BWD wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:57 pm
Now I get it, tiny surfboard in "golf bag" type of bag must be what you are doing. Sounds like your board is a candidate for a mopman style conversion. I would love to see pictures of the board or brand/model etc.
By the way in case anybody doens't know this, international flight board bags are usually allowed to weigh 30kg, so sometimes worth paying the $100-300 in round trip fees if you are going for more than a week and would otherwise have to rent or miss out on some conditions with a limited quiver. Last int'l trip i took 2 surboards and a paipo with 4 kites etc in a coffin, got good use of all except the storm kite.
Exactly! What's a mopman style conversion? At 4'10" the SB fits (just) into my "golf bag". Most of my flights south (from Canada) are via a Canadian charter company which provides cheap, direct flights to many Caribbean destinations. They used to provide free carriage for golf equipment, more recently they have extended that to specifically include kiteboards, so theoretically no need for a "golf bag" anymore. There is a a 20 kg limit on the weight. Strangely, all regular (non-sporting equipment) checked baggage is subject to a $25 fee. I don't know how long the "free kiteboards" policy will continue to apply, but as it stands, it is a generous policy - I'm not sure how many, if any, other airlines offer this.
My SB has been discussed before on kiteforum. It is a custom 4'10" x 18" board made by Lee Britain. It was designed as a "pocket" (traveling) SB & is now 10 years old & still going strong. It is pretty flat rockered, fast & plans up quite early. It's the only board I use ... & use it in anything from 12 knots to 40, either with no straps, 2 front straps or 3 straps (for jumping).
What I just noticed on the airline website is that they will take surboards (max. 12 ft./32 kg) for $100 per flight segment. So, I could take my large foilboard in that category: a Cabrinha 178 raceboard with a fitted track for the foil. It's a big, bulky board, but it's (obviously) floaty & has a fair amount of nose rocker, so it should work OK. The first couple of attempts with it were kind of pathetic - wavy onshore conditions, sandbars & dying wind. I found it very awkward to use - but perhaps in flatter, deeper water & sideshore winds I will have better success.
Some pics of the Rogue Wave, next to the Cabrinha & a 5'4" SS Screamer.