The Surf TripI went on a surf to the Maldives earlier this year. It's always hard to know what to take and what you might need. We were on a boat for a week so needed to make sure I was prepared.
PackingPacking your boards is always a challenge. This year I wanted to take both my longboard and my 5’6 mini Simmons. But two boards meant excess baggage, unless I could get them in the same bag. It’s important to check size/length limitations with your airline too. Some have ridiculous limits like 6 foot. I was almost able to get them both in my longboard bag but it was really tight, which could result in damage. I'd never seen a 9’ coffin bag, so ended up settling on a SUP bag after my travel agent mentioned that other surfers were able to take a SUP on Singapore airplanes. As a bonus, both boards fit in with my smaller one in its own bag. longboard coffin bags are available and totally worth the investment. Get one with wheels. Remove your fins! Fixed fins are more of a challenge. Cut slits in a chunk of styrofoam and masking tape it in place to support and protect them. Everyone has a different system for cushioning their babies, I mean boards. At the very least, bubble wrap your rails. You can put extra things, like towels, in your board bag but I’ve been told you don’t want to make it too heavy. The harder it is to lift, the less gently it will be treated by baggage handlers. Be prepared for a few new pressure dings – and if that’s all – then you’ve been lucky. I guess we get attached to our boards, but at the end of the day, they’re equipment that eventually suffers wear and tear.
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