How to Transport an Inflatable SUP Board
One of the advantages of inflatable SUP boards is that they’re easy to transport to and from the water. Follow these simple suggestions to ensure that your inflatable SUP board safely makes it where you’re going.
When transporting the board deflated be sure to stow it where it doesn’t rub against metal and rough or sharp objects. As you drive, the constant vibrations can cause an unprotected board to repeatedly rub against the vehicle or other gear, wearing a hole in it.
One good way to protect from wear is to carry the board in the included Board Travel Pack. The Pack’s rugged construction provides a protective layer, the shoulder harness and handle make carrying it easier, and the storage compartment keeps fins and other accessories organized.
There may be times you want to carry the board inflated, as on a roof rack. Never transport the board fully inflated. Heat from the sun or a change in elevation can increase the board’s pressure and cause a catastrophic seam failure. Let air out until the board yields when you press on it. And if you’re driving any significant distance, stop periodically and check the pressure.
Just like when transporting a kayak on your roof rack, be sure to securely tie the board to the roof rack cross bars. Use two NRS 9' 1" HD Tiedown Straps. Run each strap around the cross bar on one side of the board, loop the strap over the board, around the cross bar on the other side of the board and bring the strap end back through the cam buckle. You can stack two or more boards before cinching on the straps. It’s best to remove the fins before putting the board(s) on the rack.
Whether with a SUP board or kayak, it’s always wise to run a strap forward to the front bumper. This counteracts the force of the wind as you travel at highway speeds.