SUP Wall Rack by GateKeeper (set holds 2 SUPs)
The two SUP on-rail wall racks by GateKeeper are one of the best
SUP wall rack solutions weve found. The on-rail part just
means it stores your stand up paddle board on the rail at about a 45 degree
angle instead of flat like many SUP wall racks. As SUPs can be up to 32 inches
wide, this is a critical distinction. Storing a board flat out from a wall means
you reduce the room size by almost 3 feet when SUPs are stored horizontally.
The angled SUP storage saves about a foot. While the two board rack is a bit
more expensive than a single board SUP wall rack, it allows for paddle storage
as well, and of course a second board should you get another one for yourself
or a family member. Stand up paddle boarding is always more fun with a friend,
so its really nice to have a second guest board. This SUP
wall rack storage solution will accommodate that future potential.
The Challenges of Storing a Stand Up Paddle Board
While stand up paddle boards may seem just like an oversized surfboard, they
are in fact quite a bit larger which leads to storage issues that many new SUP
enthusiasts dont consider when first buying a stand up paddle board.
Its not uncommon for an SUP to be eleven or twelve feet long. Theyre
also over 30 inches wide, but thats not really the storage issue problem.
The vast majority of surfboards can be stood up in some out of the way corner
as theyre typically less than 8 feet in length (aside from the longest
long boards). Racks for surfboards typically only come into play if youre
got a whole quiver (multiple surfboards for multiple wave conditions) of surfboards,
or if youre merely interested in displaying your board as a conversation
When youre looking for a place to store an SUP its less about
options and more about where this thing will fit, if at all. You cant
store a stand up paddle board vertically unless you have twelve foot or higher
ceilings. Few houses do, and even fewer do when youre near the beach
or the water where space always seems to be at a premium and living spaces seem
to get smaller to compensate. An interesting aside here is that SUP retail shops
even have to consider this issue when sourcing space as many retail spaces have
8or 10 ceilings, which really put a crimp on SUP display options.
Even storing an SUP horizontally is a challenge as many storage type
rooms, aside from the garage (which apartments dont tend to have), arent
12 feet long. Thus what happens is your storage room options boil down to larger
rooms like living rooms, recreation rooms, garages, or outside. In an apartment,
the living room is typically the only choice. Unless youre going to hide
it behind the couch (which isnt a bad idea), an SUP wall rack is an essential
space saving investment. In a house with a garage, thats your
natural solution, yet floor space is usually at a premium. Using SUP wall racks
or a ceiling rack system is an effective way to tap into unused overhead space.
Outside storage is fine if its secure (these things are quite expensive)
and covered so as to avoid exposure to the sun (which will create havoc on a
board over time).
While stand up paddle boards have a somewhat variable useful life depending
on usage, the best SUP wall racks and SUP ceiling racks are made of durable
materials and thus can easily last decades. Thus its a pretty good investment
to get your boards up and out of the way to minimize out of the water damage,
which is probably the most significant risk to the life span of your stand up