Transporting a SUP
First, you’ll need to get the board from your house to the water, which typically involves a car ride. A roof rack works perfect. To protect the board, it’s best to use a bar pad on the rack. It’s best to stack the board on the roof with the fin up, towards the front. Surf-specific straps that won’t crush the foam on the board will allow you to strap it down. If you have a truck with a flatbed, be sure to put the board in a protective travel bag or to surround it with padding.
Once you’ve reached your destination, it’s time to bring this monster to the water! The vast majority boards have carrying handles these days to make transport a cinch. Just put the board under one arm and grab the handle. If it doesn’t have a handle, overhead carry with hands on both side rails will do the trick.
Carrying a SUP Overview
- When lifting a board, bend your knees and keep your back straight.
- Beware of wind when carrying your SUP, and carry your board on the downwind side.
- To get board to a head carry, start on one end, lift, and walk your hands to the center of the board.
- Be aware of your blindspot and wind when shoulder carrying a SUP.