Tips to protect your surfboard (Part 1)
The best waves are out there waiting for you. If you’re getting there, it is only half of the work; you’ll need to protect your gear to survive the journey too. Whatever your mode of transportation, make sure your surfboard is well-protected from any potential damages such as cracks, bangs, and dings along the way.
First up: the bag. Make sure it’s in good condition that suit the type of traveling you’ll be doing. A hard-shelled bag is your best option that protect other gears from bumped, stacked, or crammed into small spaces.
Regarding the size, choose a bag that has room for extra padding; a good rule of thumb is 7-8 inches of extra space at the top and bottom and 3-5 inches at the sides.
Remove the fins of the surfboard and wrap them up by bubble wrap or a cloth. Store them – and the fin key – in the bag with the board. If your fins could not be removed, it’s best to purchase polystyrene fin protectors. The slots fit completely over the fins and prop the end part of the board up off the bottom part. Make sure the bag you use has extra space to store them.
Rinse off the wax and remove your leash to store them by wrapping it in a cloth then storing it in a separate compartment.
Wrap up the fragile parts of your board by bubble wrap, foam padding, or an old towel and use duct tape – to protect the nose and tail of the board. Some surfers also keen on giving the rails some added buffer.
Foam pipe insulation, cut down the length of one side, is a great option for this. Your own choices will based on the quality and type of protection offered by the bag you’ve selected, and how you want peace of mind while separated from your board.
Use cling film to make a tightly package and store everything in place. Put your board in the bag and put out all the extra space tightly with any extra soft items such as bubble wrap or cloth