There’s nothing like the feeling of grabbing your surfboard and heading to the coast. But if you are a first-time surfer, you might need a little help figuring out how to mount such a large item on to the top of your vehicle. This is an important step in enjoying your day at the beach because improper mounting can result in injury to you, those around you, or to other vehicles on the road. Here’s a step-by-step guide about how to mount a surfboard.
For this step-by-step guide, we’re assuming you already have a roof rack or roof bars installed on your vehicle. If you do not have roof racks or bars installed on your car, contact us to see the range that is on offer to suit your vehicle.
While you might have roof racks or bars, you’re still going to need something to secure down your surfboard to the bars. This means getting yourself a set of strong, non stretching tie downs. Make sure the straps are long enough to reach across the width of the surfboard. We carry a large range straps with prices starting at $15.00 per pair.
If you are surfing, keep in mind that the wind means good surf, but it also means that your board could get taken in the wind. When you place the board on the top of the vehicle, make sure you are careful not to let it get caught in the wind. There are also legal regulations to follow including the proper storage of your large item on the top of your vehicle. So it would be good to familiarise yourself with the local Main Road requirements.
It’s important to ensure the surfboard is properly positioned in the centre of your roof rack and that it is properly balanced so that it reduces the risk of coming off the vehicle while in motion. It’s best to avoid the use of bungie/occy straps as they can give away and allow for your load to shift.
It’s awkward enough trying to reach the top of your vehicle, so use your straps on the side closest to you and make them as tight as you can. Depending on the length of your board, you may also need to secure down the nose and tail of your board to the front and back of your vehicle. This will anchor a long load and stop a head wind picking up the front of the board. This may form part of the warranty conditions of your rack system. There are several accessories that can be added to your roof racks that assist with board security and that help you and your boards, get to the water safely.
During transport, it is easy to forget that there is a wide load sitting on top of your vehicle. While making turns or sudden stops be sure to check to make sure the load has not shifted. If taking a long trip, it would be wise to check your straps are tight enough, and that your load is secure each time you make rest stops.
*Our friends at Yakima have helped provide us with this research and images for this blog post.