Carrying a surfboard can be challenging due to its size and bulk, but with the right technique, you can do it safely and comfortably. Here’s how to carry a surfboard:
- Appropriate surfboard carrying method or accessories (see below)
- Select the Right Carrying Method:
- Underarm Carry: This is the most common method and is suitable for most surfboard sizes.
- Overhead Carry: Used for longer or heavier boards, the overhead carry is especially helpful when navigating crowded areas.
- Prepare the Surfboard:
- Make sure your surfboard is clean and free from sand or debris that could scratch or damage it.
- Ensure your surfboard leash (if you have one) is securely attached to your ankle or calf.
- Underarm Carry:
- Stand your surfboard upright on its tail (the narrow end) with the deck (top side) facing you.
- Position the board so that the nose (front end) is at or slightly below waist level.
- Reach down with one arm and slide your hand underneath the board, gripping it firmly near the center.
- Use your other hand to balance and stabilize the board from the deck side.
- Lift the board and rest it on your hip, with the tail pointing out behind you.
- Hold the board securely against your side with your arm underneath it and your hand on top of it.
- Overhead Carry:
- Stand your surfboard upright on its tail.
- Reach up and grip the board near the center, using both hands.
- Carefully lift the board overhead, ensuring it’s well-balanced.
- Hold the board with your hands spaced evenly apart.
- Keep your elbows slightly bent to maintain control.
- Balancing and Walking:
- While carrying the surfboard, walk slowly and carefully to avoid bumping into people or objects.
- Pay attention to the nose and tail of the board to ensure they don’t hit anything.
- Use your free hand to help you balance and steer as needed.
- Entering the Water:
- If you’re carrying the board to the water’s edge, be cautious of waves and slippery surfaces.
- When entering the water, use your surfboard leash to attach the board to your ankle or calf before paddling out.
- Setting the Board Down:
- To set the surfboard down, reverse the steps for your chosen carrying method.
- For underarm carry, lower the board gently onto the sand or ground, keeping it flat.
- For overhead carry, slowly and carefully lower the board back to the ground.
- Enjoy Surfing: Once you’re in the water, paddle out and catch some waves! Make sure to keep an eye on your board and leash to prevent it from drifting away.
By following these steps and choosing the appropriate carrying method for your surfboard, you can transport your board safely and comfortably, allowing you to enjoy your time in the water.