How do I transport my surfboard?

Travelling with your surfboard can sometimes be a real headache, especially when you have to take a plane or drive a long distance. To avoid unpleasant surprises and leave with peace of mind, it's essential to know the best tips for transporting your surfboard safely and without clutter. So we've put together a few tips and options for you to consider to make transporting your equipment easier.

The different methods of transport

There are several ways to transport a surfboard, depending on the means of transport you use and the specifics of your equipment:

  • In the car: a number of options are available, including roof racks, board racks and protective car covers;
  • By plane: choose a suitable travel bag, be aware of airline regulations and anticipate additional costs;
  • On foot: opt for a specialized backpack or use a "carrying strap" to secure your board to your back;
  • By train, bus or metro: prepare your board properly with a carry bag and follow the instructions given by the various carriers.

Carrying your surfboard

If you have a car, there are several ways to transport your board:

  1. Roof bars: these secure the board to the vehicle roof with straps. A protective cover is recommended to protect the board from scratches;
  2. Magnetic or suction board holders: easy to install and remove, these are an excellent alternative to roof racks, especially for short journeys;
  3. Protective covers for the car: if you don't have roof racks or board racks, you can always wrap your board in a protective cover and slide it inside the car.

Flying your surfboard

To travel by plane with your surfboard, here are a few tips to follow:

  • Find out about the airline's sports baggage policy and any fees that may apply to the transportation of your board;
  • Opt for a travel cover specially designed to protect your equipment from bumps and scratches;
  • Don't forget to affix a label with your contact details to the travel bag, in case your board gets lost.

Transporting your surfboard on foot, by train, bus or metro

To carry your board when walking or using public transport:

  • Choose a padded carrying case to protect your equipment from knocks and bumps and make it easier to hold your board in place;
  • Find out about admission requirements for sports equipment on trains, buses and metro systems;
  • Respect other passengers: be careful not to hinder or injure anyone with the sharp end of your board.

Tips to make transporting your surfboard easier

To conclude, here are a few more tips to help you transport your surfboard more comfortably:

  1. Invest in a protective cover adapted to the size of your board to avoid scratches and damage;
  2. Choose a secure transport system that complies with the requirements of the various transport providers (airlines, rail companies, etc.);
  3. Choose boards that are easier to transport, such as inflatable or modular boards;
  4. Establish a maintenance routine to guarantee the life and quality of your equipment.

With these tips in mind, you should be ready to take your surfboard with you on your next trip or adventure!