Construction of a Key West Board
Inflatable paddle boards don’t have a rigid shell. The deck and bottom of the board are joined together by a weaving of thousands of tiny polyester threads. This technology is called Dropstitch. The outside layer is made of reinforced coated PVC. An additional PVC layer called a stringer adds extra stiffness to the board.
Drop stitch is an amazing material used to build SUP boards, but it has also been used to make floating platforms and even airplane wings! Drop stitch allows to build inflatable SUPs that can be blown up to high pressure, up to 15 psi. This means you get hard board performance along with ease of transport and storage of an inflatable SUP.
Key West chose to equip their boards with next-gen valves. Say goodbye to the old ULI valve. Let us now introduce the push push valve! How does it work?
1 – Unscrew the valve cap
2 – Push the button and turn it clockwise so that it is in Pin Out position.
3 – Connect the pump hose to the valve inflate outlet.
4 – Inflate until you reach the desired pressure.
The Key West Pearl SUP should be blown up to 12 to 15 psi. Key West valves are really convenient and easy to use.
The footpad of a paddle board is important when it comes to stability and manoeuvrability! The anti-slip pad will help you improve your balance and the crocodile-like skin structure is very soft and comfortable.
In addition to the foot pad, the new Key West SUP boards feature a kick pad which offers increased manoeuvrability and make sharp turns in the waves or turn more easily and with more precision in flatwater. To make a kick turn, step back and place your back foot on the kick pad. Most of your weight will be located on the tail of the SUP which will make the nose tilt upward. With a bit of practice it’s quite easy to master this surfing tip which can come in very handy when you need to make precision turns or when the sea gets choppy.