling) and switch to single when it gets tough.  You’ll notice the board filling but the pressure gauge won’t likely show a big change in pressure until you’re three minutes in.

Step-by-step

  1. Unroll the board completely
  2. Attach the hose to the pump
  3. Check that the valve stem on the board is in the UP position.  Do this by pushing down slightly and turning clockwise
  4. Remove any dust, dirt or sand from around the valve
  5. Attach the hose to the valve
    • Hold onto the base of the hose and push down with enough pressure to turn it clockwise into place.  This may be tricky the first time
  6. Check that the red valve is screwed into the pump (this allows the pump to fill on on the push and pull)
  7. Start pumping!
    • At around 100 pumps your board should start looking like a board, but don’t give up, you’re only halfway. If you take is out on the water now, it’ll end up looking like your paddling a banana
    • You’ll clearly see the board inflating, but the pressure gauge may not read much pressure yet, don’t fret.
  8. When it starts to get too difficult to pull up, unscrew the red stopped on the pump, then continue to pump (the pump will only inflate on the push at this point)
  9. Keep an eye on the pressure gauge; when you get to 15 psi, remove the hose and tighten the cap over the valve
    • Don’t forget to screw cap on or you might be swimming back if your board deflates in the water. 

***If the pressure gauge isn’t reading, it takes about 225 full pumps (filling on the push AND pull) to get it to 15 psi. ***

Store the boards in a cool, dry place.  DO NOT leave it out in the sun or in a hot car for extended periods of time. If you’re going to leave your board inflated between uses, just let a little air our so it doesn’t over inflate.

Inflation Operation

It takes approximately 5-9 minutes to inflate your board to 15 psi (recommended), a little longer than if you use the manual pump, but much less effort!  Plus you’ll be able to walk away and do other things and it will automatically shut off when it reaches the set pressure.

You’ll notice the board filling but the pressure gauge won’t likely show a big change in pressure until you’re a few minutes in.

The pump has two stages, you’ll hear the difference when it switches to second stage, don’t be alarmed!

  1. Plug the pump power adapter into the car’s 12V DC socket, or to a battery with a converter
  2. Connect the end of the air hose with the air pump inflation port, and twist clockwise to tighten it (Figure 1)
  3. Connect the other end of the air hose into the air valve and twist clockwise to secure it (Figure 2)
  4. Press the air pressure toggle button [PSI/BAR] to select your preferred unit such PSI or BAR
  5. Press the [+] button or [-] button to set the pressure to 15 PSI/1 BAR
  6. Press the On/Off power switch button to start the pump

electric air pump illustration

During the inflating process, you can press the [+] button or [-] button to adjust the target air pressure value. 

Pressing the On/Off power button can stop pumping manually.

During the inflating process, the screen displays the real-time air pressure. The pre-set target air pressure number will flash every 3 seconds.

Do NOT use compact AC to DC wall convertors to power the pump. Connect the pump car charger adapter directly to a car’s charger socket. Or use a well charged minimum 12V 7AH external lead acid battery with the optional 12V battery connector.

Deflation Information

Once you’ve manually removed as much air as possible from the board, you can use the electric pump to suck out the remaining air.

This step isn’t necessary but might save you some time and make the board easier to pack.

  1. Remove the hose from the inflation port
  2. Connect the end of the hose with the air pump deflation port (2)
  3. Twist clockwise to tighten it (Figure 3)
  4. Attach the other end to the board valve
  5. Press the On/Off Power Button to start the deflation until all the air inside the inflatable product is discharged.

  6. Turn off the air pump to stop the deflation.

electrict pump deflation illustration

Troubleshooting

  • Make sure the connection to the 12V DC socket is tight and didn’t fall out
  • Cool the motor and restart it
  • Check the hose for blockages or cracks
  • If the problem cannot be solved, please contact Gritty Knots Paddle Co

The slide and snap centre fin has three parts, the fin, locking piece and connector string.

Step-by-step, once the board is inflated:

  1. Clear away any sand or grit. 
  2. Start sliding the fin backward, pushing on the bottom of the fin (not shark fin looking part)through the groove
    • It should slide with a little force and be snug
    • If it doesn’t slide, there may be some sand blocking the groove, clear that away before trying again
    • Double-check that the tethered clip is snapped all the way in

sup fin sliding in

sup fin clip properly inserted

It’ll take less than 5 minutes to properly deflate and roll up your board.

