Transporting Your SUP

It is best to carry your board on the downwind side of your body.

It is best to carry your board on the downwind side of your body.

There are many advantages to stand up paddleboarding, but one of our favorites is the ease of transportation. Paddleboards are often easier than kayaks to carry and lift onto vehicles, especially when paddling solo. This week, we want to share a few things to keep in mind when transporting your board.

An easy detail to miss, nearly all boards have a carry handle located at the center of the deck. Some models are retractable, while others have a groove designed to fit your hand. Remember to protect your back by bending your knees and keeping your back straight when you lift. Be ready for wind – a strong crosswind can catch your board like a sail and throw you off balance. It is best to hold your board on the downwind side of your body.

The type of vehicle you have determines exactly how you’ll transport your SUP. If you have a truck, it’s possible to simply put the board deck-side down in the bed with the nose supported by the tailgate. For those who drive other types of vehicles, the only option might be to put the board on the roof, mounted on a rack or set on top of foam blocks designed for this purpose. If you’re going to put more than one SUP on your roof, you’ll orient them the same way and stack them on top of each other. Start with the longest SUP, then stack the shorter ones on top in order of length. Put padding between each SUP to prevent damage. Always make sure your equipment is secured to your vehicle. There are many helpful videos available online to show you how to secure your board safely. You are always welcome to contact us if you have questions about transporting your board.

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