I’m a big advocate for board racks in the home. Or in the garage or shed or wherever it is you try to keep your prized fiberglass possessions. Board racks accomplish two things:
- They help maintain a surfboard’s condition so, you know, you get to keep it longer. And…
- They minimize the very obvious inconvenience of making room for a collection of six-foot-plus pieces of fiberglass.
Point is, I don’t like leaving my boards lying around on the ground or piled up in a corner against a wall, which is typically begging to ding boards over time. And if you don’t own a garage (like me), surfboards can also easily add to a cluttered feeling at home. I’m enough of a neat freak that all of these factors, like I said, make me a big advocate for board racks.
They aren’t, however, always efficient and easy to build and install. Case in point: the last board rack I owned hung from my ceiling. For space-saving purposes, it was great. But I’m pretty sure I broke my ankle twice installing the thing and lost at least three-fourths of a finger getting it down when I moved out of my tiny apartment a few months ago.
Enter my new apartment and its nice, yet inconvenient 10-foot ceilings (which make a hanging rack tough). I’m not interested in breaking my neck this time around, so a simpler board rack/storage system was going to be needed. Like most DIY projects around the house, I’ve been procrastinating installing new board storage at home (and keeping my boards stacked against a hallway wall. Old habits sneak back quick) for a few months now. The smart minds at QuiverGrip had generously sent one over to solve the problem, yet I still procrastinated until the word “quarantine” recently became a shared experience around the world.
If you have a free three minutes and can remember “lefty loosey, righty tighty” long enough to drill two screws into your wall, you can install a QuiverGrip. Three minutes might actually be stretching it, to be honest. I used up more time deciding where to install my new rack and store my boards than I did actually putting it all together (I opted for the corner of a storage closet for optimal space-saving).
The grips themselves fit securely over any surfboard rail and slide onto the wall-mounted Q-rail. And the tiny rubber mat that came with the system itself has kept me from having to constantly stand the boards on the wood floor once they’re secured in the rack. On top of that, you actually don’t even see the “rack” itself once each board is secured. No giant, bulky wooden platform and rack to build, no foam padding to secure on wood dowels or PVC pipes, and no carpet to lay over it all. DIY board storage from scratch would have been time-consuming and most likely nowhere near as sleek as the QuiverGrip ended up being. So I’d have to say those were three minutes well spent.