FAQs

What does Pau Hana mean?

Pau Hana (Pronounced pow hana) is a Hawaiian phrase that means “Time after work” and is often used to refer to whatever you do for fun when you’re not working.

What PSI should I inflate my inflatable SUP up to?

The inflatable stand up paddle board should be inflated up to 15 PSI.

If you are planning on paddling in cold water like snow melt rivers, then we recommend pumping it up to 15PSI on land and putting the board on the water and continue pumping it up to 18PSI.

How is a board constructed?

Our “hard” boards (boards that are not inflatable or soft topped), are made with a foam EPS (expanded polystyrene) core that is wrapped with fiberglass and epoxy resin. The precise construction or layup of each board varies based on our research and development for each board, but the basics stay the same.

How is an inflatable board constructed?

The inflatable is constructed with a drop-stitch inner core between two layers of PVC. Think of thousands of threads connecting the top and the bottom of the board. Then, there is another wrapping of PVC around the board.

Where should I store my board?

The board is best stored in a cool dry place with low changes in temperature.

Its best to protect it in a bag to keep the board free of dirt, dust, dings, and scratches. You can purchase one here.

Where should I place my fin in the fin box?

In general, the placement of the fin in the middle of the fin box is usually the sweet spot for most riders and for most everyday types of paddling.

For paddling that requires lots of turning like surfing, place your fin as forward as you can.

For paddling that will not require much turning like touring, place your fin as far back as you can.

What is a Base Plate and why do I need it?

The Base Plate is a durable plastic plate accessory that screws directly into the SeaMount and contains extra threads for mounting accessories.

The Base Plate accessory is needed for accessories that extend off the board that may be subject to large forces that could break the SeaMount.

The Base Plate greatly reduces the likelihood of the SeaMount breaking from a large force hitting an accessory. It also provides extra threads for further mounting of accessories to the board.

You can purchase a baseplate here.

How do I securely install a leash into my stand up paddle board?

Step 1: Insert the leash cord into the cup
Step 2: Use the cup closest to your back foot in a surf stance
Step 3: Open the velcro straps
Step 4: Insert the velcro strap through the cord loop to the crease
Step 5: Fold and press the velcro together

How to repair a small ding in your board?

Step 1: Insure that there is no water left in your board by leaving it in a dry, warm place with the damaged area able to drain.
Step 2: Rub the ding with sand paper.
Step 3: Use a two part epoxy that can easily be found at any hardware store to fill the ding.
Step 4: Allow the epoxy to completely dry.
Step 5: Sand down the epoxy using higher and higher grit sand paper until it is smooth.

How to remove an old deck pad?

Deck pads are notoriously difficult to remove due to the strength of the adhesive that is used while applying the pad. To get it done without harming or damaging your board, we highly recommend taking it to your local SUP store or other professional repair place.

I lost my fin screw and/or that small metal screw plate that keeps my fin in my board. Where can I get another one?

We sell replacement fin hardware here.

What is the vent plug and how do I use it?

The vent plug is the hex shaped plug. Nearly all paddle boards with a foam EPS core will contain one.

It helps prevent the board from delaminating by allowing the air pressure to equalize with the outside pressure, but keeps the water from entering the board.

Our vent plugs are self regulating, so you never should open or unscrew them, the goretex membrane automatically lets out or takes in air while blocking water.

What is the SeaMount Plug For?

The SeaMount plugs on your board are threaded mounts where you can attach accessories to your board. For a list of all available accessories, look under the accessories tab in our online shop.

For more information or inquiries about the SeaMount plug, visit the website here.

What board fits a +350lbs paddler?

In our experience, the Duo will usually work. We always recommend demo-ing a board before buying to make sure that it fits that individual.

How do I adjust my paddle?

Step 1: Vertically stand paddle with blade on the ground and handle in the air.
Step 2: Push in metal button on the shaft of the paddle.
Step 3: Pull top of handle to the middle of the palm of your hand.
Step 4: Make sure that the button clicks out at a new hole to insure that the paddle is secure.

How do I install the small fins (side bites) that came with my board?

tep 1: Backout the nut from the side bite fin box, but not all the way, just enough so the fin can slide in without hanging on the screw nut.
Step 2: Slide the fin into the back notch and lower the front in.
Step 3: Tighten the screw so that it’s snug but not too tight to prevent stripping.

Depending on the type of paddling you are planning on doing determines whether or not you need them. In the surf it will pull your board around and turn easier, and on flat water, it will keep you moving straighter.

How do I install my fin into my board?

Step 1: Put the square washer onto the end of the screw
Step 2: Hold the screw and lower the washer into the track
Step 3: Slide the washer forward
Step 4: Lower the dowel into the track and slide it back
Step 5: Lower the front of the fin and line up the hole in the top to the hole in the washer
Step 6: Drop the screw in through the hole and tighten into the washer
Step 7: Tighten only a turn and an half to two times after making contact with the bottom

Tip: When ever the fin is removed from the board, always put the screw and washer back into the track so it doesn’t get lost.

