How to Mount a Surfboard to your Car
Even with bars or a roof rack the board still needs to be tied down to the rails. Strong, sturdy straps wrapped over the board and fastened to the roof bars will hold it in place while you’re driving.
Another option is to use a board bag to secure the surfboard to the car’s roof. If you want to be sure that the board is secure, surfing professionals recommend using both straps and a bag, especially on long drives.
Windy days are prime surfing weather. You’re almost guaranteed to catch a big wave. Unfortunately, the wind is not a good thing when you’re trying to get a large surfboard on the car’s roof.
Don’t try to fling the surfboard on top of the roof. Instead, lay the board flat and slide it across the rails. Make sure that you know if the rails are vertical or horizontal. This will affect how the board lays.
Getting the surfboard on the car roof is the next step. Now, it’s time to properly secure the straps. After making sure the board is balanced, it’s time to tighten the straps.
Self-tightening straps are the easiest to use, such as ratchet style straps. You also want to place the straps so you can tighten them on the sides of the vehicle. It’s difficult trying to tighten them if you have to reach to the centre of the roof. You also need to strap down the board’s nose and tail.