How do I install the fins?
To install the fins on your Ocean Master board, first place the board on a flat surface such as the floor or a table. Insert the side fins and tighten with the fin key that came with your fins. Make sure each fin is fully inserted into the box before tightening with the key.
To install the center fin in the box, first drop the plate into the track inside the fin box. Set the fin into the back end of the box and slide it forward on the track to the position you want. Line up the plate with the hole in the fin so you can insert the screw and tighten it. Tighten it firmly but do not overtighten.
What does it mean that the air vent is automatic?
The modern Ocean Master air vent has a high-tech membrane that automatically releases air, making it self-ventilating. In other words, you don't have to open it manually every so often like you do for traditional air vents. However, it is a good idea to remove the vent if you are going to take your board on an airplane, or subject it to a high pressure environment.
How long should my paddle be?
Ocean Master recommends sizing the paddle as follows:
For riding waves, the length of the paddle should be equal to your height. It is not a good idea to use a paddle that is more than 10 cm longer than your height, since it affects maneuverability on the wave and makes it difficult to change sides with the paddle. It also puts you at risk for injury.
Touring or racing paddles are usually cut between 15 and 20 cm longer than your height. This is because you change your paddle position often and grasp the paddle below the handle. This allows you to switch to using alternate muscles and rest others, something you cannot do with a paddle length equal to your height.
How do I cut the paddle?
To cut the paddles, you will need the following materials and equipment: HACKSAW, SAND PAPER, SUPER GLUE or EPOXY RESIN.
With the handle off the paddle, mark the place where you want to cut the shaft. Hold the paddle firmly on a cushioned surface and cut the shaft with the hacksaw.
Lightly Sand the cut end to even up and smooth the cut edge.
After you have cut and sanded the edge, mix the epoxy resin and spread it all over the stub of the handle. Then insert the handle into the shaft. Be sure to clean off any excess glue.
Check that the handle is lined up with the blade. They should be facing the same direction. It is a good idea to let the paddle dry for 12 hours before getting it wet.
How should I take care of my equipment?
Never leave your board or paddle out of the water in the sun for more than 30 minutes, especially in summer. Do not leave them in the car or in any high-temperature closed environments.
It is a good idea to protect your board with a cover when transporting it, and store it in a shaded location.
It is very important to always rest it on the ground fins up, in other words, deck down. Always make sure you are resting the board on a flat surface without any sharp points or rocks that could damage it.
Remember that the fins are the most fragile part of the board, so be careful not to drag the board, lean on the fins or knock them. Most knocks and dings happen during transport, use care when transporting your equipment. Do not adjust car racks too tightly.
Never use a dinged board or board with a broken fin since water could seep in and add weight, and also make repair more difficult. If you have no immediate way to repair your board, you can cover the ding with a sticker or waterproof tape, but you should take it in for repair as soon as possible afterwards.
What volume board should I use?
We get this question all the time and there is no simple answer, primarily because when we talk about volume, we're really talking about stability and that involves a combination of different factors. We not only have to consider the volume, but also the width and thickness of the board, width of the rails, weight, and even the rocker because all of these factors impact stability. We have seen 100 kg SUPers shredding it with 100 liter boards. On the other hand, we have also seen, although less often, SUPers having a hard time with 120 liter boards. The most important factor is the rider's paddling ability, and this only comes with experience.
We have a golden rule that can give us a good estimate:
If you are a beginner SUPer, and have never paddled a board before, you should consider using a volume twice your weight in kilograms, but expressed in liters. So for example, if you are a beginner weighing 75 kg, multiply your weight by 2 and you will find out that a 150 liter board is sufficient.
If you have a little more experience, multiply your weight by 1.6 and you will see that a 160 liter board will work.
If you are an experienced paddler, multiply your weight by 1.2 and see that a 90 liter board will work for you.
Again, this is an estimate. As the sport continues to evolve, more advanced boards will be built, which will be lighter with stronger lamination, and new shapes, so boards will have lower volume, but greater stability.