Surfing is simply the most fun I know how to have on this planet – Anthony Garret Lisi
Nothing on Earth can compare to the excitement and anticipation of paddling out to meet your destiny and the raw emotional charge and adrenaline rush of catching a big wave. That combination of instant, natural highs is exhilarating, and the more you do it, the more you want, and need to do it again and again.
Surfing is a pure, honest addiction and once it gets in your blood, you’ll be hooked for life. But when you’ve had your fill of watery fun for the day, and it’s time to turn tail and head home, you’ll be left facing the same dilemma that every surfer in history has been forced to confront, and overcome. Where do I store my board?
Making sure that you have somewhere to store your board when you can’t make it to the shore sounds like one of those problems that can, and will wait for another day and it’s the last thing that you’ll want to think about as you’re charging toward the ocean in a wild rush to get there and catch another set.
And, truthfully, if we hadn’t experienced the misery of the busted fins and avoidable dings that various members of our families accidentally inflicted on our boards because we had nowhere to store them safely, we probably wouldn’t have given the notion a second thought either.
But because we’ve been there, and we’ve felt the pain first hand, and because we want to make sure that you don’t have to go through what we did, we thought we would jump in feet first and give you a heads up on how to store your board safely.
That way the tourists and hodads who don’t know how to ride the ocean blue can’t lay their paws on your board, and if they can’t touch it or bump into it, they can’t damage it, it’s logic 101.
So if you want to keep your board safe and enjoy the waves whenever you want to and the mood to surf takes you, grab a cup of java, keep reading and we’ll tell you how to hang your board and keep it out of harm’s way…
We Control The Horizontal, We Control The Vertical
The tried, tested, and true method of safely storing a board at home was and has always been the surf stand. It’s easy to use, doesn’t take up much room, and just sits in the corner waiting for you to leave your board in its embrace until you need it again.
The problem is, it doesn’t keep your board safe from inquisitive little hands and the curious minds that drive them, and it won’t stand up (quite literally sometimes) to the unwanted attention of your best four-legged friend.
Stands are cool and they do what they’re supposed to do, but they don’t offer or provide the level of protection that your board really needs.
That’s why you should take a leaf out of The Outer Limits playbook and assume control of the horizontal and vertical, in order to keep your board safe from the unwanted attention of meddlesome snoopers.
As we’ve just discussed the much loved, but no use to anyone who isn’t single or doesn’t have an understanding partner who shares their love of the sea surf stands, we’re going to turn our attention to a surf rack.
Rack Doesn’t Mean Ruin
The best thing about racks? You can usually store more than one board on them and they’re easy to install. In order to set a rack up, all you need to do is;
- Hold the rack against the wall that you’re going to fasten it. Mark the screw positions by attaching a small bit to an electric drill, guide it through the screw holes, and then lightly score the wall behind.
- Move the rack away from the wall and use a bigger drill bit to open the previously marked screw holes up, fit them with the right size raw plug, move the rack back into place and screw it to the wall. It’s that easy.
The problem with racks is that they’re essentially just stands that are fixed to the wall and they won’t keep your boards away from those curious little hands that we mentioned earlier. And finding space for them can be problematic at best, which is why most of us who use them have them in our garages.
Hanging Your Board On A Wall
That brings us to the ideal solution to storing your board at home, and that’s hanging it on a wall.
The best thing about hanging your board is that you decide the height you want to mount it at, which keeps it out of reach of the small people and furry friends that you share your home with, and it’s a safe and secure way to store your board when you’re not at the beach.
And the worst thing? That’s the even better news, as there is no downside to hanging your board on the wall.
- All you need to hang your board on a wall is a surf wall rack that comes with a complete set of instructions, a set of raw plugs, a spirit level, a drill, and a pencil.
- Use the spirit level to make sure the line is straight, drill holes in the wall for the screws that come with the mounting brackets, put a correctly sized raw plug in each of the holes that you’ve just drilled, and then fasten the brackets (which when used together form the rack) to the wall, and you’re done.
Put your board on the rack (you don’t even have to try and balance it on there, as the rack is sized so the board will lean into the wall when it’s on it) with the fins pointing away from the wall, and you’ll have the perfect palace to store your board until you’re ready to hit the waves again.
And even though hanging your board on the wall isn’t the only way to safely store your ride (if you want some extra inspiration you could always spend a couple of minutes reading our article about additional ideas for surfboard storage).
It’s the height of surfing simplicity and safety!