All EPS core boards contend a large percentage of air confined within the sealed and water tight skin of the board. The volume of the "trapped" air changes considerably when exposed to extreme temperatures and altitude changes, and may cause damage to the board. The small air vent installed in the board helps stabilize this pressure change. This vent requires no maintenance but must have a finger tight seal to prevent water from getting inside the foam. A 16mm hex socket over the entire depth of the vent head can be used to check the seal.
Venting the board will greatly reduce potential problems but it is not a complete immunization. KEEP THE BOARD COOL AT ALL TIMES. Do not leave in direct sunlight, even when using a board bag, on top of your car, or in bubble wrap. Always store your board in a well ventilated area where temperatures do not freeze or exceed 80 degrees.
Paddle shafts are designed to be custom cut for a personal fit. The correct length is very much determined by the use. All measurements are added to the individual paddleboarder's overall height. Add 8"-10" if you are mainly paddling in flat-water with some occasional mild surf use. Add up to 12" for racing or open ocean touring. Add 6"-8" if you spend most of your time in high performance surf and have developed good paddle strength.
Paddle length is a personal thing but from our experience the measurements above work best for MOST people. If unsure, start out longer, as you can always shorten your paddle (but never lengthen it once you cut it). A longer shaft puts less strain on your back (but may aggravate shoulder injuries). Most people start out spending more time on flat-water, where a longer paddle works best. And because we specialize in flat-water stand up paddleboards, we recommend the total length to be 8"-10" above your height. As a general rule of thumb, place the paddle on the ground and raise your arm straight overhead (but not overextended), the handle grip should be around your wrist or your palm.
Lakeshore Paddleboard Company guarantees that our products are free of any defects or damage caused by workmanship or materials, for the duration of 180 days after the purchase date. This warranty covers only Lakeshore product purchased by an authorized Lakeshore Dealer and applies only to the original purchaser and may not be transferred. Proof of purchase in the form of the original receipt is required and must be presented at the time of the warranty claim.
This warranty commitment does not cover any other claim conditions such as normal wear & tear; exposure to extreme temperatures or excessive direct sun light; impact with any material or object; collisions, abuse, misuse or accidental damage; transport, loading, unloading, dropping, out of water handling or similar; nature such as earthquakes, fires, etc.; alterations, modifications, or repairs; improper storage; incorrect set-up; use in commercial, rental, or teaching environments; or any other irresponsible use. Cosmetic flaws do not affect the functionality and performance of the product and are not applicable to the warranty.