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How to plug a bodyboard

Inverted Bodyboarding Man
June 20, 2020
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Ready to plug your bodyboard?

Plugging your bodyboard is essential if you plan to bodyboard in waves of consequence. A plug is a small plastic screw that allows you to connect a leash to your board. Without it, you'll be chasing after your board every single time you lost it. Which is equally frustrating as it is dangerous. 

Plugging your bodyboard is simple enough. Closely follow these instructions and you shouldn't have any issues. If you're ever unsure about plugging your bodyboard, you're always welcome to bring it in-store and have an Inverted staff member plug your board for you. 

What you will need...

Screwdriver, pen/ marker, open flame, 50 cent piece, and plyers. 

1. 

Mark out exactly where you want your plug on your bodyboard with your marker. Be careful to note your bodyboards stringer placement. If you plug through the stringer, you will void your warranty and ruin your board. If you have a single stringer bodyboard you will want to go off centre, if you have a double stringer bodyboard you might want to go directly through the middle, or if not very mildly off centre. Your plug should be about 7 inches down from the nose (refer to images). Typically, if you wear your leash on your right-hand side you should plug your board to the right-hand side, vice-versa for a left-hander.

 

2. 

Once you're happy with the marked location of your plug. Very lightly puncture the bodyboard plastic and decking to make a small indentation through the deck of the board. Remove the plastic surrounding this indentation once you are done. 

3.

Heat up your screwdriver as best you can. If you have access to any kind of open flame, this is normally the easiest way. Very carefully hold your screwdriver close to the flame for 45 seconds. If you don't have access to an open flame, boiling water is also an ok option. Once your screwdriver is hot, find your indented plug location and very carefully, without unnecessary force, push the screwdriver through the deck. You may need to apply a bit of extra force to get through the plastic slick. Once you have got through the slick, very carefully pull the screwdriver out of the board and you should be left with a hole around 4-7mm in diameter. 

 

4. 

Seperate the bodyboard plug and insert the top side into the deck of the bodyboard. Once the top is in, turn the bodyboard onto its slick side and insert the screw side. Once you have connected both sides, tighten it up with a 50 cent piece. Depending on the thickness of your bodyboard you might need to trim one or two threads from the bottom of the plug, this is in order to have it sit flush in the bodyboard. You don't want your plug to be much higher than the deck of your bodyboard.

 

5. 

Attach your leash to the top end of the plug and you are ready to rip.

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