Thursday, May 28, 2015

How to Pick The Right Surfboard Bags for Travel

As summer approaches, so does the season for surfing. Whether you're planning a world trip with your board to the hottest spots, or taking a drive down to the closest beach, it's important to pick the right surfboard bags to keep your board in good shape. Here are a few tips for picking out the right bag, and packing your board right.

1. Pick the bag based on the type of travel.

Your bag should be based on travel conditions for your board. For example, if you are taking a plane with your surfboard, the likelihood that it will end up in cargo moving around and bumping against other items is high. You should then buy a heavy-duty bag with thick padding or hard walls. But if you're securing your surfboard to the top of your car or inside the bed of a truck, your bag might not need to be specialized for bumpy travel.

Also be mindful of how many boards you might be bringing for a serious surf trip. You should then get a bag that will fit all the boards your bringing, even if they are different sizes. Pick with the biggest board in mind, and then stack them safely on top of each other.

2. Get a snug fit, but with some space for adjustments.

You'll want a bag that can fit your board snugly, especially if it's built with foam padding. However, you'll want to choose a bag with some space for extra padding. This will be especially handy if your fins do not come off your board, and therefore you'll need to add protectors. Many bags also come with an extra pouch to store leashes, wetsuits, fins, or other equipment, so keep that in mind and use those items to add extra padding to the nose and tail.

3. Secure and label your bag.

You should label the inside and outside of the bag with your name and contact information. For long-distance travel, you might also want to consider buying a lock to secure your boards. And on the outside of your bag, add a "Fragile" or "Handle With Care" note, in order to encourage safe transportation of your boards.

With the right surfboard bag, you'll be prepared for a summer filled with adventure. For more surfboard news and tips, contact us.

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