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Setting up a THURSO SURF inflatable SUP is quick and easy, and it’s something anyone can do in about ten minutes. In this iSUP setup guide, we’ll take you step-by-step through the entire setup process and show you just how simple it really is. After that, we’ll also show you exactly what to do after you’re done paddling and are ready to pack your board back up. Getting your board deflated and packed into the THURSO SURF iSUP backpack is even easier!

Setup up your iSUP

STEP 1: Unpack and unroll your THURSO SURF iSUP

Pull your THURSO SURF iSUP out of the backpack, loosen and remove the compression strap, and roll your board out flat on the ground with the deck pad facing up.

STEP 2: Unscrew the valve cap

Located at the tail of your board is the inflation valve. Unscrew the valve cap.

STEP 3: Set the valve position to CLOSED

Make sure the valve pin is up so the valve is closed. It may sound confusing but yes, inflation is done when the valve is closed, so it won’t lose pressure when you remove the pump hose.

STEP 4: Attach the pump’s inflation hose

Included with your THURSO SURF inflatable paddle board is a dual-action hand pump. Insert the pump hose into the air valve on your board and twist in a clockwise motion until it is secured in place. Also make sure the other end of the hose connects to the inflation port on the pump body.

STEP 5: Set the pump to dual-action mode

Your THURSO SURF iSUP pump has two modes: single, and dual-action. When you first begin to inflate your board, flip the pump’s selector switch to the dual-action mode. The ultra-efficient dual-action mode will quickly inflate your board by pumping large volume of air at low pressure on both the up and down strokes.

STEP 6: Place your feet on the pump and begin pumping

Stabilize your iSUP pump by standing on the bottom of it with both feet. Keeping your back straight and primarily utilizing your lower body, begin pumping to inflate your board.

STEP 7: Flip the switch to single-action mode

As you continue pumping, you’ll notice increased resistance from the pump as the board inflates. When pumping becomes too difficult in dual-action mode, simply flip the switch to single-action mode and finish inflating your board to the recommended pressure of 12-15 psi. Unlike dual-action mode which inflates on both up and down strokes, single-action mode will only pump air on the down strokes, which is easier as you can take advantage of your body weight.

STEP 8: Stop pumping when you reach 12-15 psi

Once the needle on the built-in pressure gauge reaches 12-15 psi, you can stop pumping. Inflated to 12 psi or 15 psi will only give you a slight difference, you can decide what pressure to go. Don’t go beyond 15 psi.

STEP 9: Disconnect the pump hose from your board

Now your THURSO SURF inflatable SUP is now fully inflated. Give the pump hose a quick counterclockwise twist to disconnect it from your board’s air valve. You’ll hear a brief but loud rush of air as it disconnects.

STEP 10: Screw on the air valve cap

Place the valve cap over the board’s air valve and screw it on securely.

STEP 11: Attach the SUP leash

Your THURSO SURF board comes with a SUP leash. To attach the leash, simply open the velcro folds at the end of the leash, remove the looped cord, and then slide the cord through the D-ring at the board’s tail. Bring the cord up through the loop to securely attach it to the D-ring. Next, simply close the velcro over the cord.

STEP 12: Install the fins

Your THURSO SURF iSUP includes a 2+1 fin set that is a breeze to attach, thanks to our Quick Lock toolless fin system. To install the fins, simply line the notches in the fin box up with the plastic pins on the fin, insert the fin, seat it securely into place, and then push down on the locking tab at the rear of the fin box.

STEP 13: Assemble and adjust the 3-piece carbon shaft paddle

Last but not least, it’s time to assemble the 3-piece THURSO SURF carbon shaft paddle that came with your board. First, take the piece with the paddle blade and flip open the clasp on the opposite end. Next, take the middle piece of the paddle’s shaft and insert the tapered end into the end of the piece with the blade. Close the clasp to secure. Lastly, take the third piece of the paddle with the plastic handle on one end, and insert it into the end of the middle piece after opening the locking clasp. Standing with your arm stretched straight above you, slide the handle up to your wrist, and lock the clasp into place. Your paddle is now assembled, adjusted, and ready to use.

Pack up your iSUP

STEP 14: Clean and rinse off your board

When you’re done paddling, it’s important to remove sand, dirt or any other residues that remain on the board. Then rinse your board off with fresh water. We’d also recommend giving it a quick wipe down with a towel or chamois before rolling it up.

STEP 15: Detach the accessories

First you’ll want to remove the three fins. To do so, simply flip the locking tab up on each of the fin boxes and lift the fins up and out. Next, flip your board back over and remove the SUP leash by opening the velcro closure.

STEP 16: Deflate the board

Unscrew the valve cap at the board’s tail, press the inflation valve pin down and make sure it stays in OPEN position. You will hear a strong rush of air as your board deflates. After a minute or two when the majority of air has escaped, you can use the included pump to extract the remaining air out. This time, use the deflate port on the pump. A complete deflation will minimize the board volume and help you pack it up. After deflation, close the air valve and screw the valve cap back.

STEP 17: Roll up the board

Now you can begin rolling up your board. Starting at the board’s tail, use the fin boxes to fold the board forward, and make sure it folds up tightly. Last but not least, place the compression strap around the middle of your rolled up board and securely tighten it.

STEP 18: Disassemble the paddle

To take your paddle apart, simply flip open the two locking clasps and pull the three pieces apart.

STEP 19: Pack up

The final stage is to pack everything, the board, leash, fins, pump and everything else into the backpack and you are all done!

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  • pdq says:

    STEP 17: Roll up the board… why not roll up the board starting at the front. when you roll it from he front, any remaining air pushes it way to the back – to the open valve – and can easily escape. Is there a reason to roll back to front when storing, as per this outlined step?

    • Admin says:

      Hi Peter,

      Rolling the board from the tail can better protect the fin boxes by keeping them inside so can provide better protection. To deflate the board, you can use the pump’s “IN” port to extract the extra air out from the board, so that the board is totally flat and easy to wrap up.

      Thanks,

      Thurso Surf

  • Christy says:

    Is there a benefit of using 3 fins vs. 1 fin or vice versa?

    Thanks!

    • Admin says:

      Hi Christy,

      That’s a great question. The 2+1 fin set up gives more stability and makes it easier to turn. The center fin along will make the board travel faster with less resistance from the fins. Please feel free to try out to see which one works for you.

      Thanks,

      Thurso Surf

  • Jose Acevedo says:

    Hi,
    STEP 17, as well, I have noticed that when I roll from the back the fin boxes push down on the white and gray stripes soft pad of the deck, making some small marks.
    I would prefer protecting the deck from those marks. I rolled it from the front end once just to try and it seems simpler and the deck did not get any marks. I still stored it the way you suggested though. Would it impact the overall board in the end by rolling it from the front end?

    • Admin says:

      Hi Jose,

      Thanks for asking. The reason we suggest rolling from the tail is that it will enclose the fin boxes inside the roll, thus they are protected in transport. There is nothing wrong with doing it the other way, just make sure the fin boxes, especially the clips will not be damaged.

      Thanks,

      Thurso Surf

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