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Best Surf Backpacks for 2019

Surfing tends to attract the untamed bunch who prefer to live a bit more adventurous – out of the boundaries kind of lifestyle. Seeking new opportunities and types of waves is on every surfer’s mind. In this article, I will be reviewing the best possible ways to store the essential surf gear on your backpack. Surf backpacks, board backpacks, surfboard carrying backpacks, surf travel backpacks reviewed right here! 

Image source: Koraloc.com

Q: What is the Surf Backpack?

The surf backpack in general terms is a technical gear item, that allows the surfer to extend the storage comfortably on the shoulders. As surfing involves the essentials: The surfboard, boardshorts, bikinis or/and a wetsuit – the surf backpack should be somewhat weather-and waterproof as well as the gear is mostly wet after surfing.

Q: Why use a surf backpack after all?

S T O R A G E ! Backpack is a super useful gear, that makes quite a few steps towards our comfort. Sure, nowadays most surfers drive down to the beach, and that’s it, but a backpack comes handy when you are going to an advanced private location, where extra food and drinks are mandatory! Sometimes, it means paddling to an island or simply walking down the track to find the untouched location and uncrowded waves.

Q: Where to use the surf backpack

Paddling to an island – A waterproof surf backpack is a great way to store the food, phone, keys, sunscreen and more – when paddling to exotic islands or surf-breaks to set a camp for the day.

Walking to an exotic destination – Again, storing the essentials to last the whole day at a special surf-location.

Q: Types of Surf Backpacks

1.) The Wetsuit Surf Backpack

The wetsuit backpack is a generally a waterproof backpack, that is used to store the wetsuit – inside the waterproof compartment. The wetsuit backpack is usually equipped with a fold-in opening, which is also a perfect way to wash the wetsuit after each session, as the bag itself is generally 100% waterproof. You could simply fill the whole backpack with water and let the gear soaked in there to get it clean.

Room for:

  • Wetsuit
  • Wax + Comb
  • Keys
  • Sunscreen
  • GoPro
  • Towel
  • Snacks & drinks
  • Phone
  • Wallet

Another great thing I’ve noticed is that a surf backpack at a beach is a perfect landmark when you don’t want to drift away from a great sandbank at a beach break. When you find a good spot, you can memorize if the backpack lines up with a specific tree or a house on the background, so you could remember a certain good sand-bank. It is especially handy on light-cross shore winds, since the wind itself and swells will be pushing you away from a good spot!

2.) Surf Travel Backpack / Surfboard Carrying Backpack

Surf Travel Backpack is the perfect way to travel long distances with a surfboard – literally hands-free. Sure, it’s fine to walk a fair amount of distance with a surfboard tucked under your shoulder – but going out on those far away private location surf-sessions – the surf travel backpack comes real handy! Some of my favourite breaks require a long walk down the beach to reach the uncrowded spots. Sometimes walking up to 3 miles and staying for the night.

Room for:

-Wetsuit
-Wax
-Wax Comb
-Keys
-Towel
-Sunscreen
-GoPro
-Snacks & drinks
-Surfboard with a sock
-Whatever you can think of

Q: What are the popular surfing backpack brands?

DAKINE
Founded in 1979, Hawaii

A well-known brand that has been making surfing, snow and bike accessories for a long time. Hard to find boardsports enthusiasts who has never been in contact with Dakine products.

OAKLEY
Founded in 1975, California

Another niche brand that has set their focus on making high-quality performance products, mainly accessories for board-sports related activities.

KORALOC
Founded in 2015, USA

A niche brand that mainly makes surfboard carrying backpacks. The meaning behind /Kor-âh-loke/ in Tibetan means “an arduous journey to a sacred place.”

Q: What is the alternative for a surf backpack? 

A bicycle surfboard rack, or simply a surfboard shoulder cover bag. Check out our articles that cover the pros and cons of having both options:

Related: Surfboard Cover Bags
Related: Surfboard Racks

 

Best Surf Backpacks Reviewed

It’s 2019 and the selection of technically advanced gear comes at our doorsteps at a really reasonable price. Not to forget the benefits the surfing gives us in a long run. Down here you’ll find a carefully picked selection of surfing backpacks with the most practical benefits reviewed.


