Getting the right Surfboard Bag
is an important part of planning your Surf Travels. For a surfer there is nothing sadder than arriving at your destination with all of your boards damaged. Most of the time this can be avoided with the right gear and precautions taken. To make sure you're doing everything you can to avoid damage, we suggest you read our guide and watch the video below of Steph Gilmore packing her quiver for the World Championship Tour.
Types of Board Bags
These bags are designed for boards that have a width of less than 19 inches.
Hybrid Board Bags
This type of board bag is great for boards that have a standard shortboard shape but also has a little more width to it.
Fish/Retro Board Bags
These bags will fit boards that have a wider general outline including a wider nose and tail and come in models like the FCS Day Fun Board Bag
These are the big boys needed to fit your biggest and longest templates when you need to protect them from the elements. These range anywhere from 8ft to beyond 10ft.
What Thickness for your Surfboard Bag?
Generally best for air travel. They will normally be around 10mm thick giving you plenty of padding for when you want to fly your boards somewhere. Don't rely on gentle baggage handlers; instead make sure you're prepared with a nice thick Surfboard Bag
Lightweight Surfboard Bags
Great for everyday use. When you're throwing your boards on the roof or in the back of the van, the reflective side for your lighter-weight surfboard bag will ensure you're protected without needing the full 10mm thickness to lug around. Lightweight Bags are generally 5mm in thickness and, as mentioned, generally have one side with a reflective material to reduce heat stress like the Universal Day Use Bag by Creatures of Leisure
Surfboard Socks or Surfboard Sox
Great even-lighter-weight covers for your boards when you're most worried about getting wax on everything. With a stretchy nature and a soft feel, a surfboard sock, like the Stretch Covers by Far King
, ensures you can move your board around without getting too much wax on everything else. To learn more about these, check out Surfboard Socks
How many boards in your Surfboard Bag?
Choosing the right amount of surfboard capacity for your board bag can be tricky. There is a large range of bags out there including Single Day Use Board Bags, Universal Double Bags, Triple Bags, Quad Surfboard Bags with Wheels and Multi-tour bags.
Single Day Use Bag
These bags are great for just one board at a time.
Double Surfboard Bags
These bags are for transporting two surfboards and generally have a divider inside.
Quad Surfboard Bags with Wheels or Quad Wheelies
These boards are great for air travel when you have connecting flights. They can take 4 boards generally and have built in wheels to help you get around those airport terminals
Multi Tour Bags
These bad boys are for your hardcore surf adventures. With a general capacity for 3 boards including their fins or 6 boards without fins, you can basically bring your whole quiver with you.
Surfboard Bag Lengths?
The length of your Surfboard board bag
, is an easy one to figure out. Basically, the board bag length is to suit boards that length and smaller. While you can sometimes fit in larger surfboards, why bother? If you have a 6'8" Surfboard, then grab yourself a 6'8" surfboard bag
Surfboard socks on the other hand give you a bit of leeway. The general rule is that you can throw a sock on anything with about 3 inches of leeway either way. So if your surfboard sock is 6'7", you can get away with using it generally for 6'4" to 6'10" boards.
While you're looking at Surfboard Covers
make sure you also check out the Board Calculator
to ensure you are riding the right board for you and see what other models are out there to suit your individual skill level.
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Steps to Remember When Packing
Fly with a reputable airline. Some airlines have a worse rep then others when it comes to flying with Surfboards, consider your options and check out their baggage policies.
Get the right bag for you boards. You want to make sure the board bag
isn’t too small or too big. Too small and it won’t allow for a little wiggle room, too big and your boards will more than likely get flung around like a sausage down a hallway. Look for something 4-6in bigger than the biggest board your taking, and make sure to secure the boards tightly with the straps inside.
Pack em' right, keep em' tight! Make sure your rails, tip and tail are covered. For rails, an extra safe coverage is pool noodles. Cut down the middle and then attach them to your board, hold them in place with little duct tape if needed. Cover the tips and tails with as much padding as possible, this could be wetsuits, boardies towels or just plain old cardboard. Next make sure your fins are removed and stick a towel between your boards for a little extra padding. It's never a bad idea to tape your bag with fragile stickers, carriers are lugging bags in and out all day and anything extra to prevent rough handling is recommended.
Helpful Surfboard Board Bag Links
>> Check out the Baggage Allowances and fees
and charges for a variety of flights and destinations through Air Asia
simple to use Fee Calculator.
>> Also have a look at Qantas for their Sporting Equipment
rates and charges.
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