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Ultimate Guide To the best Surfboard Racks – Car, Bike, Home

This article is written in honor of our beloved surfboards

May their way from home to the waves be safe and smooth!

Let’s be honest – It’s not JUST a board. Everyone has a special connection with their boards, whether they admit it or not. A true surfer knows how to properly treat their surfboard! Surfboards are shaped for those massive powers on the ocean, yet they are so fragile to the dings and dents outside of it. Here you will find ways to transport and stock your board on and off its glorious duty.

The following is an introduction to some of the most known ways to store and transport your board. Wall racks, ceiling racks, bicycle, car scooter racks, DIY surf racks etc. A wide selection to choose from for sure!


Surfboard Racks


WALL RACKS

A good and practical surfboard wall rack in your house is a smart and decorative way to store your surfboard. It is up to you to find the most suitable place for it, whether it is in the garage, verandah or why not in your living room. The board/s you have right now are shaped to blast through on those waves so why not respect them by getting a suitable wall rack. Or even better – make one by yourself. Like you, maybe they also want to have some quality horizontal time and chill out in a well-presented way like a simple wall rack can offer. Anyway, here is a list of some of the cool-looking surfboard wall racks.

If you or any of your mates know how to drill a few screws in the wall – you are pretty much set installing the racks. It’s that simple!


Horizontal Surfboard Racks

 

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Minimalistic surf wall rack for home/garage use

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Slightly angled Triple wooden wall rack

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Solid metal rack for three boards

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Slightly angled single board hook-set in solid gloss black

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Simple ceiling wall sling

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Vertical Surfboard Racks

A good choice when your wall or floor storage space is limited – or you just prefer the boards to stand tall!

Five-board vertical storage

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Vertical invisible wall rack

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DIY Surfboard Wall Rack

This guide might have given you plenty of ideas to go to any supemarket or specialized store that sells construction-related products. Just get creative and make your very own surfboard rack! It is that easy, get your creative side rolling and find a free storage space at your home to


SURFBOARD RACK FOR CAR

For the best fuel efficinecy when transporting a surfboard on a car, place the surfboards upside down, fins facing upwards and on the rear-side of the car – surfboard nose facing forwards. This way there’s the least wind resistance and wind-whistle when driving on high speeds.

Should you get cross-bars, or choose a soft-padding roof racks for your car?

CROSS BARS + Surfboard Carrier

Roof-racks are quite universal accessories that you can get for almost any car make and model – a hatchback, sedan, wagon, pick-up truck etc. I would personally recommend the Thule racks, since Thule has been making on the greatest, multifunctional transportation gadgets for nearly 70 years by now. Besides surfing, you can fit other large items on the roof in the future as well – like ski boxes, bicycles etc.

Conclusions:

Specially designed surfboard racks for cross-bars are the safest way to transport a surfboard on the car roof.

SOFT-PADDING Universal Surfboard Racks

Does not cost a fortune and can be fitted easily on most cars. The soft-padding surfboard racks stay quite low on the roof as well. On a downside – this can scratch your car roof to some degree!


Creatures of Leisure Wrap Rax

Here is the solution that fits on most four-door cars that allows to stack up multiple boards on the roof without any cross-bars. This is a great product by Creatures of Leisure. I have personally used the Double Wrap Racks and liked it. The most convenient thing about is that you don’t need roof-rails and installing and re-installing the Wrap Rax is rather easy.

The only sketchy factor about this type of racks is that the straps will be hanging around inside the car – which might block a rear mirror view or annoy proper head-space for the rear seat passengers. Anyway, simple to install and remove option, total thumbs up for it.

PROS:

  • Don’t need roof racks for car
  • Very soft padding
  • Stays low on the roof
  • Easy to store when not in use
  • Simple solution, great overall price compared to solid racks + surfboard carrier
  • Fits a board with a board bag
  • You can tighten the board really well
  • Can load up to 2 boards on a Single version, and 4 boards on a double

CONS:

  • Might seem a bit dodgy compared to professional Thule racks
  • Not 100% solid
  • Have to fiddle around with excessive straps inside the car
  • Fits only on 4-door cars
  • Takes some time to get it installed and attach the board safely

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Thule Board Shuttle (811 XT)

An option for a serious surf enthusiast. The Board Shuttle is another awesomely and technically well-designed product by Thule. Thule specializes on roof racks and transportation gear, so that’s a great selling point right there. The board shuttle is one of the most advanced surf racks for your car available today that will probably last forever.

