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    Carrying 8' board in truck

    Any DIY racks out there to protect the board?

    Board: 8' wavestorm
    Truck bed: 2001 F150 6'6" bed with natural gas tanks.

    New for me, loaded an 8' longboard foam top with moving blanket on tailgate and the pressure of the tie down (which kept sliding down) already put indentations on the foam

    There a simple inexpensive way to do this right?

    I was thinking - lay board diagonally. Put pipe foam (similar to pool noodle material) in one corner of the bed...put a wood stake with more pipe foam to hold it in the other corner. Drop the wood stake into stake pocket when transporting board, remove when not. No tie downs needed...wedges in place with foam.

    Being new to doing this and overly excited about doing it, my goal is to complicate the transport with neurotic theories on truck mounts that can do it better. Also stoked to use a 5.4L pickup truck to haul a 15lb foam board. And I can barely stand up on the board. I also feel it's necessary to start discussing go pro mounts when there are plenty solutions with Google. [/Sarcasm]

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    Re: Carrying 8' board in truck

    Just move it all the way to the left, run a tie down from the front cleat around the board to the rear cleat. Have it sit on the top of the tailgate (upright). That won't go anywhere in normal driving.

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    Re: Carrying 8' board in truck

    Cut it in half.

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    Re: Carrying 8' board in truck

    Quote Originally Posted by Pittenger5 View Post
    Just move it all the way to the left, run a tie down from the front cleat around the board to the rear cleat. Have it sit on the top of the tailgate (upright). That won't go anywhere in normal driving.
    this is where a CNG truck throws in a kink...front cleat is covered up by CNG tank (so I'd likely just install a D-ring)



    laid on the CNG tank, I can just barely get it into the other top corner...



    that's why I was thinking - just pool noodle foam in the upper left corner, then a stake pocket pool noodle foam in the back corner to snug it into place...no tie downs

    I am most definitely over thinking this

    less is more...but excess, excess, excess is fun when you're excited about something

    like this sort of excess:


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    Lol

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    Re: Carrying 8' board in truck

    Put it in the cab and stick it out the passenger window. Stay toward left side of lane as much as possible.

    I'd build a vertical stake rack on the passenger side in the upper bed mounting holes. Put the pipe insulation around the racks and let it ride in there snug. Kills your view over your right shoulder, but you have a mirror.

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    Re: Carrying 8' board in truck

    Quote Originally Posted by Falko View Post
    Put it in the cab and stick it out the passenger window. Stay toward left side of lane as much as possible....Put the pipe insulation around the racks and let it ride in there snug. Kills your view over your right shoulder, but you have a mirror.
    Falko, did you also design this power window system?

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxaarraa View Post
    Falko, did you also design this power window system?

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    had a 9-1/2" board and mine yesterday!

    but while out I saw what system I liked!

    you can get truck rails that cinch up to the bed rails...removable so I can still get a bike in...rails will have the foam pads to protect the boards...couple bungees and you're good to go

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    Re: Carrying 8' board in truck

    or you could cut it in half. way cheaper.

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    Re: Carrying 8' board in truck

    Yeah!!!

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    yeah, nvm...diagonally with 1 tie down is best!

    it's super simple, costs nothing extra, takes a few mins to load the board, the foam "pops back" if strapped down tight/slightly indented ($60 board anyhow), and I don't even bring anything to the beach.

    Swimsuit + board is everything (maybe flip flops if pavement hot)...leave towel in truck and dry/sand off before getting in truck. Store key in hidden lock box on truck (think of what realtors use)

    I'm also treating this like dirt bike riding:

    -BYOB (don't ask to borrow my board)
    -find your own way to get there...I'm not adding 1 hour to my drive to pick you up/drop you off; then deal with you not answering your phone, then you forgetting something and running up to your house.
    -don't be late
    -if you want to smoke pot/cigarettes - do it in your car away from me
    -let's get there early, get some good riding in, get out, and get on with our day...try not to waste time before and after.
    -I'm going to try for once/week. Don't be optimistic about how often you can get out. If you can make it, come on out. If not, just say so.

    now...to fit a surf board and dirt bike, so I can surf in the AM, ride in the afternoon, nap, then go out at night.

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    had 2 soft top/8'/long boards today...just laid them the long way (fin box against front of bed/on natural gas tanks, ends hanging over tail gate)...ratchet strap on top cinched until they weren't going anywhere...then drove up pacific coast highway to 2 beaches

    truck = easy

    bike - the next challenge...I believe I have found a $50 solution that includes the pannier and front engine crash bar

    seriously would like to be able to load board on bike...gym in early AM...then surf for a couple hours...and be home before noon. Kinda frustrated that you have to wait for waves to form...so even if you plan out a day to surf a week in advance, no waves = no surfing. Never have an issue finding a dirt spot to ride; definitely fixing the YZ250 so I can pick my poison on my days off

    Still entertaining the idea of a surf AM/dirt PM day...going to need a lot of food to keep the energy up

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    Re: Carrying 8' board in truck

    If you had a real truck it would fit in the bed.

