how to transport paddle board

How to Transport a Paddle Board

Knowing how to transport a paddle board is very important especially if you live far away from any body of water. Unless you’re using an inflatable paddle board, you should always make sure that your board is firmly secured in place so you don’t risk any damages that may otherwise ruin your paddle boarding experience. We’ll discuss how to properly carry your board and how to safely transport it so it stays in mint condition when you’re out on the road.

let’s talk about how to carry your SUP

Paddle boards are larger than surfboards which may feel awkward and difficult to carry at first because of its bulkiness. The good thing is that paddle boards have a carry handle that’s placed in the middle so you can carry it around. Here is the correct way to carry a paddle board:

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  • Make sure the nose of the board is pointing forward and grab the carrying handle while the board is straddled beside your body.
  • Avoid carrying your paddle board above your shoulders. This increases the risk of dropping your board.
  • If you find it quite difficult to carry a paddle board, you can opt to use a wide cart that has wheels where you can strap the board and pull the cart to make it easier to carry.
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    When picking up your board, bend your knees and keep a straight back which is similar to a deadlift. This is to prevent you from having any lower back issues.
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    You can tuck the board around your armpits while holding the carry handle to make it easier to carry.

How to transport a paddle-board onto a vehicle

If you live far away from any open water, you’ll most definitely want to know how to transport a paddle board with your vehicle. If you have a pick-up truck, you can simply put the board on the cargo at the back. If you use a four-door sedan, you’ll need to put your paddle board on the roof by using several items that’ll help secure it in place.

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  • The easiest way to transport your paddle board onto your vehicle is by using a crossbar. This will allow you to tie down your paddle board securely in place. A roof rack is a better option because it keeps the board more stable during your travel.
  • You can also choose to use SUP-specific racks that are designed to accommodate your paddle board on top of your car. This is your best bet if you want to stow your paddle board firmly in place.
  • It’s easier to load the paddle board up the rack when you have someone to help you carry it on the roof of the car. Ask help from a friend or family member to assist you in putting the paddle board deck down before tying it up securely.

Additional tips on how to transport a sup:

  • 1. Use cam straps when tying down your paddle board. These will firmly hold your board in place since it’s designed for heavy duty applications.
  • 2. Keep in mind that you should strap your paddle board with the fins up.
  • 3. Buying locks straps add an additional security when you’re leaving your paddle board on top of your vehicle. This helps especially when you’re doing a quick stop at a store or if you’re going to be away from your vehicle for quite a while. 
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    4. Make sure to check out the straps from time to time. Make it a habit to stop every half hour to check if the straps are still fastened tightly because it can sometimes become loose when you’re driving on the road.
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    5. Avoid over-fastening your paddle board. Usually, all it takes are a few cam straps to lock it down tightly. The last thing you want is having to deal with all the knots and ties that’ll kill the excitement of heading out the open waters with your paddle board.
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    6. If you’re planning on carrying multiple boards, always stack them up starting with the longest board all the way up to the shortest. This will prevent the boards from sliding off the straps and will make tying it down much easier.

If you’re really hurting for storage and you don’t want to bother with all the hassle of fastening your paddle board to your car, you can always go out and purchase inflatable paddle boards. These boards are designed with portability in mind so you can take it out anywhere you want. It’s easy to fold and inflates in a matter of minutes. If you’re a recreational paddle boarder who travels out on the road to get access to open waters, an inflatable paddle board is your best bet.

Storing the paddle

You certainly don’t want to forget your paddle before heading out. If the paddle can fit inside your car, then that’s good news. But if not, you can purchase a paddle holder that attaches to your car’s rack. Collapsible paddles are now readily available at the market so if portability is your main priority, you can opt for 3-piece paddles that can be disassembled so you don’t have to worry about storage space. High-quality collapsible paddles work just as well as standard paddles so prepare to spend some cash if you want it to perform well.

Conclusion: How to transport a paddle-board?

Knowing how to transport a paddle board is very important if you’re a paddle boarding enthusiast. Not only will it keep the paddle board in good condition, but you’ll also be able to take it anywhere you go. Just follow these easy tips to get you up and running. If you don’t want to deal with all the mess involved in transporting a paddle board, get an inflatable one. It’s the ultimate solution that gives you peace of mind without the trouble of thinking about your storage space.

About the Author Thomas

I suppose you could say I came to surfing later than most. I didn't grow up by the water, but after years working the 9-5 grind I felt its draw and decided it was time to lead a slower life. These days I try and spend time in the water every day and consider the ocean as my living room: a place to relax, have fun, and just enjoy life.

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