Nothing sucks coconuts than unpacking your boardbags as you arrive on your surf holiday, only to find that the airline baggage handlers have worked their magic on your boards. Cracked rails, bust nose, dings through your deck....you name it, they can do it. Doesn't matter if you have a fancy-ass coffin bag, and even go the extra mile to put a bit more padding round each board inside it....these ou's are tenacious, they'll still work out a way of ruining your board...and your holiday.
I normally use air-conditioning tubing around my rails, and then high density foam for the top and bottom deck, all held in place with masking tape. It works, but it's a major shclep. As well as adding a bit of extra weight.
When I was missioning about to find foam for my surf racks in the garage I came across Sondor, and decided to see if they might also be able to help out with creating a lightweight board cover. Something super light, yet strong, that was made to size and I could just pop a board into, and then into the coffin bag.
Gary from Sondor came up with a sweet solution. Hardly weighs 300g, and strong as. Turns out it's quite a mission for his guys to cut the foam and glue it all together, which means extra labour costs - so he suggests that surfers just measure up their boards and work out how much foam they'll need - then just give him a yell to order, and then make it up themselves.
Pretty easy summer project - here goes:
Check out Sondor for all your foam needs. www.sondor.co.za . Map and contact deets at the end of the article.