How To: Carry a SUP

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

  1. When lifting a board, bend your knees and keep your back straight.
  2. Beware of wind when carrying your SUP, and carry your board on the downwind side.
  3. To get board to a head carry, start on one end, lift, and walk your hands to the center of the board.
  4. Be aware of your blindspot and wind when shoulder carrying a SUP.

 

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