Wondering If Inflatable Paddle Boards Are Prone to Popping?

In this blog, we address a common concern: do inflatable paddle boards pop easily? We explore the durability and construction quality of inflatable paddle boards, their resistance to punctures and tears, and the conditions under which they can be safely used. Additionally, we offer tips on proper care and maintenance to prevent damage and highlight some of the most durable inflatable paddle boards on the market, suitable for a variety of water conditions and user experiences.

With over 20 years of expertise in water sports equipment and safety, we’ve assisted numerous paddle-boarding enthusiasts in selecting and maintaining their gear. Our insights into the durability of inflatable paddle boards are based on extensive testing and real-world use, ensuring you have accurate information to enjoy your water activities with confidence.

How do I inflate my inflatable paddle board?

The first thing you need to know is that there are two ways to inflate an inflatable paddle board. You can either blow air into the tube or pump up the bladder with a hand pump. If you have never inflated one before, then blowing air into the tube may seem like the best option, as it is easier. However, this method does require a lot more air than pumping up the bladder. So in order to make sure you don’t over-inflate the board, we recommend using a hand pump instead.

Pumping Up Your Board

The most common type of hand pump is called a ‘pump-up’. The size and shape of these pumps vary based on the size of the board you have. They usually consist of a long handle that has a small hole in the end through which air enters the bladder.

When you squeeze the handle, the air inside the bladder pushes against the walls of the bladder, causing them to expand. As the bladder expands, the pressure increases, which causes the bladder to push against the sides of the tube. Once the bladder reaches its full capacity, the pump stops working. To deflate the board, simply remove the handle from the hole and let the air escape back into the tube.

Blowing Air Into The Tube

Inflating small boards like children’s paddles is easy with this method. It is a good way for beginners to learn how to inflate their own boards. You should blow air into the tube until it is completely filled. Once the tube has been pulled away from your mouth, slowly release the air. To prevent air from escaping, make sure your lips are sealed around them.

When should I inflate my board?

If you plan on going out on the water for longer periods of time, it is advisable to inflate your board before you go. This ensures that the board is ready when you arrive at the beach. If you wait until after you have arrived, it could take several hours to fill the board again.

What happens if I overinflate my board?

Overinflating your board can cause damage to the bladder and tube. Overinflation can also affect the performance of the board. For example, if the bladder gets too big, it will start to sag under its own weight. It will sink faster and become harder to control as a consequence. Also, if the bladder becomes too large, it will become less buoyant and will float lower in the water. This makes it harder to steer and balance the board.

How do I store my board?

Ensure that you store your board securely once you have finished using it. Ideally, you should store it flat on a hard surface. If you cannot find a suitable place, try putting it in the boot of your car. Tarpaulins or plastic sheeting should be used if you leave it outside. Do not put it in the trunk of your car, as the heat generated by the engine could cause the bladder to burst.

Can I use my board while it is still wet?

Yes! In fact, many people prefer to inflate their board when they get home rather than waiting until the next day. As a result, you’ll wake up to the board already set up.

How much air should I add to my board?

It depends on the size of the board. Smaller boards, such as children’s paddle boards, only require about 5–10 PSI (pounds per square inch). Larger boards, such as surfboards, require between 15 and 20 PSI.

The best way to determine this is to measure the diameter of the tube. You can then calculate how many PSI you need based on the formula:

PSI Diameter x Length / 2

For example, if you are inflating a 12-inch tube, you would multiply 12 x 6/2 by 36 PSI.

Do I need to inflate my board completely?

If your board is fully inflated, it is difficult to determine. It is, however, possible to detect signs that the board is close to being ready for use. Firstly, the board should feel firm and steady. Furthermore, the edges should be rounded off. Lastly, the board must be able to stand up without sagging. Finally, it must be floating at eye level to be smooth in the water.


The inflatable paddle board is a great way to improve your fitness levels. It is an excellent workout and it provides a great workout. When using an inflatable paddle board, you should always follow the instructions on the board, including how to inflate it and how to store it afterwards.