Helpful Hint & Tips on Maintenance of your gear

COMBO SKIS

Cleaning & Storage: Clean with fresh water and leave out of cover to dry in a shaded place. Do not put any protective coatings (eg: polishes or armor all) on binding rubbers or bottom of ski leave as purchased. If storing in a cover make sure skis have been dried out in the shade first.

 

Care: When adjusting bindings always adjust before putting foot in. With Velcro adjusting bindings try foot in binding remove foot and tighten slightly this will give you a firmer fit; don’t try to tighten after your foot is in the binding. When getting up on one ski if you are using a long-vee handle use one with a easy-up section, as this will help stop handle impact on skis which is not covered under warranty. Don’t leave skis sitting in direct sunlight it is best to put them in the shade or lay them on there edge if shade is unavailable.

 

KNEEBOARDS

Cleaning & Storage: Clean with fresh water and leave out of cover to dry in a shaded place. Best to keep kneeboard in a cover to avoid damage to the pad and boards edges when in transit, also when stored in places that rodents can get into, as they will eat the pad. Make sure board has been dried out in shade before storing in bag.

 

Care: Don’t let young kids put strap over knees as they can’t think quick enough to undo strap if they roll over, they are better of kneeling on top of strap until they are confident. Don’t leave kneeboard sitting in direct sunlight it is best to put them back in cover otherwise in the shade or lay them on there edge if shade is unavailable. Toenails will cut into pad best to keep them short to avoid this, if you have your dogs with you make sure the board is put in a place so they can’t run over the boards pad and put holes in it.


TUBES

Cleaning & Storage: Clean with fresh water and dry in a shaded place. When storing make sure tube is completely dry and if stored in a place that rodents can get to they will eat the PVC inner so be careful.

 

Care: Tubes should be pumped up firm, do not over inflate as this can cause the tube to bust. If left in the sun be careful they don’t expand and cause over inflation. Make sure you have the correct size rope for your application, incorrect ropes could snap and cause injury. Do not take off with slack rope, as this will damage the tubes outer case, this can happen accidentally, a shock rope will help protect the tube from this sort of damage. Tubes do not like to be pulled along at slow speeds Eg: 4 to 10 knots as this can cause the casings to fill with water and the tube will want to nose dive, It is best to pull them on the plane straight away this allows the vent in the base of the tube to expel any water in the casing. You can then slow down as long as the tube is still on the plane. Don’t leave the tube in the elements for extended periods, as this will deteriorate the tube prematurely.


SLALOM SKIS

Cleaning & Storage: Clean with fresh water and leave out of cover to dry in a shaded place. Do not put any protective coatings (eg: polishes or armor-all) on binding rubbers or bottom of ski leave as purchased. If storing in a cover make sure ski & Bindings have been dried out in the shade first.

 

Care: When getting up on one ski if you are using a long-vee handle use one with a easy-up section, as this will help stop handle impact on skis which is not covered under warranty. Don’t leave skis sitting in direct sunlight it is best to put them back in cover otherwise in the shade or lay them on there edge if shade is unavailable. Do not use petroleum-based lubricant on bindings, if you need to use a lubricant you can purchase binding slime or biodegradable detergent works well. When tightening laces bindings: some lace locks have a knob on them these are designed to slide up and down to lock or unlock lace, do not turn as this will wear out laces and could break knob.


WAKEBOARDS

Cleaning & Storage: Clean with fresh water and leave out of cover to dry in a shaded place. Do not put any protective coatings (eg: polishes or armor-all) on binding rubbers or bottom of board leave as purchased. If storing in a cover make sure board & boots have been dried out in the shade first.

 

Care: Don’t leave board sitting in direct sunlight it is best to put them back in cover otherwise in the shade or lay them on there edge if shade is unavailable. Using a cover for the board is a good idea as most damage happens when transporting board and storing, as the edges of a board are sharp and can get damaged easily. Do not use petroleum-based lubricant on bindings, if you need to use a lubricant you can purchase binding slime or biodegradable detergent works well. When tightening laces bindings: some lace locks have a knob on them these are designed to slide up and down to lock or unlock lace, do not turn as this will wear out laces and could break knob. If using board on kickers & sliders you will void any warranty on the board.


WETSUITS & VESTS

Cleaning & Storage: Clean with fresh water and leave to dry in a shaded place. Do not wash in washing machine or dry in dryer. Store in a cool dry place.

 

Care: Make sure vests fit properly and doesn’t ride up as this will make it hard to keep your head above water. Don’t leave wetsuit or vest sitting in direct sunlight it is best to put them in the shade. Avoid chlorinated swimming pools they will reduce the life of your wetsuits and vests. If you let people bigger than you use your wetsuit or neoprene vest they can stretch it and it will end up to big for you. Keep away and avoid spilling any petroleum-based products on them. Do not use vest if doing barefoot deep-water starts they are not designed for this, use a barefoot suit. If your vest has external belts do not use them as a grip to help pull people into the boat.

 

ROPES & HANDLES

Cleaning & Storage: Clean with fresh water and leave to dry in a shaded place. Store when dried out and keep out of sunlight.

                                 

Care: Make sure ropes are kept in good condition, remove any knot before using. Sometimes ropes can look like they are fraying this can sometimes just be a join in the strands of rope or a end of the rope at were it has been spliced, if you are not sure bring it in and we will have a look for you. Make sure you are using the correct type of rope for your application, incorrect ropes could snap and cause injury. Suntan cream can deteriorate handles and make them slippery, wash hand before using handle.