After you purchase your first surfboard not only will you want to find the perfect rack to transport it, but store it as well. This is where surfboard bags come in handy. If you are one a tight budget, I highly recommend at least forking some cash over for a surfboard sock. This can save your surfboard from an array of nuances such as dings, marks, and sun damage. You can even keep your sock or surfboard bag on when using most surfboard racks for added protection. If you want greater protecting that a sock offers you can either get a day bad or a travel bag. The type of surfboard bag you get will depend on your needs but here is a breakdown about the differences.
Day Surfboard Bags
Day bags are the lighter of the two and usually have a water proof to semi water proof covering material. Be advised the cheaper the board bag the less foam padding it likely has in it for protection. However this also means it will be lighter. Most surfboard bags are made for one surfboard only and offer good protection for basic day to day use. When purchasing one be sure to know the size and type of your surfboard for a snug fit. I would recommend always keeping your surfboard in a day bad when transporting as well.
Travel Surfboard Bags
Travel surfboard bags are used just as described, for traveling. More or less for airplanes. Traveling bags have much more padding than your typical day bag and offer the greatest amount of protection. These surfboard bags are also made to hold more than one surfboard, some even up to 4. You will typically hear these surfboard bags referred to as coffins. If your big on traveling with your surfboards, be sure to your travel bag comes with wheels. Carrying more than one surfboard can get pretty heavy.
Most nicks and marks come from transporting your surfboard to and from the beach. This can easily be reduced by using the correct surfboard bag. You will be amazed of how using a simple sock can keep your surfboard damage free, greatly expanding the life and look of your surfboard.