Surfers need to be taught on how to ship a surfboard correctly. This can provide utmost protection to their surfboard.
The surfboard may be designed to withstand smashing ocean waves, but it is crucial to provide it with utmost care when shipping to prevent damages.
Attaching a sticker that says “fragile” or “caution” onto a surfboard will not spare the board from getting scratched or dented. It can still be thrown around and banged against other baggage during shipping.
Surfers need to follow a tedious packing process so that their surfboards are shipped properly via couriers, commercial flights, or ship trips. There are no shortcuts to packing a surfboard correctly.
Finding the Right Box
A cardboard box needs to fully secure the surfboard. You may use your surfboard’s box or buy a new one from a surf store or storage shop.
You may make your own cardboard box if you are not satisfied with the fit of old boxes. You may start from scratch or combine a couple of cardboard boxes.
Padding is Everything
Every aspect of a surfboard has to be protected with padding. Detachable fins should be wrapped separately while glassed-in fins must have a cardboard cover under the padding.
It is advisable to have more than one layer of padding. You can achieve several levels of cushion by using a board bag or sock first.
An additional layer made of bubble wrap will further protect the surfboard. The lightweight bubble wrap material creates an air barrier.
You should use the bubble wrap generously to cover the whole surfboard. Extra bubble wrap may be used on the bottom, deck, nose, rails and tail.
Another cushion layer may be added by using towels or blankets. You can keep the various padding layers in place by using packing tape or duck tape.
Filling in the Spaces
After wrapping your surfboard in several cushion layers, you may now put it inside a box. Take notice of the open spaces inside the box.
The spaces on the sides of the board as well as below and on top of it have to be filled. You may use blankets, towels, or bubble wrap.
I recommend you to put a bumper on the bottom of the package to protect the tail and another one on top to protect the nose. A bumper made of lightweight Styrofoam is resistant to shocks.
Sealing it Tightly
All the protective layers on the surfboard will go to waste if the box is not sealed correctly. First of all, you must use only high quality tape.
Do not be afraid to use too much tape when sealing your box. It is better to finish up one roll or even use more than one roll.
Wrap the tape around the box liberally. Make sure that the distribution of the tape around the packaging is balanced.
The liberal usage of tape on the box will provide added compactness. It will firmly secure the fillers and bumpers inside the box.
Using large amounts of tape on the box will also give added protection. It will surely discourage snoopy people from opening the box.
Do not forget to label your surfboard package correctly. You may print out signs, use stickers, or write on the box using permanent marker.
First, put a label to make known that the package needs to be handled with care. You can use the following labels: “fragile,” “caution,” “glass,” “delicate,” “Handle with Care,” or “Carry with Caution.”
Second, add a note on how the box should be carried and stored so that the surfboard is positioned upright. Add the signs “Up” or “This Side Up” on top of the package.
Lastly, include your contact details just in case your surfboard package gets lost. Put your name, contact number, residential address, and e-mail address on the box.
After doing all these steps, you may ship your surfboard with ease. Just make sure to choose a courier, airline, or shipping line that’s reputable.
Now that you know the many steps of how to ship a surfboard, I hope that you will follow all of them to a T. The steps are crafted to protect you and your surfboard.