SURF BOARDBAG GUIDE
Surfboards Direct stock a range of boardbags tried and tested for throwing in the car to get to the beach and traveling around the world. Read our guide below to help you pick the right boardbag
HOW TO CHOOSE A GOOD SURFBOARD BAG - TIPS
- Decide what you need it for - throwing it in the shed or car or for some overseas travel
- Make sure it's not a dark colour - bags need to keep your board cool. The best colours for this are silver and white
- Make sure the zips are corrosion resistant. These are normally the first and only thing to break on a board bag.
- If you want a board for travel don't get one with any cotton-like material on the outside - if these get wet they will add kilo's of water to your check-in weight if you don't have time to dry them. Very likely to happen in the tropics on the way to the airport
BOARD SOCKS VS BOARD BAGS
- Board socks don't protect your board from any impact. They are designed to keep wax off your car etc when moving around or to make it quicker to slide your board into a board bag
- Board socks add a lot of weight if they get wet when traveling. You can use up precious check in kilo's
- Board socks can be a cheap way to add some wax and sun protection to your board
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR BOARD BAG - TIPS
- Keep zips free from constant salt exposure. Rinse with freshwater occasionally
- Best tip for metal zip care is spray the zip with WD40 or similar anti-rust spray occasionally. Spread along using the zip.
- Don't leave the bag in storage for a long time without getting it out occasionally and cleaning and moving the the zip - keep an eye out for build up of white corrosion.
- Don't leave your board inside the bag in direct sunlight for long periods of time. They are designed to protect your bag but can effectively cook and destroy your board if exposed for too long
- Likewise don't leave a board inside a bag in a hot car for a long time
- To keep your bag clean always put the board in with the wax facing the same size
- Protect the nose and tail by packing your wetsuit top around each end. Use tape to stop the wetsuit moving
- Use "pool noodles" cut in half longways for extra nose, tail and rail protection
- Don't put hard, odd shaped things in your bag with your board that could damage it when pressure is place one it
- Remove your fins when traveling!
- Place something like a towel or yoga mat between 2 boards if you are fitting in 2 without fins
- Make sure you request a fragile sticker when traveling
- Don't over pack and protect - if it's going to get damaged your 20 layers of heavy extra cardboard and bubble wrap probably won't help.
- Don't worry too much - eventually you'll get some unavoidable damage but in general airlines are pretty good!
BOARDBAG SIZE GUIDE
- It always helps to get a few extra inches over your board size. This can allow you to fit in either an extra board without fins or a wetsuit etc. A little extra room doesn't hurt your board and up to 6 inches is fine
- Fish surfboards - fish surfboards are extra wide . Make sure the bag will fit the width
- Longboards - keep in mind your longboard has a big fin. You can get fins slots for some longboard bags but this can expose the fin to scratches and damage
WHERE TO BUY A SURF BOARD BAG
Surfboards Direct sell all types of surf boardbags online. You can buy a surfboard bag and have it delivered to your door in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Australia wide. Our online boardbag store features surf bags for all types of surfboards. Call 18004BOARDS