Transportation of surf boards can be a tricky task.
How to Safely Transport Your Surf Board will give you the tips and tricks you need to get your board from point A to point B without any damage.
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Decide on the mode of transportation
You have a couple different options when it comes to transportation. You can either drive with your surfboard on your roof or in your car, or you can fly and check your surfboard as baggage. If you’re driving, make sure you have the proper roof rack for your surfboard and that it is securely fastened.If you’re flying, make sure you pack your surfboard in a sturdy bag that won’t get damaged.
If driving, use a roof rack
The most important thing is to get your board to the waves safely. If you are driving, the best way to do this is with a roof rack. There are many different types and brands of roof racks, but all of them will get the job done. The key is to make sure that your board is secure and will not fall off while you are driving.
If flying, use a hard case
If you are flying with your surfboard, you will need to use a hard case. These cases are designed specifically to protect your boards during transit and are generally made from materials such as polyethylene or fiberglass. You can usually find hard cases at your local surf shop or online.
When packing your surfboard into a hard case, be sure to use padding around the edges of the board to prevent it from shifting during transport. It is also a good idea to remove any fins or other attachments before packing the board into the case.
Before closing the case, be sure to check that all latches and closure mechanisms are firmly in place and secured. Once you have closed the case, it is a good idea to label it with your contact information in case it becomes lost during transit.
Packing the board
First and foremost, you’ll want to invest in a good quality surfboard bag. You’ll also want to make sure that you have all the necessary padding and straps to keep your board secure. When loading the board into your car, be sure to keep it away from sharp objects or anything that could potentially damage it.
If driving, use a soft or hard case
When driving, the best way to transport your surfboard is in a soft or hard case. You can find these cases at most surf shops. If you don’t have a case, you can improvise one by wrapping your board in a couple of layers of bubble wrap and securing it with duct tape. Never put your surfboard in the trunk of your car without padding it first, as it could get damaged.
If flying, use a surfboard bag
If you’re flying with your surfboard, you’ll need to pack it in a bag. Surfboard bags come in two different types: soft and hard. Hard cases offer the best protection, but they’re also the most expensive. Soft bags are cheaper and lighter, but they don’t offer as much protection. Whichever type of bag you choose, make sure it’s big enough to fit your board and has padded straps to keep it secure.
If flying, use a board bag
If you’re planning on flying with your Surfboard, you’ll need to purchase a Surfboard bag to protect it during transport. Ideally, you’ll want a bag that is big enough to accommodate your board and all of its fins. You will also want to make sure that the bag has padded shoulder straps so that you can comfortably carry it through the airport.
Most airlines have size restrictions for Surfboards, so be sure to check with your airline before you book your ticket. You may also want to consider getting travel insurance in case your board is damaged during transit.
Tips for a safe journey
You’ve finally made it to the beach. The sun is shining, the waves are crashing, and you’re ready to catch some waves. But before you can get out on the water, you need to figure out how to transport your surfboard. Let’s take a look at some tips for safely transporting your surfboard.
If driving, secure the board with straps
Whether you’re driving up the coast or across the country, your board will need to be properly secured. The safest way to do this is to use tie-down straps that are designed for securing surfboards. You can find these at most surf shops or online. If you don’t have access to tie-down straps, you can use bungee cords, but be sure to use several and make sure they’re tight. You don’t want your board banging around in the back of your car or truck.
If flying, check with the airline for their surfboard policy
Most airlines have a policy regarding surfboards, and you will want to check with your airline before you book your ticket to find out what their policy is. Some airlines will allow you to bring your surfboard as a carry-on, while others will require that you check it as baggage. In either case, you will likely be charged an additional fee.
If you are able to carry your surfboard on the plane, it is important that you properly pad and protect your board. You do not want it to get damaged during the flight. Many surfers choose to purchase a soft Surfboard bag specifically designed for flying. These bags have padding on the inside and often come with a strap or handle for easy carrying.
If you are checking your surfboard as baggage, it is important that you properly pack it in a hard-sided travel case. Again, you do not want your board to get damaged during the flight. Many surfers choose to purchase a hard-sided Surfboard travel case specifically designed for flying. These cases are often made of durable ABS plastic and come with handles and straps for easy transport.