Although at first glance stand up paddle boards look easy to transport, their long and flat shape actually makes them act like wings.
On top of that you have to be careful not to damage their Surface. If you’re driving a pickup a van or vehicle big enough to safely transport the board inside, the only thing I’d recommend is getting a padded board bag that will save both your board and your vehicle some wear and tear.
Most people need to transport their sup on top of their vehicle and if that’s what you need to do there are few things to consider:
Always transport your sup flat on the roof with the fins up, if the boards on edge it will act like a huge sail when you are driving which could cause you to lose control.
Even with your board flat on the roof you have to appreciate it’s going to act like a wing as the air rises up the windshield and hits the underside depending how fast you’re traveling and how strong the winds are. This can put an enormous load on your rack.
The most basic types of racks are soft racks, which is simply pads that sit on top of your car.
They could definitely do the trick but they’re not going to be nearly as secure as a good quality set of racks.
If you are going to get and use soft racks then you will want o have a heavy duty set of cams that go over the board and then through the open doors of your vehicle.
It’s also a really good idea to use nose and tail lines that attach the solid points on the front and back your vehicle.
To make this as easy as possible Yakima has a ready to go nose and tail tie down system called the “SUP Bra” and it attaches in no time without the need for anchor points on your board.
Better than soft racks a set of heavy duty racks like Yakima racks are definitely a safer and more secure way to get your sup around
Yakima even have a complete SUP transport system called the “Wave Hog” that works on any fixed rack and it come with pads to cover the rack bars, two lockable heavy-duty straps that secure the board down, and the SUP Braw with nose and tail tie downs for even more security.
For the final note: If you’re going to tie down multiple boards then you are going to want to stack the boards on top of each other the towel in between to protect them. You can then use the same tie-down technique we just looked at.