Gear Tie-Downs for SUPs

As the sport of SUP grows, more folks are wanting to explore on long day trips, simple overnights and in come case on long expeditions. Most SUPs come with no way to tie or secure any gear to your board. Some have deck leash plugs on the nose and a few have waterproof hatches to put gear inside.

Here's 5 few options for solving the problem of where to put your gear..

Most secure and less obstrustive - Leash Plugs
Leash plugs are glassed in to your board thus are the most secure. Even with rope or bungy tied to the plugs, the plugs are less obstrusive if you stand on them. The only issue is that thicker rope or bungy may not slide under the metal bars of the plug. Leash plugs can be glassed into your deck.

Other Options -

EZ Plugs - these plastic plugs stick to your board but much like leash plugs, have a limited space rope or bungy can go through. I've had issues with the plugs staying on the board, so instead used epoxy to attach them. Not recommended for soft tops.

NSI Plugs - NSI has tons of great innovative products such as their Deck Mount Attachment System. I now use these exclusively. The stickiness of these is very good. I have been using one as a leash plug for a homemade SUP - so far in a few downwinders, the plug hasn't come off. The rope loop allows for any size rope or bungy to pass through.

Raft Plugs - These are great as well as the surface material is large and thus sticks well to your board. These are also great for inflatable SUPs.

Rope or Bungy?
Both work fine but bungy stretches and your load can shift in wind or waves throwing off your balance. Narrow width cam straps are also a great choice as they can be cinched down and the toughness of the straps is more reliable from breakage than most rope or bungy. I'd recommend stringing a border of rope around all points of your tie-downs so you can secure addtional rope, bungy or cam straps to it.



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Comments

Anonymous said…
Thanks. I've been wrestling with how to add a tiedown system to two new boards. This article was very helpful.
Anonymous said…
See also Boardfisher stick-on flat strap attachments.
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