How To Choose: 5 types of Surfboard Racks for Car

Surfboard Racks for Car

So, you got a new surfboard and you’re ready to take it to the beach and get in the water before you realize: “How am I going to get the board there?” You could grab some bungee cords and cross your fingers, or you could take a look at some of our rooftop racks.  This guide is meant to help you pick and figure out exactly which rooftop rack you need (depending on your car) as well as give you an inside look at some of our more advanced storage and transport options for your boards.

  1. Rack Pads

If you drive an SUV, chances are that you already have a rack mounted to the roof. Most SUVs today come with some sort of roof rack to accommodate a variety of transport needs including roof boxes, extra luggage, and surfboards.  However, most of the time, these roof racks are made of a hard plastic that could scratch or otherwise damage your board.  If this sounds like your vehicle, you will probably be most happy with Rack Pads. Rack Pads are easy to install with Velcro edges, and can be wrapped around your existing vehicle rack to provide a soft cushion to protect your board from damage.

Rack pads are only designed to protect your board from damage on your existing hard-top roof rack, so your board will still need to be secured using tie-downs or some other kind of rope.

  1. Soft Racks

Soft Roof racks are perfect for cars that you may not want to permanently install a rack onto. Soft Racks such as the Blocksurf Wrap Rax will work on virtually any vehicle as they are adjustable and easily install by wrapping the cords through the inside of your vehicle and tightening the straps to fit.  The extra stability from the rack being secured by your closed car doors make this rack extremely sturdy  while still giving you the option to remove it from your rooftop after each use.

These racks also have adjustable straps on top to secure your surfboard to the rack itself.  No additional tie-downs or ropes are needed when using this type of rack to transport your board.

  1. Hard Racks

Hard roof racks are typically the safest option for transporting your boards, especially for long trips or when traveling at high speeds. There are two types of hard vehicle racks to consider when purchasing and they depend on whether or not your vehicle has rain gutters running along the rooftop.

Classic Rooftop Surf Rack

This rack will require some basic assembly, and generally comes with 2 metal bars wrapped in foam, tension pull straps, and 4 clamps. The 4 clamps will attach directly to your rooftop rain gutter (seen below) as this provides stability for the bars that will run across the top of your vehicle.

Gutterless Rooftop Rack

For cars without a rain gutter, The Gutterless option of a hard roof rack will be the right choice.  Instead of clamps that attach to the car’s rooftop rain gutters, gutterless racks come with 4 small clips that attach to the rubber lining at the top of your car’s door well. Simply open all 4 car doors and attach these clips. Then, pull the tension straps tight and close the doors.  The pressure from the closed doors on the straps will give you the necessary stability to ensure this rack won’t move anywhere, along with the rubber base of the rack which will sit directly on your rooftop.

  1. Tie-Downs

Tie-Downs are essential for extra board security on your rooftop or in the tailgate of your truck.  Tie downs are simple straps that usually come with some sort of tension pull to ensure a snug fit for your surfboard. There are countless varieties of tie downs ranging from the most basic, to those made with Steel Core Security. Your choice will reflect your use.  If you’re simply driving from your house to the beach and back, a more basic model will suffice, but if you’ll be leaving the boards on your rooftop unattended, you may want to consider the higher security tie-down straps to prevent theft.

  1. Tailgate Rack

Surfboard tailgate racks are exactly what they sound like, a more secure way to carry your Surfboard or Stand Up paddle board in the tailgate of your truck.  The tailgate rack includes a foam pad with durability to hold your board while still providing a soft surface to prevent damage.  The pad attaches to the back of your tailgate and includes clinch straps to secure your board and prevent any sliding. These basic racks are essential to those using a truck to transport boards to the beach and not only prevents damage to your board, but also damage to the back of your truck.

James Zeller
James Zeller


1 Response

Moshe Kivettc
Moshe Kivettc

March 23, 2015

I also think that hard roof racks are the safest option for transporting your boards. Because it has resistance power.

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