Paddle Board Racks: Ceiling Mounted

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Paddle Board Racks: Ceiling Mounted

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Paddle Board Racks

The SUP ceiling rack system is great for tapping into unused ceiling space. This is a modular system and this package includes a ceiling base piece (good for holding paddles, fishing poles, and surfboards, but not for an SUP), and a modular SUP add-on that attached below and holds an SUP of up to 32 in width.

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SUP Ceiling Rack System by GateKeeper

This ceiling paddle board rack system by GateKeeper is a modular system and was originally designed for surfboards, but can be modularized to add a stand up paddle board 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 won't 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 paddle board 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 don't consider when first buying a stand up paddle board. Its not uncommon for an SUP to be eleven or twelve feet long. They're 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 they're typically less than 8 feet in length (aside from the longest long boards). Racks for surfboards typically only come into play if you're got a whole quiver (multiple surfboards for multiple wave conditions) of surfboards, or if you're merely interested in displaying your board as a conversation piece.

When you're looking for a place to store a SUP its less about options and more about where this thing will fit, if at all. You can't store a stand up paddle board vertically unless you have twelve foot or higher ceilings. Few houses do, and even fewer do when you're 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 don't tend to have), aren't 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 you're going to hide it behind the couch (which isn't a bad idea), an SUP wall rack is an essential space saving investment. In a house with a garage, thats you're 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).

This storage issue is one of the main reasons why inflatable paddle boards are so convenient. They can be stored basically anywhere when deflated. Once you deflate and roll the iSUP up it is about the size of a large sleeping bag. This allows you to store your iSUP in a small closet, storage room or even large drawer. 

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 paddle board.


SUP Rack Construction All steel, welded construction using one inch diameter tubular steel support arms

SUP Surf Rack Cushioning High-quality tubular nitrile foam cushioning

SUP Wall Rack Mounting 2 wide wall mounts secured with 3 long quarter inch lag screws for stud mounting.

SUP Rack Finish Matte black powder coated finish

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Review by: from on 3/15/2016
Ordered the SUP rack on line. It was delivered in a reasonable amount of time after ordering, but it was missing parts. I sent an email about the error on A Saturday and received a response promptly on Monday. They asked for a photo of what I received so I emailed it, after which they sent out the missing parts. Overall, was satisfied with the product ... It's strong, sturdy, but not too heavy. Customer service was excellent correcting the mistake right away.