SUP? If you are moving, or if you have bought a stand up paddle board online, chances are you will need a way to transport it. Sure, you could pay the extra fees to ship it via a parcel carrier, but there is a better way. The best way to transport a paddle board is to hire a carrier from the uShip marketplace.
uShip is an online marketplace that connects shippers to carriers. Carriers on uShip offer lower shipping rates in return for filling their otherwise empty trailer space. Simply create a listing on the marketplace, review your quotes, choose the best paddle board carrier, and book using our secure payment center. Obtaining a quote is free and there is no obligation to book.
On the other hand, if you are just looking for a way to transport your SUP to and from the water, we can help with that too. This guide covers the most popular ways people transport their paddle boards to local hot spots.
How to Transport a Paddle Board on a Roof Rack
If you are going out on the water multiple times a month, investing in a quality roof rack is the best way to go. You can transport a paddle board on a car or any other vehicle that allows for a rack. Below is general guidance on how to transport a stand up paddle board on a roof rack. Keep in mind that each roof rack will be different and you will need to tailor the following instructions based on your situation.
To transport a SUP, you will need:
- Crossbars: These run horizontally across the top of your roof’s vertical rack. Some vehicles have them pre-installed, some don’t. You may need to also install an entire roof rack if you do not already have one.
- A SUP rack or foam: You will need to purchase and install a SUP kit to your roof rack and cross bars. Alternatively, you can purchase foam blocks or padding to save money.
- Tools: Depending on the route you wish to take, you will need to gather the correct tools such as screwdrivers, drills, and wrenches.
- Ropes: Grab two strong non-stretch ropes to tie the bow and stern down (front and back). We recommend 12-20 feet of length per rope.
- Cam Straps: You’ll need two cam straps measuring at least 12 feet long.
After collecting the necessary materials, follow these simple steps:
- Install rack, pads, or cross bars: The first step is to install a rack on your vehicle if it does not already have one. Next, you will want to install the cross bars. Lastly, install your kit, foam pads, or blocks.
- Lift paddle board on top of vehicle: When you are ready, place the board next to your vehicle. Have one person pick up one end while you pick up the other. Next, you should both gently lift the board, deck-down, fin-forward, over your heads and on top of the rack, blocks, or pads.
- Tie down: Lastly, use your cam straps to secure your paddle board to the rack. Then use rope to tie the front and back of the paddle board to the respective bumper. This will help stabilize the board during high winds or in long-distance situations.
As mentioned above, it is important to keep in mind that each board and set up will be different. Use discretion and tailor these instructions to your specific needs.
How to Transport a Paddle Board without a Roof Rack
Those without the ability to purchase a roof rack will need to find a way to transport their board. The best way to ship a paddle board without a car rack is to use a truck. You can simply place your paddle board in the bed of your truck and tie it down. However, be sure you are keeping safety in mind while using this method.
DIY Transport Tips
- Stay safe: The most important tip of all is to be smart and stay safe during the entire process.
Use locking straps: If you can afford it, use locking cam straps for extra security.
- Stop and check: You should stop and check on your straps every 15-20 minutes to adjust as needed.
- Protect your back: Anytime you are lifting anything, you should always protect your back. Lift with your knees and do not be afraid to ask for help.
- Protect your board: To prevent dents and scratching, try using a board bag or bubble wrap in a pinch.
Cost of Shipping a Paddle Board
The cost to transport a paddle board will depend on how far it needs to go. The further the distance, the higher the cost to ship. That said, there are other factors that affect paddle board shipping rates: Size, current gas prices, demand, and service types are all examples of pricing factors.
If you would like a better look at what it might cost to ship your stand up paddle board, please see our cost to ship index. Otherwise, click the button below for free quotes.