Surfboards are delicate things and easy to damage. Run ins with staircases, doors and other surfboards are common so be careful of your movements. Dings are easy to repair but it is always better to avoid any damage.
Here are 10 tips on how to protect your surfboard:
1 BUY A GOOD BOARD BAG
Probably the best tip we can give you is to get a good surfboard bag. For traveling around the world or transporting your stick to your local surf spot, get the best you can afford.
2 PACK BOARD WELL FOR AIRLINE TRAVEL
In general luggage handlers don’t really care about your board and suitcases so it is wise to properly pack and protect your favourite stick. There are many creative ways so do some research online.
3 WATCH OTHERS WHEN SURFING
Run ins with other surfers and their boards are quite common these days so check your surroundings and be watchful. Try to avoid surfing close to beginners.
4 BE CAREFUL WHEN LEAVING THE HOUSE
Staircases, doors, rails, the kitchen floor are all potentially hazardous, so be careful when you are leaving the house with your surfboard under your arm.
5 TAKE CARE WHEN JUMPING OFF ROCKS
Jumping off rocks is all about timing and entering the water straight on. Try to jump just after the wave hits the rocks so your fins don’t hit the rocks when you jump and paddle as hard as you can. If you have any doubt whatsoever don’t go and try to reach the line-up another way.
6 CHECK OUT FOR SUBMERGED ROCKS
If you don’t see any rocks it doesn’t mean they are not there. It could be high tide and all the rocks are submerged and just beneath the surface. Ask other surfers for advice where to surf and which areas to avoid.
7 DON’T RIDE ALL THE WAY TO THE SHORE
Riding the wave all the way to the shore is a bad idea. Your fins can come to a halt on the rocks or sand and snap right off.
8 DON’T DRAG BOARD ON THE SAND
Tiny little rocks can seriously damage your board by dragging it through the sand. Your soft top rental is may be used to it but your precious PU or epoxy board is not.
9 USE A TOWEL WHEN USING STRAPS
Straps from car racks can slice right into your board. Use a towel to avoid direct contact between the straps and your board.
10 DON’T LEAVE BOARD IN THE CAR
Long term exposure to UV will make the resin brittle and easier to damage. High temperatures can make the resin melt as well.
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