 

1. KORALOC Surfboard Carrying Backpack

Number one on our list: a perfect backpack by a trusted brand. Sits at a reasonable price tag for such a practical verse. It’s rather compact when not in use while having a ton of well-thought-out solutions that would fit the needs of even the neediest surf-enthusiast.

The most adjustable, comfortable and best price-value ratio surfboard carrying backpack on the list!

SPECIFICATIONS

WEIGHT: 6pounds / 2.7 kg
SIZE: 29L
PRICE: Around 200USD

FEATURES AND INCLUDES:

  • Stores up to 3 boards – From sizes to 5’6″ – 8′
  • Laptop Sleeve
  • Dry Wet Bag
  • Waistbelt
  • Side-Handles
  • Side pockets for wax & fin
  • Velcro Straps
  • Adjustable
  • Dimensions: 19 x 14 x 10 inches

PROS AND CONS

When compared to other ways of transportaion – the Koraloc Surfboard Carrying Backpack has great advantages over it’s alternative ways to transport the surfboard. There are literally two other comparable options – which would be carrying one surfboard tucked under your shoulder, or using a bicycle surfboard rack.

  • The Koraloc clearly has best size to practicallity ratio. The bicycle surfboard rack might not be a good way for a beginner cyclist on a windy or crowded day.
  • When compared to carrying the surfboard under your shoulder – the Koraloc surf backpack let’s you store more accessories hand-s free! No stress on the shoulders as well.
  • Has a ton of features for a simple process like carrying the surfboard.
  • Many side pockets for other gear as well.

Check out this product on AMAZON


 

2. COR Surfing Dry Bag / Backpack

Another must-have backpack for a water sport enthusiast. This waterproof surfing backpack is the second-best option for a surfer who travels longer distances and needs the comfort to carry the essential gear with them.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Size: 25 / 40 Liters
  • Available colors: Grey / Green
  • Price: Around 60 USD

FEATURES AND INCLUDES

  • Double-Stitches Seams
  • New watertight velcro roll-down top
  • Two bottle net pockets
  • It floats when closed
  • Small splash proof pocket in front

CONCLUSIONS

A perfect choice to store the wetsuit in a water-tight comparment. The most minimal surf backpack you could ask for. Has enough room to store the essentials, without suffering from loss of comfort. Easy to use, best for the price!

It is a perfect choice when you’d like to paddle to an island: bring some snacks and other gear with you for the day.

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3. MARSPRO Waterproof Dry Bag

A waterproof backpack designed for sailing, rafting, kayaking – but is a perfect choice for a surfer as well.

SPECIFICATIONS

SIZES: 35L / 50L
PRICE: Around 50USD

FEATURES AND INCLUDES

  • Adjustable top closure
  • Waterproof velcro opening
  • Bungee cord in front for drying or extra storage
  • Side mesh pockets
  • Welded seams
  • Extra waterproof phone bag

CONCLUSIONS

Perfect surfing day bag for shorter trips. The red bag on the beach works as a great land-mark when surfing sidewind beach breaks! Plenty of room inside to store the essentail surfing accessories: wax, sunscreen, boots, hood, gloves etc.

Check out this product on AMAZON


 

4. DAKINE Point Wet/Dry Backpack

dakine wetsuit backpack

A standard-size wetsuit backpack that has a separated sidewall to organize the wet and dry gear

SPECIFICATIONS

SIZE: 29L
PRICE RANGE: Around 60 USD
MADE OF: 600D Polyster

CONCLUSIONS

Another great product from Dakine. This surf backpack has enough room to store all your surf accessories inside. Soft-padded adjustable shoulder straps, straps on the front to carry a skateboard. Wet and dry sections separately. This bag looks really good and is a great choice for a everyday backpack! Can’t go wrong with Dakine really.

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FCS Dry-Wetsuit Bag

fcs wetsuit backpack

SPECIFICATIONS

SIZE
PRICE RANGE: Around 20 USD
MADE OF: PVC / NYLON

CONCLUSIONS

Watertight closure, sealed seams – this wetsuit dry bag is a great choice for anyone who’d like to carry the wetsuit easily. A must-have accessory for any cold-water / warm-water surfer out there!

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