Wakeboard Racks – Why You Need Them !

Are you a fan of wakeboarding? Well you better be, as in this blog, we’re going to discuss some of the most suitable racks for wakeboards and why you need to take them with you while going out on an adventure with your wakeboard.

Before we move any further, let’s just pay homage to this legendary sport. Wakeboarding is the name given to a surface water sport that involves riding a given wakeboard over the surface of water. It has come about from the combination of snowboarding, water skiing, as well as surfing techniques.

In this post, we’re going to show you the best racks for wakeboards that we have available on our website. Let’s have a look at them!

Big Boarder

The Big Boarder is manufactured entirely from extremely solid, beautiful, and strong bamboo ply. It can provide a stylish and functional way of displaying and safely storing your boards. The best thing about it is that it is adjustable so that it can be fitted for any type of board (including snow, skate, wake, long, surf, and more). It is extremely sturdy to the point at which it can easily hold any weight which goes above 150 pounds. Apart from that, it has a newly engineered system of mounting through which installation is highly simple and convenient. Moreover, it is authenticated with the official logo of Grassracks and hot-iron branded. And last but not the least, it is manufactured in the US of A!

Wakeboard Rack

Next up is the Wakeboard Rack which can hold up to 2 to 4 boards. It features solid construction and is capable of holding up to a 100 pounds. It protects your board thanks to 16 inch arms which are solid birch and ¾ inches thick coming with foam padding. The rack’s arms are angled at 15 degrees plus it has routed finished edges. Furthermore, it is 15 inches from the top to bottom. The whole rack set weighs only 3 pounds. What’s more, it has four pre drilled screw holes as well as mounting hardware needed for absolute easy hanging.

So long as you choose one of these exquisite racks you can rest assured you will have the best rack for your wakeboard which will not only provide your board some much needed rest while it is not in use, but also help you maintain its overall appearance and condition in an effective manner. We definitely recommend you to give one of these a shot and see for yourself how good they are!

Best Boat Racks for SUP

Stand up paddleboarding is a fun filled activity which many of the people around the world enjoy. If you also the sort of person who enjoys taking their paddleboard for a nice time out in the waters, then you will be aware of the issues with boat storage. If you don’t have any space in your boat for storing your paddleboards then you will have to look for alternatives such as boat racks. Needless to say, boat racks are highly reliable as they provide you the utmost in terms of convenience and ease.

With the surging popularity of SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding), boat racks for SUP have become one of the most growing categories of racks. In this blog, we will be taking a look at the Calfin Boat Mounted SUP Rack available for purchase on our website. Let’s have a look!

Calfin Boat Mounted SUP Rack

Calfin surf racks are purpose built, superb in terms of functionality, and quite possibly the most convenient racks to mount. Available exclusively on our website, all Calfin surf racks come with the mounting hardware and require considerably little knowhow for successfully mounting them. These racks are proudly manufactured in the USA. What’s more, the raw materials used for manufacturing these racks are also sourced from American suppliers. This means they are a complete USA manufactured product.

The Calfin Boat Mounted SUP rack is extra wide and extra sturdy for accommodating even the “big boy” stand up paddleboards. There are countless benefits of these boat racks. They come with high strength steel box tubing. They connect to 1” stanchions and have foam padding which is super soft in order to provide the best in terms of protection. Other than that, these boat racks also have protective custom vinyl end caps and are ideal for all sizes of SUPs, up to 35 pounds!

Apart from that they also have marine rust protection thanks to the 303 stainless steel as well as the powder coating. These racks further come equipped with all the tools required for mounting the rack. They can hold paddleboards that are up to 5 inches thick. Furthermore, they include two adjustable bungee cords.

The Calfin Boat Mounted SUP Rack is adjustable to any angle handrail or stanchion. It can be mounted through the use of stainless steel shaft collars that are custom made. It is further designed to mount objects which are 1 inch in terms of diameter. In case your boat has 1 ¼ inches, you can get this rack custom made from us for the same price.

Needless to say, the Calfin Boat Mounted SUP Rack is one of the best boat racks currently available. So get yours now by ordering it from us!

The Journey to Sustainable: Hemp Surfboard Bags, Recycled Boardsox, and More

For those of you who have been following along since I took over Rack Your Board in August 2013, you know that we've been reaching towards the goal of becoming 100% Eco Friendly. This week, we made a huge stride towards that goal by partnering up with Derek Dodds and the awesome team over at Wave Tribe.

I hadn't heard of Wave Tribe before a few weeks ago but after doing some research, found out that they have been making some huge splashes in the surfing world since coming together.  After talking with Derek for a while about sustainability, surfing, saving the ocean, and all of the awesome non-profits like Surfrider Foundation that we both support, the only logical next step was to partner up.

