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SUP deck rigging is a necessity when it comes to securing a dry bag and other paddling gear, and in this step-by-step tutorial we’ll explain how to attach a paddle board bungee tie-down to the top deck of your SUP…
Note: Unless your SUP board came with D-rings and a bungee cord, you’ll first need to purchase a stand up paddle board deck kit. Once you have everyone needed, you’re ready to begin.
SUP Deck Rigging 101: Attaching a Paddle Board Bungee
As mentioned in the beginning of this article, paddle board deck rigging is a must-have if you need a secure place to stash dry bags and other gear such as camping supplies, backpacks, a water bottle, and even your paddle. Another great reason to attach a bungee cargo net to the top deck of your SUP is that it gives small children a place to hold onto while they’re riding along on the nose of your board (although an ideal solution is the grab handle setup you see on boards like the BLACKFIN Model XL and iROCKER ALL-AROUND 10′).
If your SUP didn’t come with permanently attached D-rings, you’ll first need to attach the suction cups or fixed D-rings that came with your SUP deck rigging kit. Permanently securing D-rings with adhesive is recommended for inflatable stand up paddle boards, while suction cup kits can be used on hard boards.
After that’s out of the way, it’s time to use the elastic bungee cord to make a SUP cargo net. By the way, if you prefer instructional videos, we’re including a step-by-step tutorial at the end of this article.
Step 1: Feed the Bungee Cord through the D-rings
Begin by feeding the elastic bungee cord through each of the D-rings. Start at one of the D-rings closest to the middle of the board and work towards the nose in a diagonal pattern. Once you’ve fed the bungee through the D-ring closest to the nose, bring the bungee directly across to the other side and begin working back towards the middle of the board in the same manner.
Step 2: Make Sure Ends of Bungee are Even
After feeding the bungee through each of the D-rings on your board, line up both ends of the cable evenly.
Step 3: Tie SUP Bungee Tie-down
Last but not least, grab both ends of the bungee cord tightly, pull upwards with one hand, and use your other hand to securely hold everything in place.
Then, tie an overhand knot by looping the bungee cord around and through, being careful to keep the ends perfectly even. Make sure the knot is positioned to your liking, and then pull it tight.