Best Surfboard Car Racks
Surfboard car racks are the safest way to travel with your surfboards and gear on top of your car.
A surfboard is not the easiest to travel with and it is not very flexible. So traveling with it on the top of your car can be very tricky, especially when you are trying not to break your equipment and put others lives in danger.
In some countries, for example, surfboards are not allowed to be inside cards. In other cases, they are just too big for the car.
Also when having a surfboard in a car can have a couple other minimal issues. There will be sand everywhere, the wax will melt all over the seats and will be very hard to get rid of. Another one is the salt water! Salt water does not do good on anything whether it is your skin, hair, or even the car seats and overall interior of the car as well as exterior. Salt water will damage the upholstery inside your car.
The safest and easiest way to travel with surfboards while finding the perfect surf spots is to install surfboard car racks on your car. It will make it so much easier for you and the people that are with you in the car. It will also not damage your interior with wax melting all over the place.
They are multiple different surfboard car racks and we will go over them in a second but remember they are inexpensive and will allow you to see in your back and side mirrors at all times instead of having a surfboard blocking your view.
There are two main types of surfboard car racks. Soft and hard car racks. It all depends on your preference and if you care or not that things are on your car roof.
Surfers who like to keep things off their car roofs, opt for the hard racks especially if they are rain gutters.
On the other hand, the soft car racks are easy to mount and dismount. You will only have to put them on when needed. It will also ensure that your surfboards are in direct contact with the car roof.
All of the soft or hard surfboard car racks are friendly with board bags or unprotected surfboards. But always make sure that the surfboard’s fins are up and in the back of the car, pointing towards the front.
Also, make sure the car racks are tight but not too tight. This might cause some pressure dings of some sorts.
Now let’s dive into the different surfboard car racks depending on your needs, fit, size, and price.
The Thule Express Surf Strap (check to check current price on Amazon). This is a very simple and stretchable bungee surf straps. Our favorite surfboard car racks! It is so easy to set up and remove and does not require any force. This surfboard car rack will be used as a tie-down strap when the car already has the factory or non-factory horizontal car racks on the roof. These straps cannot be used directly on the roof since the tie down process requires car racks. These straps will secure different surfboard sizes, stand up paddleboards and even sailboards to your car roof. The price for that surfboard car racks straps ranges from $39-$49.
Do you have a truck? And your surfboard is too long it goes passed your tailgate? You will need this tailgate pad then! The Thule Tailgate pad (click to check current price on Amazon) ranges from $39-$59 and it will prevent surfboard wax to get all over your truck’s tailgate as well as scratches. It is very easy to slide around the bottom of your tailgate and will secure your board very well.
If you have car racks but are hard, you might want to get some soft pads that you can attach to the racks for better support and surfboards protection. These pads will only give the surfboard more protection but it will not tie them down so you will get tie down straps too. The Dakine Aero Rack Pads (click to check current price on Amazon) are our favorites! They are so stylish and does not need to be taken down every time, they stay on the car racks.
Now if you have a car but not horizontal car racks but still want to take your surfboard with you, that is no problem! We have a solution. Or two! We have what we call soft racks that will do the job of car racks except that you will have to put them on and remove them at every use. They will be strapped directly to your roof and around the inside of the car.
The Dorsal single Roof Rack (click to check current price on Amazon). This roof rack will give you the flexibility to transport up to two surfboards only. It only has one soft rack and comes with a carrying case and heavy buckles for safety and strength. This is a great way to not spend too much money on car racks and still able to transport your surfboards to the next surf spot. These roof racks also offer a universal fit for cars and SUVs.
If you are trying to fit more than two surfboards on the top of your car without having to purchase car racks. Then the FCS Premium Double Soft Surfboard Car Racks (click to check current price on Amazon) is the perfect fit for you. This surfboard car rack is a soft car rack that you will strap on directly to your car roof and around the inside of the car. This double feature will allow you to fit 1-6 shortboards or 1-4 longboards. It will fit most cars, vans, SUVs, and 4WDs. Our favorite soft surfboard car rack that gives the option for one or multiple surfboards.
Now pick the one that fits the best for you! Always remember, the bigger you get, the more it will fir surfboards if one day you need more than one. You won’t have to buy multiples. Just think about those types of things.