TRAVEL WITH BOARDS LIKE A PRO
TRAVELING WITH BOARDS CAN BE A DAUNTING TASK. But it doesn’t have to be. With a little research, planning, and patience your quiver can easily accompany you on your next trip. We sat down with world-traveling SUP pro Bernd Roediger for some pro tips on traveling with boards.
How many boards do you typically travel with?
My caravan of surfing weapons grows with each adventure. Do I pack extra boards where I should pack extra socks? Maybe.
What type of board bags do you recommend?
Anything huge! Dakine makes an excellent travel-boardbag, the 9’2” World Traveler. Although it’s a double-board bag for most SUPS, it looks sleek—which can be the difference between getting charged $1,000 or $200. Having a bag that looks neat, cinches the boards together with buckles on the sides and carries relatively easily will get you through check-in much faster.
Do you use anything else to protect the boards aside from the bag?
I keep my clothes in trashbags and place them at strategic points within my board bags (i.e. the nose, tail, and wide points), so that I get protection out of material I already need to pack. That way I don’t need another suitcase.
How do you pick an airline?
Definitely read up on any airline that you’re going to fly with. Most airline websites have a lengthy baggage policy, you should print it out and have it as ammunition against agents that attempt to overcharge you.
Should you remove fins/wax?
For sure! Pack your fins away. Wax should go too, more than likely it’ll melt sitting in the sun somewhere outside the airport and you’ll have waxy laundry. And if your board has a vent plug, unscrew that too.
What about ground transportation once you arrive?
U-hauls are, without a doubt, the best deals for surfers in the U.S. You can rent them for $20 a day, plus mileage. Gear is no issue, price is affordable and you can find a U-haul center in almost any town.
Any other advice that’s important to share?
Even though the agents might seem to be working against you, they are just trying to do their jobs. The best policy is kindness; it either works or you’re the bigger person. Oh, and unpack that laundry right away because wetsuits, old clothes and heat from a board bag is a recipe for rancidness!