Step-by-step

  1. Rinse the board off with fresh water
  2. Remove the center fin and put it in the bag
  3. Remove the cap around the valve and dry the area
  4. Time to release the air; this will be loud at first
    • Push the valve extender down slightly to let the highest amount of pressure out.  
    • Let a few little bursts of air escape for about 10 seconds
    • Push the valve extender down and turn it counter-clockwise. Air should now freely escape.
  5. Help the air escape by push down at the nose and move up to the tail section
  6. If you’re storing the board for more than a day or returning it, make sure it is dry (especially the foam deck pad) before putting it away.
  7. Leave the valve open and the cap off
  8. Start rolling the board from the nose towards the tail, with the part you stand on rolling inside
  9. Secure the rolled-up board with the black strap and pack it in the bag

Store in a dry, cool place.  Don’t leave it out in the sun or in a hot car for extended periods of time.

iSUP HOW TOs

It takes approximately 4-7 minutes to inflate your board to 15 psi (recommended). You’ll set the pump to dual to start off (pumps air when pushing and pulling) and switch to single when it gets tough.  You’ll notice the board filling but the pressure gauge won’t likely show a big change in pressure until you’re three minutes in.

Step-by-step

  1. Unroll the board completely
  2. Attach the hose to the pump
  3. Check that the valve stem on the board is in the UP position.  Do this by pushing down slightly and turning clockwise
  4. Remove any dust, dirt or sand from around the valve
  5. Attach the hose to the valve
    • Hold onto the base of the hose and push down with enough pressure to turn it clockwise into place.  This may be tricky the first time
  6. Check that the red valve is screwed into the pump (this allows the pump to fill on on the push and pull)
  7. Start pumping!
    • At around 100 pumps your board should start looking like a board, but don’t give up, you’re only halfway. If you take is out on the water now, it’ll end up looking like your paddling a banana
    • You’ll clearly see the board inflating, but the pressure gauge may not read much pressure yet, don’t fret.
  8. When it starts to get too difficult to pull up, unscrew the red stopped on the pump, then continue to pump (the pump will only inflate on the push at this point)
  9. Keep an eye on the pressure gauge; when you get to 15 psi, remove the hose and tighten the cap over the valve
    • Don’t forget to screw cap on or you might be swimming back if your board deflates in the water. 

***If the pressure gauge isn’t reading, it takes about 225 full pumps (filling on the push AND pull) to get it to 15 psi. ***

Store the boards in a cool, dry place.  DO NOT leave it out in the sun or in a hot car for extended periods of time. If you’re going to leave your board inflated between uses, just let a little air our so it doesn’t over inflate.

Inflation Operation

It takes approximately 5-9 minutes to inflate your board to 15 psi (recommended), a little longer than if you use the manual pump, but much less effort!  Plus you’ll be able to walk away and do other things and it will automatically shut off when it reaches the set pressure.

You’ll notice the board filling but the pressure gauge won’t likely show a big change in pressure until you’re a few minutes in.

The pump has two stages, you’ll hear the difference when it switches to second stage, don’t be alarmed!

  1. Plug the pump power adapter into the car’s 12V DC socket, or to a battery with a converter
  2. Connect the end of the air hose with the air pump inflation port, and twist clockwise to tighten it (Figure 1)
  3. Connect the other end of the air hose into the air valve and twist clockwise to secure it (Figure 2)
  4. Press the air pressure toggle button [PSI/BAR] to select your preferred unit such PSI or BAR
  5. Press the [+] button or [-] button to set the pressure to 15 PSI/1 BAR
  6. Press the On/Off power switch button to start the pump

electric air pump illustration

During the inflating process, you can press the [+] button or [-] button to adjust the target air pressure value. 

Pressing the On/Off power button can stop pumping manually.

During the inflating process, the screen displays the real-time air pressure. The pre-set target air pressure number will flash every 3 seconds.

Do NOT use compact AC to DC wall convertors to power the pump. Connect the pump car charger adapter directly to a car’s charger socket. Or use a well charged minimum 12V 7AH external lead acid battery with the optional 12V battery connector.

Deflation Information

Once you’ve manually removed as much air as possible from the board, you can use the electric pump to suck out the remaining air.

This step isn’t necessary but might save you some time and make the board easier to pack.

  1. Remove the hose from the inflation port
  2. Connect the end of the hose with the air pump deflation port (2)
  3. Twist clockwise to tighten it (Figure 3)
  4. Attach the other end to the board valve
  5. Press the On/Off Power Button to start the deflation until all the air inside the inflatable product is discharged.

