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!

The 3 Best Surfboard Racks for Car this Summer

Can you believe it’s May already?  Less than a month ago we were out in Colorado, breathing in the fresh mountain air and carving up Loveland Pass and Copper Mountain and now it’s 80 degrees out and the itch is back.

What itch you ask?  Well, I do have a minor rash, but that’s not the itch I need to scratch.  I’m talking about the itch to get out to the ocean.  It’s been almost 9 months since the last session (some of us don’t live in CA or FL).  

As we’re gearing up to hop in the car and hit the beach, we have to remember to be responsible amidst all of the excitement.  The last thing you want on the way to your first session of the season is your board flying off the top of the car rooftop and into some poor schmuck’s windshield.

So, in honor of that Schmuck, here are the 3 Best Vehicle Racks for getting your board(s) to the beach this summer:

1. Huntington Surfer Gutterless Rack

The Surfer Rack by Huntington is by far one of the best sellers here at Rack Your Board- and for good reason.  Measuring 50” across, the rack fit’s perfectly to most car rooftops.  Built-in adjustable rubber straps makes it easy to secure your board safe and quickly when you’re rushing out to a swell and the rack is pre-equipped with soft rack pads so there’s no unexpected scratched on your baby.

The best part is, this rack comes in at under $100.  Compared to the big boys like Thule or Yamaha, this is a steal, saving you hundreds of dollars you’d otherwise be wasting for a foreign brand name's surf and sup racks for cars  Huntington is a U.S.A company based in, you guessed it, California. Not Sweden or Japan. 

2.  Ocean and Earth Rap Rax

For those who don’t want to keep a rooftop rack on long-term, look no further then this sweet Wrap system from Ocean and Earth.  This rack can be installed in just a few minutes, and is secured by wrapping the two stability cords through the inside of your car.  

Complete with built in, adjustable straps, these racks can hold anywhere from 1-4 boards and are best when driving short distances to the the beach.  The best part of this rack is something that other’s like it simply haven’t figured out yet.

The guys over at O&E produce this rack with twist webbing straps which prevent the wind generated humming noise that’s so common when driving down the road with racks of this style.  On top of this, the straps are UV treated so they won’t fade out and wear after a few months. This is one of our favorite surfboard racks for suv.

3.  Steel core Tailgate Surfboard/SUP Rack

If you drive a truck, chances are you’re used to just throwing your board in the bed and cruising down to the beach.  Some of us have learned the hard way that an insecure board can even make a grown man cry. That's why surf racks for trucks were invented- to dry our tears.

Cue the Steel Core Tailgate Rack.  With a pad measuring 30” across, this rack is big enough to hold any surfboard or SUP securely in your truck bed.  Unlike other tailgate racks, this one has a key locking buckle to keep your board safe from any opportunists in the Grocery Store parking lot.

You may be thinking: “Well, anyone with a knife could just come along and cut the straps pretty easily and steal my board”. A pretty rational thing to be worried about normally, but again, this rack is different.  The straps are lined with Steel and are CUT-RESISTANT.  So, if some asshole tries to steal your baby, he’ll either give up, or be caught in the act.

So when rushing out to the first swell this summer, make sure your board is secure.  For the sake of other drivers, for the sake of your board, and for the sake of having a great time without any unexpected “incidents”.  

 

Garage Surfboard Racks - 5 Qualities to Look For in a Surf Rack

When you start surfing, you might not think much about storage. After all, one surfboard doesn’t really take up much space. However, almost anyone who surfs for very long will start to build up a collection of different styles and sizes of surfboards. Once you have enough boards in your quiver, you will start to fret about where to put them all. The perfect storage solution for your surfboards is a surfboard rack in your garage. When you have a surfboard rack garage, you can keep all your boards well organized. Here are the five qualities you should look for in a surfboard rack for your garage.

1. Durability

Over time, your surfboard rack garage will take a beating. You will come in wiped out from a lengthy surf session, and you won’t have time to baby your boards into the rack. You want to look for a surfboard rack that can handle the maximum amount of abuse you can dish out.

2. Ease of Installation

Some surfboard racks will come with a set of instructions that looks like the guide to putting together a nuclear missile. You want to skip those. One of the keys to a great surfboard rack garage is to find one that is simple to install.

3. Money-Back Guarantee

You should never trust any manufacturer that does not stand behind their products. Surfboard racks should be designed to last for the long haul, and this means that any surfboard rack should come with a money-back guarantee that allows you to return it if you are not satisfied with it.

4. Good Review

Before you buy any surfboard rack, you need to make sure that other people who have it like it. You can do this two ways. First, you can talk with people you know who already have surfboard racks in their garages. If they give you a good recommendation, you know you can trust them. You can also check out online reviews to find surfboard racks that come well recommended.

