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The Knowledge Zone

Over 50 years of water sports knowledge has built our reputation:

Brian Johncey has been involved in the watersports industry one way or another since 1965.

In 1970 Brian started by building and repairing surfboards and white water canoes

In 1980 Brian founded his Blue Chip Board Store.

No one knows SUP like the Blue Chip SUP Crew.



"How to"  videos

How to pump up your board

Although it is very easy and straight forward to pump up your boards here are a few tips to make it even easier and why

Pressure Gauge not working ?

When you pump up your board for the first time you may think that the pump pressure dial is not working.

All you need to know about leashes

When and how to use a quick release waist belt


We are passionate about paddles "The driving force of SUP"

Click here to find out what all the hype is about paddles ?

How to choose your paddle length for your height

A quick guide to Blade aspect 


How are iSUP boards constructed

How Durable are iSUPs

The Speed Bump
Don’t worry about the mysterious bump on the underside of the board, it is opposite the inflation valve on the deck, it is a natural consequence of the valve location and the internal threads are positioned in such a way that the bump will not spread. Sometimes the bump is disguised or hidden under the fin location but if the inflation valve is located at the front of your board that the bump will be visible but all is OK
How to fit a US box fin

How to service your valve


Basic Personal Safety information you need to know

The basics of personal safety when SUPing

Why you should wear a Leash

What you need to know about wearing a Buoyancy Aid

How to get started:

This video covers basics to getting on the water with your SUP and eventually standing up. It begins with an overview of the equipment needed, how to launch your SUP, the basics of paddling on your knees and finally getting to a standing position.

Basic Paddling technique

This video displays how to perform a basic paddle stroke and SUP turns starting with the basic turn, crossbow turn and lastly the step back turn.

Intro to wave SUP riding

 Scott Mckercher show you basic wave riding techniques.

How to hold your paddle

This video demonstrates the correct way to hold your paddle, focusing on the blade angle and grip on the shaft


How to attach your leash

Your leash is the bedrock of your SUP safety setup

This is how to attach your leash


How to attach your fins

This shows how to fin your iSUP fins correctly


How to inflate your board

This is how to inflate your board without any fuss


How to deflate your board

Here, we show how to deflate your board


How to roll up your board

This is the correct way to roll up your Starboard iSUP


How to repair your board

Here, is the most simple repair technique 

If you feel you need a professional repair on your inflatable SUP, we are the recognised experts in this field, Blue Chip is the "go to" repair specialist with over 50 years experience water sports board repairs.


How to Store your board.

Our experience has shown that it make little or no difference to the longevity of the board regardless if it is stored inflated or deflated so long as it is stowed in a cool dry environment until next time you need it.

  • Constrained for space? Deflate your board and roll it up, secure the board with its storage strap and seal in its storage bag. Store in a cool dry environment until next time you need it.
  • Space no problem and you would like to store it inflated? Just deflate your board to about 10 psi (so it keeps its board shape and then you can store it in a cool dry environment until next time you need it.


Stated Board Weights

Board weights: Due to the construction methods, quoted weights are +/− 10%
(usually on the lighter end of the scale)

Please contact us if you need further clarification



Advised maximum rider weight

The advised rider weight is only a guide line from the manufactures and should be viewed as such. 

This guide weight is the maximum rider weight that the manufacture feels that their board will perform at its very best. It is not the maximum weight that their board will support. 

Most boards can carry a rider up to 25% in excess of the manufacturers advised rider weight and possibly more depending on the experience of the paddler