So you love to stand up paddle board (SUP) and your thinking about owning your own board. However you are wondering how tricky it is to safely transport your SUP to different locations. We put together some tips and reminders to help you safely get your board to all those wonderful paddling locations!
Safely Carry Your SUP
You need to protect your back by always properly lifting your SUP. A good practice, really when picking up anything, is to always keep your back straight, bend with your knees when reaching down. Most SUP’s have a handle on the center of the board making it easier to pick up. If you have to carry the board any distance, you may want to consider using a cart designed specifically for SUPs. When carrying your board when its windy out, be careful. A quick breeze can catch the large surface area of the board and whip it around on you. A little practice and you can easily move your board around without injury.
Loading Your SUP On A Vehicle
If you will be moving your SUP with a vehicle, there are a tips to help you from hurting yourself, damaging your car or your board. No the easiest vehicle to use to transport your board is probably the pick up truck. Simply place the board in the bed deck-side down, using the tailgate to support the nose of the board. If you do not have the luxury of a pick up truck, your next option is probably securing it to the roof of your car. Getting the SUP onto the roof doesn’t have to be tough. If you are paddle boarding with a friend, and we always suggest you do, two people can easily lift the board safely onto the vehicle. If you find yourself alone and needing to load the SUP onto the top of the vehicle you can lean and lift it. Lean the board on the back of your vehicle and lift and slide. Remember if you are loading more than one board always put the longest board on first when stacking them.
Properly Tie Down Your SUP
Now that you have your SUP up on the vehicle, how do you go about making sure you don’t lose it during the drive? You need to make sure you properly tie the boards down. You vehicle should have a cross bar system to make it easier to tie the boards. Check with your car manual for details on your vehicle and the limits of the rack. Cam straps are great, and with two you can secure the board. Once you have the board secure, do a final walk around to make sure its not going to move around while driving. Don’t forget your paddle! You may want to secure it on the roof as well, or inside your vehicle. If you are going to drive a long distance, remember to periodically check the board to make sure they do not loosen up during your drive.
We look forward to seeing you on the water!