Designed to protect surfboards from damage and reduce wear-and-tear during travel time, surfboard racks are essential in prolonging the life of your board. Whether it is merely a break from everyday life, or a lifestyle itself, surfing is a great way to interact with nature and enjoy a sunny day. No matter how dedicated the surfer, the first step is finding a surfboard rack that fits their vehicle. For most, a basic car surfboard rack is all that is needed in order to protect the board. Standard racks come in a variety of shapes and sizes, most of which are designed to fit cars and other small vehicles. For this reason, many truck and SUV owners wonder whether there exist compact car surfboard racks that will also fit larger vehicles.
In most cases, racks are installed after the vehicle is bought, and configured to meet the specific dimensions of the vehicle’s make and model. However, there are also specific racks such as the SportsRack/Blocksurf Rooftop Rack Transport System that offer a mix-and-match style rack ale to fit any vehicle, including trucks and SUVs. These systems are incredibly diverse, and can be adjusted to fit the roof of any vehicle and hold any size of board. In most cases, an all-in-one kit is only slightly more expensive than pre-sized models, but offers much more versatility. In addition to adjusting to fit your current vehicle, these models are ideal for surfers with multiple vehicles and those planning to switch vehicles in the near future.
When purchasing and all-in-one car surfboard rack, make sure to consult the sizing guide included with the product. This will not only ensure that the rack is compatible with your vehicle, but will also give clear instructions on how to mount it. In addition, there may be an online sizing guide, allowing you to see if the product will fit your vehicle before making a purchase. It is also a good idea to become familiar with how to maintain the rack itself, so that it is able to continue to protect the board for as long as possible. In most cases, boards must be kept out of extreme temperatures and cleaned regularly. For those with trucks or SUVs, it is important to gauge how high the rack sits atop the vehicle. In some cases, this may cause clearance issues.
In many cases, car surfboard racks will fit to trucks and SUVs without any special requirements. However, this is not always the case. Before making any purchase, buyers should familiarize themselves with the dimensions of their vehicle and decide whether they would prefer a soft or hard rack. Depending on how large the vehicle is, there may be many questions regarding which type of rack to get (hard or soft) and whether an all-in-one kit may be required. In any case, research is the best tool in determining which kit will best protect your investment no matter which vehicle you drive.