So you just got your first surfboard, or maybe you’ve been surfing for a while but have questions about how to transport your board safely to the beach without damaging your board and your car…
Today we’re going to walk you through how to secure your surfboard to your roof with your WRAPTIE™ straps!
You’ll need to begin with a rigid roof rack and two WRAPTIE™ straps.
If your working with a new board or one you are especially attached to, you may want to consider place foam protectors on your roof rack. Place the surfboards on top of the protectors. You can put your surfboard on the roof with fins facing forward or backward, it’s up to you. However, if your surfboard has more rocker, you may want to position it with its curve along the front of your car. This will help with aerodynamics as you travel.
On the other hand, if the board is positioned with the fins in the front and the board tries to slide back off of the roof racks because of the force of the wind pushing the board while driving, the fins will catch on the front tie down straps which will stop the board from sliding. Ensure your board is well centered before you move on.
Start by securing the front part of the surfboard.
Attach the fastening end of your WRAPTIE™ strap around the roof rack on one side. Pass the fastening strap over the surfboard across the car and then pass it through the bottom of the roof rack. Twist the strap and pull tightly. Then, throw the fastening strap over the surfboard again and smooth the velcro flat against itself. Repeat again at the back of the board.
Be careful not to over-tighten your tie-down straps. The surfboards should be secured well but not to the extent of damaging a surfboard. Many surf experts agree that bungee cords are NOT a viable solution for securing your straps. Because a bungee cord stretches, and you’ll likely be driving down the road at 65+mph, the wind is going to lift the surfboard off of your car. If you’re using bungee cords as your tie-downs, the bungee cords will inevitably stretch too far, and likely cause your board to fly off into the traffic behind you.
Looking for another use for your WRAPTIE™ straps at the beach?
Our tie downs can double as an ankle strap! Simply attach a leash string to your board and tie on your WRAPTIE™ or attach your WRAPTIE™ strap directly. Bringing a family along? Use WRAPTIE™ to wrangle your little one.
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