About Surfboard Bags
A surfboard bag is a necessary
item you need to have for your surfboard. Most dings
and fractures on surfboards occur out of the water, transporting
your surfboard to and from the beach.
After designing and testing many
surfboard bags we would like to give you what we think are
the most important design aspects of a good surfboard bag.
It's best to have a boardbag that is not too tight a fit on
your surfboard. A bag that is a bit roomy helps to protect
the board from sharp knocks as the excess bag acts as a buffer.
It also needs to be a bit spacious around the fins, if it
is tight around the fins a quick knock can snap the fin off.
A rule of thumb is get a bag 2 inches bigger then your surfboard.
The other benefit of a surfboard
bag that is a bit spacious is that it allows you to include
a layer of bubble wrap around your surfboard, or a board sock
when travelling, to help prevent dings from those wonderful
people in the luggage handling department.
5mm or 10mm? If you are the practical type and don't want
to fork out the cash for a day bag and a travel bag, 5mm is
enough. As I said if the boardbag is a bit roomy, you can
wrap your board in bubble wrap when needed and use the bag
as a day bag at other times.
Some boardbags come with extra
padding in the nose and sometimes in the tail as well. This
is a good idea, as the nose and tail are the most commonly
damaged parts of the a surfboard when travelling.
YKK zips are regarded as the best, but there are other good
quality zips available, Just make sure the teeth are larger
as opposed to small and fine. and the sliders move freely.
There should be 2 sliders on all bag openings so you can padlock
them when travelling.
The nylon style is great for exposure to salt water as they
don't corrode, but if you are travelling a lot it is better
to go with stainless steel as they won't break when being
Top opening, end, side?? Although top opening surfboard bags
look pretty, they are difficult to insert a surfboard into.
The flap gets in the way and usually after the board is in
place you then need to re-adjust the flap before closing the
zip. Zips at the bottom end are best. You can hold the bag
open with one hand and push your board inside with the other.
Just make sure the zip doesn't
coninue around the bottom of the bag more than about a third
of it's length. Otherwise you have the problem of everytime
you place the surfboard on its side you risk the hard zip
cracking against the rail of your surfboard.
We make all our surfboard bags with 600D material, with solar
reflective material on the inside. Many board bags come with
the reflective material on one side of the outer to help reflect
the sun even more. This is fine, but we have found the reflective
material doesn't last as long as 600D material and so when
the bag finally starts to deteriorate it is the reflective
side that goes first.
Always put your surfboard in the bag the same way. I am not
talking about nose or fins first, nose should always go first.
I am talking about the same side up. Usually a surfboard bag
has a logo on one side, I always use this as the top of the
surfboard side, wax side.
If you don't follow this and switch
between wax side and bottom, you will eventually get a nice
build up of wax on the bottom of your surfboard. This slows
down your surfboard and is called a Chinese wax job.
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