Technique with Travis
An often overlooked part of raceboard ownership is the transportation from your training grounds to the race location. Designed for elite racing, these boards have to be handled carefully and packaged appropriately when on the road.
And even a short ride means strapping your board to a roof rack in a secure and efficient way. We know that too often, boards are damaged when they are tied down too hard or attached to unpadded roof racks, which is why we created this video.
Travis explains roof rack fixation and what to watch out for
Main Takeaways from this episode
Raceboards are delicate precision tools and typically get damaged more during travel rather than during training or racing.
Having padded racks on your car is the best way to secure your board. Always make sure your board is on the padding and properly secured, not too loose and not too tight.
Always have the straps pulling down rather than up, making it easier to loosen them when you want to take them off again.
Travis Grant is a stand-up paddle athlete with several world titles under his belt, including Molokai, the Carolina Cup, King of the Harbour NZ and countless others.
About securing your boards
As a manufacturer, we do get to see a lot of unnecessary damage from airline transportation, but another sure way to damage your board is to tie it down too hard, or the use of unpadded roof racks. Even though the board sits snug standing still, every single pothole you drive over will have the potential to ding your precious performance board.
Also in this how-to series:
Technique with Travis – Leashes
Technique with Travis – Improving your SUP paddling style
Technique with Travis – Proper paddle length
Technique with Travis – Buoy Turning
Technique with Travis – Racing Strategy
Technique with Travis – Choosing your SUP fins
Technique with Travis – Recessed decks and what does it do?
Technique with Travis – How to do fast beach starts
Video by: Taylor Johnson