With international travel opening up again, and plenty of cabin fever (and probably some savings too) after more than a year at home, we’re starting to look farther afield than our local break in search of waves. But with surf travel comes the ever-painful dilemma of “what the hell do I do about my surfboard?” Either you bring a board with you, resulting in airline fees, potential loss/damage to your favorite shred stick, and the pain in the ass of carrying a surfboard wherever you go.
Or you find one on location and submit to the whims of the local surfboard market. Buying a board can be fun, and connect you with the local surf culture, but it’s a time-consuming process and comes with plenty of potential complications. Renting should only be an option if you’re traveling with family and just hoping to get a surf or two in. If you decide to rent, you’re subjecting yourself to subpar equipment, hourly pricing, and the pain in the ass of finding rentals.