How to Ship a Surfboard | [2023 Ultimate Guide]

Last Updated January 27, 2023

In 2018, Doug Faulter, a professional photographer and amateur surfer, lost his Lyle Carson Surfboard after getting wiped out in one of his rides in Hawaii.  After diving to look for it, posting on social media, getting help from his friends, his board was never found.

In some surf-godly way, the board was found 5000 miles from where he lost it – the Philippines. Doug showed gratitude by raising money to send him surfing goodies and a surfboard. In his Facebook post, he mentioned a box big enough to ship a couple of surfboards was around $600.

But, what does that amount include? More so, if you were in Doug’s position, how would you ship a surfboard? This article will discuss shipping surfboards and making sure it gets to its destination safely

First Things First: Packing

We can’t reiterate enough how difficult it is to ship surfboards because they are fragile and bulky. But, as long as they are packaged well, they can withstand the bumps and thumps of shipping.

What you need:

  • Surfboard box (should be a couple of inches longer and wider than the board)
  • Packing tape
  • Plastic bag
  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing foam (thin perforated sheets, torn into 12 x 24 inches)
  • Utility knife

How to Ship a Surfboard

  1. Be sure to detach any removable parts from your surfboard and package them separately.
  2.  Slip your surfboard into the plastic bag. This will keep them from getting ugly adhesive residues left by packing tape. Bind both ends of the plastic bag, either with tie wraps or a knot.
  3. Wrap both ends with packing tape to keep the board from moving around in the plastic.
  4. Fold the 24-inch wide plastic foam sheet in half and tape it to the side of the board that will sit on the bottom of the box.
  5. Wrap your surfboard with bubble wrap. Bubble wrapping may not be necessary, but who can say no to extra protection? The extra cushion is another set of best defense around the vulnerable spots on your board.
  6. Wrap the rails with your 24-inch wide foam sheet and packing tape.
  7. Take another foam sheet and wrap the nose and tail.
  8. Box your safely packed surfboard. You may want to stuff both ends of the box with old clothes, jackets, towels, or extra bubble wraps. This keeps your surfboard from moving around inside the box. It can also reduce the impact of bumps on the surfboard.
  9.  Seal the box with packing tape. Be sure to stamp it with one of those red fragile and this side up stickers. Or, you may write them with the good old sharpie. Be sure to write your information, like your name, address, and contact number, in case it gets lost in transit.

Final Thoughts: Shipping Your Surfboard

Now that the surfboard’s packed, you may want to re-inspect the box before signing for the delivery thoroughly. Some surfboard owners get insurance for their board, and honestly, it isn’t such a bad idea.  Anything can happen along the way, and you want to have someone to turn to for help to remedy a bad situation.

Check out surfboard shipping rates via UPS, DHL, Fedex, or other logistics companies that cater to shipping surfboards. Often you can type in details of the surfboard, and the website will give you an estimated amount.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Where can I get appropriate boxes for shipping surfboards?

A: Retail stores like Green Light Surf Supply offers surfboard shipping boxes. But, they do not sell them online, so you will have to drop by their physical store. You can also make one out of any boxes as long as you know the dimensions of the surfboard. You can resize them to fit your surfboard accordingly.

Q: How much does it cost to ship a surfboard?

A: Logistics companies like UPS regard surfboards as big and bulky and may require special handling. There is no definite amount for shipping since it depends mainly on the distance between the pick-up and delivery addresses as well as the size and weight of your surfboard.

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