SUP Ceiling Rack System by GateKeeper
This ceiling rack system by GateKeeper is a modular system and was originally
designed for surfboards, but can be modularized to add an SUP rack below the
initial ceiling mount piece. There is a ceiling base mounting
piece that attaches to the ceiling (truss rafters, or ceiling joists thru the drywall is fine). This
base piece is designed to mount to the ceiling and hold one surfboard. It only
holds boards up to about 25 wide, so it wont work for must SUPs.
The optional modular add-ons attached below this base can be either for a surfboard
or a stand up paddle board (up to 32 wide). This SUP ceiling rack
system is a package of the mounting piece and the SUP modular add-on.
Even though there is an extra surfboard module above the SUP storage rack, this
can be quite useful for a paddle, a surfboard, fishing poles, or whatever. The
whole system is made with all-steel, welded construction, and padded by nitrile
foam cushioning. The maximum recommended weight capacity is 120 lbs.
The Challenges of Storing a Stand Up Paddle Board
While stand up paddle boards may seem just like an oversized surfboard, there
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 youre
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