How to Strap a SUP to Your Roof Rack
Heading out for a paddleboarding adventure? Transporting your stand-up paddleboard (SUP) securely to your destination is crucial, whether it’s a sturdy hardboard or an inflatable model. If you’ve got a car with a roof rack, you’re in luck! This guide, complemented by our visual tutorial on our YouTube Channel, will walk you through the process step by step.
Essential Supplies for Safe Transport
Before we dive in, make sure you have the necessary items:
- Roof Rack: Your car must be equipped with a roof rack.
- Straps: We recommend a pair of NRS 9 foot straps, available on Amazon or REI for about $15. These straps are user-friendly and gentle on your board, unlike ratchet straps which can cause damage.
- SUP: Whether it’s a hardboard or an inflated inflatable, your adventure companion is obviously essential.
A tip for the wise: Limit yourself to strapping no more than three SUPs atop your vehicle to maintain control and prevent any loosening during transit.
Strapping Your SUP: A Step-by-Step Guide
1. Positioning Your Board: First, balance the board on your head, aligning the center of your head with the board’s handle for equilibrium. Then, carefully place or slide the board on top of your vehicle, ensuring the pad faces down and the tail points forward.
2. Centering the Board: Adjust the board from the rear of your car until it's centered on the rack.
3. Arranging the Straps: From the passenger side, throw the straps over your board near the roof rack's support beams, leaving the buckles hanging on the side.
Pro Tip: Keeping the buckles on the passenger side is safer for roadside adjustments.
4. Securing the Straps: Loop the straps under the support beams on the driver’s side and throw them back over to the side with the buckle. Repeat this step on the passenger side, then feed the strap through the buckle and tighten.
Pro Tip: Twisting the strap atop the board can reduce noise during your drive.
5. Final Check and Adjustment: Ensure the board is firmly in place by testing for any movement. If needed, tighten the straps further by pulling the loose end.
6. Tidying Up: Tuck away the excess strap either by tying it off or shutting your car door on it to prevent flapping and noise while driving.
Congratulations, your SUP is now securely strapped and ready for the journey!
Board Removal: Quick and Easy
Removing your SUP is simply the reverse process of mounting it. Start by loosening and detaching the straps, then carefully lift your board off the car. Store your straps safely for next time, grab your paddle, and head to the water!
Pro Tip: Having the buckles be on the passenger side of the car provides safety for yourself if you need to pull off to tighten or adjust on the road.
Pro Tip: You can twist the strap on top of the board to prevent the straps from making a lot of noise while you're driving.
For more paddleboarding tips, tricks, and to explore our durable Glide Paddle Boards, check out our other tutorials and product range. Your next water adventure awaits!