Thursday, April 6, 2017

Flying with Your Surfboard

One of the best things about being a surfer is the ability to catch a wave wherever you find yourself. Traveling with a surfboard, especially on an airplane, may seem like a massive undertaking. With these few tips, however, you'll be sailing through security and on your way to the beach in no time.

Use a Surfboard Bag
The last thing you want to do is damage your surfboard in any way, so it's imperative that you get a surfboard bag for protection. Choose one which has handles for ease of carrying it through the airport. This also makes it easier for baggage handlers to move it, which reduces the risk of something happening to it. Be sure to get a brightly colored tag with your information clearly printed on the side. If it gets lost or doesn't make it to your destination, airline personnel will have a better time reaching out to you to keep you updated on the situation. Also, it may not be a bad idea to slap a fragile sticker on the side, to let everyone know to be extra careful with your surfboard.

Call Ahead
When flying with your surfboard, the best thing to do is to make all of your reservations by phone, because you can talk to an agent who can answer all of your questions and tell you what to expect. Clearly mention at the start of the phone call your intention to travel with your surfboard, and have all of the dimensions ready to go. Depending on the time of year and the airline, they may not allow it to fly. By telling them upfront, you will save yourself a lot of time and headaches. You can then quickly move on to the next airline. 

Be Prepared to Pay Airline Fees
These days, the majority of airlines have baggage fees. Surfboards rarely count as the one bag you are allowed to have, simply due to their size and the fact they have to be loaded just right to avoid damage. That being said, however, airlines vary wildly when it comes to the cost associated with checking a surfboard. During your phone call, be sure to explicitly ask about associated fees, or else you could find yourself surprised at the gate. Also, do some preliminary research. Magic Seaweed typically does a great job of keeping their airline fee information for surfboards updated.

For more information about traveling with your surfboard, airline regulations, surfboard bags, and more be sure to contact us. We want to get you and your surfboard ready to travel to find the perfect wave.

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