So, over the last few weeks, I've been integrating awesome Wave Tribe products all over the site. Their surfboard bags are made from high quality eco hemp making them both tough and sustainable- not to mention the superb stitching and top of the line zippers on their bags.  They also use the eco hemp to make rooftop car surfboard racks that are priced lower than a lot of the big name brands.

The Wave Tribe Eco Boardsocks are sick as well- made from recycled P.E.T. After consumer recyclables have been collected and sorted by type at recycling centers, PET products are crushed, pressed into bales, shredded, and refined into PET flakes. These flakes are transformed into the raw materials that innovative companies transform into new products- like Wave Tribe Eco Boardsocks.

The Eco Surfboard Socks are capped off with a reinforced 5mm padded hemp nose for extra protection ( don't try to smoke it ;)

 

Wave Tribe also makes Surf Leashes from recycled plastic bottles! AND deck pads made from reinforced Cork.

Cork? Seriously.

Cork is stronger than plastic, while providing an even better grip for your feet.  On top of that, its lighter than plastic surfboard traction pads and naturally REPELS water and because it's made of soft cork, your knees won't get cut up while paddling out.

I could seriously go on forever about these guys- they are doing everything right and definitely fit in with the long term vision we have here at Rack Your Board, but the final, and probably the coolest thing they do is this:

Wave Tribe offers a full ONE YEAR warranty on all of their products.  This isn't some "sounds good on paper but not in practice" warranty either- it's the real deal.  If your leash breaks, Derek will send you another one for free- no joke.

Check out our new "Eco-Friendly" Category on the site which features products by Wave Tribe and our friends at Grassracks who make surfboard wall racks from bamboo. Little steps like these go a long way. By using eco-friendly products you can ensure the oceans, mountains and all of Mother Nature's beauty that we all enjoy so much is preserved for generations to come. 

Sustainable Surf Racks - Bamboo by GrassRacks

In line with our own company values, Rack Your Board is extremely proud to now be carrying Grassracks! Grassracks is a company that is doing things the right way, designing super-simple, yet tasteful racks that not only get your boards off of the floor, but do it in style.  On top of that, all of their racks are made of 100% bamboo, a sustainable material that grows back faster than the time it took you to read this. ( OK not really, but still super fast!). Click through the title above to learn more about Grassracks.

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Top 3 Surf Destinations of 2014

Surf Destinations of 2014

Most of our readers are always anxious to load up their surfboard racks in search of that next perfect wave, and this year’s top surfing hot spots might surprise you.  Those who love to travel and experience new adventures know that Hawaii never disappoints, while beaches in Morocco and Puerto Rico are also getting a lot of attention this year.  So grab your surfboard bag, hop on the plane, and head to these top 3 surf destinations of 2014.

 

Peahi, Hawaii

This tropical location is actually considered one of the most dangerous surf spots on the planet, sitting just off of the North Shore of Maui underneath towering, imposing cliffs that meets some of the most powerful waves imaginable.  Peahi is not for the faint of heart.  Its name means “beckon” in Hawaiian, and the locals have actually nicknamed this area “Jaws”.  The only thing ending the liquid avalanche of water is a massive 300 craggy cliff, so this is not the site for the beginning weekend surfer. 

But for the less experienced, head down to a little town called Paia.  This is a beautiful beach location where the reef breaks enough to provide enjoyment for surfers of all levels.  Just be sure to get up early to beat the high winds. 

Playa Higuero, Puerto Rico

This beautiful beach has been home to many world class surfing competitions in past years, located near a town called Rincon, nicknamed “Pueblo del Surfing”.  Rincon is the perfect tropical paradise to disappear to during the winter. From November to April, you can easily catch rough, 16 foot high waves almost every morning. 

While the surf is too rough for swimming, many vacationers simply enjoy sitting on the beach and watching the real professionals hone their surfing skills.  Aspiring surf pros also load up their surfboard bags and take in the sites at Playa Higuero, considering it a type of seaside “surfing classroom” where such expert professionals such as Laird Hamilton and Mick Fanning have been known to show up completely without warning.

Anchor Point, Morocco

Anchor Point is located in the Agadir region of Morocco in an area names Taghazout.  Swells reach 15 feet high and go as long as 500 m.  The clean lines of this beach give it a 1960’s inspired vibe, boasting three different sections where surfers can enjoy cover ups, right hands, and hollows.  Travel to Morocco between September and April for the biggest waves that are often the result of the North Atlantic Sea Storms that always occur during this time of the year.

The pros also like to head to this Moroccan location because it is easily accessible with waves that break over sand and flat rock providing terrific point breaks.  Traveling to Anchor Point is much easier than you might imagine because it is actually located very close to Europe, cutting travel time and expenses considerably.  So the next time that you are looking to grab your board off of the surf rack for a new high thrills surf spot where the cost of living is cheap, Anchor Point is worth a second look.

 

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.

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We don't want to spoil it, so here, just watch the video and you'll see...

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Top 5 Surfboard Racks at RackYourboard

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