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April 23, 2020 4 min read

While your wakeboard, waterski or tube isn’t getting wet at the moment there’s plenty you can do at home to show it some love. Caring for you waterski equipment doesn’t take a lot of effort and can easily be done at home. Regular maintenance will ensure that you won’t run into trouble once you're out on the water again. Be totally prepared for your next ride with our guide on waterski, wakeboard and tube maintenance!

REPAIR YOUR WATERSKI OR WAKEBOARD
Sooner or later something is going to happen to ding, dent or scratch your beloved waterski or wakeboard. Superficial scratches shouldn’t require repair but any decent dings or dents need to be addressed as you risk delamination as the core material soaks up water while you ride. Once your waterski or wakeboard starts to delaminate there isn’t anything you can do to save it so get onto your repairs early! Repairing a waterski or wakeboard is quite easy. Just get any two-part epoxy, lightly sand the affected area and fill it in. Once properly cured you can sand back the epoxy with some wet-and-dry sandpaper to match the shape of your ski or board.

REPLACE DAMAGED PARTS
Damaged parts on a waterski or wakeboard can lead to devastating failure on the water if not checked regularly. The last thing you want is to lose a fin or have your foot come out of a binding while you're riding. Here’s some items you’ll definitely want to have a look over while you can’t get out on the water.

FINS
Fins are one of the most important features on a waterski or wakeboard. Check your fins to see if there’s any signs of damage. Even little dings and dents can drastically alter how your board or ski feels on the water (especially slalom skis). Unfortunately there’s not much you can do to repair a damaged fin but if they aren’t too old they’re easily replaceable.
BINDING BOLTS
Binding bolts are often overlooked when checking your wakeboard or waterski for damage. Superficially, binding bolts can look fine when your board or ski has boots attached but this often hides corrosion and wear on the bolt and insert underneath. Riding in salt or brackish water without proper rinsing will 100% corrode your bolts over time. If left unchecked they become impossible to undo and will eventually fail completely (usually while you’re riding!). We recommend taking off your boots completely after you ride and rinsing with fresh water. It’s also helpful to use lanolin products on the bolt and insert to reduce the risk of corrosion.
LACES
There’s nothing worse than tightening up your boots before your first ride of the day only to have a lace snap making your waterski or wakeboard unrideable. Checking wakeboard and waterski laces for wear and tear only takes a second and will save you a headache (and messing around with cable ties) out on the water. Have a look at your laces, note any frayed parts that look likely to break and replace them. 

 

 

WAX YOUR BOARD
For all the cable wakeboard riders out there, take some time to wax the base of your board. Waxing will increase your speed on obstacles and prevent your board from hooking up on scratches and dents in the base. Don’t just use any wax though. Some skateboard or snowboard waxes are not water repellant so won’t work effectively and can even damage your board. We recommend Wake Wax as the best option to get your wakeboard ready for the park. Using wake wax on the top deck of your wakeboard can also prevent discolouration and damage from the sun. This is worth doing for cable and boat riders alike! Get your Wake Wax here.

REPAIR YOUR WATERSKI TUBE BLADDER 
Waterski tubes put up with a fair amount of abuse behind the boat. Sooner or later something is going to give. If your tube has completely fallen apart it’s probably time for a new one but small tears and holes in the bladder are totally fixable. Most people only notice them when they get the tube out on the water where it slowly deflates while in use. Get ahead of the game by removing your tube bladder, inflating it fully and leaving it to sit overnight. If the tube has deflated, you’ll know there’s a small leak. Locate the leak with a thorough visual inspection. If you still can’t find the hole spray with some soapy water and look for the bubbles. Repair your tube using a tube repair patch kit if the hole is on the surface of the bladder. If the leak is coming from the seam of the bladder a patch won’t hold properly when the tube is reinflated. We recommend applying Aquaseal over the hole without a patch. 




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