For most of us in the UK, surfboard storage space is limited compared to other parts of the world. But that doesn’t mean it’s not possible to do so.
This article will look at how to store surfboards creatively by utilising various methods and ideas for surfboard storage. As well as answering questions like:
- How to store surfboards inside?
- How do you store a surfboard in a small space?
- Can you store surfboards outside?
- Can surfboards be stored outside in winter?
- Is it OK to store surfboards in a garage?
After reading this post, you will have some clear ideas for storing surfboards that will work the best for your particular living situation.
Let’s get into it!
How to store surfboards inside?
The best place to store a board is inside, away from the elements. But let’s not beat around the bush and get into the how-to:
The typical method of indoor surfboard storage is to use racks which can be either vertical or horizontal.
Vertical racks (or stand-up racks) are usually free-standing and designed to be placed against a wall. Depending on the manufacturer, there will be several slots to put your board tail side down. Quality racks will have protection for the tail section and for the bottom that touches the dowel dividers.
Horizontal racks (or wall-mounted racks) are typically secured into a wall. The board is placed bottom side down with support on both the tail and the nose. It is also possible to have wall-mounted racks that hold the board by its rail. This is the more decorative of the two if you have sweet artwork on the deck to display.
If you want to showcase your boards and marvel at their beauty, then read this article all about hanging surfboards on walls.
DIY racks are another option if you happen to be handy with tools. Be sure to check out alandimohandmade.com.au for a homemade surfboard rack complete with a YouTube instruction video and free to download plans!
How do you store a surfboard in a small space?
Ceiling Slings are your best friend in tight living spaces. Using the area above your head is a nifty way to keep your surfboard inside and out of the way.
These two slings are secured on each end, and the board simply slots in at the tail and the nose. Job done! Now you can look up and gaze at your trusty steed.
Another creative way to have your board in a small space is to use a tail stand. This keeps the board vertically against the wall and supports/protects the tail off/from the floor.
Can you store surfboards outside?
The short answer is yes. But there are some factors you need to consider because exposing your board to the elements without protecting it will shorten its lifespan.
Direct sunlight: long-term exposure to the UV rays from the sun is what causes a surfboard to turn yellow over time.
Extreme temperature changes: The increasing summer temperatures in the UK are now a real factor paired with the cold winter climate. Heat causes the air inside the foam of the board to expand while the cold causes contraction. Repeated expansion and contraction will cause delamination over time.
These two factors could potentially make your board more prone to pressure dents or dings. However, longboards and paddleboards are not practical to fit inside, so you need to leave them outside unless you have space in the garage.
The solution to this problem is to invest in a board bag. These help by keeping your board protected from the UV rays, but you will still need to keep your board in the shade to avoid excessive heat exposure.
*Pro Tip* remember to air out your boards when they are in bags periodically. Humidity build up inside a board bag will cause damp and can accelerate foam expansion if not checked regularly.
Can surfboards be stored outside in winter?
Winter storage comes down to ensuring your board is protected from the elements. And for the majority of people asking this question, their main concern will be extreme cold and rain exposure.
If you opt to store your equipment outside in the winter, making sure the board is kept dry is crucial. Prolong the life of the board by keeping it dry in a board bag. Click here for reviews & recommendations on board bags.
Also, make sure that you keep the surfboard undercover. If you don’t have adequate cover, using a tarp or a bivy is an affordable option.
If you are storing the board away for the whole winter season, make sure you prepare your surfboard for long-term storage.
Even if you are still surfing during the colder months, it is best practice to protect your board. And perhaps this article on the warmest wetsuit can help your preparations for the frigid winter water.
Is it OK to store surfboards in a garage?
The garage is always a popular spot to stow longboards and even paddleboards. As long as you can keep them dry, then storing them in a garage is OK.
If you are packing away your quiver for an extended period in the garage, you should give your boards a proper clean. For an in-depth look at how to do this, click here.
The advantages of storing your equipment in a garage are:
- Vertical racks, horizontal racks and ceiling racks are all an option
- Garages provide cover from the rain and sun’s UV rays
- Your boards won’t be in your way inside your house or apartment
One final option for surfboard storage is using a self-storage facility near your favourite surf spot or home. These are typically good places because they are secure, damp-free and similar to using a garage if you don’t have one.
Storage racks come in many different forms, so the choice can be overwhelming. Check out these reviews of the best surfboards racks available to buy.