Thule Board Shuttle features and includes:

  • Corrosion resistant stainless steel
  • Flip Fit Brackets that fits on all Thule Rack Systems, round bars and most factory racks (no loose parts)
  • The telescopic design delivers a custom fit for board widths up to 34″ (70 cm – 86 cm) wide
  • Dual loading design allows for the transport of two boards with maximum stability
  • Includes board tie-down and center straps 2 x 400cm /15′ with buckle bumpers to transport board securely and protect vehicle finish
  • Fits Thule Aero-Blades and square bars
  • Fits Thule X-Sporter Pro with the X-Adapt 12 adapter (sold separately)
  • Weighs only 2.6 kg / 57 pounds
  • Load capacity 50 kg / 110 pounds

PROS:

  • Made by Thule – One of the most innovative transportation gear manufactureres out there
  • Good quality, soft padding
  • Sits firmly
  • Comes with a pair of tie-down straps with soft padding

CONS:

  • You’ll need cross bars
  • With great quality comes great price

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Thule Aero Surf Pad (804)

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  • Sizes: 18 inch / 24 inch
  • No-fade UV resistant fabrics for long term durability
  • Split bottom pads with sewn-in hook and loop strap wrap around Thule rack systems, round bars and most factory racks
  • Convenient flexible bungee cord at pad ends to cinch the pad to the bar
  • Straps sold separately
  • Foam padded interior, UV coated exterior, hook and loop middle strap, bungee cord end straps
  • Two pads in a package
  • Fits Thule AeroBlade, Rapid Aero, and Xsporter / Check out the model for Square Bar and Round Bar (802)

Thule SUP Taxi

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If you want one of the best surfboard racks on existing cross-bars, check out our Thule SUP Taxi StandAlone-Review. The SUP Taxi can be locked and fitted on most cross-bars and is probably THE most advanced surfboard rack you could ever ask for your car! No worries when you have a shortboard, the SUP Taxi width can be adjusted!

 


BICYCLE RACKS

Well done! You are one lucky person who lives so close to the breaks that you don’t even need a car to drive to. If you already own a bicycle and a surfboard, then the last thing you will probably need would be the surfboard racks for your beloved push-bike. Forget about cycling down the beach with a surfboard tucked under your shoulder – it is a BIG No-No to your back and spinal disks. Believe me – I learned it the hard way that put me off from the surf for a good chunk of time.

Surfboard rack is a very simple, convenient and uniquely practical way to transport your surfboard to the beach. It might take a little time to get used to maneuvering with „board on the board“, especially in public spaces and in strong winds. Once you feel comfortable, you have chosen the best way to get to the beach when the surf is up.

Why ride your bicycle to the beach with a surfboard on the side racks?

  1. Great warm-up
  2. Unlike walking to the beach with a board bag, you are sitting down on a saddle and enjoying a faster way of commuting
  3. Unlike driving your car to the beach, you are saving money on fuel AND you don’t have to worry about anyone pinching your car keys while you are away on the sea
  4. Cycling is cool and simple, just like surfing
  5. Pedal to the metal like there’s no tomorrow

Whether you have a short- or a longboard, the bicycle rack design is pretty much the same on most models.  A bicycle surf rack usually consists of two u-shape metal tubes that have soft covers to keep your surfboard from scratches while transportation.

Related article: Beach Cruiser Bicycles for men and women

There are two main ways to attach the rack to your bike:


Saddle-post side mount racks

Most used way transporting a surfboard on your bicycle

 Two-part surfboard bicycle side mount rack

 

MBB Longboard Rack

Amazon’s Choice!

 

Carries surfboards as long as 12ft!

The MBB Longboard rack by Moved By Bikes features a wide range of head tube sizes and frame configurations. Suitable for all bicycle types out there. Load capacity: 25 lbs / 12 kg. We also recommend getting a cable lock (preferrably without a key – which is another thing to worry about when surfing)

PROS:

  • Sturdy design
  • Soft padding
  • Quick installation
  • Popular choice on scooters as well
  • Widely used in Indo
  • Cheap and easy solution
  • Fits on most bikes available
  • Fits most available boards
  • Great workout cycling down the beach before jumping in the surf

CONS:

  • Takes some time to get used to
  • You’ll need to get extra tie-down straps for safety

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CSR Max for Longboards
Independent Bicycle Surfboard Rack

Independent rear rack with two surfboard holding hooks

Easy to install, securerely attatched to your bicycle rear rack. Fits larger board up to 10ft

PROS:

  • Integrated rack included
  • Simplistic and effective construction
  • Stainless steel components
  • Lightweigth
  • Soft paddings
  • Includes hold-down straps

CONS:

  • Can’t think of any at the moment

 

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SUP/Surfboard/Longboard trailer

The Mule Surf and Longboard / Paddle Board Carrier Transport System

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Why not tow your surfboard rack behind your beach cruiser? This solution is for the passionate brothers and sister who prefer the simple route to the beach by a bicycle. Zero emission! Packs in a 12×24″x3″ travel bag for easy storage. Nose piece has handle + strap, pocket for wax, leash, and personal items. Tube tires with mag wheels.

Read more how to install it from HERE.

PROS:

  • Unique
  • Saves side-ways clearance
  • Inflated tires to adjust for the terrain
  • No tools needed
  • Universal wheeled tail part fits all surfboards
  • No assembly required
  • No wind resistance when cycling

CONS:

  • Need extra care when cycling through crowded spots

 

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Hope you found that article useful. Be respectful to your board and get a rack!