5. Plenty of Storage

You definitely want to avoid the common mistake of buying a surfboard rack garage that is not big enough to handle your ever-expanding quiver. There are very few surfers who do not see their collection of surfboards grow over the years, and this means you want to buy a surfboard rack for you garage that will be able to handle additional boards.

5 Reasons to Get a Surfboard Rack for Your Garage

photo by customer Kevin Clairmont 

As with many other sports or activities, protecting surfing equipment to ensure its longevity is key to having a great time without worrying about heavy maintenance or high replacement costs. Surfboard racks for garage walls and rooms are proven to not only help them last longer, but to provide a creative piece to the area. Here are 5 reasons to get a surfboard rack for your garage.


1. They are practical.
Racks for the garage are sturdy and made with strong materials that will support your board in all of the right places. Whether the boards are custom or bought "as is," they can be expensive and hard to replace. Without the use of a rack, the surfboard can lose some of its original shape and performance, which will be sure to cause a wipeout and maybe even a broken board. 

2. They are stylish.
They are many styles of racks to choose from including: bamboo, foam, steel, plastic, wood, and aluminum. Some have straps, others have padded arms or hang from the ceiling. Whether they are vertical or horizontal, the boards are displayed and organized. Choosing a rack gets to show off your creative side just as much as choosing your boards did. 

3. They remind you to use your board.
Seeing your favorite surfboard all the time will undoubtedly remind you to take the next opportunity you get to ride some waves. Immediate access to throw it on you car rack will make the trip a lot easier to pack for during spontaneous occasions.

4. They are convenient.
Surfboards can get pretty large and take up a lot of space if you have multiple. Surfboard racks for garage walls or rooms provide a place where it belongs. The boards can be a hassle, but with a rack, you know where they are supposed to be returned for storage because that space has become the designated spot.

5. They are affordable. 
While some people may choose to make their own cheap racks, the ones sold in stores or online are already quite affordable. Depending on the style and how many boards you need mounted or displayed, some racks are only $20. 

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. 

Getting Your Surfboard on the Car Rooftop: The Sportrack Fit Guide

Sportrack Fit Guide

There are the weekend warriors – student or worker drone types, or simply busy with business or family who are city folk during the week, but get out on certain weekends to enjoy all nature has to offer. For these, a soft rack may be the ideal option for mounting their equipment on the roof of their cars. They are quick to set up and take down, and can be fitted to the smallest grocery getter.

There are the serious outdoors people however, who are with their boards/bikes/skis/kayaks/etc. at every available moment. For these, a hard rack is the only way to go. It takes a bit more time, effort and money, but being able to take your gear anywhere in the most secure way possible is priceless. You will usually need to install aftermarket rails and a rack configuration that is specific to your particular vehicle’s make, model and year.

The SportsRack/Blocksurf Rooftop Rack Transport System is a good example of an all-in-one hard rack package to save you the trouble of mixing and matching the different parts of a hard rack. However you will still want to go through their Fit Guide to find the right model for your vehicle.

In the guide, the first thing to do is to find your car’s make, model and year in the first column of the compatibility table. The row your particular car is in will tell you the part number of the appropriate roof rack system. It will also show you whether you have an option for a short roof adapter, the weight limit your configuration will have, what accessories (roof box, board racks, kayak racks, etc.) will be compatible, and even some fit tips specific to certain types of cars.

If your car isn’t on the list or certain options aren’t available, contact us and we’ll help you find the right fit for your needs.

Rado Racks Surf Racks Now Available!

photo: http://www.facebook.com/radoracks

They're here! They're here!.

Rado Racks that is.  Born in the mountains of Colorado.  Constructed of Baltic Birch Wood and fresh mountain air ( along with some solid labor of course).  These racks are hands down, one of our favorite new additions to the store.

The racks are also super functional.  They're designed to fit virtually anything you can think of: Surfboards, Snowboards, Skateboards, Longboards, Skis, and they're rumored to be coming out with a Beast of a SUP rack in early 2015.  If you're on the fence about your next rack, we strongly recommend you check out their Baltic Surf Rack (seen below)

 

 

 

Surfers Spend only 8% of Time Riding Waves

A recent study by the Sports Performance Research Institute in New Zealand compared the times of average surf sessions to the time surfers were actually engaged in surfing a wave.

The results were low, showing that riding waves accounted for only 8% of total time in the water. Other activities in the water measured included paddling (54% of time) and waiting (28% of time).  Surfers in contests were found to have paddled close to 1 mile, on average, during their short time in the water.

For the full story, check out the story in Surfer Today: 

Surfers only spend 8% of the time riding waves

'73 Dodge Dart Swinger Looking Good with It's New Surf Rack

Our customer and friend Greg Bartlett shared some photos of his 1973 Dodge Dart Swinger with it's new Surfboard Rack on top.  The surf rack in the pictures can be found on our site in the gutter-less version here

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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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