How to Inflate & Set Up Your Inflatable SUP Board

VideoSeptember 15, 2017

Proper inflation is key to getting the best performance from your NRS inflatable SUP board. Watch this video to learn how to inflate your NRS board and operate the valve and pressure gauge to ensure the board reaches, but does not exceed, optimal pressure.

Unfold the board on a flat surface. Prepare the Leafield valve for inflation by pushing down on the valve stem and turning it clockwise (to the right). The stem will pop up, showing you the spring-loaded sealing disc is closed. Screw the Leafield C7 & D7 Valve Adapter into the valve opening. When you’re ready to deflate the board, just push on the valve stem and turn it counterclockwise (to the left).

Now, when you’re pumping, air pressure forces the sealing disc open, letting air in. When you stop pumping, the disc closes, trapping the air you’ve added. Once you’ve reached the right pressure, remember to replace the cap, to keep water and debris out of the valve.

The video refers to raising the board’s pressure to 15 psi. Newer NRS boards are rated to 20 psi. The maximum pressure rating for your board will be listed on the graphic that surrounds the valve. If you have questions about this, please give us a call, 800.635.5202.

The NRS Super Pump is included with NRS SUP boards. It has an integrated pressure gauge. You must check the pressure reading while you are taking a pumping stroke. When you stop pumping, the valve’s sealing disc closes and the pressure gauge stops reading.

Another excellent SUP pump is the K-Pump 220 HP, a two-stage pump. Use the low-pressure stage to put most of the air volume in; then when pumping becomes more difficult, switch to the high-pressure stage to bring the board up to full pressure. The NRS Digital Pressure Gauge and K-Pump Kwik Check Standard Pressure Gauge are also good additions to your standup paddling gear.