  6. Turn off the air pump to stop the deflation.

electrict pump deflation illustration

Troubleshooting

  • Make sure the connection to the 12V DC socket is tight and didn’t fall out
  • Cool the motor and restart it
  • Check the hose for blockages or cracks
  • If the problem cannot be solved, please contact Gritty Knots Paddle Co

The slide and snap centre fin has three parts, the fin, locking piece and connector string.

Step-by-step, once the board is inflated:

  1. Clear away any sand or grit. 
  2. Start sliding the fin backward, pushing on the bottom of the fin (not shark fin looking part)through the groove
    • It should slide with a little force and be snug
    • If it doesn’t slide, there may be some sand blocking the groove, clear that away before trying again
    • Double-check that the tethered clip is snapped all the way in

sup fin sliding in

sup fin clip properly inserted

It’ll take less than 5 minutes to properly deflate and roll up your board.

Step-by-step

  1. Rinse the board off with fresh water
  2. Remove the center fin and put it in the bag
  3. Remove the cap around the valve and dry the area
  4. Time to release the air; this will be loud at first
    • Push the valve extender down slightly to let the highest amount of pressure out.  
    • Let a few little bursts of air escape for about 10 seconds
    • Push the valve extender down and turn it counter-clockwise. Air should now freely escape.
  5. Help the air escape by push down at the nose and move up to the tail section
  6. If you’re storing the board for more than a day or returning it, make sure it is dry (especially the foam deck pad) before putting it away.
  7. Leave the valve open and the cap off
  8. Start rolling the board from the nose towards the tail, with the part you stand on rolling inside
  9. Secure the rolled-up board with the black strap and pack it in the bag

Store in a dry, cool place.  Don’t leave it out in the sun or in a hot car for extended periods of time.

People use their SUP paddles backwards quite often.

The angle of the blade should be facing forward, with the sticker facing away from you.

SUP vs iSUP

An iSUP is an inflatable standup paddle board. iSUPs are extremely portable, convenient and durable. You can throw them in the trunk of your car, back seat or even in a backpack and be ready to paddleboard anytime/anywhere.

We stock our shop with Sea Dog boards, designed in Canada.  Our boards are versatile, fun and offer a convenient way for new or experienced paddlers alike to get out on the water.  Paddle lakes, oceans, rivers, and even surf.

Sure, hardboards won’t fit in the trunk of your sedan, roof racks and tailgate pads are cheap and easy to install. Inflatables, on the other hand, collapse into a roller backpack; toss it in your car, pull out a pump, fill with air, and you’re set!

Some things to consider when you’re choosing between a hard and inflatable board:

Portability – Inflatables are the easiest to transport, you don’t need a large vehicle because when deflated, they roll up to the size of a sleeping bag.  Another perk, you can easily fly with them when you go on holiday (whenever that opens back up to us).  Check the bag and you can avoid paying airline fees and high rental costs at your destination.

Roof racks and tailgate pads are inexpensive if you want to load a hardboard onto your vehicle. And if you’re more of a “load and go” type of person, this might be your best bet; no need to inflate and deflate at each destination. 

Storage space –  If you live in an apartment, home with no garage or don’t want to see your board hanging on the wall or from the ceiling, an inflatable will be your best option, you can store it basically anywhere.

Hardboards can be stored in your garage or at the cottage year-round, even in Edmonton winters.  We have ours hanging above our vehicles with bungee straps, also making it easy to load and unload whenever we take them out.  Display them on a wall or hang them from the rafters; they look pretty cool.

Durability – In general, inflatables are more durable and easier to maintain than hardboards.  If you drop any kind of inflatable by accident, it won’t ding and may barely scratch.  Inflatables are great to share with friends and family without worrying about them getting damaged.

If you drop a hardboard, there’s a chance it will be damaged and may need repairs.  Some hardboards have kevlar sides and tops that are strong enough that you can take a baseball bat to them or drop them from head height without any damage.

Performance – Hardboards definitely offer optimal performance compared to inflatables. They’re more agile, have better glide and are easier to catch waves with.  They are your best option if you want to go on long-distance expeditions, race, SUP surf, or use with a wing.

That being said, good quality inflatables are super rigid and aren’t too far behind epoxy boards when it comes to speed.

To break it down, you might want an inflatable board if you:

  • have minimal storage
  • travel and want to take your board with you
  • are a first-timer or on a budget
  • are adventurous and need a durable

You might want to consider a hardboard if you:

  • plan on using it on local waterways
  • want to catch waves, catch some waves or use a wing
  • are a “load and go” type of person
  • want optimal performance, agility and speed

At the end of the day it comes down to personal preference and you can’t go wrong with either, as long as you choose a quality board that matches what you’re looking for.

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

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