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    Re: Carrying 8' board in truck

    An 8 ft board on a bike means traveling at pretty low speeds. I have loaded my short board across the panniers/back seat. I had to be careful cornering as to not drag the tip/tail (hehee). Wind and handling are a bigger issue with the board pointing forward.

    They do sell racks purpose built for this. That's not your style though, I know. Maybe just make one with some PVC pipe?

    Surfing is not for type As. It is an exercise in patience as well as a lesson on weather and it's relationship to the ocean, not a gym workout.

    It IS fun to ride MX and surf the same day though. They are strangely suited to each other.

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    Re: Carrying 8' board in truck

    There was a picture of a guy's VFR floating around that had a canoe on top. Maybe a photo shop, but if so, that is photoshopping on some pretty big balls.

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    Re: Carrying 8' board in truck

    low speed, seal beach is a 15 minute ride down PCH, and I can store my helmet/jacket/gloves/boots in the GIVI cases



    Edit: Tried her out... obviously takes more time to gear up/down, but PCH speeds to seal beach (15 mins away) was 45mph indicated or less. I am worried about 3 things: the board flying off (no different than a car...and I have purpose built straps), wind (no big deal under 50), and putting my right foot down (just enough space)

    You do have to give some space to prevent edges of the board from getting scratches

    I would not take it on the freeway...truck board to Malibu or San Diego (maybe even Newport Beach)



    But for a quick jaunt after work solo (and I don't have to pickup or drop off anyone, no sand in the truck) it's perfect! Went 2 days in a row! Fun Cardio closer to home than the desert! Exhausted and loving it..

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    success...I made it out twice last week, and once this week...getting used to rolling over bigger waves, paddling out farther, and not panicking under water when I'm being just destroyed by bigger, unexpected waves

    gotta say...the more I talk to people, the more I realize that I actually just enjoy catching waves...my roommate has surfed for 25 years, and he just has a boogie board and fins...I am totally down for body surfing or laying on a bodyboard to ride the wave in. Relaxes me sort of the same way as a dirt bike day in the desert...

    I can pop up...getting better at gaining wave knowledge...etiquette among other more expert surfers...and looking to gain more time in the water. Currently going to beaches with "easier" waves (seal beach...bolsa chica...malibu) which are still a little challenging for me...then going to move onto blackees/newport beach, San Onofre, and eventually huntington beach. Paul is definitely right...surfing is definitely an activity in patience...you only want to surf when it's good, which just depends on mother nature.

    Side note: another way to protect the board is just a surf board bag...then it will be protected on any edge/corner/tailgate you lay it on.

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    Re: Carrying 8' board in truck

    Quote Originally Posted by breakdirt916 View Post

    Side note: another way to protect the board is just a surf board bag...then it will be protected on any edge/corner/tailgate you lay it on.
    Foam board just toss it in there!

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    Is that a rack you bought, or did you make it? Sounds like you are doing a lot of things right in your approach to learning. For a while, paddling, getting out, staying out of the hit zone, and catching waves without dropping in on anyone should be the main goals. belly rides are fine. Stand up surfing is the last step IMO. But, stand up as soon as you can. It's a better workout and forces you to do all the basics better. Plus, it is way cooler...

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    Re: Carrying 8' board in truck

    I'm using an FCS surf rack; typically used on roof racks of cars



    1 on the engine crash bars, 1 on the pannier, and the supplied cambuckle straps to hold the board

    next day out - Monday


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    No surf today....maybe a rideable wave every 20 mins or so...but I spent some time just getting my paddle speed up...saw on YouTube that one reason I nose dive when the wave comes is because I am not paddling fast enough to match the wave speed. When the wave hits me quickly it lifts up the back of the board and pushes me down into the water

    Did chest/leg press in gym then was out for 2-1/2 hours in the water....phew... exhausted

    ProTip - pee before you get into your wetsuit

    Maybe again this weekend?

    Couple other guys told me Newport Beach has better surf for long boards


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    Went to Bolsa Chica again today...a "good beginner beach"

    Had a really tough time getting past the wave break

    The waves just came so frequently I kept getting pushed back

    Only popped up once...got lazy and waited for whitewash to do it in

    And quite a few times I caught waves on my knees...which is a BAD habit...

    got some more practice with paddle speed before the wave - I can kinda "feel" how much it helps to match the wave speed before it comes...



    May not be a workout for advanced surfers, but boy am I beat! Just fighting waves trying to paddle out...feel great though! Mellows me out...

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    Re: Carrying 8' board in truck

    Quote Originally Posted by breakdirt916 View Post
    ProTip - pee before you get into your wetsuit
    Or just pee in your wetsuit? You know like everyone else?

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