How do I attach a leash to the board?

Get a small, but strong string (Like a shoelace) and tie it into a small loop (about 3 inches on either side).

Then, feed the loop through the small metal bar in the tiny cup at the back of the board and loop it around itself so you can tighten it to the bar.

Now, you have a loop to attach your leash to your board.

Once you are sure it is big enough to fit your leash, cut it so there the string is not dragging from your board.

I placed an order on the online store, when can I expect to recieve my order

| Delivery Estimate |

Please note all days are in business days from the day after that the order is received by Pau Hana.

Alabama | 7-9 days
Alaska | 
6-8 days
Arizona | 
5-7 days
Arkansas | 
7-9 days
California |
5-7 days
Colorado | 
6-8 days
Connecticut | 
8-11 days
Delaware | 
7-9 days
Florida | 
7-9 days
Georgia | 
7-9 days
Hawaii | 
6-8 days
Idaho | 
6-8 days
Illinois | 
7-9 days
Indiana | 
7-9 days
Iowa | 
7-9 days
Kansas | 
7-9 days
Kentucky | 
7-9 days
Louisiana | 
7-9 days
Maine | 
8-11 days
Maryland | 
7-9 days
Massachusetts | 
8-11 days
Michigan | 
8-11 days
Minnesota | 
8-11 days
Mississippi | 
7-9 days
Missouri | 
7-9 days
Montana | 
7-9 days
Nebraska |
7-9 days
Nevada | 
5-7 days
New Hampshire | 
8-11 days
New Jersey | 
7-9 days
New Mexico | 
6-8 days
New York | 
8-11 days
North Carolina | 
8-11 days
North Dakota | 
8-11 days
Ohio | 
7-9 days
Oklahoma | 
6-8 days
Oregon | 
6-8 days
Pennsylvania | 
7-9 days
Rhode Island | 
8-11 days
South Carolina | 
8-11 days
South Dakota | 
7-9 days
Tennessee | 
7-9 days
Texas | 
7-9 days
Utah | 
5-7 days
Vermont | 8-11 days
Virginia | 
8-11 days
Washington | 
6-8 days
West Virginia | 
8-11 days
Wisconsin | 
7-9 days
Wyoming | 
6-8 days

How to Set Up Oahu Sk8?

Please Click here for instructions on installing the trucks for the Oahu Skateboard.

How to install a deck pad?

Instructions For Installing Deck Pad

Notice: Deck pad installation is a factory installation that requires many tools and practice that is hard to replicate out of the factory. Many pads with gaps in them are particularly difficult without the use of a template or outline to place the pieces. If you decide to apply a new deck pad to your Pau Hana board beware that it may not look as well as the initial pad that came on your board. If you still choose to follow these instructions, Pau Hana Surf Supply, LLC. is not liable for any injuries or any other unfavorable results that may occur as a result of following these instructions. We also recommend using already available Youtube videos to get an idea of what you will be doing.

1.Unroll deck pad and use weights to get the deck pad so that it is not curling at the edges. This may take a few days, but it is highly recommended because it will make the future steps much easier.

  1. Once pad no longer curls up, go to the board and place the pad in the desired location.
  1. Use painter’s tape(or a dry erase marker) to mark the places where the edges of the pad will go. Start at the tail. Then tape the front and the sides. You don’t need to outline the entire pad.
  1. Check that the pad is centered using a tape measure.
  1. Once you are happy with the placement of the tape, grab a sharp knife or box cutter and make horizontal slits on the adhesive paper on the bottom of the pad in roughly 6 inch increments.
  1. Cut a square on the middle increment on the adhesive paper.
  1. Position the pad on the board so it matches the tape lines made earlier.
  1. Peel the center square adhesive paper and put firm pressure on the pad in that area to make it stick.
  1. Continue peeling the increments starting from the middle to the back of the pad and then the front. Remember to always start in the middle and go to the edges.

Note: If the any area of the pad bubbles up use a small sewing pin to poke the pad and push down to make the pad adhere in the area that had a bubble.

  1. Once the pad is completely adhered, use a roller (dough roller) to insure that the pad adhesive has a good bond with the board.
  1. Remove the painter’s tape from the board.
  1. Leave the pad on for several hours and look for any areas that the adhesive is not touching the board and push those areas down if they are sticking up.

Note: If you have a pad with holes or gaps in it and one particular area is sticking up. Consider using a razor blade to cut the small section and re-adhere the pad in that area.

13. That’s it! Check the pad again before, during, and after you take it in the water for any bubbling where the pad is not adhered to the board.

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